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Workshops

These workshops provide opportunities for discussion of key issues and challenges facing geoscience departments, and for sharing strategies that work in a variety of institutional settings. Program pages from past workshops include such resources as the invited speakers' presentations, participants' contributions, and any summary documents produced during or after the workshop.

Participants at the 2007 workshop on preparing future geoscience professionals. Photo by Carol Ormand.
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Current and Upcoming Workshops

Traveling Workshop Program

We are continuing our program of traveling workshops for individual geoscience departments. Selected departments will choose topics of high interest from a list of our areas of expertise. Two of our workshop leaders will work with the department to develop a program and deliver the programming on (or near) campus. Each session will include presentations, discussions, and action planning focused on topics selected by the department. Each workshop program will feature concrete examples drawn from the leaders' experience and from the collective experiences of the geoscience community. All workshops will also incorporate information on building departmental consensus and assessing departmental efforts.

2014 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop

December 14,2014; AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

This one-day workshop provides an opportunity for experienced and new heads and chairs of Earth and Space Science departments to discuss successful strategies and challenges with others, learn about building a strong department, and meet other heads and chairs.

Past Workshops

2013 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop

December 8, 2013; AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

This one-day workshop provided an opportunity for experienced and new heads and chairs of Earth and Space Science departments to discuss successful strategies and challenges with others, learn about building a strong department, and meet other heads and chairs.

2012 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop

December 2, 2012; AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

This one-day workshop provided an opportunity for experienced and new heads and chairs of Earth and Space Science departments to discuss successful strategies and challenges with others, learn about building a strong department, and meet other heads and chairs.

2011 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop

December 4, 2011; AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

This one-day workshop provided an opportunity for experienced and new heads and chairs of Earth and Space Science departments to discuss successful strategies and challenges with others, learn about building a strong department, and meet other heads and chairs.

2010 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop

December 12, 2010; AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

This one-day workshop provided an opportunity for experienced and new heads and chairs of Earth and Space Science departments to discuss successful strategies and challenges with others, learn about building a strong department, and meet other heads and chairs.

Traveling Workshop Program

During the 2009-2010 academic year, we initiated a program of traveling workshops for individual geoscience departments. Departments selected topics of high interest from a list of our areas of expertise. Two of our workshop leaders worked with the department to develop a program and deliver the programming on (or near) campus. Each session included presentations, discussions, and action planning focused on topics selected by the department. Each workshop program featured concrete examples drawn from the leaders' experience and from the collective experiences of the geoscience community. All workshops also incorporated information on building departmental consensus and assessing departmental efforts.

2009 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop

December 13, 2009; AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

This one-day workshop provided an opportunity for experienced and new heads and chairs of Earth and Space Science departments to discuss successful strategies and challenges with others, learn about building a strong department, and meet other heads and chairs.

Strengthening Your Geoscience Program: A Practical Workshop with Ideas and Examples

June 2-4, 2009; College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

This workshop focused on areas of high interest to participants, such as curriculum, assessment, programming, recruitment, or management. We drew on strategies and examples from past workshops to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing participants' departments. Teams of participants were strongly encouraged, particularly from departments in the mid-Atlantic states.

Assessing Geoscience Programs: Theory and Practice

February 22-24, 2009; Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Departments are increasingly called upon to assess the impact of their programs on students and to measure the degree to which they meet stated goals. This workshop showcased the methods and instruments that geoscience departments are using for this assessment, and also provided opportunities to learn more about evaluation theory and practice from experts in the field.

2008 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop

December 14, 2008; AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

This one-day workshop provided an opportunity for both new and experienced heads and chairs of Earth and Space Science departments to learn more about being an effective department leader, to discuss successful strategies with others, and to meet other heads and chairs.

2007 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop

December 9, 2007; AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

This one-day workshop provided an opportunity for both new and experienced heads and chairs of Earth and Space Science departments to learn more about being an effective department leader, to discuss successful strategies with others, and to meet other heads and chairs.

Strategies for Successful Recruitment of Geoscience Majors: Conceptual Framework and Practical Suggestions

October 27, 2007; GSA annual meeting, Denver, CO

This workshop explored effective strategies for recruiting geoscience majors from a variety of institutional settings. Read the brief workshop summary.

Connecting Geoscience Departments to the Future of Science: New Structures for Research and Curriculum

April 25-27, 2007; Carleton College, Northfield, MN

This workshop explored the paired topics of where our science is heading in the coming decades and how to prepare ourselves and our students for that future. Read the brief workshop summary.

The Role of Departments in Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals

January 10-12, 2007; College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA

This workshop explored geoscience workforce trends and how we can prepare our students for the changing landscape of their future careers. Read the brief workshop summary.

2006 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop

December 10, 2006; AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco

2006 AAG Workshop

June 9-11, 2006; Athens, GA

The American Association of Geographers's Healthy Departments Initiative has organized a series of workshops to assist Department Chairs and facilitate sharing of successful strategies for maintaining healthy departments.

AGU/AMS Heads and Chairs Meeting 2005

Wuebbles, D.J., 2005, Tackling Strategies for Thriving Departments, Eos, 86(19), 187-190. (Link to article on AGU website. AGU membership required.)

Developing Pathways to Strong Departments for the Future

February 24-26, 2005; College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Participants in this workshop shared information on strategies that had strengthened their own departments and brainstormed ideas for collective action that would strengthen departments across the United States. Read the brief workshop summary.

PKAL Workshop: Strengthening Undergraduate Earth and Planetary Science Programs

Starting from the premise that faculty working as a department team can create stronger programs than individual faculty working alone, this workshop focused on developing a coherent curriculum for students studying the earth and planetary sciences. Participants articulated specific goals for their department and explored issues associated with building strong departments which are well-connected to other programs across campus.

Workshop Report Presented at 2002 AGU Fall Meeting:
Macdonald, R.H., and Manduca, C.A., 2002, Developing Strong Geoscience Programs and Departments, Eos Trans. AGU, 83(47), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract ED52A-0002.

PKAL Workshop: Developing Successful Programs for Earth and Planetary Science Majors

This workshop asked participants to articulate their goals for their department and to consider how to implement changes to meet the goals. It explored issues related to the developing of students' skills across a departmental curriculum and associated co-curricular activities. Participants discussed over-arching issues related to working at the departmental level, including strategies for implementation of changes and assessment of departments and programs.

Previous AGI Conferences

1999 - 2001 AGI Associates Program Conferences

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