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Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop Program

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Sunday, July 22, 2018


Note: While the formal workshop program starts at 6:30, we ask that you arrive by 5pm to participate in the initial welcome and opening dinner.

  • Workshop Check-in will take place in Annapolis Hall from 2:00pm-4:30pm, and in the Atrium Room 1107 at the STAMP Center from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Participant notebooks and name tags will be distributed at check-in.
  • Dorm Check-in is available after 12:00 noon in Annapolis Hall. Linens (pillow, pillowcase, sheets, blanket, 2 towels) will be provided, but toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc) are not; you will need to bring your own. Parking passes and meal cards can be picked up at the time of check-in. If you are not staying on campus, your parking pass will be available at either workshop check-in site. Dorm check-out time is 5:00 pm. You can contact the Service Desk at Annapolis Hall at 301-314-2662 with any questions. Annapolis Hall is open 24 hours a day for check-in. The doors to Annapolis Hall are frequently locked after 7pm. If you go to the door to the right, there will be a button to push and there is a number listed to dial. It rings to the front desk. You can let them know you are there to check in for the geoscience workshop and they will buzz you in.

5:00-5:30 Welcome, Check In and Introductions, Atrium Room 1107, Stamp Student Union

5:30-6:30 Dinner

6:30-9:00 Strategic Decisions: Elements of a successful career and a satisfying life
- Tessa Hill, Sarah Penniston-Dorland, and Josh Galster

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Monday, July 23

7:00-8:30 Breakfast, South Campus Dining Hall

8:45-9:00 Announcements and Setting Goals, Stamp Student Union, Atrium Room 1107

9:00-10:40 Course Design, Atrium Room 1107 - Kaatje Kraft and Martin Wong

10:40-11:00 Break, Atrium Room 1107

11:00-12:00 Teaching Strategies: Concurrent Sessions I-a, Stamp Student Union

During concurrent sessions I-a and I-b, participants will choose sessions from the lists below:

  • Engaging Students in Large Classes, Margaret Brent B 2112 - Andrew Goodliffe and Josh Galster
  • We will discuss the benefits of using interactive activities in a lecture class, as well as several other ways to engage students, such as personal response systems, 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.
  • Interdisciplinary and Team Taught Courses, Margaret Brent A 2112 - Anantha Aiyyer and Jennifer Anderson
  • Geosciences research is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. In this session, we will explore various ways to model and practice interdisciplinarity in the classroom, from initiating conversations with colleagues about overlapping interests to fully integrated and team taught courses. We will discuss challenges and solutions, both intellectual and logistical and explore successful practices.
  • Teaching Self Regulation for Improved Learning, Atrium Room 1107 - Kaatje Kraft
  • Students often struggle with knowing how to best approach studying a topic, how to approach working on their research, or complain that they know something until it comes time for the exam. How can we teach students how to develop a better sense of their own comprehension? How can we ultimately get our students to become self-directed learners? This session will explore what the research says about how to support students ability to self-regulate and provide strategies for implementing these practices in the classroom.
  • Open Educational Resources, Pyon Su Room 2108 - Ben Laabs and Carol Ormand
  • Open Educational Resources (OERs) for college-level geoscience classes are becoming increasingly abundant and have numerous advantages for students and faculty. OERs include open textbooks, open online classes, instructional videos, and a variety of teaching and learning activities. The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) website hosts a vast array of OERs for geoscience teaching and more. This session discusses the value of OERs in terms of pedagogy, customization, and ease of integration, and provides time to explore how OERs may be used in your own class(es).

12:00-1:15 Lunch with Sharing Ideas about Specific Courses (optional), Catered, in Atrium 1107

1:15-2:15 Teaching Share Fair with refreshments, Atrium Room 1107

  • MARGINS online mini-lessons (Sarah Penniston-Dorland)
  • TopHat online course platform (Cynthia Hall)
  • Teaching with analog/physical models (Martin Wong)
  • The Spatial Thinking Workbook: Curricular Materials to Develop Spatial Thinking Skills in Geoscience Courses (Carol Ormand)

2:25-3:45 Lesson Design: Preparing for a class period, Atrium Room 1107 - Cynthia Hall

3:45-4:00 Break

4:00-5:00 Teaching Strategies: Concurrent Sessions I-b, Stamp Student Union

  • Engaging Students in Large Classes, Margaret Brent B 2112 - Andrew Goodliffe and Josh Galster
  • We will discuss the benefits of using interactive activities in a lecture class, as well as several other ways to engage students, such as personal response systems, 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.
  • Interdisciplinary and Team Taught Courses, Pyon Su Room 2108 - Anantha Aiyyer and Jennifer Anderson
  • Geosciences research is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. In this session, we will explore various ways to model and practice interdisciplinarity in the classroom, from initiating conversations with colleagues about overlapping interests to fully integrated and team taught courses. We will discuss challenges and solutions, both intellectual and logistical and explore successful practices.
  • Student Writing and Learning, Atrium Room 1107 - Cynthia Hall and Kaatje Kraft
  • We will share strategies for designing and evaluating student writing assignments to support learning. Strategies include small-scale, low-stakes writing activities that can be readily incorporated into courses, longer assignments that support learning objectives within the sciences, and the use of online discussion tools.
  • Hybrid, Online and Flipped Classes, Margaret Brent A 2112 - Ben Laabs and Tessa Hill
  • We will discuss the uses of online curriculum, flipped classrooms and other ways to innovate your teaching using online tools. We will provide examples of how faculty have engaged students using online technology and blending technology in traditional classrooms.

5:00-5:15 Overview of Individual Consultations, Daily Roadcheck, Introduce the idea of Posters on last day, Atrium Room 1107

Dinner on your own (options near UMD))

7:30-8:30 Sharing Ideas about Specific Courses (optional)

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Tuesday, July 24

7:00-8:30 Breakfast, South Campus Dining Hall

8:45-9:00 Report From Yesterday's Roadchecks; Introduction to Your Research/Scholarly Career, Stamp Student Union, Atrium Room 1107

9:00-10:00 Working Effectively with Students: Different Models, Atrium Room 1107 - Tessa Hill and Josh Galster

10:00-10:20 Break, Atrium Room 1107

10:20-11:20 Strategies for Research and Scholarship: Concurrent Sessions II-a, Stamp Student Union

During concurrent sessions II-a and II-b, participants will choose sessions from the lists below:

  • Research with Undergraduates, Margaret Brent A 2112 - Martin Wong and Jennifer Anderson
  • 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, Margaret Brent B 2112 - Ben Laabs and 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, Atrium Room 1107 - Andrew Goodliffe and Anantha Aiyyer
  • How do you recruit the best students AND retain them? The methods used by universities to recruit students have changed dramatically in the last few years. The students you are recruiting are being barraged by information from the universities that they are talking to. Learn how you can effectively recruit these students and work to retain them at your institution.
  • Educational Research on Teaching: Integrating your Research & Teaching, Pyon Su Room 2108 - Kaatje Kraft
  • Conducting research on the process of learning geoscience can be illuminating and rewarding, leading to improvements in geoscience teaching. Taking the next step to implementing an intentional research project can be daunting when most of us are trained in geoscience research, rather than educational research practices. This session will explore how to move along the continuum from research-based teaching strategies to more discipline based educational research with a discussion of tools and resources available.

11:30-12:30 Strategies for Research and Scholarship: Concurrent Sessions II-b, Stamp Student Union

  • Research with Undergraduates, Margaret Brent A 2112 - Martin Wong and Jennifer Anderson
  • 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, Margaret Brent B 2112 - Ben Laabs and 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.
  • Setting the Scope for M.S. Research Projects, Pyon Su Room 2108 -Josh Galster and Anantha Aiyyer
  • 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.
  • Setting the Scope for PhD Projects, Atrium Room 1107 - Tessa Hill and Andrew Goodliffe
  • Working with Ph.D. students - Everything from brainstorming, mentoring and writing with Ph.D. students to the practical aspects of funding and supporting students at the beginning of their careers.

12:30-2:00 Lunch with Optional Interest Group Discussions, Atrium Room 1107 (many options in Stamp Student Union; also options near UMD)

2:00-3:00 Connections, Extensions, Opportunities: Concurrent Sessions III-a, Stamp Student Union

During concurrent sessions III-a and III-b, participants will choose sessions from the lists below:

  • Time Management, Atrium Room 1107 - Martin Wong and Cynthia Hall
  • We are all faced with competing demands for our attention. This session will discuss some proven strategies to prioritize how you spend your time, focus your attention, and balance your commitments.
  • Bringing Data/Research into the Classroom, Margaret Brent A 2112 - Josh Galster and Jennifer Anderson
  • 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.
  • Managing Service Expectations, Pyon Su Room 2108 - Sarah Penniston-Dorland and Anantha Aiyyer
  • 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.
  • Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom, Margaret Brent B 2112 - Kaatje Kraft and Tessa Hill
  • The classroom can be a welcoming or a hostile experience for marginalized populations. During this session we'll look at some explicit strategies for creating an inclusive community in your classroom that will ultimately create a better learning experience for all of your students.

3:00-3:20 Break, Atrium Room 1107

3:20-4:20 Connections, Extensions, Opportunities: Concurrent Sessions III-b, Stamp Student Union

  • Time Management, Atrium Room 1107 - Martin Wong and Cynthia Hall
  • We are all faced with competing demands for our attention. This session will discuss some proven strategies to prioritize how you spend your time, focus your attention, and balance your commitments.
  • Bringing Data/Research into the Classroom, Pyon Su Room 2108 - Josh Galster and Jennifer Anderson
  • 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.
  • Mentoring Diverse Students, Margaret Brent A 2112 -Kaatje Kraft and Andrew Goodliffe
  • Many students, especially first generation students and those from marginalized populations in the geosciences, come to university shouldering different demands than other students. Although this session will focus on mentoring graduate students, most aspects are equally applicable to undergraduate students.
  • Communicating Science to the Public, Margaret Brent B 2112 -Tessa Hill and Ben Laabs
  • Communicating about your science to the "public" - including to speaking with the media, getting involved in public outreach, or engaging in the policy process - can be an important part of your scientific career. We will discuss strategies for balancing these interests, as well as tools to use to make the most of your communication opportunities.

4:20-4:30 Daily Roadcheck, Atrium Room 1107

4:30-7:00 optional Individual consultations

7:00-8:00 Catered Dinner, Atrium Room 1107

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Wednesday, July 25

7:00-8:30 Breakfast, South Campus Dining Hall

8:45-9:00 Report From Yesterday's Roadchecks and Preview of Today's Sessions, Atrium Room 1107

9:00-10:25 Creating a Strategic Plan for Research/Scholarly Activity, Atrium Room 1107 - Andrew Goodliffe and Cynthia Hall

10:25-10:45 Break, Atrium Room 1107

10:45-12:00 Writing Proposals and Getting Funded: Concurrent Sessions IV, Stamp Student Union

  • Writing Your First NSF-Style Proposal, Atrium Room 1107 - Tessa Hill and Sarah Penniston-Dorland
  • This session will focus on basics and nuts and bolts for your first 'large' proposal (NSF, but also relevant to other agencies).
  • Dealing with Rejections and Revisions, Margaret Brent A 2112 - Ben Laabs and Anantha Aiyyer
  • Having proposals, journal papers, and other works we've poured our hearts into rejected is unfortunately part of this job. We will discuss and share strategies on how to move forward after a rejection: what can be learned, how to cope, and when maybe to strategically move on.
  • Writing Proposals and Getting Funded at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution, Margaret Brent B 2112 - Martin Wong and Jennifer Anderson
  • Writing research proposals at institutions that primarily serve undergraduates (PUIs) poses a unique set of challenges and opportunities. In this session, we will explore strategies for crafting successful proposals at such institutions.

12:00-1:30 Lunch with Optional Interest Group Discussions or Financial Planning Session, Catered, Atrium Room 1107

Optional Session: Financial Planning for your Future

This session will focus on the best practices and crucial steps you need to take to build a strong financial foundation. We will discuss the importance of goal setting; getting the most out of your savings both inside and outside of work; maximization of the tax-control triangle; avoiding common investment pitfalls and the significance of 'values' investing.

The session will be led by Geoff Galster, CFP. Geoff, a financial advisor with fourteen years' experience in the industry, who works with the Bump Financial Group in downtown Washington, D.C. where they focus on comprehensive financial planning and asset management.

1:30-3:50 Moving Your Research and Teaching Forward: Concurrent Sessions V, Stamp Student Union

Participants will attend one session from the list below, based upon their submission of either a PROPOSAL SUMMARY or CLASS ACTIVITY:
  • Improving Research Proposals Through Review of Your Proposal Summaries, Atrium Room 1107 - Andrew Goodliffe and others
  • Improving Class Activities and Assignments Through Review of Your Assignment, Margaret Brent A 2112 - Kaatje Kraft and Cynthia Hall

3:50-4:10 Break, Atrium Room 1107

4:10-4:30 Poster Instructions, Atrium Room 1107

4:30-4:45 Discussion of NSF visit, Atrium Room 1107 - Tessa Hill

4:45-6:45 Roadcheck, Work on Posters, Individual Consultations, Atrium Room 1107

Dinner on your own

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Thursday, July 26

7:00-8:30 Breakfast, South Campus Dining Hall

8:45-11:40 Poster Session, Stamp Student Union, Atrium Room 1107

11:40-12:00 Poster Follow-up and Reflection, Atrium Room 1107

12:00-1:45 Lunch (many options in Stamp Student Union)

1:45-2:45 Building a Network of Support, Atrium Room 1107 - Tessa Hill and Sarah Penniston-Dorland

2:45-3:05 Break, Atrium Room 1107

3:05-5:05 Strategic Action Planning, Atrium Room 1107

5:15-6:00 Lessons Learned, Concluding Remarks, and Workshop Evaluation, Atrium Room 1107 - Tessa Hill and Sarah Penniston-Dorland, Josh Galster

7:00-8:00 Closing Dinner, Atrium Room 1107

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Friday, July 27

Optional Visit to the National Science Foundation


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