Beyond the Curriculum
A great deal of education happens outside of formal coursework, through mentoring, advising, internships, student research experiences, and many other activities. The resources and references below can help you (and your students) make the most of these opportunities.
Program & Department Profiles
When you are thinking about making changes in your own department, it can be helpful to see what other departments have done. Members of various geoscience departments have provided these profiles in an effort to share such information.
Interdisciplinary Programs at McMaster University
At the 2005 Building Strong Departments workshop, Carolyn Eyles, from McMaster University in Ontario, gave a presentation detailing the interdisciplinary programs there. Here's an adaption of it: Maintaining the Core vs Developing Connections: Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Programs.
We developed these pages on internship programs as a result of discussions at the 2007 workshop on the Role of Departments in Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals.
Laurie Koloski, Director of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary, suggests ways to help your students develop a global perspective in this presentation: Internationalization: Implications for Your Students Within and Beyond the Curriculum. (Microsoft Word 24kB Jan19 07)
References and Additional Readings
- Lessons from the Mouse: this book, by longtime Disney executive Dennis Snow, offers practical advice for organizational effectiveness.
- Tomorrow's Professor #97: Graduate Student Mentoring - It's not the Same as Advising
This article emphasizes the importance of having a mentor (if not more than one) in addition to advising. It describes a program at Oklahoma State University that has good ideas for those interested in mentoring.
- Tomorrow's Professor #104: Mentoring Postdoctoral Students
This is an excerpt from a series of guides by the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP) (more info) . The series includes guides on responsible conduct of research, careers in science and engineering, and mentoring.
On undergraduate research
- The Council on Undergraduate Research offers workshops and has several publications related to involving undergraduate students in meaningful research experiences.
- Tomorrow's Professor #239: Combining Undergraduate Research and Learning: A Three-Step Approach
In this excerpt, the authors look at an effective way for faculty to integrate teaching and research with good results for undergraduates.