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Workshop Program

Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Science Departments

Sunday December 8, 2013, AGU Meeting

7:45 Sign-in, breakfast available

8:00-8:15 Welcome, Introductions, Workshop Goals (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.8MB Dec8 13) - Pranoti Asher, AGU

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8:15-8:30 Announcements from AGU - Pranoti Asher and Harry Furukawa, AGU

8:30-9:40 Alumni Advisory Boards (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 13.4MB Dec11 13): A Most Useful Departmental Resource - David Watkins, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

9:40-10:00 Break

10:00-11:00 Effective Time Management (Acrobat (PDF) 4.4MB Dec8 13) - Katryn Wiese, City College of San Francisco

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11:00-12:00 Small group discussions on various topics (based on participant interests)

  • Personnel management
  • Responsibility Centered Management
  • Curriculum revision/development
  • Addressing conflicts in faculty-student mentoring

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12:00-1:00 Lunch

Business Meeting (overview of AGU Board of Heads and Chairs and election of new members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Heads & Chairs)

1:00-1:30 Opportunities and Resources for Departments - Cathy Manduca (SERC) NAGT/CE/InTeGrate Opportunities (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.3MB Dec8 13) and Christopher Keane (AGI)

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Afternoon Program: Improving Workplace Climate for Retention and Diversity - Eric Riggs, Texas A&M University

1:30-2:15 Presentation: Improving Workplace Climate for Retention and Diversity (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.5MB Dec8 13) How Texas A&M Geosciences was charged by their upper administration, along with all colleges in the university, to conduct an assessment of workplace climate in the interests of understanding the organizational health and characteristics within departments and colleges.

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2:15-3:00 Discussion: Approach to quantitative and qualitative measures that were used/are planning to use in conducting this assessment. Various existing survey and interview instruments will be shared for group discussion and use.

3:00-3:10 Break

3:10-3:45 Review: Challenges, insights and limitations of the data gathered, and the issues associated with all data of this nature.

3:45-4:30 Processes and ideas for engaging college and/or departmental stakeholders in formulating next steps. Sharing the findings and recommendations of Texas A&M's internal task force which is addressing these same data.

4:30-4:50 NSF Geoscience & STEM Education Programs (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 81kB Dec8 13) - Jill Karsten and Wendy Harrison, NSF

4:50-5:00 Wrap up: Closing remarks and workshop evaluation

5:00-6:00 Reception


Morning sessions are provided by the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project. The workshop website is supported by NSF under grant DUE-0817353 to the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College. The afternoon program of the workshop is supported by AGU Education and Public Outreach.

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