Building Strong Geoscience Departments

Building Strong Geoscience Departments

The Visiting Workshop Program is continuing in 2013-2014. Let us bring the knowledge gained from the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project onto your campus to support conversation and planning by your department as a whole.

AGU and the American Geosciences Institute are collaborating to produce a series of monthly webinars, promoting dialogue on topics of interest to department chairs and heads.
Pillsbury Hall, home of the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Minnesota

Collections and Case Studies

These examples show what geoscience departments across the country are doing.

Curricula and Programs

Curricula and programs form the core of a department; developing and reviewing curricula and programs are some of the most important activities a department undertakes. While every department is unique, we can learn a lot from each other's successes, and from our colleagues in other STEM disciplines.

Defining Strong Departments

Many researchers have studied what makes a department "strong." Read about their findings.

Future of Geoscience

The fields of science are constantly changing, in response to societal needs and scientists' curiosity. These changes have profound implications for future workforce needs and therefore for today's curricula and programs.

Heads and Chairs

Department Heads and Chairs are expected to lead their departments through strategic planning processes, recruit and retain top-notch faculty, and advocate for their departments in a world of finite resources. Learn successful strategies for doing all of that.

Making a Case for Your Department

When budgets are tight, college and university administrators may wonder whether geoscience departments are really essential. Here are some suggestions for making it clear that your department is indispensable.

Professional Preparation

To prepare your students for their future careers, you'll want to know what those careers are most likely to be and what knowledge, skills, and attributes those careers will require.

Program Assessment and Review

With so many demands on your time and energy, you want to be sure that the time and energy you put into your program is achieving your departmental goals. Assess your program elements, so that you can maximize the return on your investments.

Student Recruitment

Recruiting a critical mass of high quality students is essential to building a successful geoscience program. These pages present tried-and-true strategies for doing that, along with examples of how various departments have implemented those strategies.

Workshops and Meeting Sessions

Find out about workshops and conference sessions focusing on strengthening geoscience departments and ensuring the future of quality geoscience education at colleges and universities.

About this Project

Building Strong Geoscience Departments is a project focused on helping geoscience departments adapt and prosper in a changing and challenging environment. Find out about how it all started, contribute to the project, or join our email list discussions.

Building Strong STEM Departments

This page highlights strategies and tools from the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project that any STEM department (and many other departments) can easily adapt.

Join the Discussion

Members receive announcements about relevant workshops and events at professional society meetings, as well as discuss issues that are important to the community. Join the email list or browse the list archives to see the kinds of topics that have been discussed in the past.


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