Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Science Departments
Sunday, December 8, 2019, AGU Fall Meeting, San Franciscio, CA
Location: Intercontinental Hotel, 888 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Room InterCon A L5
7:30 Sign-in, breakfast available
8:00-8:05 Welcome and Logistics – Pranoti Asher, Higher Education Manager, AGU and AGI Member Society Scholar-in-Residence
8:05-8:15 Introduction – Julie Brigham-Grette, Department Head, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts and Chair, Board of AGU Heads and Chairs
8:15-10:15 Creating Safe and Inclusive Field Experiences: Responding to Bullying and Harassment - Erika Marin-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Meredith Hastings, Brown University and Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, University of California, Merced
Field research and training create unique environments that can both reinforce and make invisible existing power dynamics, with the potential for abuse. In this interactive session we will discuss and practice strategies to reduce the likelihood of abusive behaviors such as bullying and harassment as well as how to respond when they do occur, with a focus on field environments. For more information: https://serc.carleton.edu/advancegeo/resources/field_work.html
10:35-11:40 Improving Geoscience Graduate Student Preparedness for the Future Workforce – Sharon Mosher, University of Texas at Austin and Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida
We will explore what universal skills and competencies should be part of graduate geoscience education for Ph.D. & M.S. students in Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences and ways of implementing these into graduate programs. We will provide a brief introduction to the results of this NSF sponsored national initiative along with pre-reads and break out into small groups for discussion.
11:40-11:55 Update from AGI about Workforce Issues – Christopher Keene, American Geosciences Institute
11:55-12:00 Formation of Small Groups for conversations during lunch (based on participant interests, determined from registration forms)
12:00-1:00 Lunch, small group discussions, 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.
1:00-4:00 Principled, Preventive Academic Leadership: Survival Skills for Administrators – C. K. Gunsalus, Director, National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
How can you foster a supportive work environment and elicit the best from yourself, your faculty, and your staff, even in the most challenging situations? Universities are designed to accommodate a wide range of creative styles and personalities; a person whose conduct exceeds the boundaries of collegial behavior can damage the productivity and morale of others in the environment. This interactive session on survival skills focuses on techniques for handling conflict, and complaints from or about colleagues and then explores the complexity of dealing with difficult people in an academic environment. Explore where the boundaries are—or ought to be—and how to set and enforce those boundaries.4:00-4:30 Practicing Equitable Admissions through Holistic Review – Julie Posselt, Co-PI on IGEN grant, University of Southern California
This presentation will draw from a decade of research that 1) critically analyzes common systems of admission to doctoral programs and 2) develops a case for holistic review, including caveats about design and implementation. Dr. Posselt will present admissions from decision makers' point of view, including thought-provoking episodes of committees grappling with borderline cases. To promote equity, transparency, and legal safeguards, Posselt shares concrete strategies and places admissions within a system of practices that collectively shape student and program outcomes.
4:30-4:45 Future NAGT and SERC opportunities for faculty and students - Cailin Huyck Orr, Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College
4:45-5:00 Wrap-up: Closing remarks and workshop evaluation