Description and Goals
This workshop will bring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows interested in an academic career together with geoscience faculty members from different institutional settings who have a range of expertise and experience. The workshop will provide a stimulating and resource-rich environment in which to explore important facets of an academic career. Three main goals of the workshop are for participants to become more effective teachers, stronger candidates for academic jobs, and better prepared for a quick start to teaching and research in the next stage of their career.
During the workshop, each participant will
- Learn about roles and responsibilities of faculty members in different educational settings (e.g., two-year colleges, four-year colleges, universities) and positions in other academic institutions (e.g., museums).
- Explore aspects of effective and innovative teaching.
- Design a research plan suitable for the next career stage.
- Learn about strategies for documenting strengths and accomplishments in teaching and research and develop or revise supporting materials.
- Learn more about the job-search process.
- Meet informally with other participants and with workshop leaders from a range of educational settings.
- Develop a self-inventory of preferred options for the next career stage and a personal action plan.
The workshop will include faculty panels on academic careers and the academic job search, short presentations on various topics, structured discussions, small-group collaboration, and informal interaction and conversation. Participants will leave with a broad understanding of academic options, specific strategies for developing as teachers and scholars and for meeting competing demands, and an expanded network of colleagues. Participants will participate in electronic discussion and preparation prior to the workshop to become familiar with key issues and concepts and will follow-through with post-workshop plans.
The workshop will begin on the evening of Thursday, July 16, 2009, and will conclude after dinner on Saturday, July 18, 2009. Optional workshops will be offered on Thursday afternoon July 16 and in the morning of Sunday, July 19, 2009.
Applications were due March 18, 2009. An important part of each application is a statement of endorsement from a faculty member. Please arrange to have this endorsement submitted using the online form no later than March 25, 2009. When you make those arrangements, please give the email address you use on the workshop application form to the faculty member writing your endorsement letter. We use that email address to track all of your application materials, so if they submit a letter for you with a different email address, we won't know to connect it to your application.
Selection Criteria and Cost
The workshop size is limited. The final set of participants will be established with a goal of assembling a diverse and interactive group representing a range of experiences, educational environments, career aspirations, and specialties. Preference will be given to those entering or soon to enter the academic job market.
The operational costs of the workshop as well as double-occupancy rooms, board, and workshop materials are covered by a grant from the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE-0127310). (We will be able to offer a few single rooms for a supplemental fee.) To be supported by these funds, a participant must be either a US citizen, a permanent resident, or in the employ of a US institution. If you don't meet these requirements and are interested in participating in this workshop at your own expense, please contact the workshop conveners.
Participants or their home institutions must provide transportation to and from the workshop. In cases where the cost of attending this workshop would cause financial hardship, you can apply for a stipend to help defray these costs. (The application deadline for stipends for this workshop is April 8, 2009).
For more information about the workshops, including selection criteria and workshop stipends, see general information for workshop participants.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Contact Heather Macdonald or Robyn Wright Dunbar for more information.