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The Math You Need, When You Need It 2011:
A workshop for faculty teaching introductory geoscience

July 27-29, 2011, Highline Community College, Seattle, WA seattle

This workshop provides an opportunity for faculty teaching introductory geoscience to increase the quantitative content of their courses.

In this day-and-a-half workshop participants will:
  • learn about successful expansion of this program to 12 varied institutions
  • modify a course to include quantitative content using online resources
  • design an implementation unique to his/her course and institution
  • create a webpage about ways they plan to implement the resource in their course (see last year's implementation plans for examples)
  • discuss ways of overcoming difficulties in teaching quantitative skills
  • collaborate with other participants to integrate this resource into courses that successfully develop students' quantitative skills
  • contribute to improving TMYN effectiveness

Workshop conveners:

Eric Baer, Highline Community College, Geology
Helen Burn, Highline Community College, Mathematics
Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Geology

Workshop leaders:

Christoph Geiss, Trinity College
Kim Hannula, Ft. Lewis College
Kate Kramer, McHenry County College
Anna Tary, Boston University
Carla Whittington, Highline Community College


Workshop operational costs as well as room, board and travel costs for participants are covered by grants from the National Science Foundation (DUE-0920800 and DUE-0920583.) Participants will receive a small stipend after the successful implementation of The Math You Need resources in their courses.


April 8: Application Due
April 20: Participants notified of acceptance
June 10
: Complete workshop registration and transportation arrangements made.
July 27: Workshop participants arrive by 5 pm
July 29: Workshop ends by 1 pm.

Logistics and Location

mt rainier The workshop takes place at Highline Community College, just south of Seattle, Washington. Sea-Tac Airport is just 3 miles from the conference hotel and meeting area, and a shuttle will be available to all participants. For those who wish to visit areas of geologic interest before or after the workshop, Mount St. Helens, the Channeled Scablands, North Cascades National Park, Mount Rainier, and the Olympic mountains are all within a couple of hours drive.

Application Process

Each applicant is asked to submit an application with information about their courses, school and students.

Selection Criteria

Workshop participants will be chosen based on geographic location, institution type and course type so that our group of participant represents a wide variety of institutions, introductory geoscience courses, student populations and geographic settings.

For more information

Contact the conveners, Eric Baer (ebaer 'at' or Jennifer Wenner (wenner 'at'