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Volume 21 Issue 12 (December 2011)

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Article, pp. 36–38 | Full Text | PDF (208KB)

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GROUNDWORK:

Enhancing participation of two-year college faculty in The Geological Society of America

Virginia L. Peterson1*, John I. Garver2*, Steven Semken3*, Wendi J.W. Williams4*

1 Geology Dept., Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan 49401, USA
2 Dept. of Geology, Union College, Schenectady, New York 12308, USA
3 Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Tempe, Arizona 85287, USA
4 NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Geology Program, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712, USA

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Abstract

A strategic goal of The Geological Society of America (GSA) is to increase two-year college (2YC) faculty membership. In 2009, the GSA Committee on Education conducted a survey of 2YC faculty and explored strategies by which GSA might better serve them. We suggest that GSA provide increased professional and networking opportunities for 2YC faculty and encourage GSA members teaching at four-year colleges and universities to engage this cohort through lectures, colloquia, seminars, field trips, and research–teaching collaborations.

* Peterson: ; Garver: ; Semken: ; Williams:

Manuscript received 3 June 2011; accepted 25 Aug. 2011

doi: 10.1130/G130GW.1

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