Wednesday, June 27, 2012
2:00-7:00 Workshop Registration, Friday Center, Atrium North (registration will move to Trillium A at 5:30 pm)
Optional pre-workshop events on Wednesday afternoon
- The Sierra Nevada as a Natural Laboratory for Research, Teaching, and Subverting the Dominant Paradigm - Allen Glazner, Chair and Mary Lily Kenan Flagler Bingham Professor of Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,Friday Center, Bellflower
I will talk about my past few decades of research and teaching in the Sierra Nevada, how we ended up throwing out the textbook explanation of what plutons are, the fallout from that, and how all of these things provide fodder for showing students what science is really all about.
- Water's Color as a Key to Its Carbon Chemistry- Chris Osburn, North Carolina State University,Friday Center, Windflower
3:45-4:45Families and careers: A panel discussion - Rachel O'Brien (moderator),Erin Kraal, Chris Osburn, Dana Royer, Jacob Sewall, and Joshua Villalobos, Friday Center, BellflowerThe color of water--its absorption and fluorescence of light in the ultraviolet and visible wavelengths--informs us on its chemistry. Water's color can be measured quickly in the lab and, for surface waters, even remotely by satellites. Thus, these observations of the Earth aquatic environments can be analyzed geospatially. Measuring water's color has thus become routine to the point that these properties are becoming a primary means of investigating a wide range of topics in the geosciences. Examples include water quality, carbon and nitrogen cycling, and climate change. This talk will present an overview of these topics within the context of key uncertainties in the state of knowledge and opportunities for future research.
Discussion of issues, opportunities, and choices associated with families and careers, including children, dual-career couples, and more, followed by questions from the participants.
6:00-7:00 Dinner, Friday Center, Trillium A
7:00-9:00 Introductions and opening session, Friday Center, Trillium A
- Welcome, introductions, workshop goals, and overview - Heather Macdonald, David McConnell, and Allen Glazner, UNC-Chapel Hill
- Where do you want to go? A spectrum of academic careers: panel and discussion - Workshop leaders from different types of colleges and universities
Thursday, June 28, 20127:30-8:10 Breakfast, Friday Center, Atrium Center
8:15-8:30 Overview of day; Preparing now for your future academic career in the geosciences (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1MB Jun21 12) - Heather Macdonald and Rachel O'Brien, Friday Center, Redbud
Theme for the day: Who are you as a teacher?
9:40-10:00 Break, Atrium Center
This presentation will describe three major steps in designing an effective learning environment: 1. Creating specific, student-friendly learning goals; 2. Developing tasks for feedback and assessment; and, 3. Incorporating targeted teaching and learning activities. Participants will leave with sample learning goals, examples of formative and summative assessment tasks linked to the learning goals, and sample activities that will engage students as active participants in class rather than passive observers.
10:00-10:50 Teaching breakout sessions
Developing interactive lectures (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 7.1MB Jun27 12) - Erin Kraal and Joshua Villalobos, RedbudDeconstructing the traditional lecture. How do you improve learning and keep students involved during lectures? This session explores the integration of a variety of interactive approaches such as mini-problem sets, activities, group work, and writing and how you can effectively and efficiently implement them in classes of any size and level.
Getting students to think about their learning: Building self-regulation skills (Acrobat (PDF) 1.1MB Jun26 12) - David McConnell and Sandra Yuter, BellflowerWe will introduce participants to the concept of self-regulation (students monitoring of their learning process) and discuss how we can adapt classes to guide students to be more thoughtful about their learning. We will discuss why many students vastly overestimate their understanding of basic concepts and demonstrate some simple techniques that can be incorporated into any class environment that will increase student retention of information.
11:00-11:50 Teaching breakout sessions
Incorporating data analysis into undergraduate courses (PowerPoint 3.1MB Jun19 12) - Rachel O'Brien and Dana Royer, WindflowerData analysis is a powerful tool to help students practice the process of scientific work. In this session we'll explore the myriad of ways you can incorporate the use of data analysis in your introductory and upper-level courses to involve your students in active learning.
- Developing interactive lectures (also offered at 10:00) - Erin Kraal and Joshua Villalobos, Redbud
- Incorporating data analysis into undergraduate courses (also offered at 10:00) - Rachel O'Brien and Dana Royer, Windflower
- Using Bloom's taxonomy to match teaching goals and learning exercises (Acrobat (PDF) 1012kB Jun26 12) - David McConnell and Jacob Sewall, Bellflower
Over forty years ago, Benjamin Bloom and co-workers created a classification scheme for educational objectives that continues to provide a useful structure for matching learning goals with appropriate assessment experiences. We will introduce the taxonomy and use it to classify a range of learning exercises. Participants will leave with a hierarchy of question types and assignments that address a full range of cognitive skills.
1:30-3:10 Designing an effective lesson (Acrobat (PDF) 213kB Jun28 12) - David McConnell and Heather Macdonald, Redbud
3:10-3:30 Break, Atrium Center
3:30-4:40 Teaching statements concurrent sessions: Articulating your teaching goals and highlighting your accomplishments
- Introduction to teaching statements (Microsoft Word 30kB Jun26 12) -Rachel O'Brien, Bellflower
This session is designed to "jump start" the writing process for those who have yet to draft a teaching statement. Participants will articulate their teaching goals and accomplishments and begin the process of folding these into a concise teaching statement.
- Review of teaching statements - Heather Macdonald and other leaders, Redbud
Participants who bring five copies of their teaching statements will work in small groups, each with a workshop leader, reviewing each other's statements and offering feedback. Leaders will also offer their comments.
6:00-7:00 Dinner, Trillium A
7:30-8:30 Optional evening discussions
- Early career time management - Jacob Sewall
- Writing your first research grant - Rachel O'Brien
- Short reviews (10 minutes) of curriculum vitae and/or cover letter for job application for participants who have brought these documents with them - Heather Macdonald and Dana Royer
Friday, June 29, 2012
7:30-8:10 Breakfast, Friday Center, Atrium Center
Theme for the morning: Who are you as a researcher?
8:25-9:15 Making a strong first impression: The elevator talk (PowerPoint 1.3MB Jun26 12) - Heather Macdonald and David McConnell, Redbud
9:20-10:00 Moving your research work forward to new settings: Breakout sessions (will be repeated at 10:20)
- Two-year colleges - Joshua Villalobos, Redbud
- Primarily undergraduate institutions (PowerPoint 2MB Jun19 12) - Rachel O'Brien, Erin Kraal, Dana Royer,and Jacob Sewall,Bellflower
- Graduate institutions (Acrobat (PDF) 274kB Jun27 12) - David McConnell, Sandra Yuter, and Lara Wagner (UNC-Chapel Hill), Windflower
10:20-11:00 Moving your research forward to new settings: Breakout sessions (repeated from 9:20)
- Two-year colleges - Joshua Villalobos, Redbud
- Primarily undergraduate institutions - Rachel O'Brien, Erin Kraal, Dana Royer,and Jacob Sewall,Bellflower
- Graduate institutions - David McConnell, Sandra Yuter, and Lara Wagner (UNC-Chapel Hill), Windflower
11:10-12:10 Research statements: Concurrent sessions
- Introduction to research statements (PowerPoint 200kB Jun26 12) - Heather Macdonald, Bellflower
This session is designed to "jump start" the writing process for those who have yet to draft a research statement and will include discussion of key aspects of research statements intended for a particular type of institution (e.g., liberal arts college, research university).
- Review of research statements - David McConnell and other leaders, Redbud
Participants who bring five copies of their research statements will work in small groups, each with a workshop leader, reviewing each other's statements and offering feedback. Leaders will also offer their comments and will discuss key aspects of research statements intended for a particular type of institution (e.g., liberal arts college, research university).
12:10-1:00 Lunch and optional lunch-time discussions, Trillium A
Theme for the afternoon: Choosing where you want to go and getting there
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, Atrium Center
3:10-4:30 The academic job search: Applications, interviews, teaching demonstrations, and job talks (Acrobat (PDF) 197kB Jun26 12), Heather Macdonald, David McConnell, Sandra Yuter, and other workshop leaders, Redbud
4:30-5:00 Negotiating before you accept an academic position: Setting yourself up for success, Redbud
5:00-5:30 Closing thoughts and workshop evaluation, Redbud
6:30 Dinner (with cash bar), Courtyard by Marriott, Chapel Hill, Old Well and Bell Tower
Saturday, June 30, 2012
6:00-8:25 Breakfast, Courtyard by Marriott, Chapel Hill (on your own)
Optional workshop sessions on Saturday morning
8:30-9:30 Concurrent Sessions, Courtyard by Marriott, Chapel Hill
- Fostering a creative work environment for your graduate students (Acrobat (PDF) 2MB Jun30 12)- Sandra Yuter, Winston
The transition from the more regimented learning in classes to the creative problem solving necessary for original research is easier for some graduate students than others. This session will discuss ways to help create a flexible, collaborative work environment while maintaining high standards.
- Handling common classroom challenges (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 15kB Jun21 12) - Rachel O'Brien and Joshua Villalobos, Old Well
Faculty may face many challenges in the classroom--from limitations of the physical space to inappropriate behavior from students. We'll discuss some of the most common classroom challenges and consider approaches and ideas for how to handle these challenges.
- Responding to student writing (Acrobat (PDF) 405kB Jun19 12) - Erin Kraal and Dana Royer, Bell Tower
Writing is a core skill that transcends science, but the workload associated with improving student writing can be overwhelming. We will discuss strategies for developing writing skills in the classroom while avoiding the crush of too much grading.
9:45-10:45 Concurrent Sessions, Courtyard by Marriott, Chapel Hill
- Becoming a good departmental and college/university citizen (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Jun21 12) - Rachel O'Brien, Old Well
Becoming a faculty member means joining an academic department (or program) as well as a particular institution. Service to those two groups is a part of faculty workload that you'll encounter. We'll discuss the ways for you to do this work effectively while keeping a balance to your workload.
- Community college interviews (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 19kB Jun21 12) - Joshua Villalobos, Bell Tower
Participants will learn about common components of the community college interview process. A typical interview visit will be described, and sample questions will be presented and discussed.
- Efficient manuscript preparation (Acrobat (PDF) 51kB Jun19 12) - Jacob Sewall, Winston
Finding time to write can be challenging enough. Once you find the time, you want to be as productive as you can. In this session we'll discuss strategies for efficiently moving from a completed research project to a submitted manuscript in ways that let you take advantage of small blocks of time.
11:00-12:00 Concurrent Sessions, Courtyard by Marriott, Chapel Hill
- Building collaborative relationships for research - Jacob Sewall and Rachel O'Brien, Old Well
Starting a career at a new institution can provide opportunities for new research arenas and challenges to maintaining existing ones. Join us for advice on how cultivating productive and sustainable research relationships in and outside of your institution can aid your passage into new research fields while helping you maintain productivity in existing areas.
- Preparing for academic interviews - Heather Macdonald and Erin Kraal, Winston
In this session we will discuss strategies for what you can do to prepare before an interview, to present yourself during interviews, and to prepare for the types of questions you might be asked during an interview. We'll also continue to work on elevator talks (short, yet critical, opportunities to convey your work to others), and do some mock interviews.