Overview and Logistics

Workshop Goals

1. Participants will explore published teaching activities with strong societal components that can be infused into introductory-level courses.

2. Participants will consider strategies for successful faculty professional pathways related to the 2YC academic job search, probationary process, and adjunct and full-time faculty professional development.

3. Participants will be introduced to professional development efforts being undertaken by community college faculty that promote professional growth and community college student success.

Date and times

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM.


Workshop participants are expected to:

  • By August 10, 2018:
    • If you are a full-time or adjunct instructor, invite a "workshop partner" (fellow full-time faculty member or administrator) from your institution to join us in-person or remotely from 1:15-2:15 PM. If there are multiple individuals attending the workshop from your institution, you are welcome to recruit multiple workshop partners, but only one workshop partner per institution is required. Workshop partners are also welcome to attend lunch from 12:30-1:15 PM and/or the entire workshop if they would like.
    • If your workshop partner will be joining the workshop remotely, work with the workshop conveners to set up the necessary technology for a remote meeting with your workshop partner.
    • Make sure that your workshop partner completes the online registration form.
  • Before the workshop:
    • Please bring a laptop if possible for use during the workshop. If you are meeting with your workshop partner remotely, please make sure to bring headphones for that session.
    • Aspiring 2YC geoscience faculty:
      • Bring a copy of your CV and a teaching statement/cover letter.
    • Full-time and adjunct geoscience faculty:
      • Be prepared to discuss resources and/or strategies that you currently utilize in your courses to promote active learning and/or support student success.
      • Bring and/or be able to access information about geoscience and supporting science courses offered at your institution.
    • Workshop partners:
      • Bring information about the faculty hiring at your institution (examples: employment ads, interview format, salary and benefits resources, etc.)
      • Bring information about the probationary process at your institution (examples: probationary faculty procedures from faculty contract, timeline for moving through the probationary faculty process, ideas for service to the college/supplemental hours, etc.)
      • Bring information about issues unique to adjunct faculty (examples: adjunct handbook if one exists, important forms, office hour/field trip requirements, etc.)
  • During the workshop:
    • Full-time instructors, adjunct instructors, and pre-service faculty: participate in all workshop sessions (8:30-3:00.)
    • Institutional workshop partners: participate in the session on Institutional Opportunities and Challenges from 1:15-2:15 PM. (You are welcome to participate in the entire workshop or just this session. You may participate in-person or remotely.)
    • Develop a personal action plan.
    • Complete a brief end-of-workshop evaluation survey.
  • After the workshop:
    • There will be a follow-up activity in spring 2019 to be determined. This will be a virtual activity (as opposed to the face-to-face workshop for which you are currently registering.)


This workshop is free to participants, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation.


This workshop is open to the following groups. Please indicate on the registration form to which group(s) you belong:

  • Individuals who are currently employed full-time as geoscience (or a related STEM discipline) instructors at a Southern California community college;
  • Individuals who are currently employed as geoscience (or a related STEM discipline) adjunct instructors at one or more Southern California community college(s);
  • Individuals who are interested in adjunct and/or full-time geoscience (or a related STEM discipline) teaching opportunities at the community college level.
If you are a full-time faculty member, please identify either a more senior faculty member or administrator (Dean, Associate Dean, etc.) to join you in-person or remotely for the session on Institutional Opportunities and Challenges. Adjunct instructors should identify either a full-time colleague at their institution or an administrator (Dean, Associate Dean, etc.) to participate in-person or remotely in the Institutional Opportunities and Challenges session. Workshop registration is on a first-come first-served basis; a wait list will be available in the event that the workshop reaches capacity.

Register for the workshop on or before August 10, 2018.

Facilities, Directions, and Parking

The workshop will be convened at Mt. San Antonio College, 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut, CA 91789. Driving directions, a campus map, and a guest parking permit will be provided once you register.


A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any dietary restrictions or requests.