Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty

June 6-10, 2010 with trip to NSF on Friday June 11
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Note: the 2010 workshop is over. Find out more about the Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshops, or read on for more information about the 2010 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.

"I am heading back to my institution feeling that I am better equipped to be a more efficient and effective teacher, researcher, colleague, father, husband, and community member."

"The workshop totally changed my view of teaching from teacher-oriented to student-oriented. It's no more what I want to teach but what students need to learn or take away from the course. This is the essential point that I will keep in mind when I design course goals, syllabi, in-class activities, assignments, and exams."

"This workshop met and exceeded all goals. It is a well-oiled machine and every [new] faculty member should have to come to this. I just wish I could revisit it in a couple of years. But I will be sure to go to other Cutting Edge workshops."

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 ( This site may be offline. ) , Department of Geology, College of William & Mary
Richelle Allen-King, Department of Geology, University at Buffalo, SUNY


Rachel Beane, Geology Department, Bowdoin College
James Ebert, Earth Sciences Department, SUNY College at Oneonta
James Farquhar, Department of Geology, University of Maryland
Ron Metzger, Science Department, Southwestern Oregon Community College
Randy Richardson, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona
Elizabeth Ritchie, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona
Jennifer Roberts, Department of Geology, University of Kansas

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, 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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