Dear Colleagues,

Laura Guertin and Janis Treworgy 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.  Heather Macdonald is going to give the keynote talk.


Please consider submitting an abstract. The abstract deadline is August 11, 2009.


Below is the description for our theme session, #110.  Please do not hesitate to contact Janis ([log in to unmask]) or Laura ([log in to unmask]) with any questions.


T110. Teaching and Research Challenges and Successes for Solitary Geologists in Academia
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geoscience Education Division; Council on Undergraduate Research
Janis D. Treworgy, Laura Guertin

Are you the only geologist at your institution? You are not alone! Come share your experiences and network with others like you. Discuss facilities, course load, research opportunities, challenges, successes, and what keeps you there.

Geoscience Education

Submit an abstract to this session


Please encourage any of your colleagues who might be interested to submit an abstract! Thanks.


Laura Guertin and Janis Treworgy




Janis D. Treworgy, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair
[log in to unmask]           Geology Department
1-618-374-5294                                Principia College
1-314-469-3528 (during breaks)       1 Maybeck Place                   Elsah, IL 62028