Opportunities for Two-Year College Geoscience Faculty at GSA 2013

Workshops/short courses, technical sessions and funding opportunities at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, CO

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Many events of general interest to educators (including other pre-meeting short courses and field events) are also listed at the NAGT Activities at GSA 2013 webpage.


Workshops Early Registration Deadline: September 23, 2013

To sign up for a workshop, use the GSA meeting registration. You can add a short course to your meeting registration or attend a workshop as a stand-alone event without registering for the entire meeting.

Early registration ends on 23 September. After that date, course prices go up by $30. This is to encourage registrants to sign up prior to this date to ensure course viability. See the GSA Short Courses web page for further details and a complete list of all GSA short courses.

508. Helping Students Succeed in Geoscience Courses at Two-Year Colleges

Sat., 26 Oct., 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
US$25; includes lunch. Limit: 48. CEU: 0.8. 
Instructors: Eric Baer, Highline Community College; Robert H. Blodgett, Austin Community College District 
Cosponsors: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); NAGT Geo2YC Division

507. Effective Strategies for Teaching Diverse College Students

Fri.–Sat., 25–26 Oct., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 
US$25. Limit: 40. CEU: 1.4.
Instructors: Tim Slater, University of Wyoming; Stephanie Slater, CAPER Center for Astrophysics and Physics Education Research 
Cosponsor: NASA

518. Modernizing the Seismology in Your 100- and 200-Level Geoscience Courses

Sat., 26 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon. 
US$25. Limit: 25. CEU: 0.4. 
Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a US$25 coupon redeemable at the onsite GSA bookstore. 
Instructors: Maggie Benoit, The College of New Jersey; Michael Hubenthal, IRIS Consortium; John Taber, IRIS Consortium 
Cosponsors: National Science Foundation; IRIS Consortium

519A. Teaching Geoscientific Thinking: What Does It Mean and How Do I Do It?

Sat., 26 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon. 
US$55 for one course—or get two-for-one!—US$55 for combined courses (add 519C or 519D). Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4. 
Instructor: Anne Egger, Central Washington University 
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

519B. Teaching and Learning about Climate in Geoscience Classrooms

Sat., 26 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon. 
US$55 for one course—or get two-for-one!—US$55 for combined courses (add 519C or 519D). Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4.
Instructors: Tamara Ledley, TERC; Anne Gold, University of Colorado; Deb Morrison, University of Colorado
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

519C. Integrating Sustainability into Geoscience Courses.

Sat., 26 Oct., 1–5 p.m. 
US$55 for one course—or get two-for-one!—US$55 for combined courses (add 519A or 519B). Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4. 
Instructor: David Gosselin, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Show Abstract

Technical Sessions (Selected)

T117. Developing and Sustaining Thriving Geoscience Programs and Departments: Strategies and Examples from Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Conveners: Lynsey E. LeMay, R. Heather Macdonald, Peter J. Berquist 
Strategies for developing and sustaining thriving geoscience programs are varied across institution types, yet much can be learned from shared successes. Suggested topics include issues related to faculty, including adjuncts, students, building curriculum, and administration.

T120. Dual-Credit Classes and Other Collaborative Strategies for Recruiting High School Students into College Geoscience Programs
Conveners: Dirk Baron, Raymond V. Ingersoll, Janice M. Gillespie 

We encourage contributions on dual-credit/concurrent-enrollment geoscience classes taught at high schools and supported by college faculty as well as on other successful collaborations for recruiting high school students into geoscience majors.

T125. Geoscience Education and Outreach: 50 Years of Progress
Conveners: Cathryn Manduca, Eugene F. Pearson 
This session will highlight significant changes that have occurred in informal and formal geoscience education and outreach programs during the past 50 years and the organizations (governmental and professional) that facilitate them.

T128. Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches of Access and Inclusion in the Geosciences
Conveners: Christopher Atchison, Sharon Locke 
Geoscience students and educators are encouraged to disseminate current and historical research findings and instructional experiences that promote the enhancement of diverse participation in the geosciences through increased access and inclusion.

T132. Strategies to Support Part-Time Faculty in Two-Year and Four-Year College Geoscience Programs
Conveners: Laura A. Lukes, Suzanne T. Metlay 
Part-time faculty often provide the majority of introductory geoscience instruction at two-year and four-year colleges, including online and off-campus programs. This session highlights successful strategies for supporting part-time faculty with instructional, administrative, and community resources.

T137. Undergraduate Research Experiences at the Introductory Level in Two- and Four-Year Colleges
Conveners David H. Voorhees, Katrien J. van der Hoeven Kraft 
This session explores successes and challenges in implementing research or research experiences applying scientific methods with their first- and second-year students at their institution. Projects of all types and lengths are welcome.

T143. Geoscience Across Cultures and Communities: Benefits and Challenges of Diversity
Conveners: Marilyn J. Suiter, Richard C. Berg
The session is on people and practices that have contributed to our increasing understanding of the importance of the role of diversity in the geoscience profession.

Funding Opportunity: Stipends Available

Subaru-sponsored GSA program

Thanks to Suburu of America, Inc., 45 2YC instructors with at least half-time appointments who attend a GSA short course will receive $100. To be eligible:

  1. Download a form from the GSA website after Aug. 1;
  2. have your supervisor confirm your appointment;
  3. have a course instructor sign the form after the workshop;
  4. email completed form to Davida Buehler (dbuehler@geosociety.org).

GSA will reimburse the first 45 professors who turn in forms. For more information, please contact Davida Buehler (dbuehler@geosociety.org).

SAGE-2YC travel and registration support

The SAGE-2YC program has a limited amount of funds to support two-year college faculty attendance and participation in the short course "508. Helping Students Succeed in Geoscience Courses at Two-Year Colleges" and the 2013 GSA annual meeting including travel, lodging, and registration. For more details, see the stipend application. Application deadline August 16, 2013