Vol. 1 Issue 1 - Spring 2018
The Coastal Current
The School of the Coastal Environment Newsletter
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A Note from the Vice Dean about Science Communication
The School of the Coastal Environment is now 1.5 years old. Some of the plans associated with forming the school have indeed been put into action and hopefully more progress will be made during the upcoming semester. All of the proposed changes were done with the goal of delivering the highest quality undergraduate and graduate degrees.
One of the changes that was made during Fall 2017 concerned the job duties of graduate assistants. Specifically, it was decided that graduate students should be developing their teaching and communication skills as such skills are valued across the spectrum of careers in the coastal and marine sciences. As such, many were assigned to teaching or tutoring duties in the Department of Marine Science.
To help graduate students in the process of becoming excellent teachers, we designed and offered a required orientation session on classroom policies and strategies. We paired graduate assistants with faculty supervisors. And of course, graduate students were evaluated as a way to give them constructive feedback.
All of us, even seasoned college teachers, understand that the teaching of a subject is the best way to learn a subject. It is my belief that graduate students can be a tremendous asset to the undergraduate program as they show their enthusiasm for research and the discipline. This enthusiasm can be inspirational for undergraduates who may still be trying to decide their majors or career paths.
We have many gifted and dedicated teachers here at CCU and I urge the graduate students to seek out these individuals and hear their wisdom regarding successful teaching. As you complete your research, always remember that science not communicated, or not communicated well, will languish.
Notes from the Editors
As a scientist, it is motivational to see a group of faculty and administrators so dedicated to paving a way for the next generation of problem-solvers to take on the local and global issues afflicting the coastal and marine systems. As the challenges humanity pursues become more complex, the days of the lone vigilante scientist draw to an end. Instead, teams take the forefront of scientific innovation bringing out the strengths in each individual. This newsletter has taken a fundamental step in fostering a sense of community within the School of the Coastal Environment. The school's contemporary approach to a specialized area from various backgrounds motivates collaboration and ingenuity in efforts to discover more about our environment and drive us forward, together.
- C Todd Rhodes, Co-Editor
Given this opportunity to try something new, I’m proud to present the first Newsletter of the School of the Coastal Environment along with Todd, Karen, and Dr. Viso. It’s been quite a learning curve full of new professional experiences and I’m looking forward to what energy this journal will provide readers and for the development and growth of this project as the years go on. It’s been an honor to be a part of The Coastal Current’s debut and I’m curious as to the inspiring directions it takes in the future.
- Clare J Nolan, Co-Editor