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
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
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Workshop Program

Note: the 2010 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 2010 workshop.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010


1:00-6:00 Workshop Registration
Participants check in for dorm assignment and meal card. See travel and logistics page for additional information. Workshop registration is from 1:00-4:30 at Studio 1 (736 Escondido Road) and then from 5:00-9:00 at the workshop opening reception in Branner Dining Hall. Please check in for the workshop and get your name badge and workshop notebook when you arrive.

Optional Pre-Workshop Events on Thursday Afternoon


2:30-3:30 Concurrent Sessions

3:45-4:45 Concurrent Sessions


Workshop Begins


5:00-6:00 Reception and Icebreaker Activity - Branner Dining Hall (enter at back side of building; front doors are locked)

6:00-7:00 Dinner - Branner Dining Hall

7:00-9:00 Introductions and Opening Session - Branner Dining Hall


Friday, July 30, 2010


7:00-8:00 Breakfast - Stern Dining Hall

8:15-8:35 Overview of Day and Preparing Now For Your Future Academic Career in the Geosciences (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.3MB Jul26 10) - Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, Room LLL
Heather Macdonald

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

8:40-9:40 Research on Learning: Concurrent Sessions

9:40-10:00 Break

10:00-10:50 Teaching Breakout Sessions I

11:00-11:50 Teaching Breakout Sessions II

12:00-1:00 Lunch and Optional Lunch-time Birds of a Feather Discussions (12:15-1:15) - Stern Dining Hall

Possible topics might include: Children and Careers, Non-Faculty Academic Positions, Being a Good Departmental Citizen, and Evaluation of Student Learning.

1:30-3:15 Designing Effective Classroom/Laboratory Activities - Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, Room LLL
Heather Macdonald and other workshop leaders

For this activity, you will work in small groups to develop 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.

View posters of the teaching activity ideas
  • 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.

3:15-3:45 Break

3:45-5:00 Teaching Statements Concurrent Sessions: Articulating Your Teaching Goals and Highlighting Your Accomplishments

  • Your Teaching Statement is a list of resources describing how to write your own personal teaching statement. At the top of the list is a worksheet to help you through the process.

5:00-5:20 Reflection time and Daily "Road Check" - Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, Room LLL

6:00-7:00 Dinner - Stern Dining

7:30-8:30 Optional Evening Discussions:


Saturday, July 31, 2010


7:00-8:00 Breakfast - Stern Dining Hall

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

8:15-8:25 Overview of Day and Report on Daily Feedback - Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, Room LLL

8:25-9:20 Presenting Yourself to Others (PowerPoint 850kB Jul27 10) - Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, Room LLL
Heather Macdonald and Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe

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 is aimed at an audience of other geoscientists. You will then practice talking about your work to others.

9:20-9:40 Beating the impostor syndrome: Why we all feel like fakes, and why it does not matter (Acrobat (PDF) 470kB Jul31 10) - Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, Room LLL
Margot Gerritsen

  • Additional data (Acrobat (PDF) 587kB Jul26 10) from Margot
  • Mindset: a book by psychologist Carol Dweck about research on achievement and success

9:40-10:00 Break

10:00-11:00 Moving Your Research Forward to New Settings: Breakout Sessions - Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, Room LLL

11:10-12:10 Research Statements: Concurrent Sessions

12:10-1:00 Lunch and Optional Lunch-time Birds of a Feather Discussions (12:15-1:15) - Stern Dining Hall

Possible topics might include follow-up to the beating the impostor syndrome session, being an international scientist in the US, a question and answer (Q&A) potpourri, community college interviews, post-doc life, two-body "opportunity," getting a job overseas, and other topics suggested by participants or leaders

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

1:30-2:50 Mapping Your Career: Choices, Balance, and Action Planning - Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, Barnes Room
Heather Macdonald and all workshop leaders

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?

2:50-3:10 Break

3:10-4:30 The Academic Job Search: Applications, Interviews, Teaching Demonstrations, and Job Talks (PowerPoint 215kB Jul26 10) - Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, Barnes Room
Heather Macdonald and all workshop leaders

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 and/or teaching demonstration). Brief presentations will be followed by a question and answer period and some mock interview questioning.
  • 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.

4:30-5:00 Negotiating Before You Accept an Academic Position: Setting Yourself Up for Success - Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, Barnes Room

5:00-5:30 Reflection, Next Steps, and Workshop Evaluation - Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, Barnes Room

6:30 Reception followed by dinner at 7:00 - Branner Dining Hall. Dinner will be followed by an optional contra dance for those who are interested.


Sunday, August 1, 2010


7:00-8:30 Breakfast - Stern Dining Hall

Optional Workshop Sessions - Mitchell Hall


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


If you attended any of today's optional sessions, please give us your feedback via the Sunday session evaluation form. Thanks!


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