These workshops provide opportunities for discussion of key issues and challenges facing geoscience departments, and for sharing strategies that work in a variety of institutional settings. Program pages from past workshops include such resources as the invited speakers' presentations, participants' contributions, and any summary documents produced during or after the workshop.
Current and Upcoming Workshops
December 1 and 4, 2020; AGU Fall Meeting, Virtual
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. See past workshops below.
Traveling Workshops Program
The NAGT Traveling Workshops Program brings national leaders in environmental, sustainability, and geoscience education to your campus, regional, or national event. The Traveling Workshops Program focuses on opportunities to strengthen both courses and programs including attracting and supporting diverse students. Learn more and apply to host a workshop »
Past AGU Heads and Chairs Workshops
These 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.
Past Topical Workshops
June 2-4, 2009; College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
This workshop focused on areas of high interest to participants, such as curriculum, assessment, programming, recruitment, or management. We drew on strategies and examples from past workshops to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing participants' departments. Teams of participants were strongly encouraged, particularly from departments in the mid-Atlantic states.
February 22-24, 2009; Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Departments are increasingly called upon to assess the impact of their programs on students and to measure the degree to which they meet stated goals. This workshop showcased the methods and instruments that geoscience departments are using for this assessment, and also provided opportunities to learn more about evaluation theory and practice from experts in the field.
Strategies for Successful Recruitment of Geoscience Majors: Conceptual Framework and Practical Suggestions
October 27, 2007; GSA annual meeting, Denver, CO
This workshop explored effective strategies for recruiting geoscience majors from a variety of institutional settings. Read the brief workshop summary.
Connecting Geoscience Departments to the Future of Science: New Structures for Research and Curriculum
April 25-27, 2007; Carleton College, Northfield, MN
This workshop explored the paired topics of where our science is heading in the coming decades and how to prepare ourselves and our students for that future. Read the brief workshop summary.
January 10-12, 2007; College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA
This workshop explored geoscience workforce trends and how we can prepare our students for the changing landscape of their future careers. Read the brief workshop summary.
2006 AAG Workshop
June 9-11, 2006; Athens, GA
The American Association of Geographers's Healthy Departments Initiative has organized a series of workshops to assist Department Chairs and facilitate sharing of successful strategies for maintaining healthy departments.
February 24-26, 2005; College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Participants in this workshop shared information on strategies that had strengthened their own departments and brainstormed ideas for collective action that would strengthen departments across the United States. Read the brief workshop summary.
Starting from the premise that faculty working as a department team can create stronger programs than individual faculty working alone, this workshop focused on developing a coherent curriculum for students studying the earth and planetary sciences. Participants articulated specific goals for their department and explored issues associated with building strong departments which are well-connected to other programs across campus.
Workshop Report Presented at 2002 AGU Fall Meeting:
Macdonald, R.H., and Manduca, C.A., 2002, Developing Strong Geoscience Programs and Departments, Eos Trans. AGU, 83(47), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract ED52A-0002.
This workshop asked participants to articulate their goals for their department and to consider how to implement changes to meet the goals. It explored issues related to the developing of students' skills across a departmental curriculum and associated co-curricular activities. Participants discussed over-arching issues related to working at the departmental level, including strategies for implementation of changes and assessment of departments and programs.
Previous AGI Conferences
During the 2009-2010 academic year, we initiated a program of traveling workshops for individual geoscience departments. Departments selected topics of high interest from a list of our areas of expertise. Two of our workshop leaders worked with the department to develop a program and deliver the programming on (or near) campus. Each session included presentations, discussions, and action planning focused on topics selected by the department. Each workshop program featured concrete examples drawn from the leaders' experience and from the collective experiences of the geoscience community. All workshops also incorporated information on building departmental consensus and assessing departmental efforts.
The Traveling Workshop Program has become a part of the NAGT Traveling Workshops Program. To apply to host one of these workshops, go to the NAGT website and complete the application process.