Becoming a Westar Lecturer

CASCA strongly encourages interested members to consider applying to become a Westar Lecturer. A call for new applicants will be made once per year.

A Westar lecturer:
– is actively engaged in the field of astronomy (normally faculty and post-doc level members);
– has a strong interest and has shown competency in public outreach;
– is willing to discuss outreach techniques and learn from outreach professionals;
– is available to travel to a remote location for a 2-3 day visit during a given year;
– commits for an initial period of 2 years.

Selection criteria:
– Ability to explain a subject in a way that is accessible to the general public.
– Capacity to engage different types of audiences (e.g., young and adults) and interact with the media.
– Interest in public outreach and willingness to learn about public outreach and education.

Selection process:
1. CASCA members will receive a general invitation (email list, CASCA meetings) to fill out an online form.
2. Nominees should normally have demonstrated a strong competency in the area of public education and outreach. Examples of demonstrated competence could include links to past presentations, podcasts, etc.
3. Selection will be done by the CASCA EPO committee (or a subset of this committee). The CASCA Board will make the official invitations.

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