Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Science 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
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 – John Gierke, Michigan Technological University, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
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 visit the ADVANCEGeo resources on field work.
- ADVANCEGeo Strategies and Resources Handout (Acrobat (PDF) 80kB Dec8 19)
- ADVANCEGeo Social Identity Groups and Your Work (Acrobat (PDF) 30kB Dec8 19)
- International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD)
- John, C.M., & Khan, S.B. (2018). Mental health in the field. Nature Geoscience, 11(9), 618-620.
10:35-11:40 Improving Geoscience Graduate Student Preparedness for the Future Workforce (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 6.1MB Dec8 19) – 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.
- Webinar: The Latest from the Summit Series on Undergraduate and Graduate Geoscience Education
- Summit on Improving Geoscience Graduate Student Preparedness for the Future Workforce
11:40-11:55 Update from AGI about Workforce Issues (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.2MB Dec8 19) – 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 (Acrobat (PDF) 18.5MB Dec10 19) – 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.
- C. K. Gunsalus (2015) Scenarios 13 and 14: Problem Employee and Besieged by Complaints (Acrobat (PDF) 246kB Dec8 19)
- C. K. Gunsalus (2015) Exercises (Acrobat (PDF) 534kB Dec8 19)
- Complete Handout Packet (Acrobat (PDF) 5.9MB Dec8 19)
- AAUP 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure
- National Center for Professional & Research Ethics AUDiT
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
- Message from Anne Egger as NAGT Executive Director (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.8MB Dec6 19)
- The NAGT/SERC Professional Development program On the Cutting Edge includes the Earth Educator's Rendezvous, Traveling Workshops Program, Early Career workshop, Webinar series, Teach the Earth portal, Activity review
- Geoscience Education Infrastructure planning meeting and report
- Initiatives following from InTeGrate including GETSI, a new TransFusion project and the Earth Education for Sustainable Societies workshop
4:45-5:00 Wrap-up: Closing remarks and workshop evaluation
- Please take a few minutes to complete the workshop evaluation.
- Do you have activities, course descriptions, or other resources you would like to share with the group or the broader geoscience community? Consider sharing through Teach the Earth, NAGT's portal for teaching and learning about the Earth.