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Dinner conversations at the 2009 workshop on Strengthening Your Geoscience Program. Photo by Carol Ormand.

Strengthening Your Geoscience Program: Ideas & Examples


Tuesday, June 2


5:00 Opening Reception and Icebreaker, Chesapeake A, Sadler Center

6:00 Dinner, Chesapeake A, Sadler Center

7:30 Opening Session: What Makes a Strong Department?

List of Characteristics of Thriving Departments from the 2005 workshop on Developing Pathways to Strong Departments of the Future

Wednesday, June 3


7:30-8:30 Breakfast, Center Court Dining Facility, Sadler Center

8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks, Chesapeake A, Sadler Center

9:00-10:30 Developing a Program Model: Bringing Together Planning and Assessment (PowerPoint 445kB Jun3 09) - Cathy Manduca, Science Education Resource Center

Participants discussing logic models at the 2009 workshop on Strengthening Your Geoscience Program. Photo by Carol Ormand.

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Breakout Sessions on Major Themes

12:30-1:30 Lunch, Center Court Dining Facility, Sadler Center

2:00-3:30 Breakout Sessions on Major Themes

Participants discussing curricular components at the 2009 workshop on Strengthening Your Geoscience Program. Photo by Carol Ormand.

3:30-4:00 Break, Chesapeake B

4:00-5:30 Reflection and Teamwork, Chesapeake A

5:30-6:30 Where Are We Now?

  • Returning to Assessment (PowerPoint 1.5MB Jun2 09) - Cathy Manduca, Science Education Resource Center
  • Plenary Discussion
  • Daily Roadcheck

Dinner (in town)


Thursday, June 4


7:30-8:30 Breakfast, Center Court Dining Facility, Sadler Center

8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks, Chesapeake A, Sadler Center

9:00-10:30 Going from Plans to Actions (PowerPoint 135kB Jun3 09) - Geoff Feiss, College of William and Mary

10:30-11:00 Break

Participants reviewing each other's action plans at the 2009 workshop on Strengthening Your Geoscience Program. Photo by Carol Ormand.

11:00-12:30 Breakout Sessions: Selected Topics Based on Participant Interest

Dallas Rhodes and Pamela Gore
  • Dealing with Disciplines: Blended Departments, Collaborations with Allied Departments and Programs, and More - Dallas Rhodes and Mary Savina
  • More than one geoscience-related discipline is represented on many of our campuses. This session will explore the advantages and challenges and models of working with programs in geography, environmental studies/science, marine science, and others.
  • Reaching Beyond Your Institution: Forging Collaborations with Geoscientists at Other Colleges and Universities at the Local, State, and Regional Level - Pamela Gore and Heather Macdonald
  • There are a variety of ways in which geoscientists from institutions in the same location, state, or region currently collaborate (e.g., co-led field courses, innovative articulation agreements, common courses for high school teachers, state-wide academic advisory groups, research collaborations across institutional types, and more). This session will explore the benefits and challenges of such collaboration, brainstorm other possibilities, and will provide an opportunity for participants in the same "area" to plan how they might collaborate in the future.
  • Working with Alumni - Diane Doser and Randy Richardson
  • Alumni are very valuable resources. They can be part of the network that helps your students connect with internships, employment, mentoring, and other real-world experiences. They can also provide feedback on initiatives and other proposed changes in the department. And, of course, they can be a source of financial support for scholarships, field trips, and even endowed chairs. What some of the best practices in working with alumni? In this session, we will share our experiences with alumni relations, from working with college/university alumni offices, the use of newsletters, alumni receptions on campus and at regional/national meetings, and other strategies to help alumni feel connected to the department in ways that are beneficial to all.
  • Incorporating A Stronger Field Component in Your Curriculum - Yvette Kuiper and Geoff Feiss
  • Graduate Programs - Diane Clemens-Knott
    • Collaborating with Students is a page on the website for Early Career Geoscience faculty. It includes several examples of written guidelines for student researchers (undergraduate and graduate).
Participants reviewing each other's action plans at the 2009 workshop on Strengthening Your Geoscience Program. Photo by Carol Ormand.

12:30-2:00 Working Lunch: Department Teams Finalize Draft Action/Implementation Plans (Microsoft Word 28kB Jun2 09), Center Court Dining Facility, Sadler Center

2:00-3:30 Structured Review of Action and Implementation Plans

Review teams for action plans

These questions are designed to prompt your thinking about the action plan and facilitate your ability to comment extensively and constructively on the plan as presented. (You may download these questions (Microsoft Word 29kB Jun2 09) if you like.)

  1. Is it clear what the action plan seeks to address? Do you understand the goal, challenge or issue being addressed? the purpose of the plan? Is the goal at the right level of importance and achievability?
  2. Do you understand the desired result? What success would look like? Are the proposed actions likely to address this goal, challenge or issue and lead to this result?
  3. Is the action plan realistic and feasible in the context of this department and institution? Is it described in sufficient detail that you can see a pathway to successful completion? Is the timeline reasonable and realistic? How could the plan be strengthened?
  4. Are the primary challenges to implementing the plan identified? Are there other challenges that could be foreseen? Is there a strategy for addressing these challenges? Is a strong fall back position identified for major challenges?
  5. Does the plan make effective and appropriate use of the people in the department and institution and capitalize on their roles and strengths? Is there a strong plan for obtaining needed support and engaging appropriate people?
  6. Is there a plan for monitoring progress and making appropriate adjustments? Will it be clear if the plan is successful? Is there a data collection/assessment plan that will produce the data needed to demonstrate success to other stakeholders?

3:30-4:30 Finalize Plans and upload them

4:30-5:30 Closing Session