Friday, November 17, 2017

SSCH

Data from UA Institutional Research and Assessment

Graph 1: Geoscience department total student semester credit hours (SSCH) over trailing 10 year period. This represents the number of teaching hours by GEOS faculty, instructors, adjuncts, etc. for full academic years. It is strongly influenced by low-level, high enrollment courses like General Geology and Human Geography. For example, if GEOS teaches General Geology lecture/lab (4 hrs) with 600 students, this would add 4 x 600 = 2400 SSCH to the GEOS total. In the long run, GEOS teaching assistantship count assigned by the College responds to SSCH numbers.

Graph 2: Fulbright College SSCH numbers by department over the same period.






Monday, November 13, 2017

2017 Geoscience Careers Course

Careers class in fall semester, Thursdays 7-8 pm, evolving schedule of guests below.



For those wanting to coordinate with (or avoid) home football games, here is the football schedule. Course flyer is shown below.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

GEOS Jobs

Organizations that have hired Arkansas geoscience graduates:


  1. AECOM  ....  Jobs
  2. Apache Corporation  ....  Jobs
  3. Armor Energy .... Jobs
  4. Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality  ....  Jobs
  5. Arkansas Geological Survey .... Jobs
  6. Arkansas Department of Transportation  ....  Jobs
  7. Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
  8. Arkansas Parks and Tourism
  9. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation  ....  Jobs
  10. Beaver Water District  ....  Jobs
  11. Bureau of Land Management  ....  Jobs
  12. Burns and McDonnell  ....  Jobs
  13. Chesapeake Energy  ...  Jobs
  14. City of Springdale  ....  Jobs
  15. ConocoPhillips  ....  Jobs
  16. Core Laboratories  ....  Jobs
  17. D├ęcollement Consulting .... Jobs
  18. Denbury Resources  ....  Jobs
  19. Devon Energy  ....  Jobs
  20. EOG Resources .... Jobs
  21. ExxonMobil  ....  Jobs
  22. Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) .... Jobs
  23. EnSafe  ...  Jobs
  24. Environmental Defense Fund  ....  Jobs
  25. Environmental Services Associates
  26. ESRI  ....  Jobs
  27. Fayetteville Public Schools  ....  Jobs
  28. FTN Associates  ....  Jobs
  29. Garver Eng. Planning & Env. Services  ....  Jobs
  30. Gulfport Energy .... Jobs
  31. Haas Hall Academy  ....  Jobs
  32. Halliburton  ....  Jobs
  33. Hoss Geosciences .... Jobs
  34. Kinder Morgan  ....  Jobs
  35. Marathon Oil Corporation  ....  Jobs
  36. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management  ....  Jobs
  37. Newfield Exploration Company  ....  Jobs
  38. Noble Energy  ....  Jobs
  39. NOAA National Weather Service  ....  Jobs
  40. North Plains Groundwater Conservation District  ....  Jobs
  41. NWA Community College  ....  Jobs
  42. NWA Regional Planning Commission
  43. Paladin Geological Services .... Jobs
  44. PGS  ....  Jobs
  45. Pure Earth Resources
  46. Rogers Public Schools  ....  Jobs
  47. Schlumberger  ....  Jobs
  48. SCS Engineers  ....  Jobs
  49. Shell  ....  Jobs
  50. Sierra Club  ....  Jobs
  51. Stephens Production Company
  52. SWN  ....  Jobs
  53. Terra Guidance .... Jobs
  54. UNESCO  ....  Jobs
  55. USAJOBS .... Jobs portal for all branches of US Government
  56. US Army Corps of Engineers  ....  Jobs
  57. US Bureau of Reclamation  ....  Jobs
  58. US Census Bureau  ....  Jobs
  59. USDA Agricultural Research Service  ....  Jobs
  60. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service  ....  Jobs
  61. US Environmental Protection Agency  ....  Jobs
  62. US Fish and Wildlife  ....  Jobs
  63. US Forest Service  ....  Jobs
  64. US Geological Survey  ....  Jobs
  65. US National Park Service  ....  Jobs
  66. Vitruvian Exploration .... Jobs
Other potential organizations:
Chevron Corporation  ....  Jobs
Cimarex Energy  ....  Jobs
Environmental Services, Inc  ....  Jobs
Murphy Oil Corporation  ....  Jobs
Range Resources  ....  Jobs
Sabine Oil  ....  Jobs

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Departmental Committees


--- Director/Coordinators/Advisors ---

GEOS Honors and Graduate Director  Oversee all aspects of Honors and Graduate activity in the department. Department Vice Chair inherits this position. Full position description here.

BS Earth Sciences Advisor  Refers routine course planning to Fulbright advising center (Tyler Garrett x3307). For non-standard students (late transfer or degree switch), refer to other faculty or directly advise on course schedule to get back on plan and move to Fulbright advising.

BA Geography Advisor Refers routine course planning to Fulbright advising center (Tyler Garrett x3307). For non-standard students (late transfer or degree switch), refer to other geography faculty or directly advise on course schedule to get back on plan and move to Fulbright advising.

BS Geology Advisor Refers routine course planning to Fulbright advising center (Tyler Garrett x3307). For non-standard students (late transfer or degree switch), refer to other geology faculty or directly advise on course schedule to get back on plan and move to Fulbright advising.

Geospatial Certificat Coordinator Reviews all Geospatial Certificate applicants and decides to admit/decline. Monitors progress of Certificate students. 

MS Geography Coordinator  Reviews and ranks all MS Geography applicants and makes recommendation to Geosciences Chair to admit/decline. Assigns each admitted student to an initial faculty advisor that may, or may not, become the thesis advisor. Serves as Chair of Geography Teaching Assistant Selection Committee.

MS Geology Coordinator Reviews and ranks all MS Geology applicants and makes recommendation to Geosciences Chair to admit/decline. Assigns each admitted student to an initial faculty advisor that may, or may not, become the thesis advisor. Serves as Chair of Geology Teaching Assistant Selection Committee. [1]


Geology Field Camp Coordinator Oversee all aspects of preparation for GEOS 4686 Geology Field camp. This includes, but is not limited to, advertising, review and approve student applications, selection of teaching assistants for field camp, ensure field equipment (including vehicles) are maintained properly leading up to camp, field guide production, and safety plan. All of these activities are to be done cooperatively and by consensus with field camp faculty. Advise Department Chair on target enrollment and multi-year faculty coverage plan for field camp that ensures two-deep leadership at all times in the field. Coordinator may participate in field camp as swing faculty, but does not count toward requirement of two-deep leadership. [1]

PhD Geosciences Coordinator In coordination with individual advisors, monitors PhD Student progress.  Serves as Chair of GEOS PhD Committee.


 --- Standing Committees ---

Departmental Personnel Committee: Reviews and submits recommendation to Geosciences Chair for faculty annual evaluation.  Reviews and submits recommendation to Geosciences Chair concerning faculty tenure and promotion, and prepares statement for inclusion in faculty tenure/promotion package including the formal vote of the committee.  Reviews tenure-track faculty third year portfolios, and submits written review and recommendation to Geosciences Chair.  Works with candidates for tenure/promotion to identify potential external reviewers.

Geography Teaching Assistant Selection Committee: Reviews and ranks all applicants for Teaching Assistantships in Geography and makes recommendation to Geosciences Chair which ones should receive offer of Teaching Assistantship.  Geography currently has 5 hard funded Teaching Assistantships plus one hard funded position dedicated to Computer Laboratory Maintenance.

Geology Teaching Assistant Selection Committee: Reviews and ranks all MS applicants for Teaching Assistantships in Geology and makes recommendation to Geosciences Chair which ones should receive offer of Teaching Assistantship.  Geology currently has 12 hard funded MS Teaching Assistantships.

Geography Scholarship/Awards Committee:  Selects deserving/eligible students for receipt of scholarships/awards funded by University Foundation resources dedicated to Geography.

Geology/Earth Sciences Scholarship/Awards Committee: Selects deserving/eligible students for receipt of scholarships/awards funded by University Foundation resources dedicated to Geology/Earth Sciences.

Geography Curriculum Committee: Reviews curriculum and degree programs, and makes recommendation for modification/deletion/addition to Geosciences Chair and Faculty. Approves MS Geography quantitative and computational electives not in the approved elective list.

Geology Curriculum Committee: Reviews curriculum and degree programs, and makes recommendation for modification/deletion/addition to Geosciences Chair and Faculty.

Geosciences PhD committee 
Reviews and ranks all PhD Geoscience applicants and makes recommendation to Geosciences Chair which ones should be admitted and declined. Each admitted student must have a faculty advisor and financial support.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Enrollment Update 2017

2. Special thanks to UA Chancellor Joe Steinmetz who worked to get in-state tuition for all summer field camp participants starting in summer 2018 (see last graph).








Saturday, August 26, 2017

Historical Faculty Timeline


Historical faculty timeline for geology and geography at the University of Arkansas. Some highlights include the first geology professor in 1873 (T. L. Thompson), establishment of geography department (1948), the time of four geology chairmen in four years (1952-5), merger of geology and geography in to geoscience (2000), and establishment of an external geoscience advisory board (2006).

Friday, August 25, 2017

Geology Conference Dates

Reference table below gives approximate dates related to geology conferences that GEOS students are likely to attend.