Initial Publication Date: January 24, 2019

Departmental Climate and GeoEthics

Thursday, February 7, 2019

1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Presenters: David Mogk (Montana State University)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.

Registration is closed.


Responsible conduct of scientists is as important as the responsible conduct of research to maintain the health of the scientific enterprise. This webinar explores the nature of personal interactions and how they impact individuals in academic departments. Principles of professionalism (trust, responsibility, respect, fairness, and justice) will be introduced followed by examples of (un)professional behaviors that impact the "climate" of a department (e.g., microaggressions, implicit bias, bullying, sexual harassment, among others). Suggestions will be made on ways to assess your departmental work climate (e.g., strategies for empowering bystanders; climate surveys), and concrete examples will be provided on how to prevent (or mitigate) threatening situations should they arise. Final reflections on where, and by whom, appropriate professional behaviors should be taught in the Earth Science curriculum will be addressed.


By the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • recognize principles of professionalism and how these are the foundation of departmental climate;
  • identify behaviors among individuals in departments that impact the ability of ALL participants to achieve success;
  • access strategies for assessing departmental climate, and develop plans to prevent, mitigate, and address behaviors that impact the quality of departmental life.


Time - 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 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 - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar. We encourage participants to view the websites of the organizations mentioned in the workshop summary.

Registration is closed.

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


David Mogk, Earth Sciences, Montana State University

Tentative Program

Departmental Climate and GeoEthics Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 19.1MB Feb6 19)

Welcome and introductory remarks – Mitchell Awalt, SERC
Webinar Content - David Mogk, Montana State University
Discussion and questions 
Opportunities for further interaction - Mitchell Awalt, SERC
Webinar Evaluation


Click to view the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 265.2MB Feb8 19)