Geoscience in Two-Year Colleges (Geo2YC)
This website provides faculty and students with information about geoscience education at two-year colleges. Faculty can learn about teaching materials, find information about workforce development and geoscience careers, and learn about professional development opportunities.
Students can find out about scholarships and educational opportunities.
Materials that are directly applicable to teaching at two-year colleges have been developed by participants in various projects. This page organizes these materials around several important and relevant themes: Teaching Introductory Courses, Mathematics Preparation, Teaching in the Field, Undergraduate Research, Ready-to-go Lessons and Activities, and Perspectives.
Provided by NAGT's Geo2YC Division
- InTeGrate is Pleased to Announce the Publication of a New Teaching Module: Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources
Despite the fact that most people would agree that water is a shared resource, few think about who gets what share of fresh water. This module enables students to identify the freshwater components of the hydrologic cycle and connect them to the basic need of all human beings for equal access to clean fresh water.
- Interested in Creating the Best-in-class Curriculum Materials for Teaching Quantitative Research and Computational Skills to Geoscience Students?
MathWorks (makers of MATLAB®) and the Science Education Resource Center are partnering to develop and deliver a workshop focused on offering an opportunity for the leading practitioners in the field to participate and share their materials and ideas for teaching geoscience computation with MATLAB. Application deadline: August 28, 2015. For more information visit the workshop website
- 2015 Geo2YC Officer Elections
It's time to elect new officers for the Geo2YC Division to help lead the Division through the next year. The election begins July 1, 2015 and goes through August 5, 2015.
- NAGT-GEO2YC Spring Foundations Newsletter Now Available
Whether you are still teaching, enjoying break, or preparing for your summer courses, the following NAGT-GEO2YC Foundations newsletter will inspire and solicit new ideas for your own practices.
- InTeGrate is Pleased to Announce the Publication of a New Teaching Module: Living on the Edge: Building Resilient Societies on Active Plate Margins
Geological monitoring can greatly improve our planning for and response to catastrophic events such as earthquakes and volcanoes. In light of recent tragic events in Nepal, this teaching module provides timely instruction for students to personally experience that geoscience is a complex, interdisciplinary effort with real-world implications.
The SAGE 2YC project has begun working on ways to help students at two-year colleges be successful in the geoscience workforce as well as providing them with information on the kinds of opportunities that are out there for people with geoscience degrees.
Those interested in learning more about teaching at a two-year college can read career profiles of faculty at two-year colleges and and find out more about the faculty job search process and interviews at community colleges. Also, not only can two-year colleges prepare students for work in industry, they can also be the first step along the path for teaching at two-year colleges or four-year colleges or universities.
Workshops, Events, and Programs
As information for workshops, events, and programs associated with this project becomes available, we will post it here. Be sure to check out the Announcements to the right for opportunities and events from other sources. These workshops and other events offer great opportunities to meet and network with fellow two-year college faculty and can help decrease the sense of isolation that is common among many 2YC faculty teaching geoscience.
This website includes resources from a number of sources. Learn more about these contributing projects and the
work they have all engaged in.
If you have questions or want to discuss aspects of teaching geoscience at two-year colleges, you can make use of the Discussion Board. Post a thread or respond to someone else's and generate a conversation about the issues facing 2YC education.
There is also an email list for this effort where members can get announcements and discuss issues surrounding geoscience education at two-year colleges. Just sign up and you'll be better connected to the Geo2YC community.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE 1122592, 1122640, 1122660, 1122737), the
National Science Foundation Geosciences Directorate (GEO 0939671) and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (consider becoming a member).
Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.