Initial Publication Date: June 4, 2018

Addressing Critical Issues in Your Community: Examples for Introductory Courses

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

Presenters: Sarah Fortner (Wittenberg University), Laura Guertin (Penn State Brandywine), and Kenneth Brown (West Virginia University)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools. Additional support for this webinar is provided by the Geological Society of America and the American Geosciences Institute.

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Earth scientists serve inherently civic roles addressing critical issues of water quality and quantity, soil health, mineral and energy resource extraction, climate change, and natural hazards. This GSA & AGI co-sponsored webinar will showcase easy-entry community engagement activities that help build capacity for our community to address critical issues. Strategies include outreach, advocacy, research in-service to partners, and knowledge co-development. We will highlight examples that are most accessible (i.e. introductory classes). We also seek your examples of critical issues your students explore locally through data analyses.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • An understanding of major strategies for engaging students in their communities and primary learning outcomes
  • Ideas for introductory courses where information literacy is critical
  • Ideas for introductory courses that are low cost and tied to critical issues
  • A cohort of attendees interested in critical issues and community engagement


Time - 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Zoom meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - Submit examplesof local data that might be analyzed to work on campus or partner projects and view participant responses.

Registration is closed.

Please email Mitchell Awalt ( if you have any questions about this event.


Sarah Fortner, GSA-AGI Scholar In Residence, Associate Professor, Geology & Environmental Science, Wittenberg University

Laura Guertin, Professor, Earth Science, Penn State Brandywine

Kenneth Brown, Teaching Professor, Geology, West Virginia University

Tentative Program

Sarah Fortner's Presentation Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 17.2MB Mar2 18)

Laura Guertin's presentation Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 15.7MB Mar2 18)

Ken Brown's Presentation Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 9.3MB Mar2 18)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks – Mitchell Awalt, SERC

2) Webinar presentation - Sarah Fortner, Laura Guertin, and Kenneth Brown

3) Reflections by participants

4) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

5) Opportunities for further interaction - Mitchell Awalt, SERC

6) Webinar Evaluation


Click to view the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 624.1MB Mar2 18).

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