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Small group of participants working on a curricular design exercise at the June 2009 workshop. Photo by Carol Ormand.

Overview

Note: this workshop has already taken place. For more information, you can go to the workshop program page, with links to presentations and additional resources.
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Workshop Program

This workshop will provide an opportunity to think broadly about how to strengthen geoscience departments. It will focus on topics addressed in previous workshops and on areas of high interest to participants such as student recruitment, curriculum, co-curricular programs, preparing students as geoscience professionals, assessment, and departmental leadership and management. The program will also include discussions of how colleges and universities in a region might work together (e.g., articulation agreements between two-year colleges and four-year colleges and universities, joint field trips, courses).

The program will include presentations by workshop leaders, small and whole group breakout sessions focused on topics listed above, working time to develop an action plan for your department, and reviews of these action plans by other workshop participants and leaders. A key focus of the workshop is for each department participating in the workshop (whether an individual or a team of two or three faculty) to be able to focus on issues that are of particular interest to their department, so participants will be able to select breakout sessions that are of most interest to them.

Workshop Outcomes

In addition to promoting communication and exchange of information among participating institutions, the workshop will produce these specific outcomes:

Dates

The workshop will begin on Tuesday afternoon, June 2, at 5:00 pm and end at 5:30 on Thursday, June 4. Participants must attend all sessions.

Expectations

Participants are expected to:

Cost

The operational costs of the workshop as well as double-occupancy rooms, board, and some meals are covered by a grant from the NSF Division of Earth Sciences (EAR-0817265 & EAR-0817353). If you will need to stay in Williamsburg the night of June 4 in order to attend the entire workshop, we will cover the cost of your hotel room the night of the 4th. We will be able to offer a few single rooms for a supplemental fee of $55 per night. Participants or their home institutions must provide transportation to and from the workshop. If departments send more than two participants, they will need to cover the lodging costs, and food and workshop expenses of the third workshop participant.

Application and Selection Criteria

The workshop is limited to 60 participants. The final list of participants will be established based on the strength of the application. The application deadline was April 3.

Facilities

The workshop will be held at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Participants will be housed in a hotel and will eat meals on campus and in town.

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