Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop Program

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Check-in and registration for the workshop will be in the lobby of the One Tribe Place dorm from 3:00-5:00pm; workshop registration for later arrivals will be at the Sadler Center during dinner and the evening program. One Tribe Place is at 415 Richmond Road in Williamsburg, VA. Campus map is here.

5:00-5:30 Welcome and Introductions, Sadler Center, Tidewater A and B

5:30-6:30 Dinner

6:30-9:00 Strategic Decisions: Elements of a successful career and a satisfying life (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.4MB Jul13 15) - Rachel Beane and Tessa Hill

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Monday, July 27

7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Commons Dining Hall

8:15-8:30 Announcements and Setting Goals, Sadler Center, Tidewater A

8:30-10:10 Course Design (Acrobat (PDF) 1.2MB Jul13 15), Tidewater A - Rachel Beane and Karen Kortz

10:10-10:30 Break, Sadler lobby

10:30-11:30 Teaching Strategies: Concurrent Sessions I-a, Sadler Center

Participants will attend one session from the list below:

  • Technology in the Classroom, York Room - Tessa Hill and Sarah Penniston-Dorland
  • Our students are increasingly using technology to interact outside the classroom, why not take advantage of technological tools to increase student participation and learning in the classroom? In this session we discuss some ways to use technology in the classroom to involve students in learning more actively.

11:30-12:45 Lunch, Commons Dining Hall

12:45-1:45 Teaching Strategies: Concurrent Sessions I-b, Sadler Center

Participants will attend one session from the list below:

  • Engaging Students in Large Classes (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.7MB Jul13 15), Tidewater B - Matthew Gilmore and Andrew Goodliffe
  • We will discuss the benefits of using interactive activities in a lecture class, as well as several other ways to engage students, such as student clickers, multimedia clips, in-class demonstrations, course website tools and connecting the topics to students' lives. We will demonstrate some short activities that actively engage a diverse and potentially unmotivated student group and that can easily be incorporated into lecture classes of any size. And we will spend some time brainstorming about ways to incorporate these strategies in your own classroom.
  • Reducing Misconceptions through Lecture Tutorials and ConcepTests (PowerPoint 2MB Jul13 15), James Room - Karen Kortz
  • Misconceptions are difficult to change, often preventing students from understanding accurate geologic explanations. We will explore common misconceptions and discuss two research-supported techniques to engage students and reduce misconceptions: Lecture Tutorials and ConcepTests (implemented with or without clickers). Both techniques are easy to use in classes of any size.
  • Technology in the Classroom, York Room - Tessa Hill and Sarah Penniston-Dorland
  • Our students are increasingly using technology to interact outside the classroom, why not take advantage of technological tools to increase student participation and learning in the classroom? In this session we discuss some ways to use technology in the classroom to involve students in learning more actively.
  • Resources for Teaching, on the SERC Website, Tidewater A - Carol Ormand
  • The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) website has a vast array of resources to support geoscience teaching (and more). In fact, it's so vast that it can be a bit daunting: more than 22,000 pages of content includes community contributions of more than 4,700 teaching activities. We'll start with a brief guided tour of the website to provide an overview, and will use the remaining time to explore the website to locate resources of interest to participants in this session.

1:45-2:00 Break, Tidewater B

2-3:15 Lesson Design: Preparing for a class period (Acrobat (PDF) 443kB Jul13 15), Tidewater A - Rachel Beane and Matthew Gilmore

Lesson design posters (Note: This is a private page, visible only to participants in the 2015 workshop for early career faculty members)

3:15-4:15 Teaching Fair, Tidewater B

4:15-4:30 Overview of Individual Consultations, Daily Roadcheck, Tidewater A

5:30-7:00 Dinner and Sharing Ideas about Specific Courses, Commons Dining Hall (Dining Hall closes at 7)

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Tuesday, July 28

7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Commons Dining Hall

8:15-8:30 Report From Yesterday's Roadchecks; Introduction to Your Research/Scholarly Career, Tidewater A

8:30-9:30 Working Effectively with Students Doing Research: Different Models (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 201kB Jul13 15), Tidewater A - Tessa Hill and Josh Galster

9:30-9:50 Break, Tidewater B

9:50-10:50 Strategies for Research and Scholarship: Concurrent Sessions II-a, Sadler Center

Participants will attend one session from the list below:

  • Research with Undergraduates (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.8MB Jul13 15), York Room - Josh Galster and Laura Rademacher
  • In this session, we explore various models for designing undergraduate projects, working with undergraduates, and preserving group data/knowledge in the face of relatively high student turnover; we also discuss strategies for "chunking" projects in portions suitable for undergraduates at various levels of experience.
  • Setting the Scope for M.S. Research Projects (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 236kB Jul13 15), Tidewater A - Matthew Gilmore and Andrew Goodliffe
  • Working with M.S. students - taking the needs of your research program and the needs, experience, and abilities of your students into account and considering what is doable in a reasonable time frame.
  • Starting New Research Projects and Building Collaborations (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.1MB Jul13 15), James Room - Sarah Penniston-Dorland
  • You have finished your dissertation or post-doctoral projects and you want to use the resources at your current institution and establish links outside your current institution to grow in new directions. This session will explore ways that you can build upon your existing strengths to move your career forward.

11:00-12:00 Strategies for Research and Scholarship: Concurrent Sessions II-b, Sadler Center

Participants will attend one session from the list below:

  • Research with Undergraduates (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.8MB Jul13 15), York Room - Josh Galster and Laura Rademacher
  • In this session, we explore various models for designing undergraduate projects, working with undergraduates, and preserving group data/knowledge in the face of relatively high student turnover; we also discuss strategies for "chunking" projects in portions suitable for undergraduates at various levels of experience.
  • Starting New Research Projects and Building Collaborations (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.1MB Jul13 15), James Room - Sarah Penniston-Dorland
  • You have finished your dissertation or post-doctoral projects and you want to use the resources at your current institution and establish links outside your current institution to grow in new directions. This session will explore ways that you can build upon your existing strengths to move your career forward.
  • Recruiting and Working with Graduate Students (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.1MB Jul28 15), Tidewater A - Andrew Goodliffe
  • You have finished your dissertation or post-doctoral projects and you want to use the resources at your current institution to grow in new directions. This session will explore ways that you can build upon your existing strengths to move your career forward.
    • Collaborating with students includes case studies of how geoscience faculty work with student researchers, at a variety of types of institution - from On the Cutting Edge

12:00-1:30 Lunch, Sadler Center, Tidewater B

Optional Interest Group Discussions:

1:30-2:30 Connections, Extensions, Opportunities: Concurrent Sessions III-a, Sadler Center

Participants will attend one session from the list below:

  • Time Management (PowerPoint 1.7MB Jul13 15), Tidewater A - Tessa Hill and Matthew Gilmore
  • We are all faced with competing demands for our attention. This session will discuss some possible and proven ways to deal with these demands in a rational and mindful fashion.
  • Managing Service Expectations (Acrobat (PDF) 1.2MB Jul13 15), Tidewater B - Rachel Beane and Laura Rademacher
  • Many new faculty members are concerned service will detract them from their scholarship. However, smart service choices can be incredibly advantageous. In this session, we will explore the various types of service in which faculty engage, as well as successful strategies for managing expectations, meeting obligations, and ensuring your service works for you.

  • Responding Effectively to Student Writing, York Room - Sharon Zuber
  • Evaluating writing takes time and students often think the process is totally subjective. We will discuss specific ways to give students useful feedback without being overwhelmed with work by sequencing assignments to build on student skills and using a rubric that sets students up for success and minimizes the time it takes to grade. Participants will be given handouts for teaching and evaluating writing.

2:30-2:50 Break, Sadler Lobby

2:50-3:50 Connections, Extensions, Opportunities: Concurrent Sessions III-b, Sadler Center

Participants will attend one session from the list below:

  • Managing Service Expectations (Acrobat (PDF) 1.2MB Jul13 15), Tidewater B - Rachel Beane and Laura Rademacher
  • Many new faculty members are concerned service will detract them from their scholarship. However, smart service choices can be incredibly advantageous. In this session, we will explore the various types of service in which faculty engage, as well as successful strategies for managing expectations, meeting obligations, and ensuring your service works for you.
  • Bringing Data/Research into the Classroom (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.8MB Jul13 15), James Room - Josh Galster and Karen Kortz
  • This session will focus on approaches to provide students valuable research experience within the context of a formal class, for both introductory and upper-division levels. We will discuss advantages for incorporating research, successful strategies for doing so, and examples of research projects in a variety of classes at all levels.
  • Responding Effectively to Student Writing, York Room - Sharon Zuber
  • Evaluating writing takes time and students often think the process is totally subjective. We will discuss specific ways to give students useful feedback without being overwhelmed with work by sequencing assignments to build on student skills and using a rubric that sets students up for success and minimizes the time it takes to grade. Participants will be given handouts for teaching and evaluating writing.

3:50-4:00 Daily Roadcheck, Tidewater A

4:00-5:30 optional Individual consultations

5:30-6:30 optional Canoe Lake Matoaka, Walk through College Woods, tour Keck Environmental Lab, individual consultations

6:30 Picnic Dinner at the Keck Environmental Lab

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Wednesday, July 29

7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Commons Dining Hall

8:15-8:30 Report From Yesterday's Roadchecks and Preview of Today's Sessions, Tidewater B

8:30-9:55 Creating a Strategic Plan for Research/Scholarly Activity (Acrobat (PDF) 134kB Jul13 15), Tidewater A - Rachel Beane and Andrew Goodliffe

Show research planning groups

9:55-10:15 Break, Tidewater B

10:15-11:30 Writing Proposals and Getting Funded (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 733kB Jul13 15), Tidewater A - Tessa Hill and Sarah Penniston-Dorland

11:30-12:45 Lunch - Sadler Center, Tidewater B

Optional Interest Group Discussions:
  • Working with Industry
  • Building a Reputation as a New Scientist
  • Standards for a Masters Degree

1:00-3:20 Moving Your Research/Scholarly Activity Forward: Concurrent Sessions IV, Sadler Center

Participants will attend one session from the list below:

  • Improving Research Proposals Through Review of Your Proposal Summaries, Tidewater A - Tessa Hill with other leaders
  • This session is for those who submitted a proposal summary by the June 17 due date
  • Improving Class Activities and Assignments Through Review of Your Assignment, James Room - Karen Kortz
  • This session is for those who submitted an activity or assignment by the June 17 due date. We will receive and give feedback on the activities or assignments that you submitted prior to the workshop.
    Assignment Review Rubric (Microsoft Word 34kB Jun24 14)
  • Reviewing Successful Proposals and Developing a Proposal Idea of One's Own (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 100kB Jul13 15), Tidewater B - Rachel Beane
  • We will review successful proposals, then participants will develop a proposal idea (for funding research and/or teaching) and share feedback on these proposal ideas

3:20-3:40 Break, Sadler lobby

3:40-4:00 Poster Instructions (Acrobat (PDF) 42kB Jul13 15), Tidewater A

See example posters from the 2010 workshop, illustrating a diverse range of approaches to poster formats and content.

4:00-4:15 Discussion of NSF visit, Tidewater A - Tessa Hill

4:15-6:45 Roadcheck, Work on Posters, Individual Consultations, Tidewater A

Dinner on own

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Thursday, July 30

7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Commons Dining Hall

8:15-11:10 Poster Session, Tidewater A

Find your poster session time and booth number

11:10-11:30 Poster Follow-up and Reflection, Tidewater A

11:30-1:15 Lunch - on own

1:15-2:15 Building a Network of Support (PowerPoint 450kB Jul13 15), Tidewater A - Tessa Hill and Sarah Penniston-Dorland

2:20-4:20 Strategic Action Planning, Tidewater A

4:20-4:40 Break, Sadler Lobby

4:40-5:30 Lessons Learned (see link below), Concluding Remarks, and Workshop Evaluation, Tidewater A

Lessons Learned (private page, for workshop participants only)

7:00 Closing Dinner, Nawab Indian Cuisine Restaurant, 204 Monticello Avenue

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Friday, July 31

Optional Visit to the National Science Foundation


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