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Workshop Program

Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Science Departments
Sunday December 11, 2016, AGU Meeting
Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Room Golden Gate A

780 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103 USA

7:30 Sign-in, breakfast available

8:00-8:15 Welcome, Introductions, Workshop Goals and Logistics - Pranoti Asher, AGU

8:15-8:30 Introduction by John Gierke, Michigan Technological University and Chair, Board of AGU Heads and Chairs

Morning session

8:30-10:30 Addressing harassment and improving workplace climate – Rebecca Haacker, Director SOARS Program UCAR and Carolyn Brinkworth, Director of Diversity, Education and Outreach, NCAR, David Mogk, Professor of Geology, Montana State University

The geosciences have begun a conversation about sexual harassment, and we have witnessed multiple institutional and individual responses to often widely publicized incidences. Sexual harassment is only one barrier to the full inclusion in academia, and we can take a proactive approach and work to make our departments more welcoming and inclusive for all. This workshop, provided by employee relations and diversity specialists at UCAR, explores some of those barriers to inclusion, including harassment, micro-aggressions, and structural barriers, and presents successful policies and intervention techniques to make our field more inclusive for all.

Resources from this session:

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Small group discussions on various topics (based on participant interests indicated on the registration form)

11:45-12:00 Update from the Department Heads and Chairs Summit on the Future of Geoscience Undergraduate Education (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.6MB Dec11 16) – Sharon Mosher, UT Austin

12:00-1:00 Lunch and Business Meeting (overview of AGU Board of Heads and Chairs and election of new members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Heads & Chairs)

Afternoon session

1:00-3:00 Punctuated equilibrium in the geoscience workforce and higher education (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.6MB Dec11 16) Presented by Christopher Keene, American Geosciences Institute and John Geissman, University of Texas at Dallas

The academia-workforce transition zone has become an area where potentially fundamental changes are impacting geoscience programs and faculty. AGI's workforce program, through its data collection and community canvassing is witnessing a number of critical points that are either already impacting geoscience programs or will likely impact them in the near future. Some of these topics include the rapid shifting and changing in the employment dynamics of geoscientists, the impact of rigorous preparation on graduate's employment resilience, the emergence of online-only geoscience programs, evidences that we are losing ground in female engagement, and the rise of ROI and 120-and-out for undergraduate programs. This session will be an interactive workshop looking at some of the issues and impacts of emerging trends with a strong engagement of the heads and chairs community in sharing their experiences and strategies.

Resources for this session

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-3:30 Updates about InTeGrate opportunities (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.7MB Dec11 16)for 2017 (Cathy Manduca, SERC)

3:30-3:45 A View From the Hill (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 721kB Dec11 16) on Science Education – Lexi Shultz, Liz Landau, AGU Public Affairs

3:45-4:00 Wrap-up: Closing remarks and workshop evaluation

4:00-5:00 Reception

This workshop is a collaboration between the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project and AGU Education and Public Outreach. The workshop website is supported by NSF under grant DUE-0817353 to the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College.