The project is designed to prepare early career geoscience faculty to teach at the undergraduate level and consists of four-day workshops that will be offered annually for the next 3 years.
The workshops will address a variety of topics, including the basics of teaching, active learning strategies, supervision of undergraduate research, grading and assessment and life as a new faculty member.
A series of follow-up activities, which includes the development of a website and presentations at professional meetings, is also planned. The goal of the project is to provide concrete suggestions about "what works" in undergraduate geoscience teaching and to produce more effective teachers. Tewksbury is working in conjunction with geoscience faculty from the College of William and Mary and the University of Arizona. The first workshop will be offered in August.
Last October, Tewksbury was named the 1997 New York professor of the year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.