The National Association of Geoscience Teachers has a Two-Year College Division for 2YC faculty and others with a professional interest in teaching and learning at two-year colleges. The division cuts across the regional sections and provides networking and discussion opportunities for geoscience educators across the organization. NAGT is also working with the PIs of the Geoscience in Two-Year Colleges project to provide website resource for geoscience faculty at two-year colleges.
The Role of Two-Year Colleges in Geoscience Education and in Broadening Participation in the Geosciences: A Planning Workshop - This planning workshop was held June 24-27, 2010 at Northern Virginia Community College. The workshop brought together faculty from two-year colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and representatives from professional societies and organizations to learn more about geoscience in 2YC and their potential for increasing diversity in the geosciences and to discuss how to best support this important community.
Both the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union play host to events for two-year college faculty.
On the Cutting Edge - Geoscience Faculty Professional Development: On the Cutting Edge puts on a number of face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid workshops each year to help college and university faculty stay abreast of content and pedagogy and to help geoscience graduate students and post-docs to begin navigating their academic career.
Courses Profiles: The Building Strong Geoscience Departments program has collected a number of course profiles from departments across the country including several from two-year colleges. These profiles describe a course (degree program or concentration) in the department that faculty there think is particularly effective.
The Teach the Earth portal has a SiteGuide for Two-Year College Instructors that points to collections of teaching activities and course descriptions as well as professional development and content resources available from projects contributing to the portal.
A collection of Essays by two-year college faculty or addressing issues facing two-year college educators is available at the Geoscience in Two-Year Colleges website.
Presentations from the 2010 Planning Workshop address a number of important topic in two-year college education.
- Strategic Importance of Community College Membership to the Geological Society of America (PowerPoint 1.4MB Jun28 10) - Wendi Williams (Northwest Arkansas Community College and University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
- Creating a SOTL Community on Campus (PowerPoint 2.3MB Jun28 10) - Kaatje Kraft (Mesa Community College)
- A National Perspective on Geoscience in Community Colleges (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 782kB Jun25 10) - Leila Gonzales (American Geological Institute)
- Digital links; Real Connections: How Blogging Helps Build Community (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.1MB Jun25 10) - Callan Bentley (Northern Virginia Community College)
NAGT awards professional development grants each year to two-year college faculty, students, and K12 teachers. The Dottie Stout Professional Development Grants provide up to 3 $750 awards each year (one in each of the categories). Two-year college faculty are eligible and encouraged to apply for other awards programs run annually by NAGT as well.