Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career

While this workshop is US-based and aimed at early career staff in the US, I know people who have attended it and given it high praise - perhaps something to be encouraged/aspired to over here?

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career, July 26-30, 2015 with optional trip to NSF on Friday, July 31, at The College of William and Mary
Application deadline: March 18, 2015

If you are in your first three years of a permanent academic position, please apply to join us for a multi-day workshop in a stimulating and resource-rich environment where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. The workshop is offered by NAGT On the Cutting Edge professional development program for geoscience faculty with partial support from the National Science Foundation. Past participants give high praise for this workshop. Here are a few quotes:

"This workshop is one of the best things I have done for my career!"

"... it is very helpful to form a network of colleagues at other institutions. I think I made some friendships that will last my career."

"The workshop totally changed my view of teaching from teacher-oriented to student-oriented. It's no more what I want to teach but what students need to learn or take away from the course. This is the essential point that I will keep in mind when I design course goals, syllabi, in-class activities, assignments, and exams."

"I am heading back to my institution feeling that I am better equipped to be a more efficient and effective teacher, researcher, colleague, father, husband, and community member."

  *   Learn about setting course goals, strategies for active learning, and methods for assessment.
  *   Share ideas and strategies for teaching courses.
  *   Consider successful strategies for maintaining an active research program and advising/supervising undergraduate and/or graduate research students.
  *   Discuss life as an early-career faculty member and explore ways to balance teaching, research, and service responsibilities.
  *   Leave with examples of assignments and activities for various courses, strategies for balancing competing demands, a support network of other early career faculty, and a plan for managing your early career as an academic.

The workshop fee of $700 (or $650 for NAGT members) will cover most meals and accommodations on the William and Mary campus. Participants will pay for some meals, and participants or their home institutions must provide transportation to and from the workshop. In cases where the cost of attending this workshop would cause financial hardship, you may apply for a stipend to help defray these costs.

Our National Science Foundation grant provides funding for the remainder of the operational costs of the workshop. To be supported by these funds, a participant must be either a US citizen, a permanent resident, or in the employ of a US institution. If you don't meet these requirements and are interested in participating in this workshop at your own expense, please contact Rachel Beane (rbeane at bowdoin dot edu).

Workshop facilitators:
    Rachel Beane, Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science, Bowdoin College
    Tessa Hill, Department of Earth & Planetary Science, and Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis
    Josh Galster, Earth & Environmental Studies, Montclair State University
    Andrew Goodliffe, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama
    Chris Kim, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chapman University
    Karen Kortz, Department of Physics, Community College of Rhode Island
    Sarah Penniston-Dorland, Department of Geology, University of Maryland

The workshop application and additional information are linked from the workshop website:

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