Theme: Professional Development for Undergrads, Grads and Faculty

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Professional Development for Undergrads, Grads and Faculty.

Preparing for an Academic Career WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Burge Union Forum C/D

Lisa Gilbert, Williams College
Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College
Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University
Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University
Gary Weissmann, University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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This workshop is designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and others who are interested in pursuing academic careers in the geosciences. Workshop leaders will provide guidance and ...
Advancing Transdisciplinary Dialogue in Geoscience Education Research WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Ritchie Hall: 368

Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Caitlin Callahan, Grand Valley State University

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This workshop is intended to bring together educators and education researchers from a variety of professional communities to advance research around GER grand challenges associated with teaching about the Earth in ...
The EarthConnections San Bernardino Alliance: Addressing Diversity in the Geosciences Using a Collective Impact Model ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:00pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Sally McGill, California State University-San Bernardino
Mark Benthien, University of Southern California
Bryan Castillo, California State University-San Bernardino
Jeffrey Fitzsimmons, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board
Anna Foutz, Chaffey Community College
Daniel Keck, Etiwanda High School
Gabriela Noriega, University of Southern California
Rajul Pandya, AGU
John Taber, IRIS Consortium
Bernadette Vargas, ETIWANDA HIGH SCHOOL

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The EarthConnections San Bernardino Alliance is one of three regional alliances supported by the national EarthConnections Collective Impact Alliance, funded by a pilot grant from the National Science Foundation ...
Utilizing InTeGrate's "Systems Thinking" across multiple student audiences ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:15pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Jessica Martin, University of Providence

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Thinking about the natural world in terms of functional systems is a key approach across the physical and biological sciences. At the University of Providence, a small private Catholic university in central ...
Developing Culturally Responsive Pathways to local Geoscience Jobs and Careers ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:00pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Darryl Haddock, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA)

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The Atlanta Alliance is building strong and impactful strategies and leveraging relationships with education and environmental organizations to; *expand "pathways to geoscience" careers *remedy prominent ...
Professional Development and Support for Adjunct Professors ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:00pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Sarah Glancy, University of Hawaii-West Oahu

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Adjuncts play a major role in undergraduate geoscience instruction, especially for introductory courses, which are crucial to recruiting and retaining geoscience majors, recruiting a diverse population to ...
Mentoring Practices ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Caitlin Callahan, Grand Valley State University

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An essential characteristic of any mentoring relationship is effective communication. Moreover, while mentoring can take different forms, successful mentoring depends not only on activities or efforts of mentors ...
Work-life Balance: Arc of a career ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Jennifer Roberts, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Career demands and goals change over the course of our careers from graduate school until retirement. These shifting demands happen in tandem with small and large, positive and negative, life changes. Balancing ...
Bystander Intervention Strategies for Minimizing Departmental Conflict ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Blair Schneider, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, microaggressions. If you've ever witnessed any of this behavior among faculty in your department or institution, you know the negative consequences. This round-table ...
Supporting TA Success in your Classes ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico
Kelsey Bitting, Elon University
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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A 2016 survey of geoscience faculty across US institutions revealed that GTAs serve in a wide variety of instructional roles and perform a myriad of important tasks such as leading labs, grading papers, and holding ...
Building Partnerships on Campus and Beyond: Collaboration strategies and success stories ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Kathryn Ziewitz, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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Collaboration is key for successful development of multi-disciplinary projects relevant to sustainability, environmental science, and other earth science endeavors. A concerted effort to enhance collaborations ...
Developing and Implementing Program Assessment AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Lindley: 123

Eric Pyle, James Madison University

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It can be said that if one does not like assessment and evaluation, then education is a poor choice of career. "Assessment" and "evaluation" tend to be used interchangeably, but they have very ...
Building a National Collaborative for Food, Energy, and Water Education (NC-FEW): Insights from a National Conference POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Hui-Hui Wang, Purdue University-Main Campus
Nicole Sintov, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Christine Li, University of Missouri-Columbia
Kelly Millenbah, Michigan State University

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Institutions of higher education must take a leading role in preparing all global citizens for the food, energy, and water (FEW) challenges of today and tomorrow. The Food-Energy-Water Nexus concept has emerged as ...
The Graduate Student Fellows Program: A Unique Opportunity for Professional Development in Evidence-Based Teaching Practices POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

matt smith, University of Kansas Main Campus
Aaron Koop, University of Kansas Main Campus
Kathryn Vaggalis, University of Kansas Main Campus
Danielle Chapa, University of Kansas Main Campus

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The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at the University of Kansas (KU) recruits Graduate Student Fellows (GSFs) to provide teaching and assessment resources to instructors and faculty through two projects: the ...
Understanding and Fostering Geoscience Student attitudes toward Agricultural Careers POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Jeremy Aber, Middle Tennessee State University
Henrique Momm, Middle Tennessee State University
Racha El Kadiri, Middle Tennessee State University
Dawn Lemke, Alabama A & M University

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Recent studies have shown only three percent of college graduates would consider a career in agriculture. Conversely, the overwhelming challenge for increased food production is being met with technological ...
NAGT's Journal of Geoscience Education: A history and a look to the future POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Anne Egger, Central Washington University

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The Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE) of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) has been published since 1951. Over its 68-year history, JGE has had twelve editors, several publishers, and two ...
Supporting a Sustainable Future through Geoscience Integration in Non-Geoscience Courses POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Michelle Fisher, Three Rivers Community College
Tara Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Jennifer Hanselman, Westfield State University
Deborah Rook, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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InTeGrate and the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project partnered to support the adaptation of InTeGrate modules across multiple disciplines. The QUBES project partnered with ...
A visual history of In The Trenches, 2011 - today POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Margaret Crowder, Western Kentucky University

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In The Trenches (ITT), the quarterly news magazine of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, started with the goal to "provide a venue...to inform NAGT members about your best teaching ideas, ...
SAGE 2YC: Sustaining Faculty Learning POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

John McDaris, Carleton College
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Eric Baer, Highline Community College
Jan Hodder, University of Oregon
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Norlene Emerson, University of Wisconsin - Richland

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In a continuing effort to provide two-year college (2YC) geoscience faculty with the resources they need to be agents of change at their institutions and in their regions, the Supporting and Advancing Geoscience ...
Weaving New Threads into the Geoscience Community of Practice: Insights from Lightning Interviews at the EER 2015, 2016 and 2017 POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Kim Kastens, Columbia University in the City of New York

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One goal of the Earth Educators' Rendezvous is to strengthen the Geo-Ed community of practice. A CoP is a group of people who share a passion for something they do, and build capacity for this practice ...
EarthConnections Alliance Open Meeting
Wednesday 7:00pm-8:30pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College

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The EarthConnections Alliance seeks to catalyze a new approach to geoscience education in communities across our country, creating a world in which all students can travel along geo-educational pathways that begin ...
Communicating Science to the General Public WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Ritchie Hall: 368

Beth Bartel, UNAVCO
Wendy Bohon, IRIS Consortium

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Effective communication skills enable practitioners to engage non-experts, inform public opinion and policymakers, inspire the next generation of scientists and voters, and improve our own research process. This ...
Advancing the Perception and Adoption of Geosciences in a New Era AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Lindley: 123

Felicia Davis, Clark Atlanta University
Richard D. Schulterbrandt Gragg III, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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This "shopwork" is designed to generate creative thinking and innovative strategies for increasing exposure to Geoscience opportunities. A rebuilding of the public appreciation for Geoscience is possible ...
Strategies for Writing a Strong NSF Proposal AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Lindley: 314

Brandon Jones, National Science Foundation

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This workshop is designed to provide insight and guidance for proposal preparation for submission to NSF programs. Topics covered will include funding opportunities, the Proposal & Award Policies & ...
Recent NSF Geosciences Directorate Award Trends in Addressing Broader Impact Criteria ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Susan Meabh Kelly, Connecticut State Department of Education

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"Intellectual Merit" and "Broader Impacts" criteria are of equal significance in the consideration of proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation. The National Alliance for Broader ...
Thursday A: Professional Development: Faculty, graduate students and teachers ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Diane Lally, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College

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Thursday A: Professional Development: Faculty, graduate students and teachers Your Account ...
EMBeRS: A New Method for Igniting Interdisciplinary Learning, Synthesis and Convergence ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:45pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Deana Pennington, University of Texas at El Paso
Shirley Vincent, Vincent Evaluation Consulting
Dave Gosselin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Rod Parnell, Northern Arizona University
Antje Danielson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Many of humanity's most pressing issues are socio-environmental, and as such, are ill-structured, "wicked" problems. Investigating wicked problems requires a collaborative process that includes ...
TRESTLE: A Model to Promote Improved STEM Education at Research Universities ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:00pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Blair Schneider, University of Kansas Main Campus
Andrea Greenhoot, University of Kansas Main Campus
Caroline Bennett, University of Kansas Main Campus
Mark Mort, University of Kansas Main Campus

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TRESTLE (TRansforming Education, Stimulating Teaching and Learning Excellence) is a 5-year, multi-institution, NSF funded project that began in Fall 2015 and is working to implement and evaluate a model to promote ...
Quantifying the Effects of Discipline-Based Professional Development Programs on Undergraduate Geoscience Teaching ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:15pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
Ellen Iverson, Carleton College

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We investigated the impact of geoscience-specific professional development (PD) on undergraduate teaching by comparing instructor PD histories and classroom practices. Trained observers used the Reformed Teaching ...
Dispositional Characteristics: An Important Dimension to Consider in the Development of an Inclusive Educational Organization. ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:45pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Dave Gosselin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Ron Bonnstetter, TTI Success Insights

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An ongoing challenge for higher education is preparing all students to effectively contribute to solutions for the many "wicked problems" and "grand challenges" that society faces. As ...
National Survey of Geoscience Teaching Practices 2016: Current Trends in Geoscience Instruction of Scientific Modeling and Systems Thinking ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:45pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Diane Lally, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus

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Nationwide, there is a growing emphasis on effective undergraduate geoscience education. A central element of geoscience teaching and learning involves scientific modeling and systems thinking (SMST). While ...
The use of data analysis and quantitative skills in undergraduate geoscience courses ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:00pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Ellen Iverson, Carleton College

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Quantitative tools and data analysis techniques are important for the success of geoscience majors in a variety of careers, and are important for many non-scientists who need quantitative reasoning skills for ...
How well do introductory geoscience courses prepare future teachers? Results from the National Geoscience Teaching Practices Survey ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:15pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Anne Egger, Central Washington University

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Most teachers experienced Earth science in a single introductory undergraduate geoscience course. To what extent do classroom practices in introductory geoscience courses reflect the practices we expect future ...
Researching the Impact of a Redesigned Introductory Earth Science Course on Preservice Elementary Teacher Knowledge and Perspectives ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:30pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Danielle Ford, University of Delaware
Susan McGeary, University of Delaware
Jennifer Gallo-Fox, University of Delaware
Cheryl Ackerman, University of Delaware

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The authors present the design, research, and evaluation of an earth science course for preservice elementary teachers that is place-based, hands-on, technologically enriched, and aligns with the Next Generation ...
Your First Teaching Experience ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Cody Kirkpatrick, Indiana University-Bloomington

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Whether as a teaching demonstration as part of a job interview or in a full-on course, your first experience as a teacher can be daunting. In this roundtable discussion, we will explore ways to prepare for this ...
Implicit Bias ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University

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Implicit bias describes when we have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge. Cognitive science research shows that everyone has implicit biases, sometimes in ...
Geodesy for everyone: Educational resources to incorporate geodetic data and concepts into instruction and activities POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Beth Bartel, UNAVCO
Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Aisha Morris, National Science Foundation
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO
Dan Zietlow, UNAVCO

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Geodesy is the study of Earth's shape, gravity field, and rotation. Geodetic applications and data are used to understand many societal issues such as land surface change, drought monitoring, climate change, ...
MT Rocks: The implementation of the MT Engage initiative in the Department of Geosciences at Middle Tennessee State University POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Melissa Lobegeier, Middle Tennessee State University
Racha El Kadiri, Middle Tennessee State University
Jeremy Aber, Middle Tennessee State University
Mark Abolins, earthsiteAGS.com
Warner Cribb, Middle Tennessee State University
Clay Harris, Middle Tennessee State University
Henrique Momm, Middle Tennessee State University

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The MT Engage initiative is part of the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and focuses on enhancing student academic engagement. This is achieved through the use of high impact ...
AGU's Virtual Programs: Providing Access to Students and Early Career Professionals Around the Globe POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Pranoti Asher, American Geophysical Union
David Harwell, American Geophysical Union
Nathaniel Janick, American Geophysical Union
Leslie Marasco, American Geophysical Union
Erik Hankin, American Geophysical Union

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The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is committed to inspiring and educating present and future generations of diverse, innovative, and creative Earth and space scientists. To meet our commitment, AGU provides ...
Developing a Geology Field Trip for Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Students POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Patricia Gallagher, Drexel University
Walter Yerk, Drexel University
Philip Getty, P.G., Boucher & James, Inc.
Kristin Sample-Lord, Villanova University
Loyc Vanderkluysen, Drexel University
Robert Swan, Jr., Drexel University

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Geotechnical engineering faculty at Drexel and Villanova Universities collaborated with an environmental hydrogeologist from a local civil engineering firm and a volcanologist from Drexel University to develop a ...
Helping your students find their career path and options in geosciences POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Beth Bartel, UNAVCO
Aisha Morris, National Science Foundation
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO
Dan Zietlow, UNAVCO

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While students often choose to study and major in geosciences because of their love of the discipline, they may not be aware of what career options are available following graduation. Perhaps even more critically, ...
A Diverse Cohort of Undergraduate Students to Address Hawaii's Water Challenges POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Jennifer Engels, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Barbara Bruno, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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How much water is there in Hawai'i? How long will this limited resource last given current pumping scenarios? How can traditional Hawaiian water use practices inform modern water management decisions? These ...