Professionalism and Geoethics: Creating a Workplace Environment Where Everyone Can Succeed

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Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Series: AGI/AIPG Geoscience Online Learning Webinar
CEUs: 0.10

This course will be available as an online GOLI course soon.

Professionalism refers to the attitudes and behaviors that impact interpersonal relations in the workplace, the foundations of which are based on the concepts of power, trust, respect, responsibility, justice, and fairness. The nature of the Geosciences (e.g., working with an incomplete record, temporal and spatial scales beyond human perception, uncertainty in natural systems), and the geoscience work environment (e.g., in the field, laboratory, with extensive travel) presents many situations where ethical dilemmas may arise. Recent high-visibility transgressions have brought special attention to sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. Everyone has a right to a safe, inclusive, supportive, and productive work environment and a high bar must be set for both students and faculty to ascribe to the highest professional standards of the discipline. This webinar will introduce topics that contribute to workplace "climate" (e.g., microaggressions, implicit bias, empowering bystanders), and will provide suggestions for personal and institutional actions that can be taken to ensure that everyone can succeed in your workplace environment.


David W. Mogk is a Professor of Geology at Montana State University. He is a metamorphic petrologist by training, with research interests in the genesis and evolution of Precambrian continental crust, mid-crustal petrogenetic processes, and spectroscopic analysis of mineral surfaces. He has worked for 25 years to promote excellence in STEM education having served as program officer in the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education, and has contributed to the development of STEM education digital libraries, curriculum development and faculty professional development programs, NRC panels on Promising Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education and Discipline-Based Education Research, and recently has developed a curriculum and web resources on Teaching Geoethics Across the Geoscience Curriculum. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Mineralogical Society of America, is recipient of the Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Public Service Medal and the American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award. He currently serves on the American Geophysical Union Ethics Task Force. He received his PhD from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1984.

CEU Credits

All registrants who attend the entire duration of this webinar will receive 0.1 CEUs from the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

College Course Participation: A faculty member can register on behalf of a course and/or group of their students to participate in the webinar. With this registration, the faculty member can submit up to 20 participating students for awarding of 0.1 CEUs to each of them by AIPG.