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Workshop Synopsis

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Application Deadlines

There are four application deadlines per year - January 15 for Summer workshops, March 15 for Fall workshops, June 15 for Fall/Winter workshops, and October 15 for Spring/Summer workshops.


Traveling workshops take place during the academic year, at the mutual convenience of your department, program, or group, and our leaders. Applicants will be selected on the basis of potential impact on the department, program, or group and the match between department, program, or group needs as articulated in the application and our program's strengths. We will give preference to applicants with a high level of commitment, as indicated by the percentage of the department that will be involved or number of committed participants, and the length of workshop requested.

Expectations if Selected

Financial expectations:

  • The host institution is expected to provide leader travel, housing, meals, local ground transportation and any other on-site expenses (e.g., duplication of handouts) in addition to a $2,000 fee (leader honoraria, website and workspaces for your workshop, and program management costs) to NAGT.

These workshops are designed for departments, programs, or groups of faculty interested in at least one of the following:

  • strengthening the communication and functioning of a department or program.
  • developing or revising courses on a related topic or approach.
  • addressing course-level and program-level issues.

Participating departments, programs, or groups are expected to:

  • Schedule the workshop to support full participation by all department or program faculty members OR schedule the workshop to support about 30 (15 minimum) participants that can include colleagues from other departments and/or neighboring institutions.
  • Reserve a meeting space with robust internet access.
  • Provide us with information about your department, program, the group.
  • Prepare in advance for workshop discussions via readings, writings, discussion or other activities developed by workshop leaders.
  • Participate fully in the entire workshop.
  • Develop an action plan at the workshop, implement it, and report the outcomes to us.
  • Contribute to online collections of resources for the Building Strong Departments website if the workshop is focused on building strong geoscience or environmental science departments or programs.
  • Assist in disseminating the results of the workshop through discussions with colleagues and other activities.

Before the Workshop

After an application has been submitted, the Program Coordinator will select potential workshop facilitators or check on the availability if a facilitator is requested. This notification will include the host institution/department's goals and scheduling preferences.

Approximately 3 weeks after receiving your request the Program Coordinator will notify you of the status of your request. If the facilitator is available, the host will then be responsible for contacting them and planning the visit. Please inform the Program Coordinator of the dates for the visit after the schedule is finalized.

To assist in advertising the workshop you may use our speaker announcement template. (PowerPoint 64kB Jun20 14) Feel free to customize the design and details to suit your needs.

Supporting Materials for Departmental or Programmatic Workshops

Please use the links below to submit any supporting materials that have been requested by your workshop facilitator. You are welcome to submit additional information that you think would be useful for them to have access to. Because sharing information among geoscience and environmental science departments is a primary goal of the program, unless you ask us not to, we will add these documents to online collections maintained on the Building Strong Geoscience Departments website. You can find many examples of resources contributed by past workshop participants on the website.

Curriculum and Program Design
Curricula: Submit information about one or more of your curricula. Please submit each one you wish to examine or revise during the workshop. We may make a page about each curriculum and add it to the collection of curriculum profiles.

Recruiting Students
Recruiting Materials: Share your current recruiting materials. We may add your contributions to a set of pages on student recruitment.

Preparing Students for the Workforce
Curricula: Submit information about one or more of your curricula. Be sure to submit any curricula that particularly focus on knowledge or skills key to the available employment opportunities. We may make a page about each curriculum and add it to the collection of curriculum profiles.

Program Assessment
Assessment Instruments: Please share the primary assessment instrument(s) your department is currently using. In addition to uploading the instrument themselves, we ask you to provide information on their design, use, and impact. Submissions may be made into webpages and added to the assessment instrument collection.

Assessment Documents: Please share your department's assessment planning documents: mission/vision statements, student learning goals/objectives, and/or departmental assessment plans, if you have them. Submissions may be made into webpages and added to the assessment planning documents collection.

Additional Information

Upload any additional information for your workshop leaders. (optional)

During the Workshop

Our facilitators will offer their knowledge and expertise on the topic or topics you choose, and will lead your department, program, or group in a structured conversation about how to move forward with your departmental, program, or group plans for the future.

Please encourage participants to join NAGT. The Traveling Workshops Program is made possible in part by NAGT membership dues. The larger our membership, the more activities we can sponsor. To assist in spreading the word about NAGT we will send 20 copies of our NAGT membership brochure. (Acrobat (PDF) 580kB Jun20 14) Please contact Lara Palmquist (lpalmquist AT carleton. edu) if you would like any additional information about NAGT or additional copies of the brochure.

Following the Workshop

At the end of each workshop, we ask that all participants complete an online End of Workshop Evaluation. Direct feedback about what worked and what didn't will ensure that the program continues to meet the needs of departments, programs, and groups as we plan future workshops with NAGT.

If the host-institution requests a department-focused workshop, the department will generate a plan of action for moving forward on the issues and topics that were highlighted during the workshop. We ask that the host-institution lead upload that action plan via the website as well. Knowing how departments plan to move forward allows us to assess the long-term effects of the workshop program and its effectiveness at reaching its goals.