Opportunities for Two-Year College Geoscience Faculty at GSA 2019

Short courses, technical sessions, and special events at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

Also, multiple funding opportunities for 2YC geoscience faculty.

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Short Courses (Selected)

Short Course Early Registration Deadline: August 19, 2019

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

Early registration ends on August 19. After that date, course prices go up! 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.

519. Preparing Undergraduates: Data-Rich Introductory Teaching Modules and Connecting Content to Geoscience Careers.

Sat., 21 Sept., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
US$20. Max class size: 40. CEU: 0.8
Instructors: Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO; Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College; Aisha Morris, National Science Foundation; Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Cosponsors: GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project; Geo-Launchpad Project; GAGE Facility; UNAVCO; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)

524. Inclusive and Effective College Science Classrooms: Engaging Students, Designing Lessons, and Integrating Diversity into Curriculum.

Sat., 21 Sept., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m
US$45. Limit: 50. CEU: 0.7.
Instructors: Kimberly Tanner, San Francisco State University; Jeff Schinske, Foothill College; Heather Macdonald, College of William & Mary
Cosponsors: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), Geo2YC Division of NAGT, GSA Geoscience Education Division, SAGE 2YC

Technical Sessions (Selected)

T201. Celebrating the Role of Heather Macdonald in Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges
Conveners: David H. Voorhees, Callan Bentley, Katrien J. van der Hoeven Kraft
This is a celebration of the long-term, significant contributions of Heather Macdonald to geoscience education at two-year colleges (2YCs), including SAGE 2YC. Presentations should describe outcomes of workshops and programs inspired or organized for 2YCs by Heather.

T111. Broadening Participation in Paleontology: Approaches for Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Conveners: Christy C. Visaggi, Robyn Mieko Dahl
This session addresses approaches to broadening participation of underrepresented groups in paleontology, including demonstrations and discussion of inclusive teaching practices and student-centered pedagogy as well as innovative outreach projects, mentoring models, and other approaches.

T143. Improving Scientific Literacy and Dispelling Misconceptions about Wicked Water Resource Problems
Conveners: Peter E. Riemersma, Peter J. Wampler
This session solicits abstracts describing efforts to educate the public about groundwater and surface-water contamination and supply problems. Community engagement often requires overcoming conceptual misunderstandings and simplifying complex problems for effective communication.

T158. Incorporating Place-Based Knowledge in Geoscience Research and the Classroom
Conveners: Michael A. Phillips, Pauline W.U. Chinn
This session will explore the use of indigenous and other place-based knowledges to develop an understanding of earth processes and human impacts on those processes through primary research and field and classroom instruction.

T182. Practical Ways to Promote an Ethical, Diverse, Inclusive Culture across the Geosciences
Conveners: Nan Stout, Billy M. Williams
Geoscientists are responsible for creating a professional culture based on a commitment to ethics, diversity, and inclusion. This session focuses on practical ways to drive culture change through presentation of case studies and educational strategies.

T192. Improving College Student Education by Mentoring through Peers, Faculty, and Professionals (Posters)
Conveners: Lixin Jin, Diane I. Doser, Joshua Villalobos
This geoscience education session aims to share experiences in implementation and evaluation of formal and informal mentoring from the perspective of the mentors and the protégés.

T186. The Importance of Place to Effective K–16 Geoscience and Climate-Change Education
Convener: Sadredin Cyrus Moosavi
This session will explore the unique role of place in effective education in the geosciences.

T194. Highlighting Research by 2YC and 4YCU Undergraduate Geoscience Students (Posters)
Conveners: Adrianne A. Leinbach, Gretchen L. Miller, Stephanie M. Rollins
This session is designed for two-year college (2YC) and four-year college and university (4YCU) students presenting research posters in any subdiscipline of geoscience.

T195. Hands-On Teaching Demonstrations that Combine Geoscience and Societal Issues: Audience Participation Requested!
Conveners: Elizabeth A. Nagy-Shadman, Tiffany A. Rivera
This is a geoscience education session that practices what it preaches. Authors present micro-demonstrations of effective teaching activities that integrate geoscience content with societal concerns. Presentations include audience participation, assessment results, and reflections on effectiveness.

T200. Education and Outreach in the 21st Century: Using Imagery and Social Media to Engage Students and the Public
Conveners: Jacquelyn E. Hams, Callan Bentley, Anita M. Marshall
This session is for any sector of the geoscience community using imagery and social media for education and outreach or researching the influence of social media on the public's understanding of geoscience concepts.

Other events of interest

Educators Reception - This fun and informal reception is a great way for you to network with educators from all backgrounds and levels from around the country. Appetizers and a cash bar are provided. Date, time and location TBA.

Geo2YC Division of NAGT business meeting - Come join the discussion and help celebrate our new and outgoing officers. Date, time and location TBA.

Funding Opportunity: Stipends and Travel Support Available


Receive up to $1500!!! - Applications must be submitted by June 14.

The SAGE 2YC program is able to partially support faculty from two-year colleges to attend and participate in the short course #524 - Inclusive and Effective College Science Classrooms: Engaging Students, Designing Lessons, and Integrating Diversity into Curriculum and/or to give a presentation (you must be the presenting author) in topical session T201 - Celebrating the Role of Heather Macdonald in Geoscience Education. You may request funds for your anticipated travel costs, the meeting and workshop registration fees, and/or abstract submission fee, and reasonable lodging expenses up to a maximum of $1500.

More Details and Application


Receive up to $520!!!

Undergraduate instructors who participate in this short course are eligible for a stipend after course completion—$220 for Phoenix-area residents; $520 for those from elsewhere. Apply for the stipend at https://serc.carleton.edu/getsi/workshops/gsa19/application.html

GSA Travel Grants

GSA Travel Grants are primarily focused on students, but some societies offer support. Get more details at the GSA Travel Grants Webpage