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Workshop on Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century

Next summer, the NSF-funded program On the Cutting Edge will offer a 4-day workshop on Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century. We've included details about the workshop at the end of this e-mail. If you do not teach paleontology, we hope that you will pass this information on to other colleagues who might be interested in the workshop. The workshop will be held from July 30-August 3, 2009 at Cornell University and the Paleontological Research Institute in Ithaca, NY.

This workshop will be patterned after the very successful workshops on Teaching Mineralogy (1996), Teaching Petrology (2003), Teaching Structural Geology (2004), Teaching Hydrogeology (2005), Teaching Sedimentary Geology (2006), Teaching Geophysics (2007), and Teaching Geomorphology (2008) (

You can find the on-line application and more information about the workshop at

The application deadline is February 6, 2009. If you are interested in attending the workshop, we hope that you will apply early. If more qualified applicants apply for the workshop than we have space for, we may choose to use the date of application as one factor in determining the final workshop participant list.

Workshop co-conveners Barb Tewksbury, Warren Allmon, Rowan Lockwood, Bruce MacFadden, Margaret Yacobucci  

Details about the workshop:

This workshop will bring together college and university faculty who teach paleontology to explore a wide variety of topics related to teaching paleontology effectively both in paleontology courses and as parts of other courses taught in the geoscience curriculum. Participants will share exemplary laboratory, classroom, museum, and field activities, discuss course content and curriculum, explore strategies for integrating paleontology concepts and activities across the curriculum, consider the challenges associated with teaching evolution, and address issues in teaching and learning paleontology concepts and processes.

All participants will submit at least two activities or assignments for actively engaging students in the classroom or for providing effective and innovative lab or field experiences. These activities will be shared with other participants either as posters or short oral presentations during the workshop and on the Cutting Edge web site (

Applicants for this workshop must hold a faculty teaching position at a two- or four-year college or university and have responsibility for teaching undergraduate paleontology. The workshop fee of $250 covers meals and double-occupancy rooms for the workshop. Travel costs to/from the workshop must be borne by the individual or home institution. Our National Science Foundation grant provides funding for the remainder of the operational costs of the workshop.

Barbara Tewksbury
Department of Geosciences
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Rd.
Clinton, NY 13323
voice: 315-859-4713
fax: 315-859-4807
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