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
National Weather Center, University of Oklahoma
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Workshop Program

Workshop conveners Heather Macdonald and Robyn Wright Dunbar in action at the 2008 workshop. Photo by Karin Kirk.
Note: the 2008 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 2008 workshop.
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Thursday, July 31, 2008


1:00-5:30 Workshop Registration at the National Weather Center

Optional Pre-Workshop Events on Thursday Afternoon


Please check in for the workshop and get your name badge when you arrive at the National Weather Center.

2:30-3:30 Concurrent Sessions - National Weather Center


3:45-4:45 Concurrent Sessions
A tour of the National Weather Center, including a look at instruments designed to be deployed into a tornado. The silver instruments in the background are props from the movie "Twister," while the orange device in the foreground is the authentic NOAA version. Photo by Karin Kirk.

Workshop Begins


Workshop sessions will be in the National Weather Center (NWC)

5:00-6:15 Reception with Cash Bar, includes 5:30 presentation on Working the Room by Jenny Furlong (NWC Atrium)

6:15-7:15 Dinner (NWC Atrium)

7:15-9:00 Introductions and Opening Session (NWC Auditorium - Room 1313)

Friday, August 1, 2008


6:30-7:45 Breakfast (NCED Conference Center)

Shuttles leave the NCED Conference Center at 7:50 am

8:15-8:55 Overview of Day and Preparing Now For Your Future Academic Career in the Geosciences (PowerPoint 1.9MB Aug2 08) (NWC Auditorium 1313)
Heather Macdonald

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


9:00-10:00 Research on Learning: Concurrent Sessions 10:00-10:15 Break
Participants at the 2008 workshop brainstorm effective ways to teach meteorology. Photo by Karin Kirk.


10:15-11:15 Teaching Breakout Sessions I
11:25-12:25 Teaching Breakout Sessions II (as listed above)

12:30-1:30 Lunch (NWC Atrium)

12:45-1:45 Lunch-time Birds of a Feather Discussions: International scientists in the U.S., teaching on-line courses, and other topics suggested by participants or leaders

Workshop participants display their outline for a laboratory activity. Photo by Karin Kirk.
2:00-3:30 Designing Effective Classroom/Laboratory Activities (NWC Atrium)
Heather Macdonald

3:30-3:45 Break

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" (NWC Auditorim 1313)

Shuttles leave the National Weather Center starting at 5:30 pm

6:30 Dinner (NCED Conference Center)

Saturday, August 2, 2008


6:30-7:45 Breakfast (NCED Conference Center)

Shuttles leave the NCED Conference Center at 7:50 am

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


8:15-8:30 Overview of Day and Report on Daily Feedback
(NWC Auditorium 1313)

Workshop participants engage in roundtable discussions at the 2008 Career Prep workshop. Photo by Karin Kirk.
8:30-9:30 Presenting Yourself to Others (PowerPoint 806kB Aug2 08) (NWC Auditorium 1313)
Jenny Furlong and Heather Macdonald 9:30-9:45 The Role of Research in Launching a Faculty Career (PowerPoint 48kB Aug2 08) (NWC 1313)
Heather Macdonald and other leaders
9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:00 Moving Your Research Forward to New Settings: Breakout Sessions
11:10-11:50 Research Statements: Concurrent Sessions 12:00-1:00 Lunch (NWC Atrium)
International students get advice about launching an academic career in the US. Photo by Karin Kirk.

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 (NWC Atrium)
Heather Macdonald 2:30-2:45 Break (hallway near NWC Auditorium 1313)

2:45-4:15 The Academic Job Search: Applications, Interviews, Teaching Demonstrations, and Job Talks (NWC Auditorium 1313) 4:15-4:50 Negotiating (NWC Auditorium 1313)
John Snow 4:50-5:00 Reflection

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

Shuttles leave the National Weather Center starting at 5:30 pm

6:30 Reception with Cash Bar followed by dinner at 7:00 (NCED Conference Center)

Sunday, August 3, 2008


7:00-8:30 Breakfast

Optional Workshop Sessions - NCED Conference 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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