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Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences workshop at the Earth Educators Rendezvous

July 13-15, 2020
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The Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences workshop is designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and others who are interested in pursuing academic careers in the geosciences (including geology, geochemistry, geophysics, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, geography, environmental science, and other allied disciplines). For the fifth year in a row, the workshop will be offered at the Earth Educators' Rendezvous. This year, for the first time ever, the Rendezvous will be online! We hope that this enables more participants at the workshop, while keeping everyone healthy.

The workshop will have morning sessions Monday-Wednesday, with opportunities for discussion, networking, action planning, and work. Participants will also have opportunities for discussions with senior colleagues and alums of the Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences workshop, including individual feedback on job application materials.

To register, go to the Earth Educators' Rendezvous registration page and select the Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences workshop as the morning workshop you plan to attend. Registrations are open and we will accept registrations until the workshop is full.

The main goals of the workshop are for participants to 

  • build and broaden their network of colleagues and resources to help jump-start their teaching and research as a faculty member,

  • improve their application and interview skills for academic jobs, 

  • become more effective at goal-setting and time management.

During the workshop and associated Rendezvous opportunities, as a participant, you will:

  • Learn about academic careers in different educational settings (e.g., two-year colleges, primarily undergraduate institutions, universities).

  • Develop a plan for your next career stage. Set goals to move toward that plan.

  • Learn about the job search process and improve your job applications: learn about documenting strengths and accomplishments in teaching and research, and develop or revise your teaching and research statements.

  • Improve your communication skills: the elevator pitch and interviews.

  • Explore aspects of effective and innovative teaching. Make your own selections from Monday-Wednesday afternoon Rendezvous workshops and sessions. These are open to you and included in registration. Participants can also register for Thursday-Friday programming.

We are looking forward to working with you as you plot your course toward an academic career!

Workshop Conveners:

Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University

Lisa Gilbert, Williams College

Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College

Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University

Gary Weissmann, University of New Mexico

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