Thanks for letting everyone know about the session that you and Janis  
are doing.  I agree, there is definitely some complementary issues here.

Frank G.

On Apr 28, 2009, at 8:10 AM, Janis Treworgy wrote:

> Dear fellow geoscience educators,
> This flurry of emails pertaining to the GSA session on community  
> college Earth scientists is exciting to see.  As one of the emails  
> noted, there is more than one theme session for the GSA Annual  
> Meeting in Portland that will address the unique issues and  
> challenges for geologists that are not in a typical four-year degree  
> program.
> Janis Treworgy and I will be chairing a session for the “Lone  
> Rangers” out there – the solitary geologists on a college campus.   
> This session is designed to help generate discussion and formulate  
> connections for solo geoscience faculty that may be at community  
> colleges, two year colleges, or four year colleges.  A solitary  
> geologist may be located in a department outside of the discipline,  
> such as biology or geography.  How can the faculty member keep  
> engaged in their discipline on a campus where they are the only  
> member of the discipline?  How are they able to meet the teaching/ 
> research requirements?  What are strategies for faculty that need to  
> publish for P&T with limited-to-nonexistent lab space and  
> resources?  How can they promote the creation of a geoscience- 
> literate society when they may only be teaching general education  
> courses?  These and other issues will be highlighted and will  
> compliment much of what I am sure will be presented in Eric and  
> Frank’s session.  It would be wonderful to see both sessions have  
> strong participation at GSA this fall.
> Below is the description for our theme session, #110.  Please do not  
> hesitate to contact Janis ([log in to unmask]) or myself ([log in to unmask] 
> ) with any questions.
> Title: Teaching and Research Challenges and Successes for Solitary  
> Geologists in Academia
> Session Type: Oral
> Sponsor: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA  
> Geoscience Education Division; Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
> Rationale: Faculty who are at community colleges and small four-year  
> colleges may be a “lone ranger” in their program, being the only  
> faculty member teaching in their discipline. These faculty are  
> disconnected from teaching and research collaborations and  
> innovations in the geosciences. Currently, there does not exist any  
> professional organization, website, meeting, or journal dedicated to  
> helping geoscience faculty that are the only geoscience faculty on  
> their campus. This session will benefit faculty by providing the  
> support of others in similar institutional situations. The GSA  
> Portland meeting can serve as an initial attempt to bring this  
> community of professional geosciences educators together by  
> providing a forum for sharing their experiences in a topical session.
> Thank you,
> Laura Guertin
> **************************************************************************
> Dr. Laura Guertin, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences
> Jane E. Cooper Honors Program and Campus Schreyer Honors College  
> Coordinator
> Environmental Inquiry Minor Coordinator
> Penn State Brandywine
> 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media, PA 19063
> Office phone: (610) 892-1427     Fax: (610) 892-1490
> Email:  [log in to unmask]          ePortfolio:
> From: GEOEDUCATION RESEARCH INTEREST GROUP [mailto:[log in to unmask] 
> ] On Behalf Of PCC
> Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 11:23 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Community College Geoscience
> 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
> 503-977-8236
> ---------------------------------------------
> Session #T104:  Geoscience Programs at Community Colleges: Models  
> for Success and Innovation
> Conveners
> 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.
> Rationale:
> 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?

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