REBUILDING A GEOLOGY PROGRAM AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY THROUGH OUTREACH, SCHOLARSHIP, AND RECRUITING ACTIVITIES
As part of the plan to re-invigorate the program, the department has added a new tenure track faculty member each year since 2001. One additional hire is anticipated in 2007 taking the total of tenure track faculty to six. In addition to the faculty lines, a total of $45,000 has been allocated for purchasing new equipment to support the program. The current operating budget of $6,000 has been enhanced by the introduction of a lab fee that provided additional revenues of $8000 in the 2005-06 year. A computer lab with stereo projection system will be used for teaching and research activities in fall 2006.
Current faculty members have been actively seeking internal and external funding to upgrade teaching and research facilities and to support research projects involving students. Other supports to this program include partnerships with local industries, state agencies, and ETSU alumni from the old Geoscience program. 15 students have been successfully recruited in the first academic year of this new Geology major program. In addition, the university desires to offer a Master of Science in Geology degree program by Fall 2007. A separate abstract is concurrently submitted to the T56 session of the 2006 GSA annual meeting to describe strategies for recruiting undergraduate majors.