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Participant Feedback

Nearly 1,000 people have participated in the Early Career Workshop since its inception in 1998. Learn more about the workshop in the words of past participants below. If you are an alum of the workshop, you can also submit your own feedback using this form.

  • I attended the Early Career Workshop and the overall experience, learning, and contacts that I made through this workshop are some of the things that helped my academic growth immensely.
  • I am an alum of one of the Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshops, and I tremendously appreciated the advice, guidance, and support of both veteran faculty and other peers.
  • The Early Career Workshop was absolutely life-changing. Following the guidelines and great advice that I got from the Early Career Workshop has resulted in grant funding, a successful publication record, wonderful teaching evaluations, and tenure.
  • The Early Career Workshop was the most valuable training I received for my new position as assistant professor. Thank you!
  • The Early Career Workshop was invaluable for sound advice and great networking with peers that became a support group.
  • I attended the Early Career Workshop years ago as a new Professor and found amazing advice and great new friends and colleagues.
  • The On the Cutting Edge early career workshop in geoscience was an absolute game changer for me. I recommend that all junior faculty attend one, it's that important!
  • This critically important workshop for early career faculty development was instrumental in introducing me to evidence-based teaching practices and also providing key insights into the process of NSF panel reviews. I believe much of my success as a grant writer originates from my attendance at the Early Career Workshop.
  • The Early Career Faculty Workshop has been immeasurably valuable to me as a faculty member. At a pivotal time in my career, as I was entering a new role as an instructor and manager of my lab, I received insight and camaraderie from both peers and mentors that propelled me through achieving tenure and promotion.
  • I attended the Workshop for Early Career Faculty (balancing research and teaching) the summer before I began my faculty position. It was an outstanding workshop that absolutely put me off to the right start!
  • The Workshop for Early Career Faculty was a critical part of my early development as an effective educator and researcher. I literally tell everyone I know who is starting on the tenure-track to apply to the workshop.
  • I attended the On the Cutting Edge Early Career Workshop the first summer of my tenure-track faculty position. It was an incredible experience getting to talk with other early career faculty about common challenges, fears, and strategies for success. I still use activities that I learned about either at this workshop or from the online portal, and have always recommended this workshop to other colleagues.
  • The Early Career Workshop remains one of the highlights of my tenure-track career for the structure and framework it helped me build for myself and my students.
  • Thanks for the Early Career workshops - they changed my perspective as a teacher-scholar and gave me practical tools that I have built on over my career.
  • I attended the 2011 Early Career Faculty workshop, which really helped me put my teaching and research goals into perspective and chart a course for my career.
  • My experience with the Early Career Faculty workshop was amazing. I developed a new course which integrates research and teaching and provides students with a transformative learning experiences.
  • The Early Career Workshop was one of the most useful things in organizing my early career. The thing that helped most was seeing what the research/teaching balance was at a bunch of schools. It helped me to frame my early career and understand what the expectations of me were.
  • The Early Career Workshop was extremely useful for me during my start of a tenure-track faculty position. It was the only formal setting in which I learned about teaching strategies and proposal writing.
  • The Early Career Workshop was phenomenally helpful for me when I started my position. I took the workshop the summer of 2009 before I started my academic position, and the teaching tools were, I often felt, the only tools in my toolbox! I still use some of what I learned during that time. Coming from nearly a purely research background, the workshop helped me on my path to become a much more skilled educator. I also recall the usefulness of reflecting on how I would balance all of the responsibilities of an academic job, along with home life.
  • The workshop has been an incredibly important resource for me in my early career. It helped me develop and improve both lower and upper level courses, and led to a publication on my teaching methods.
  • The Early Career faculty workshop came at just the right time to provide practical resources, personal advice, and a peer network as I started my career.
  • Participating in one of the Early Career Workshops during my PhD gave me confidence in preparing for an academic career and helped me bridge the gap between where I was and where I could see I needed to go. I, and everyone I know who has participated, recommend the workshops wholeheartedly.
  • I credit the Early Career Workshop as being instrumental in giving me the tools I needed to get my current job and to be successful at it.
  • I attended the Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty in my 2nd year as an assistant professor in an interdisciplinary geography department with a balanced teaching and research mission. Being in the same room as other early career faculty who had a wide spectrum of academic responsibilities related to the breakdown of teaching-research-service helped me better understand how my academic niche fit in with academia in general, and helped me identify gaps in our educational system that I continue to work on even now. Four years later, I am now a tenured faculty member of my university with a vision for how important and wide-ranging geoscience education is, how important the planet is to so many students, and how I can bring my own research into the classroom to encourage a diverse future workforce. The Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty helped me crystallize my vision.
  • The Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty was an amazing and eye-opening experience, and it plugged me into a network that has been incredibly supportive as I have grown in this profession. Now I'm the Principal Investigator on an NSF grant, and I'm not sure that would have happened without my participation in the workshop.
  • Attending the Early Career Workshop was instrumental in giving me concrete plans and the confidence to succeed once I got a tenure-track job.
  • My participation in the 2009 Early Career workshop was instrumental in my success as a tenure-track (and now tenured!) faculty member. I continue to use the active learning and teaching examples in my classroom, and my scholarship reflects the focus I began while at the workshop.
  • I attended the Early Career Faculty workshop and found it invaluable as I started my faculty career. The guidance and advice I gained at the workshop helped me set up a successful trajectory. I still leverage many of the teaching and mentoring techniques that I learned at the workshop.
  • It's been some 14 years since I attended the Early Career Workshop and I still use the tools and strategies I learned to promote geoscience learning with my students. The program provided a sound foundation from which I have built a successful career in higher education.
  • I attended one of the first Early Career workshops in 2002 when I first started my career as an Assistant Professor. I applied many of the lessons I learned at that one-week workshop throughout my career. Since then I have received tenure, been promoted to Full Professor and now serve as Chair of my department.
  • I am so very grateful that I had the opportunity to attend the Early Career workshop. This workshop played a huge role in my development as a faculty member. I continue to employ active learning techniques that I learned at the workshop, and I learned ways to effectively conduct publishable research with undergraduate students. The informal sessions on work-life balance were helpful, and increasing my network of colleagues was an added bonus. I think that this discipline-specific workshop is extremely useful, especially since I am the only geologist at my institution.
  • I attended the Early Career workshop early in my teaching career. It fundamentally changed the way I teach and engage my students and most definitely raised both student satisfaction and attainment of learning outcomes. I am grateful for the support of this program.
  • The Early Career Workshop has had a lasting impact on me in terms of encouraging me to think strategically about my goals and career and giving me the support to take risks and try new approaches and innovations in scholarship and teaching. I am still in touch with peers I met when I attended the Early Career workshop as a participant, and I am inspired by each new group of Earth Career faculty that I meet as a facilitator.
  • The workshop for early career faculty was hands down the most useful and impactful experience I have had in starting my faculty career. It has helped me implement new and effective teaching tools, time management tools, and student management/advising strategies, and has helped me find a network of colleagues that I can turn to for support. I recommend it to everyone I know, and I still have the booklet they provided as a reference on my shelf.
  • The Early Career Workshop really helped launch my academic career. My students still benefit from the model of engaged teaching and learning modeled at these workshops.
  • I was a participant in the Early Career Workshop in 2000, the summer after I started as an Assistant Professor. 17 years later, with 2 promotions under my belt, I look back at that workshop and remember how much relevant advice I got on how to manage an academic career. I also met amazing people from all over the country who are now my friends and colleagues. I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of that.
  • Thank you, and thank you again. This workshop helped me in many ways and allowed me to take advantage of opportunities that I either couldn't have worked out on my own, or never even knew existed. 10 years later and the workshop is still helping me. I'm sure it will continue to do so for many years to come.
  • The Early Career Workshop fills a huge void in the graduate education of scientists in helping prepare them for the realities of their careers as academics, not simply researchers. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to participate in the workshop as both a student and instructor.
  • Many of us fondly refer to the Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty as Professor Camp. That week allowed me the time to consider my professional goals and career trajectory.
  • Nearly 13 years later, I continue to use many of the skills, resources, and professional networks acquired with at the Early Career Workshop. Exponential return on the investment!
  • The Early Career Workshop was among the very best training experiences I've ever had, and for sure the best training for teaching and designing learning opportunities for students.
  • I've attended the Early Career Workshop, and my teaching has been strongly impacted by what I learned during those very formative years early in my career. I know my students have learned more and have enjoyed learning more than they would have had I not had the opportunity to attend this workshop.
  • The Early Career Workshop was just the workshop I needed when I needed it! The workshop enriched my teaching and my students' learning for years, and inspired new directions of research and collaboration.
  • I attended my first Early Career Workshop in the second year of my first tenure-track position. That workshop, and those I subsequently attended, changed my entire outlook on teaching and learning. I found mentors and collaborators through my interactions at the workshop. I can say without reservation that I was promoted early on two occasions (from Assistant to Associate) and Associate to Professor, due largely to those collaborations.
  • I frequently share the resources from the Early Career Workshop with my own students and colleagues, and when I look back on the notes I can see how much this workshop informed my career trajectory. It was incredibly informative with regards to teaching and mentoring students.
  • The Early Career Workshop was a valuable resource when I was making the shift from doctoral student to early career prof. I found it a wonderful chance to think more deeply about 'why' to teach, not simply the 'how' and 'what'.
  • I utilized techniques I learned in the workshop in University-level large-format lecture courses that I taught. It was great to be able to attend a workshop focused on training future professors and instructors in pedagogical methods, since we are rarely exposed to that in typical scientific graduate school experience.
  • The Early Career Workshop was the best professional development workshop I have ever attended. It was right on the money and gave me what I needed during a difficult time in my early career. I always recommend new faculty apply for the workshop. Besides making some new great friends, I have collaborated with several participants on papers and proposals. This was a life changing event.
  • The skills I learned as a result of the Early Career Workshop have completely transformed me as a professor and, subsequently, as a person. Time management as an early professor is a difficult skill to master as we often don't realize how much time service obligations may take or how much time may be needed for lecture preparation because the way we think of the material "makes sense to us." When issues in the lab crop up or other priorities interrupt our plans, we need to adjust quickly. These workshops teach us how to plan, adapt, manage and not lose our collective minds in the early years. I have fundamentally changed the way I manage and assess in the classroom, I have been able to build a research program that has students seeking me every semester for opportunities, and I have made myself a respected colleague at my institution. Without hearing that early struggles are common and definitely coming, I don't know if I would have been nearly as successful.
  • The Early Career Workshop was extremely beneficial to me in my professional development as a geoscience instructor at a two-year college. I have always recommended it to others as it is truly a wealth of riches for anyone getting started. An amazing program!
  • I attended the Early Career development workshop in 2003. 15 years later I am a successful full professor with well-funded research and satisfying teaching, and I can say that the advice I got at the workshop was extremely useful.
  • I participated in the Early Career workshop over 10 years ago. It provided me with the first opportunity to learn what it meant to be a faculty member in the United States. I also got to share the experience with participants from other regional public universities, where the resources are more constrained. It was valuable.
  • I attended the Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty several years ago. The workshop helped me in attaining tenure and gave me the skills to move into administration. Graduate school does not adequately prepare Ph.D.s to become outstanding faculty.
  • The Early Career workshop was essential in helping me get up and running as a new professor. The lessons I learned were invaluable and through the workshops I also created new connections with my community, which can be hard in a small department at a teaching-oriented college.
  • The Early Career Workshop helped me develop teaching plans, gain perspective on the spectrum of earth science teaching and research, and confirmed for me that I had chosen the right field of work. Thank you for funding this useful workshop.
  • This workshop helped kick start my tenure track career. I refer back to lessons I've learned all the time!
  • The Early Career Workshop provided me with so much great advice that helped me prepare for my academic career. I'm sure that their mentorship had a part in my success getting my first few grants! What a great program!
  • As an assistant professor, I attended the workshop for early career faculty after my first year and the information I received there was critical for navigating a position at an R1 university. I'm a first-generation college graduate and so these workshops were especially important to me because certain aspects of academic positions were not at all familiar or obvious to me. I cannot say enough great things about the workshop and I always encourage students, postdocs, and new faculty to attend.
  • The Early Career workshop helped me start my faculty job off on the right foot and maximize my time and energy. I learned so much and loved the format and supportive environment.
  • The early career workshop was tremendously helpful for preparing me to interview for tenure-track positions, for thinking about how to succeed as an academic, and for networking with my peers.
  • The workshop taught me a lot from effective techniques to engage the students and undergraduate research agenda, to time management and how to balance the personal and professional life. Honestly speaking, the workshop helped me have a solid short term and long term professional goal which ultimately made my transition to Associate with tenure seamless.
  • I have participated in the Early Career Workshop, and the opportunity to learn new activities, share ideas, and make connections with other geoscience faculty has positively changed the way I teach. My classes are much more engaging, and I have a network of faculty/friends I can reach out to with questions/ problems/ concerns who have experiences to share. The enriching experiences and connections with other faculty stimulate my interest to try new approaches in my classes and raise my awareness of issues faced by my students that I may not have experienced.
  • This workshop helps new faculty lay the groundwork for how to approach their job in new and innovative ways. I learned philosophies and techniques for teaching I had never heard of before and I learned about cultures and environments that other new professors were experiencing. This is a great resource.
  • I had the pleasure of attending the early career workshop as a new faculty member, which helped me immensely with my career development. Besides the expert advice I received from accomplished scientists within my field of Geosciences, I also met many new colleagues that I'm friends and collaborators with today.
  • This was likely the best career workshop I attended, and I continue to recommend it to new faculty colleagues and friends. I particularly appreciate the combination of practical advice, time to consider how to implement it in my own circumstances, and networking that it facilitated. The effect of this program improved my relationships with my colleagues in my department and across campus, my mentorship of students, my research plans, and the quality of my teaching: an impressive cascading effect that ripples out even years later.
  • The Early-Career Faculty workshop was instrumental in helping me outline my pre-tenure agenda and allowed me to network with several faculty in my field and region.
  • As both a participant and, many years later as a facilitator in this workshop, I can attest to its transformative power and value in preparing me for my academic career as well as giving me an opportunity to reflect and share my experiences to the next generation of earth scientists and academics.

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