Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences Workshop

Note: the 2010 workshop is over. Find out more about the "Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences" workshops, or read on for more information about the 2010 workshop.

July 29 - August 1, 2010
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

The deadline for applications was March 10, 2010.

This workshop is designed specifically for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are interested in pursuing academic careers. Faculty members and administrators will provide guidance and information that will help participants to be stronger candidates for academic positions and to succeed in academic jobs. Session topics focus on becoming both a successful teacher and researcher. Each participant will take home ideas to improve teaching right now and will develop a personal action plan. Comments from past participants:

"This workshop has exceeded all of my expectations on what I would be experiencing while I was here. The leaders are exceptional, and the participants are highly motivated and very willing to share their experiences, and the whole experience has been fantastic. I will recommend this to all of my colleagues who would like to become a faculty member in the geosciences."

"The breadth of experience among the workshop leaders provided a wealth of information. Their enthusiasm and dedication are contagious!"

"Everyone was so friendly, honest, open-minded, and intelligent. All of these factors created a synergism that was ripe for opening ourselves up and facing our fears head on. The knowledge that the leaders passed on is invaluable. I have a certain confidence and calmness now that I'm sure will stick with me. Thank you for this amazing opportunity and I look forward to another Cutting Edge workshop in the future!"

"I learned so much useful information and more importantly I have a sense of control and empowerment to continue to pursue my career goals. Thank you!"

Follow the links below for information about each of the workshop conveners and leaders. In most cases, the linked pages have the leaders' answers to questions about their career path, job responsibilities (including challenges), balancing personal and professional responsibilities, and more.

Workshop Conveners

Heather Macdonald, Geology Department, College of William and Mary
Robyn Wright Dunbar, Center for Teaching & Learning, Stanford University

Workshop Leaders

Anne Egger, Department of Geological and Environmental Science, Stanford University
Oswaldo Garcia, Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University
Margot Gerritsen, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
Jeff Marshall, Department of Geological Sciences, California Polytechnic Unversity Pomona
Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, Department of Geological Sciences & Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rachel O'Brien, Geology Department, Allegheny College
Steve Semken, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University
Katryn Wiese, Geology and Oceanography, City College of San Francisco

Cutting Edge Staff

Monica Bruckner, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
Carol Ormand, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, supported by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education .

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