June 15-19, 2008
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Note: the 2008 workshop is over. Find out more about the Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshops, or read on for more information about the 2008 workshop.

Join us for a multi-day workshop in a stimulating and resource-rich environment where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time-management.

  • "It generated many new ideas for me! I will go back to my work with a much clearer sense of purpose and vision. It gave me time to think about the big picture and learn from my peers."
  • "Meeting other faculty in my position did a lot to relieve the stress of feeling that one is all by oneself in struggling with teaching and research. Personal discussions with the leaders were very helpful. And of course, the binder full of ideas is gold."
  • "This has been one of the most worthwhile experiences in my graduate-faculty career."

Participants must have a full-time faculty position at a two-year or four-year college or a university at the time of the workshop and must be in their first four years of full-time teaching or starting a full-time position in the fall.

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, teaching challenges and strategies, the transition from PhD to current research program, balancing personal and professional responsibilities, and more.


Heather Macdonald, Department of Geology, College of William & Mary
Richelle Allen-King, Department of Geology, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Richard Yuretich, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Workshop Leaders:

Paul Markowski, Department of Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University
James Farquhar, Department of Geology, University of Maryland
Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences, California State University, Chico
Randy Richardson, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona
Rebecca Ambers, Department of Environmental Studies, Sweet Briar College
Bill Hirt, Department of Natural Sciences, College of Siskiyous

SERC 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, sponsored 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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