I plan to submit an abstract and could certainly use help with travel
expenses, but I'll find a way.  Thanks for putting this together.





Suzanne M. (Suki) Smaglik

Professor, Geology & Chemistry

Central Wyoming College

2660 Peck Ave

Riverton, WY  82501

800.735.8418 x 2146

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Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 9:23 AM
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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 



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

*      What strategies are useful for helping students become geoscience

*      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?