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Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop Program

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Check in to the hotel at any time (your room might not be ready until 3:00 pm). Registration for the workshop will be in the Hilton lobby from 3:00-7:00; workshop registration for later arrivals will be in the Georgetown East Room during the evening session.

5:30-7:00 Dinner at Zorba's Cafe

Please be at the restaurant a few minutes before 5:30. Those who wish to walk over together should plan to gather near the registration table on the Terrace Level of the hotel lobby at 5:10.

7:00-9:00 Welcome and Introductions, Workshop Goals, Discussion and Logistics in Georgetown East Room, Hilton

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Monday, July 29 at AGU Headquarters

7:15-8:00 Breakfast at AGU

8:15-8:30 Preview Workshop and Announcements, AGU room AB

8:30-9:30 Strategic Decisions: Elements of a Successful Career (PowerPoint 693kB Jul22 13), AGU room AB - Richard Yuretich

9:30-9:50 Break

9:50-12:00 Course Design (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.8MB Jul22 13), AGU room AB - Rachel Beane, Karen Kortz and Kathleen Surpless

12:00-1:00 Lunch at AGU

1:00-1:50 Teaching Strategies: Concurrent Sessions I-a

Participants will attend one session from the list below (session choices (Acrobat (PDF) 977kB Jul22 13)):

  • Engaging Students in Large Classes (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.3MB Jul22 13), AGU room C - Tessa Hill and Eric Peterson
  • We will discuss the benefits of using interactive activities in a lecture class, as well as several other ways to engage students, such as student clickers, multimedia clips, in-class demonstrations, course website tools and connecting the topics to students' lives. We will demonstrate some short activities that actively engage a diverse and potentially unmotivated student group and that can easily be incorporated into lecture classes of any size. And we will spend some time brainstorming about ways to incorporate these strategies in your own classroom.

2:00-2:50 Teaching Strategies: Concurrent Sessions I-b

Participants will attend one session from the list below (session choices (Acrobat (PDF) 977kB Jul22 13)):

  • Engaging Students in Large Classes (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.3MB Jul22 13), AGU room AB - Tessa Hill and Eric Peterson
  • We will discuss the benefits of using interactive activities in a lecture class, as well as several other ways to engage students, such as student clickers, multimedia clips, in-class demonstrations, course website tools and connecting the topics to students' lives. We will demonstrate some short activities that actively engage a diverse and potentially unmotivated student group and that can easily be incorporated into lecture classes of any size. And we will spend some time brainstorming about ways to incorporate these strategies in your own classroom.
  • Keeping Seminar Courses Lively and Engaging, AGU Terrace - Richard Yuretich
  • Seminar courses should be exciting and interactive, yet they are too often just the opposite. This session will model some ways to keep all participants focused and involved in the discussions.To benefit from this session, you should come prepared by reading the paper that we will discuss.
  • Reducing Misconceptions through Lecture Tutorials and ConcepTests (PowerPoint 4.8MB Jul22 13), AGU room C - Karen Kortz
  • Misconceptions are difficult to change, often preventing students from understanding accurate geologic explanations. We will explore common misconceptions and discuss two research-supported techniques to engage students and reduce misconceptions: Lecture Tutorials and ConcepTests (implemented with or without clickers). Both techniques are easy to use in classes of any size.

3:00-3:20 Break

3:20-4:30 Lesson Design: Preparing for a Class Period (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 979kB Jul22 13), AGU room AB - Rachel Beane and Karen Kortz

4:30-4:45 Overview of Individual Consultations, Daily Roadcheck

Dinner in town (self-organized, when you choose)

7:30-8:30 Informal Session (optional) - Sharing Ideas about Specific Courses

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Tuesday, July 30 at AGU Headquarters

7:15-8:00 Breakfast at AGU

8:15-8:30 Report From Yesterday's Roadchecks; Introduction to Your Research/Scholarly Career, AGU room AB

8:30-9:40 Working Effectively with Research Students: Different Models (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 921kB Jul22 13), AGU room AB - Tessa Hill and Eric Peterson

9:40-10:00 Break

10:00-10:50 Strategies for Research and Scholarship: Concurrent Sessions II-a

Participants will attend one session from the list below (session choices (Acrobat (PDF) 962kB Jul22 13)):

11:00-11:50 Strategies for Research and Scholarship: Concurrent Sessions II-b

Participants will attend one session from the list below (session choices (Acrobat (PDF) 962kB Jul22 13)):

12:00-1:30 Lunch at AGU

Optional Interest Group Discussions: kids, time management for people with no kids, personal schedule management tips, interdisciplinary research, online courses, clickers

1:30-2:20 Connections, Extensions, Opportunities: Concurrent Sessions III-a

Participants will attend one session from the list below (session choices (Acrobat (PDF) 964kB Jul22 13)):

  • Data and research in the classroom (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 949kB Jul22 13), AGU room C - Cindy Shellito and Kathleen Surpless
  • You have lots of data from your summer research project, but once classes start, that project often ends up on the backburner. However, an opportunity to analyze that data could open doors for your students and provide them with authentic scientific research skills. This session will focus on designing class exercises and assignments that provide students an opportunity to work with real data, whether it's from your own research, or real-time data available online.
  • How to Develop and Maintain a Successful Relationship with Your Legislators, AGU Terrace - AGU Public Affairs Team - Elizabeth Landau, Erick Hankin, and Kristan Uhlenbrock
  • From making a positive first impression to being the 'go-to' topical expert for your legislators, AGU's Public Affairs team will walk you through the world of science policy and lay out clear, consecutive steps you can take to build relationships with policy makers. The session will include ample time for questions, and even some lighthearted fun with a skit of what NOT to do on a congressional visit! Suitable for all levels of experience with science policy.
  • Publishing your First Few Papers (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.2MB Jul22 13), AGU room AB - Elizabeth Catlos, Eric Peterson and Michael Wysession
  • We will discuss practical strategies for preparing manuscripts and seeing them through review and into print.

2:30-3:20 Connections, Extensions, Opportunities: Concurrent Sessions III-b

Participants will attend one session from the list below (session choices (Acrobat (PDF) 964kB Jul22 13)):

  • Data and research in the classroom (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 949kB Jul22 13), AGU room C - Cindy Shellito and Kathleen Surpless
  • You have lots of data from your summer research project, but once classes start, that project often ends up on the backburner. However, an opportunity to analyze that data could open doors for your students and provide them with authentic scientific research skills. This session will focus on designing class exercises and assignments that provide students an opportunity to work with real data, whether it's from your own research, or real-time data available online.
  • Communicating geoscience with the press and public, AGU Terrace - AGU Public Information Team - Peter Weiss and Mary Catherine Adams
  • Many Earth scientists find themselves communicating with the media or the general public about the latest natural disaster, new research results, or simply about how our world works. What can you do in these scenarios to ensure you convey meaningful, interesting, and accurate stories about your science? Simple tips will be presented to help you communicate effectively whether it's on a call with a reporter, giving a public talk, visiting your legislator, or live tweeting from a scientific meeting.
  • Service expectations (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1008kB Jul22 13), AGU room AB - Elizabeth Catlos and Eric Peterson
  • The session will focus on expectations for service at different institutions for junior faculty, with a focus upon service commitments that are most beneficial to a young faculty member.

3:10-3:30 Break

3:30-3:45 Daily Roadcheck

3:45-6:30 Individual Consultations

Dinner in town (self-organized, when you choose)

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Wednesday, July 31

7:15-8:00 Breakfast at AGU

8:15-8:30 Report From Yesterday's Roadchecks and Preview of Today's Sessions AGU room AB

8:30-9:50 Developing a Strategic Plan for Research/Scholarly Activity (PowerPoint 255kB Jul22 13) AGU room AB - Richard Yuretich

9:50-10:10 Break

10:10-10:30 Discussion of NSF visit AGU room AB - Richard Yuretich

10:30-11:30 Writing Proposals and Getting Funded (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 741kB Jul22 13) AGU room AB - Tessa Hill and Michael Wysession

11:30-12:45 Lunch at AGU

Optional Interest Group Discussions: kids, international research, work-life balance, writing exams, flipped classrooms, dual careers, preparing for NSF, healthy writing practices

1:00-3:15 Moving Your Research/Scholarly Activity Forward: Concurrent Sessions IV

Participants will attend one session from the list below (session choices (Acrobat (PDF) 949kB Jul22 13)):

  • Improving Research Proposals Through Review of Your Proposal Summaries, AGU room AB - Michael Wysession
  • This session is for those who submitted proposal summaries by the June 14 due date.

  • Reviewing Successful Proposals and Developing a Proposal Idea of One's Own (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 100kB Jul22 13), AGU room C - Rachel Beane
  • We will review successful proposals, then participants will develop a proposal idea (for research and/or teaching) and share feedback on these proposal ideas.
  • Issues at teaching-centered institutions, AGU Terrace - Karen Kortz
  • This session is geared toward those teaching at two-year colleges and other institutions where one is not expected to write research proposals. Topics of discussion will be guided by participants; if desired it may include research proposals or ways to do research without grants.

3:15-3:35 Break

3:35-3:55 Poster Instructions (Microsoft Word 26kB Jul22 13) and Daily Roadcheck

3:55-6:45 Work on Poster, Individual Consultations

Dinner in town (self-organized, when you choose)

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Thursday, August 1

7:15-8:15 Breakfast at AGU

8:30-11:00 Poster Session AGU room AB

11:00-11:30 Poster Follow-up and Reflection AGU room AB

11:30-1:15 Lunch in town (self-organized)

1:15-2:15 Strategic Decisions: Elements of a Satisfying Life (PowerPoint 4.6MB Jul22 13) AGU room AB - Richard Yuretich

2:15-4:00 Strategic Action Planning AGU room AB

4:00-4:15 Break

4:15-5:00 Lessons Learned, Concluding Remarks, and Workshop Evaluation AGU room AB

7:00 Closing Dinner (as group) at Lauriol Plaza

Please be at the restaurant a few minutes before 7:00. Those who wish to walk over together should plan to gather in the hotel lobby at 6:40.

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Friday, August 2


Optional Visit to the National Science Foundation