Geo2YC, a group of National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) members interested in two-year college (2YC) education, became the first special interest division of the Association on July 23. Creation of the Division was a recommendation of a June 2010 NAGT/NSF-sponsored workshop “The Role of Two-Year Colleges in Geoscience Education and in Broadening Participation in the Geosciences: A Planning Workshop.” Workshop participants, and other interested 2YC geoscience faculty, petitioned the NAGT Executive Committee last April to create the new Division. A recent change in the NAGT Bylaws allows members to petition the Executive Committee to create a special interest division.
The mission of the new Division is to:
- serve as a forum for exchanging information about 2YC geoscience programs
- create a professional network for geoscience educators at two-year colleges and other institutions with shared interests
- sponsor NAGT 2YC activities and make recommendations to the NAGT Council
- support and coordinate research on 2YC geoscience education
- advocate for 2YC geoscience education within NAGT and with other organizations
“Geo2YC will work closely with NAGT Sections, the Geological Society of America (GSA), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to expand opportunities for networking, professional and curriculum development, and geoscience educational research at two-year colleges,” said Bob Blodgett, chair of the Geo2YC organizational committee. The new division is electing its first officers in October, and sponsoring 2YC social functions at the GSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis and December AGU meeting in San Francisco.
The Division welcomes membership by four-year college/university faculty who share common interests with 2YC geoscience programs, students and geoscientists interested in teaching at a 2YC, and adjunct faculty teaching at all levels.
For more information on these events and about the Geo2YC Division see : http://nagt.org/nagt/divisions/2yc/