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2019 Workshop for Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Sciences Departments

Sunday, December 8, 2019, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA
Location: Intercontinental Hotel, 888 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Room InterCon A L5

Registration deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

This one-day workshop provides an opportunity for heads and chairs of Earth and Space Science departments to discuss issues and strategies for building a strong department, meet other heads and chairs, and learn more about current issues. The workshop program includes sessions on the topics listed below.

  • Welcome by Pranoti Asher, Higher Education Manager, American Geophysical Union
  • Introduction by Julie Brigham-Grette, Department Head, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts and Chair, Board of AGU Heads and Chairs
  • Morning session:
    • Creating Safe and Inclusive Field Experiences: Responding to Bullying and Harassment - Erica Marin-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Meredith Hastings, Brown University and Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, University of California, Merced
    • Improving Geoscience Graduate Student Preparedness for the Future Workforce – Sharon Mosher, University of Texas at Austin and Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida
    • Update from AGI about Workforce Issues – Christopher Keene, American Geosciences Institute
  • Lunch, small group discussions, and business meeting
    • Small group discussions (based on participant interest)
    • As part of the business meeting during lunch, we will elect new members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Heads and Chairs
  • Afternoon session:
    • Principled, Preventive Academic Leadership: Survival Skills for Administrators – C. K. Gunsalus, Director, National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • Practicing Equitable Admissions through Holistic Review – Julie Posselt, Co-PI on IGEN grant, University of Southern California
    • Future NAGT and SERC opportunities for faculty and students - Cailin Huyck Orr, Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College
  • Wrap-up
  • Reception

Board of the AGU Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Science Departments, 2018-2019
John Geissman, University of Texas at Dallas
John Gierke, Michigan Technological University
Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts (Chair)
Gary Solar, Buffalo State College (Past Chair)
Katherine Straub, Susquehanna University

Workshop Support
Pranoti Asher, Higher Education Manager, AGU
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Mitchell Awalt, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College

Contributing Partners

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Building Strong Geoscience Departments



NSF Logo The workshop website is supported by NSF under grant DUE-0817353 to the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the National Science Foundation. The workshop is supported by the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project and AGU.

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