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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?

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
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


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