Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Post-docs

Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Post-docs

June 27-30, 2012

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Application deadline March 8, 2012

This workshop is designed for graduate students and post-docs who are interested in pursuing academic careers in the geosciences.  The workshop will provide a stimulating and resource-rich environment in which to explore important facets of an academic career. Three main goals of the workshop are for participants to become more effective teachers and scholars, stronger candidates for academic jobs, and better prepared future faculty members who will be able to make a quick and effective start in the next stage of their academic career. We welcome participants from across the geosciences (geology, oceanography/marine science, meteorology/atmospheric science, climate science….. )

The workshop program will include faculty panels on academic careers, presentations on various topics related to teaching, course design, designing effective teaching lessons, moving your research forward in new settings, teaching statements and research statements, and other aspects of the academic job search and more. The workshop will begin on the evening of Wednesday, June 27, 2012, and will conclude after dinner on Friday, June 29, 2012. Optional additional workshop sessions will be held on Wednesday afternoon, June 27 and in the morning on Saturday, June 30.

Applications are due March 8, 2012. An important part of each application is a statement of endorsement from a faculty member. Please arrange to have this endorsement submitted using an online form no later than March 8, 2012. When you make those arrangements, please give the email address you use on the workshop application form to the faculty member writing your endorsement letter. Here is the link to the faculty endorsement page.

The registration fee for the workshop is $150; the registration fee for participants who are local (and will not need housing or breakfast) is $50. Our funding will provide housing (double-occupancy room for three nights), food, and workshop materials.  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 the workshop conveners. In cases where the cost of attending this workshop would cause financial hardship, you can apply for a stipend to help defray the travel and registration costs.

Workshop application form

This workshop is offered through On the Cutting Edge, a professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty.  It is sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education.

Conveners: Heather Macdonald (College of William & Mary) and David McConnell (North Carolina State University)

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