Hello everyone...

Eric Baer (Highline Community College in Des Moines WA) and I will be  
co-chairing what looks like a first time event at GSA, a topical  
session on community college earth science programs.  Our proposal to  
do this was not only accepted by GSA, but is also sponsored by both  
NAGT and GSA GED.  Furthermore, the NSF GEO Diversity and Education  
program is interested helping this session go forward by providing  
funds that would subsidize presenter travel and expenses.  Many  
community college geoscience instructors don't attend conferences like  
GSA due to lack of funds.  The two caveats that come with this offer  
are that the presenters and advocates meet with NSF to discuss what  
they can do to aid community college earth science and that we include  
a list of potential speakers for the event.  It is because of this  
second caveat that I am writing this to all of you.  I am looking to  
put together in the next three weeks a list of community college  
instructors and university faculty involved in community college /  
university collaborations who would be interested in speaking at the  
session.  See below for a description of the session. If you have  
recommendations of community college or university faculty that you  
think would be interested in speaking and have experience in  
addressing the questions listed in the description, please forward me  
their names or have them contact me directly.  If NSF accepts the  
proposal from my college (Portland Community College) then we would  
pay for travel and conference expenses for the presenter and a student  
of their choosing.

Feel free to contact me if you need additional information.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Frank D. Granshaw
Earth Science Instructor
Portland Community College
Sylvania Campus
Portland, OR

Session #T104:  Geoscience Programs at Community Colleges: Models for  
Success and Innovation

Frank D. Granshaw  Portland Community College, Portland Oregon
Eric M. Baer  Highline Community College, Seattle Washington

Description for publication:

Community College programs are diverse and multifaceted. This session  
will highlight a variety of programs and how they successfully achieve  
their goals.


Community College Geoscience programs are a critical part of the  
geoscience education system.  Because they serve more than 10 million  
students currently enrolled in these institutions, they play a  
critical role in educating the general public and future graduates of  
colleges, training future K-12 educators and recruiting geoscience  
majors from a diverse and variable pool.  This session will look at  
the questions that community college geoscientists face in fulfilling  
this mission.  Chief among these are following:

      What makes for a strong community college earth science program?

      Given the student population of most community colleges, what  
is the focus of these programs, career training, geoscience literacy,  
or both?

      What strategies are useful for helping students become  
geoscience literate?

      How do community college earth science department successfully  
encourage and prepare geoscience majors?

      What role does university - community college and high school- 
community college collaborations play in making a strong program?

      How do community college geoscience programs relate the  
vocational programs in their own institutions?

      What role do community college geoscience courses have in  
providing science background for future teachers?

      How do professional networks enhance the mission of community  
college geoscience program?

      Given the large number of adjunct faculty teaching community  
college earth science courses, how do science departments mentor these  
faculty to help them address these questions?