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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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.6MB Jul10 18) (print as handout) - Tessa Hill, Sarah Penniston-Dorland, and Josh Galster

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Monday, July 23

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

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

Rules of the road (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 66kB Jul22 18)

9:00-10:40 Course Design (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.8MB Jul22 18), (print as handout) Atrium Room 1107 - Kaatje Kraft and Martin Wong
(Note: A modified version of these slides is in the notebook)

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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.7MB Jul10 18), (print as handout) Margaret Brent B 2112 - Andrew Goodliffe and Josh Galster
    (Note: These slides are in the notebook)
  • 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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 7.5MB Jul12 18), (print as handout) 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.

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

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

Session 1:

  • Scientific Computing (Andy Goodliffe)
  • TopHat online course platform (Cynthia Hall)
  • Using SERC materials in the classroom (Josh Galster)

Session 2:

2:25-3:45 Lesson Design: Preparing for a class period (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 939kB Jul12 18), (print as handout) 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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.7MB Jul10 18), (print as handout) Margaret Brent B 2112 - Andrew Goodliffe and Josh Galster
    (Note: These slides are in the notebook)
  • 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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 7.5MB Jul12 18), (print as handout) 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.

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))

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Tuesday, July 24

7:30-8:30 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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 215kB Jul11 18), (print as handout) 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:

  • Recruiting and Working with Graduate Students (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.1MB Jul13 18), (print as handout) 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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4MB Jul16 18), (print as handout) Pyon Su Room 2108 - Kaatje Kraft
    (Note: A modified version of these slides are in the notebook)
  • 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

  • Starting New Research Projects and Building Collaborations (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.1MB Jul12 18), (print as handout) 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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 98kB Jul12 18), (print as handout) 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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 176kB Jul12 18), (print as handout) 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 (PowerPoint 1.6MB Jul12 18), (print as handout) 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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.6MB Jul12 18), (print as handout) 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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.7MB Jul12 18), (print as handout) 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.

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

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

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

7:30-8:30 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 (Acrobat (PDF) 245kB Jul12 18), Atrium Room 1107 - Andrew Goodliffe and Cynthia Hall
(Note: These slides are in the notebook)

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

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

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:

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

See example posters from a previous year
Dinner on your own

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Thursday, July 26

7:30-8:30 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 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 261kB Jul13 18), (print as handout) 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, Group Photo, 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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