On the Cutting Edge - Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty
Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences: Workshop for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
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Workshop Program

Note: the 2007 workshop is over. Find out more about the "Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences" workshops, or read on for more information about the 2007 workshop.
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2007 Workshop. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.

Thursday, August 2, 2007


1:00-5:30 Registration and arrival
Participant check in at Smith Hall. See travel and logistics page for additional information.

Optional Pre-Workshop Events on Thursday Afternoon


These pre-workshop events will be held in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, Weeks Hall.

2:30-3:30 Concurrent Sessions


3:45-4:45 Concurrent Sessions

Workshop Begins


View of Lake Monona from the Pyle Center. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.

Workshop sessions will be in the Pyle Center

5:30-6:00 Informal reception (optional) with cash bar, ATT Lounge

6:00-7:00 Dinner

7:00-9:00 Introductions and Opening Session, Pyle Center, ATT Lounge
2007 Workshop session on preparing now for your future academic career. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.

Friday, August 3, 2007


7:00-8:00 Breakfast at Smith Hall

8:15-8:55 Overview of Day and Preparing Now For Your Future Academic Career in the Geosciences
Pyle Center Room 325/326
Heather Macdonald

Theme for the day: Who are you as a teacher?



9:00-10:00 Research on Learning: Concurrent Sessions
Participants: Please complete the Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire and send us your results prior to the workshop. Robyn will use your (collective) data in her presentation.
2007 Workshop participants are, on average, strongly visual learners.
10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:15 Breakout Sessions

11:25-12:25 Breakout Sessions (repeated)

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:15-1:45 Birds of a Feather Discussions:
Dual careers, families, balance, and more; International scientists in the U.S.; and other topics

2:00-3:30 Designing Effective Classroom/Laboratory Activities

Heather Macdonald
For this activity, you will work in small groups to review and then develop or refine a classroom or lab activity that addresses a key concept or skill in your discipline. This session will be an opportunity to share ideas with other participants as you consider different ways to teach that concept or skill.
  • Daily Class Planning links to resources to help you develop your own classroom, lab, or field activities, or to find existing activities that meet your needs.
  • How to Plan a Single Class Period provides guidance in planning a lesson, from setting learning goals for the day to assessing whether students have met those goals. This page includes specific geoscience examples and a worksheet you can use to plan a class period.
  • Characteristics of an Effective Assignment/Activity (Microsoft Word 21kB Aug4 07) is a list compiled by 2007 workshop participants during this session.
3:30-3:45 Break

Robyn Wright Dunbar describes the key elements of a strong teaching statement. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.
3:45-5:00 Teaching Statements Concurrent Sessions: Articulating Your Teaching Goals and Highlighting Your Accomplishments
5:00-5:20 Reflection time and Daily "road check"

6:30 Dinner - Pyle Center

Saturday, August 4, 2007


7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Smith Hall

2007 Workshop participants practice describing their research to colleagues. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.

Theme for the morning: Who are you as a researcher?


Pyle Center

8:15-8:30 Overview of Day and Report on Daily Feedback

8:30-9:10 Presenting Yourself to Others (PowerPoint 4.6MB Jul30 07)
Heather Macdonald
In the job search process you will have very brief, yet critical, opportunities to convey your work to others. Participants in this session will refine a personal "Elevator Talk," a paragraph that describes the nature and significance of your research, and which is geared to a more general audience. You will then practice giving this talk to others.
9:15-9:45 The Role of Research in Launching a Faculty Career (PowerPoint 51kB Jul31 07)
Heather Macdonald and other leaders
This session will help you focus a vision statement for your research and start you thinking about how your research will integrate with your teaching, where it might lead in the future, and how it might differ depending upon the institution type.
9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:00 Moving Your Research Forward to New Settings: Breakout Sessions
2007 Workshop participants, small group discussion. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.

11:10-11:50 Research Statements: Concurrent Sessions
2007 Workshop participants, discussing their career choices. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.
12:00-1:00 Lunch

Theme for the afternoon: Choosing Where You Want to Go and Getting There


1:10-2:30 Mapping Your Career: Choices, Balance, and Action Planning
Heather Macdonald
Given where you are in your career and what you have learned at this workshop, reflect on your long term goals or "dream job." What are your next steps? What advice would help you most at this point?
2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 The Academic Job Search: Applications, Interviews, and Job Talks
Paul Hoskins, Kathy Surpless, Jean Bahr, and Mike Phillips
How to tailor your application for each advertised position, what to expect during your interview, and how to prepare an effective "job talk" (research presentation or teaching demonstration). Brief presentations will be followed by a question and answer period.
  • The Job Search is a collection of resources for people looking for jobs in academia. It includes information on beginning your search, assembling your application materials, interviewing, negotiating, and dealing with additional considerations (such as being part of a dual career couple).
  • The job talk, (PowerPoint 30kB Aug2 06) from Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, summarizes a few key points about how to give an effective presentation during an on-campus interview.
4:00-4:50 Negotiating
Jean Bahr and Liz Canuel
What to expect in the negotiation process, what is negotiable, and the importance of negotiating for what you need (and making sure you get it in writing).
  • Effective Negotiations (Acrobat (PDF) 219kB Aug5 07) is Liz Canuel's presentation for this session, highlighting the difference between an offer and a contract, and offering advice on negotiating salary, teaching load, start-up, and space.
  • A View from the Other Side of the Table (PowerPoint 48kB Jul30 07) offers Jean Bahr's perspective on negotiations, as a department chair.
  • Negotiating for What You Need to be Successful is a collection of resources about negotiating an academic contract – what to negotiate for, and how to negotiate effectively (and pleasantly).
  • Online articles on negotiation (Microsoft Word 33kB Aug1 07) is a list, from Jean, of additional online resources about negotiating a contract.
At the "picnic," held indoors due to rain. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.
4:50-5:00 Reflection

5:00-5:20 Closing Remarks and Workshop Evaluation

6:30 Picnic

Sunday, August 5, 2007


7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Smith Hall

Optional Workshop Sessions

Pyle Center

8:30-9:30 Concurrent Workshops: Session 1
9:30-9:45 Break

9:45-10:45 Concurrent Workshops: Session 2
10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Concurrent Workshops Session 3

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