2020 Workshop for Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Sciences Departments

Tuesday, December 1 and Friday, December 4, 2020, AGU Fall Meeting, Online Everywhere
Location: Virtual

Registration: To register for the workshop, please register for the AGU Fall Meeting and choose the workshop from among the available events.

These two half-day workshops provide 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 virtual workshop program includes sessions on the topics listed below. Please note that all time are listed in Eastern Time.

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Day 1 Session (1 December, 10:00am-1:00pm ET)

  • Welcome (Pranoti Asher, American Geophysical Union)
  • Introduction of Attendees
  • Future Opportunities from SERC and NAGT
  • Speaking Up: How Leaders Can Change the Conversation in STEMM (Dr. Stephanie Goodwin, Wright State University and the PowerPlay Interactive Development team)
    • Leaders play a fundamental role in promoting inclusive and equitable norms in academic and scientific workplaces. Speaking up effectively in response to behaviors that challenges these norms is key. Attendees will learn about what motivatespeople to speak up, the challenges faced when doing so, and strategiesfor effective responding. PowerPlay Interactive Development's team of improvisational actors will provide scenarios for discussion and practice intervention.
  • Closing Day 1 (Pranoti Asher, AGU)

Day 2 Session (4 December, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET)

  • Welcome (Pranoti Asher, AGU)
  • Introduction of Attendees
  • Open Science Policies, Norms, and Incentives: A Practical Discussion for the Geoscience Heads and Chairs (Greg Tananbaum, Open Research Funders Group and Chris Bourg, Director of MIT Libraries)
    • Join representatives of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Sciencefor a guided discussion on developing departmental policies that are consistent with both emerging geoscience norms and bedrock research values (e.g., rigor, transparency).  This session will explore the points of leverage that department heads and chairs can activate, how a coordinated approach across geoscience departments could accelerate a transition to a more open environment, and what resources are available to facilitate these activities.
  • Small group discussions on topics of interest
  • Evaluation (Mitchell Bender-Awalt, SERC)
  • Closing Remarks (Pranoti Asher, AGU)

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, Assistant Director, Grants and Education Programs, AGU
Heather Macdonald, Professor of Geology, College of William and Mary 
Mitchell Bender-Awalt, Geoscience Assistant, 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.