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.
#T104: Geoscience Programs at Community Colleges: Models for Success and
Frank D. Granshaw –
Portland Community College, Portland Oregon
Eric M. Baer –
Highline Community College, Seattle Washington
College programs are diverse and multifaceted. This session will highlight a
variety of programs and how they successfully achieve their goals.
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
makes for a strong community college earth science program?
the student population of most community colleges, what is the focus of these
programs, career training, geoscience literacy, or both?
strategies are useful for helping students become geoscience literate?
do community college earth science department successfully encourage and
prepare geoscience majors?
role does university - community college and high school-community college collaborations
play in making a strong program?
do community college geoscience programs relate the vocational programs in
their own institutions?
role do community college geoscience courses have in providing science
background for future teachers?
do professional networks enhance the mission of community college geoscience
the large number of adjunct faculty teaching community college earth science
courses, how do science departments mentor these faculty to help them address