Workshop Overview

This workshop has already taken place.

This one-day workshop was designed to help tenure-track geoscience faculty make their strongest case for tenure. Workshop discussions and activities focused on analyses of CVs, personal statements (narratives), and teaching materials that may be used as supporting documentation in tenure applications. Participants had the opportunity to gain feedback and advice on their own preparation towards tenure. In addition, participants had the opportunity to review several examples of successful geoscience tenure packages from range of institutions.

Workshop Goals for Participants

  • Analyze components of successful tenure packages from a range of institutions to identify features and strategies useful in making the case for tenure
  • Review teaching materials (e.g., syllabus, classroom activity, lab exercise, assignments, etc.) and consider the evidence they provide about teaching quality in a tenure application
  • Review c.v.'s in the context of a tenure application
  • Discuss topics of high interest to registered workshop participants
  • Leave with ideas, strategies, and a plan for building your tenure case and a support network of other early career faculty


Sunday, December 13, 2009, 9 am to 5 pm

Prior to the workshop, participants are asked to

  • Submit 3 questions or issues of highest concern to you about tenure and/or your progress towards tenure.
  • Obtain, read, and submit a copy of the tenure requirements at your institution.
  • Identifiy and submit a document from your teaching that you would consider including as evidence of excellence in teaching in your future tenure package. This might be a syllabus, an original lab or field exercise, an exam, a classroom activity, or other document of your choosing.
  • Update your CV. Submit your CV to the workshop (optional). There will be a session on analyzing CVs, which will be an opportunity to gain constructive feedback on your CV from leaders and other participants who submitted their CVs.



Selection Criteria

Participants should be in a tenure track (or equivalent) position in a two-year or four-year college or university at the time of the workshop.


The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Fall American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting at the Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco.

For More Information

If you have questions about this workshop please contact Kristen St. John or R. Mark Leckie.