Pursuing an Academic Career Virtual Event Series
Effectively communicating your research: From elevator talks to job interview presentations: February 21, 2013
~1 hr long
Leaders: Elizabeth Ritchie, University of Arizona, Timothy Bralower, Pennsylvania State University, and Heather Macdonald, College of William & Mary
This event has already taken place
This webinar will focus on presenting your research and its importance in the context of the academic job search. You'll talk about your research to many different audiences (e.g., students, faculty, administrators) in a variety of settings, from informal conversations to the formal job interview talk. We'll present strategies for preparing and presenting your work in effective ways. We hope you will join us!
Goals for participants are:
- Learn more about communicating what you do and why it is important in informal "elevator talks"
- Consider how your own elevator talk might be modified for different audiences
- Learn about important aspects of designing and delivering a presentation about your research during an academic interview
- Leave with some practical strategies of how to prepare and deliver a great job talk
Time - 4 pm Eastern | 3 pm Central | 2 pm Mountain | 1 pm Pacific
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion. Participants will receive an email with instructions detailing how to log into the event approximately one week prior to the event.
Registration and payment - The registration deadline for this webinar has passed. The cost of the webinar is $30 (or $20 for NAGT members; learn more about becoming a member of NAGT).
Preparation - Please consider and prepare a 1-2 minute response to the following: Briefly describe your main research focus and explain why it is important.
Please email Heather Macdonald (rhmacd AT wm.edu) if you have any questions about this event or Molly Kent (mkent AT carleton.edu) if you have technical questions.
career profile for Dr. Bralower is available from the Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences website.
References and ResourcesEffectively communicating your research: From elevator talks to job interview presentations.
Slides from Effectively communicating your research: From elevator talks to job interview presentations (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.5MB May17 13).
Recommended on-line resources:
- Better Conference Talks - this blog post by The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla is full of excellent advice and tips for improving your presentations.
- Academic Job Interviews - This series of web pages, from the Preparing for an Academic Career module, contains information about the academic job interview and how one can prepare, including how to construct an "elevator talk," a list of commonly-asked interview questions, and a resource list for more information.
- Elevator Talks
- Common interview questions, including typical interview questions you can be asked and can ask the interviewers.
- The Two-Year College Interview Process, describes the process, which is different than it is for most four-year institutions and provides a link to some common questions that may be asked at a two-year college interview.
- Two Minutes to Impress article on elevator talks from Nature.
- Preparing for an Academic Career website - this series of pages provides tips and resources for preparing for an academic job, including the job search, preparing to teach, and moving your research forward to a new institution.
Each summer, we offer a multi-day workshop (the registration deadline for this summer's workshop is March 8, 2013), designed specifically for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are interested in pursuing academic careers. Participants meet informally with other participants and with workshop leaders from a range of educational settings, share ideas and strategies for stress- and time-management, and develop a self-inventory of preferred options for the next career stage and a personal action plan.
The website hosts materials that stem from this workshop on topics such as: