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2014 Geography Faculty Development Alliance Workshop for Graduate Students and Early-Career Faculty

When: June 22-28, 2014

      

Registration is open for the 2014 Geography Faculty Development Alliance Workshop. This year, the workshop will be held at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

The topics for graduate students and early-career faculty are:

  • Developing significant learning experiences for your students

  • Career-planning and balnacing personal and professional life

  • Ethics in research, teaching and advising

  • The job search and interviewing

  • Preparing for the tenure process

  • Writing and publishing

  • Time management

  • Grants and funding

The goal of the workshop is to help participants balance the many responsibilities of academic life and to understand how their teaching, research, service, outreach and personal lives interconnect. Participants have an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world and also meet and work together in some sessions with participants in the AAG Department Leadership Workshop.

Since 2002, more than 450 early career faculty and graduate students have attended one of these workshops that focus on topics which are frequently the source of the greatest stress in the first years of an academic appointment.

If you have recently hired new faculty, this workshop is an excellent opportunity to help them get a strong start in your program. Often this registration fee is covered in whole or part by participants' home departments and colleges. 

To register, visit http://www.aag.org/Early_Career_GFDA_Workshop and follow the link to "Register Now." You do not need to be a member of the Association of American Geographers to register for the workshop and enter the website. Follow the instructions to "Sign Up" for a temporary password if you are not an AAG member. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis starting first with the waiting list from last year.

The registration fee of $1,150 includes a single dorm room, breakfasts, lunches & refreshments, three dinners, supplies, meeting rooms, computer network and printing access, graduate student support staff, and support for the workshops and teaching staff leaders. Often participants' home departments or colleges pay all or part of the workshop cost, so please check with your chair, advisor, or dean about fellowship opportunities.

For participants wishing to make their own housing arrangements in Storrs, the registration fee is $700 excluding dorm room and breakfast, but including all other activities. All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Spouses, partners and children are also welcome to attend. Accommodations are available at the following rates: 1) $350 for spouse or partner, to cover double room, including meals; and 2) $200 for each child over 7 years of age for room, including meals, but no additional room or meal charge of children under 7. If you need help finding daycare, please contact Ken Foote. Although you should pay your workshop registration through the AAG website, you will be billed separately for family members in June through the University of Connecticut.

A minimum of twenty participants are needed to meet the costs of the workshop. If fewer are enrolled as of 30 May, the workshop may be cancelled and all funds returned to participants. The AAG's Department Leadership Workshop will also be held at UConn June 25-28, 2014. Participants in both workshops will meet and work together in some sessions.

More Information

For further information about the workshop please contact either of the co-leaders:  Professor James W. Harrington, Jr., Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Washington at Tacoma or  Professor Ken Foote, Department of Geography, University of Connecticut at Storrs. The workshops were begun in 2002 with the support of the U.S. National Science Foundation. See http://www.colorado.edu/geography/gfda/gfda.html for more information.

Storrs is located in east central Connecticut about 30 miles from Hartford and the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Boston, New York City, and Providence are all within easy driving distance of the University of Connecticut, as are scenic areas of New England. Bradley International Airport is the closest to campus and a shuttle is available from the airport to the university. Many participants arrange to spend a few extra days in New England before or after the conference. Visitor information is available from http://www.ctvisit.com/, http://www.massvacation.com/, and http://www.discovernewengland.org/.