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 Nebraska - Lincoln
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Workshop Program

Note: the 2011 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 2011 workshop.

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Monday, June 6, 2011


1:00-6:00 Workshop registration - Kauffman Academic Residential Center

Optional pre-workshop events on Monday afternoon

1:00-2:15 Concurrent sessions 1

2:30-3:30 Concurrent sessions 2
3:45-4:45 Families and careers, a panel discussion - Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe (moderator) and other workshop leaders - Kauffman Great Hall
Discussion of issues, opportunities, and choices associated with families and careers, including children, dual-career couples, and more, followed by questions from the participants.

Workshop begins

5:00-6:00 Reception and icebreaker activity - Kauffman Great Hall

6:00-7:00 Dinner - Kauffman Great Hall

7:00-9:00 Introductions and opening session - Kauffman Great Hall

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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

8:15-8:35 Overview of day and preparing now for your future academic career in the geosciences - Barbara Tewksbury - Kauffman Great Hall

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

8:40-9:40 Teaching science: what research tells us about science and learning (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 445kB Jun7 11) - Robyn Wright Dunbar - Kauffman Great Hall

  • Teaching Science: What Research Tells Us
  • The Affective Domain - The affective domain includes factors such as student motivation, attitudes, perceptions and values. Teachers can increase their effectiveness by considering the affective domain in planning courses, delivering lectures and activities, and assessing student learning. Learn more about the affective domain and how to incorporate it into your classroom in this On the Cutting Edge module.
  • Metacognition - We can help our students to improve their learning by incorporating metacognition into our courses: by having them think about their thinking and by helping them to become aware of and monitor their learning strategies. Learn more about metacognition and how to incorporate it into your course in this On the Cutting Edge module.
  • Research on Teaching and Learning Site Guide - this site guide provides links to projects across the SERC sites related to research on teaching and learning, including the Earth and Mind Blog and a synthesis of research on learning in the geosciences.

9:40-10:00 Break

10:00-10:50 Teaching breakout sessions 1




11:00-11:50 Teaching breakout sessions 2

12:00-1:00 Lunch and optional lunch-time birds of a feather discussions - Selleck Dining Hall

  • International Faculty: Challenges Faced by International Faculty and Opportunities to Work Abroad
  • International Scholars - If you are not a United States citizen, but you would like to stay in the U.S. as a faculty member, you will face several choices and challenges. The resources provided on this page will help you to figure out what your options are, so that you can choose the course of action that best suits your needs.
  • International Faculty - If you are not a United States citizen, but you are staying in the U.S. as a faculty member, you will face challenges beyond those of academia in general. The resources and suggestions on this collection of pages was gathered primarily from international faculty members and can help you to identify challenges and choose how to tackle them before they arise.
  • Teaching Non-Majors/Gen-Ed/Intro Courses
  • Incorporating Research into the Classroom
  • Evaluations and the Road to Tenure
  • What's involved in evaluations and Getting Tenure may be part of your considerations in applying for particular jobs. This series of pages provides information about the tenure process and includes a page of Tenure FAQs.

1:30-3:15 Designing effective classroom/laboratory/field activities (PowerPoint 4.4MB Jun2 11) - Barbara Tewksbury- Kauffman Great Hall

3:15-3:45 Break

3:45-5:00 Teaching statements concurrent sessions: articulating your teaching goals and highlighting your accomplishments

5:00-5:20 Wrap-up and daily "road check" - Kauffman Great Hall

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

7:30-8:30 Optional evening discussions

  • Finding your Balance, from the On the Cutting Edge Early Career module, is a jumping off point for information and resources related to balancing your time, including teaching, research, service and/or life outside of work.
  • Assembling your Application, from On the Cutting Edge, provides information and resources related to developing your CV, cover letter, and other application materials.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

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

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

8:15-8:25 Overview of day and report on daily road check - Kauffman Great Hall

8:25-9:20 Presenting yourself to others (PowerPoint 849kB Jun7 11) - Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe and Barbara Tewksbury - Kauffman Great Hall

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.
9:30-10:10 Moving your research forward to new settings: breakout sessions (will be repeated at 10:20)
10:10-10:20 Break

10:20-11:00 Moving your research forward to new settings: breakout sessions (repeated from 10:20)

11:10-12:10 Research statements: concurrent sessions

12:10-1:00 Lunch and optional lunch-time birds of a feather discussions (meet at Kauffman Great Hall at 12:45pm if interested in participating in after-lunch discussions)- Selleck Dining Hall

  • Dual Career Couples
  • Courses Potpourri (e.g. grading, using PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Working with Research Students
  • Course Design (e.g. how/when to plan innovative courses; interdisciplinary courses, etc.)
  • iPad apps for geoscience teaching and research (Acrobat (PDF) 113kB Jun15 11)

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 - Robyn Wright Dunbar and all workshop leaders - Kauffman Great Hall

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 2007 (.pptx) 2.7MB Jun8 11) - Ed Harvey and all workshop leaders - Kauffman Great Hall

  • Job Search Organization Spreadsheet (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.7MB Jun8 11)
  • 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.
  • Interviewing is a collection of resources about academic job interviews, including what can be expected in both four-year and two-year college interviews, how to handle inappropriate interview questions, and more.

4:30-5:00 Negotiating before you accept an academic position: setting yourself up for success (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 16kB Jun8 11) - Michael Williams and Devin Castendyk - Kauffman Great Hall

5:00-5:30 Next steps and workshop evaluation - Kauffman Great Hall

6:30 Reception followed by dinner at 7:00 - Kauffman Great Hall

8:00-9:00 Optional evening sessions

Thursday, June 9, 2011

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

Optional Workshop Sessions on Thursday morning

8:30-9:30 Concurrent workshops: session I

  • Finding Your Balance - from the On the Cutting Edge Early Career module, this series of pages provides resources related to time management.

9:30-9:45 Break

9:45-10:45 Concurrent workshops: session 2

  • Service Learning
  • Geoscience Careers Beyond Academia (note, this was not the highlight of the session, but relates to the topic) - There are many career options for academic geoscientists, beyond the standard professorial route. Graduate students (and advisors) are often less familiar with these options, because they exist outside of mainstream academia. You can learn more about opportunities in geoscience careers beyond that of professor by reading the career profiles and articles on this web page.
  • Becoming a good department citizen - Devin Castendyk - Kauffman 116
  • Tapping into your leadership skills (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 105kB Jun9 11) - Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe - Kauffman 110
  • 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 Thursday session evaluation form. Thanks!


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