Focus Groups at Disciplinary Society and Professional Association meetings
Eight focus group sessions were held between March – August 2016 to gather perspectives from disciplinary societies and professional associations.
Seven sessions were held at society meetings:
|American Association of Geographers||March 2016|
|Society for the Study of Evolution||June 2016|
|Society for Economic Botany||July 2016|
|Botanical Society of America||July 2016|
|American Society of Plant Biologists||July 2016|
|Society for Conservation Biology||July 2016|
|Ecological Society of America||August 2016|
The eighth focus group session was held in May 2016 at the ESA headquarters with representatives from the National Association of Agricultural Educators, Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Fisheries Society, Society of American Foresters and the American Association of Geographers.
A compilation of the focus group sessions may be found here:
Survey on Undergraduate Environmental Biology Career preparation
Faculty, department chairs, program administrators, academic counselors, career services professionals, leaders in graduate schools and others involved in undergraduate environmental biology education were invited to participate. Faculty involved with mathematical biology were strongly encouraged to respond. This survey is to learn about programs preparing students for career tracks in environmental biology as well as the needs of faculty in this preparation.
2016 Survey Results .pdf (Summary report from Survey Monkey)
Job Ad Scan
What do Employers Expect of Recent Graduates in Entry level Environmental Biology Careers?
We reviewed job ads for permanent, full-time positions for entry level jobs at sites where environmental biology jobs are regularly posted including SCB Job Board, USA Jobs, EcoJobs.com, SustainableBusiness.com and Idealist.org as well as Texas A&M University and Warnell School of Natural Resources and Forestry at University of GA. The review is intended to provide insight into the skill set required at an entry level for a job seeker with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a related environmental biology field. The ads were coded for commonly listed skills.
Poster presented at Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education (EnFUSE): Research and Practice on April 27-29, 2016.