Workshop Overview

Application deadline: March 16, 2016

The Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshop is designed for those in their first three years of a tenure-track or equivalent faculty position. If you are in the process of applying for tenure-track or other permanent faculty positions, we encourage you to apply both to this workshop and to the Preparing for an Academic Career workshop, with a note that you are in the process of applying for faculty positions. If you are a graduate student, post-doc or visiting faculty who will not be in a long-term faculty position next year, then consider the Preparing for an Academic Career sessions at the 2016 Earth Educator's Rendezvous in Madison, WI.

Workshop Goals for Participants

  • Learn about setting course goals, strategies for active learning, and methods for assessment.
  • Share ideas and strategies for teaching one or more courses.
  • Consider successful strategies for maintaining an active research program and advising/supervising undergraduate and/or graduate research students.
  • Discuss life as an early-career faculty member and explore ways to balance teaching, research, and service responsibilities.
  • Leave with examples of assignments and activities for various courses, strategies for balancing competing demands, a support network of other early career faculty, and a plan for managing your early career as an academic.


On-site costs: The workshop registration fee of $1250 ($1200 for NAGT members), covers workshop, dorm accommodations at University of Maryland, and some meals. If you choose to arrange your own local housing and breakfasts, the registration fee will be $900 ($850 for NAGT members).

Our National Science Foundation grant provides funding for the remainder of the operational costs of the workshop. To be supported by these funds, a participant must be either a US citizen, a permanent resident, or in the employ of a US institution. If you don't meet these requirements and are interested in participating in this workshop at your own expense, please contact the workshop conveners.

Travel: Participants or their home institutions must provide transportation to and from the workshop.

Stipends: In cases where the cost of attending this workshop would cause financial hardship, you can apply for a stipend to help defray these costs.

Application and Selection Criteria

The workshop size is limited. The final list of participants will be established with the goal of assembling a group representing a wide range of experiences and educational environments. Priority is given to those in tenure-track (or equivalent) positions in the geosciences.

The application deadline is March 16, 2016.


The workshop will be held at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

For More Information

Please contact Rachel Beane (, 207-725-3160) or Tessa Hill, 707-875-1910).