Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences

Note: the 2015 workshop is over. Find out more about the "Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences" workshop series, or read on for more information about the 2015 workshop.

May 31 - June 3, 2015
University of Wisconsin - Madison

The deadline for applications was March 2, 2015.

This workshop is designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and others who are interested in pursuing academic careers in the geosciences.* 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 develop or revise a plan for the next career stage and will take home ideas to improve teaching immediately.

"This was an extremely well run workshop and should prove invaluable to my academic career. The workshop answered questions for me that I didn't even know I had yet. It definitely got me thinking about my future path with more clarity and confidence. It is just what I needed at this particular point in my career where I've been feeling slightly adrift trying to finish my dissertation research. Many thanks!"

"I think the idea of being a university/college teacher seems much more "doable" now and less daunting."

"Overall I feel like my experiences here were broadening and enriching. While some of the material wasn't new to me, I don't feel like anything was a waste of my time and I felt like I came away with some fantastic information that will be very useful to me in my career. It was helpful to meet with people from a broad range of backgrounds and with different experiences and expectations - both participants and leaders. The atmosphere was casual enough to let us relax and get to know each other, but serious enough to make us feel like we were doing something worthwhile."

Note: We have also developed a set of online resources for those who are preparing for an academic career in the geosciences. These web pages focus on the job search process, preparing to teach, and moving your research forward. You do not have to attend the workshop to view these pages.

*If you are in the process of applying for tenure-track or other permanent faculty positions, we encourage you to apply to both this workshop and the Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshop, with a note that you are in the process of applying for such positions. The Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshop is designed for those who have a tenure-track or equivalent faculty position.

Workshop Conveners

Barbara Tewksbury, Department of Geosciences, Hamilton College
Ankur Desai, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Matthew Kirby, Department of Geological Sciences, California State University Fullerton

Workshop Leaders

Margaret Fraiser, Department of Geosciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Erika Marin-Spiotta, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Joshua Villalobos, Geological Sciences, El Paso Community College
Jen Wenner, Geology,University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh 

Cutting Edge Staff

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, and is sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by NAGT, and a grant from the National Science Foundation - Division of Undergraduate Education and other contributing sponsors.

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