Go Beyond the Curriculum
Some other areas that might be emphasized in your department to support programmatic learning goals include:
- Develop and support Internship Programs
- Encourage or require Student Research Experiences
- Enable students to participate in Field Experiences early and often
- Provide opportunities for students to engage international studies
- Carleton College - Geological Studies in Italy
- UC Davis - Earth and Planetary Sciences, Education Abroad
- Internationalization: Implications for Your Students Within and Beyond the Curriculum (Microsoft Word PRIVATE FILE 24kB Jan19 07)
Laurie Koloski, Director of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary
- Develop "communities of scholars"; support a student Earth Science Association in your department; work with Residence Life on your campus to establish a dorm wing dedicated to Earth (or natural/physical) science majors; support a robust departmental field trip program
- Departmental Speakers Series; expose students to the breadth of exciting new scholarship being done by local faculty and students and by national experts; (use this as a method to reinforce and validate the activities and skills emphasized in your courses)
- Start a journal club, with informal reading from the current popular press
- Engage in a department-wide Service Learning project
References and Additional Readings
- InTeGrate: Support the Whole Student - Supporting all kinds of students requires an "ecosystem" of program elements so that each student can find his or her niche.
- Lessons from the Mouse ( This site may be offline. ) - This book, by longtime Disney executive Dennis Snow, offers practical advice for organizational effectiveness.
- Tomorrow's Professor #97: Graduate Student Mentoring - It's not the Same as Advising
This article emphasizes the importance of having a mentor (if not more than one) in addition to advising. It describes a program at Oklahoma State University that has good ideas for those interested in mentoring.
- Tomorrow's Professor #104: Mentoring Postdoctoral Students
This is an excerpt from a series of guides by the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP) (more info) . The series includes guides on responsible conduct of research, careers in science and engineering, and mentoring.
On undergraduate research
- The Council on Undergraduate Research ( This site may be offline. ) offers workshops and has several publications ( This site may be offline. ) related to involving undergraduate students in meaningful research experiences.
- Tomorrow's Professor #239: Combining Undergraduate Research and Learning: A Three-Step Approach
In this excerpt, the authors look at an effective way for faculty to integrate teaching and research with good results for undergraduates.