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Opportunity: Advancing Justice-Centered Community Science in the Geosciences

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Are you geoscience faculty with experience in justice and equity, active-learning practices, and working with communities? Take a look at this paid opportunity to contribute your expertise to co-develop learning materials.

Advancing Justice-Centered Community Science in the Geosciences

Community science is the equitable partnership between scientists and community members to use science to advance justice for and with communities, especially those who have been marginalized, colonized, oppressed, or underserved. This project seeks to co-develop learning materials to help geoscientists advance the practice of justice-centered community science.

AGU is a nonprofit dedicated to Earth and space sciences and is leading a project to advance opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in geoscience disciplines to engage with the principles and practices of community science centered on justice and equity. We are looking for partners to help design, develop, and implement new justice-centered learning materials. Our work together will kick off with a virtual workshop in February 2023 and extend for 2 years.

Who AGU is Looking For

AGU is seeking five (5) faculty experts with experience in community science and justice-centered pedagogy to form a working cohort to help lead the development and curation of these learning materials. This is a compensated opportunity. AGU is looking for geoscience faculty with experience in justice and equity, active-learning practices, and working with communities. AGU encourages the applications of faculty who bring the lived experience of underserved communities in the geosciences, who teach at Minority Serving Institutions, and Black, Indigenous, or People of Color who are working to advance diversity, inclusion, equity and justice in their institutions and communities.

Why apply

  • Be part of a community of engaged colleagues and build your professional network
  • Elevate your work and leadership as a community science expert
  • Advance the practice of community science focused on equity, inclusion, and justice
  • Opportunities to co-write and publish and/or present at conferences
  • Selected faculty participants will be compensated as outlined below

What you’ll do / About the Project

In this project, you will work collaboratively with 5 faculty colleagues and AGU staff to:

  • Collaboratively determine what topics and materials are needed to advance opportunities for undergraduate and/or graduate students to practice justice-centered community science
  • Identify, adapt, create, and curate learning materials and activities to address those needs
  • Use newly created learning materials in your teaching
  • Provide input on a plan to expand the use of the resources and lay the groundwork for expansion of this project.

All content deliverables in this project will be licensed CCBY 4.0 and hosted by AGU in a way to support maximum access and reuse.

The cohort will participate in a virtual kickoff retreat planned for Friday, 17 February 2023, and in regular virtual meetings to complete needs assessment, material development, content review, and other project tasks. Further, participants will contribute asynchronously to the project throughout the duration of the project. Cohort members will be asked to pilot materials in at least one section of a class they are teaching each semester or quarter beginning in Fall 2023 through, and inclusive of, Fall 2024. The cohort will also contribute to the project by raising awareness of the instructional materials with colleagues locally and nationally.

Who are the faculty experts

You have at least 3 years of undergraduate and/or graduate teaching experience in a U.S. higher education institution, and you have experience with justice-centered community science, community-based teaching projects or other justice focused STEM pedagogy. Additionally, you may have experience facilitating professional development for colleagues, advising or mentoring, and/or working on interdisciplinary projects. You have a desire to advance justice-centered community science in your institution and more broadly.

Further, you are interested and available to work collaboratively to build opportunities for geoscientists to develop the skills, practices and tools to foster justice-focused community science,  tools, and solutions.


Each faculty member in the cohort will be compensated $20,000 split over the 2-year grant period. For
selected conferences and in-person meetings, travel expenses will be paid. Additionally, AGU will work with each member of the cohort to celebrate their contributions and advance professional recognition for their work.

How to apply

Please use this form to apply. Priority applications are open until Jan 20, 2023 with acceptance on a rolling basis until Feb 3, 2023. A letter of support for your participation from a sponsor (department chair, dean or supervisor) at your home institution will be required after acceptance.

Any questions about the opportunity may be directed to Samantha Veneruso ([email protected] or 202-777-2460) Additionally, if you are attending the AGU Fall 2022 meeting, there will be opportunities to connect with the project team to discuss this opportunity.

What to expect after applying

  • AGU will lead a review process for submitted applications and to identify five (5) faculty experts to create a cohort representing diverse career stages, academic disciplines, and/or institution types as well as position types.
  • They anticipate contacting individuals with formal invitations to participate no later than Friday, Feb 3, 2023.
  • Cohort members will be asked to attend the virtual kickoff meeting on Friday, 17 February 2023.
  • Cohort members will be asked to confirm their interest and ability to participate including a supporting letter from a department chair or dean within 5 business days of acceptance.

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Planning Grant titled “Cultural
Transformation in the Geoscience Community” (Program Solicitation: NSF 22-562).

Liz Crocker editor

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