Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities at ISU

January 31, 2016

The ISU Postdoc Association has organized this seminar, co-sponsored by GPSS and the Committee on Lectures.

Kendall Powell has been writing about the situation of postdocs in the US and suggested solutions to the problem of too many and too long postdoc positions. With the seminar, we aim to not only raise awareness of the important role of postdocs at ISU, but also:

  • Help graduate students with their decision to pursue a postdoc
  • Support postdocs in their further career development inside or outside of academia
  • Point out to faculty the importance for individual guidance and mentorship of postdocs, and discuss ideas to fix the “postdoc problem”

In addition to the seminar, Kendall Powell will also give a workshop and a Q&A session for graduate students and postdocs. Here are the specifics.

CIRTL - Research Mentor Training, January 28 - April 14

In this course, participants will work with a community of peers to develop and improve their mentoring skills. By the end of the seminar, participants should be able to clearly articulate a personal mentoring philosophy to anyone inside or outside their discipline, and describe multiple strategies for dealing with mentoring challenges. The seminar will address the following topics: 1. Aligning Expectations and Assessing Competencies. 2. Promoting Professional Development. 3. Maintaining Effective Communication. 4. Broadening Mentor/Mentee Experiences through Role-Play. 5.Enhancing Intercultural Awareness. 6. Fostering Equity and Inclusion in the Research Context. 7. Fostering Independence. 8. Cultivating Ethical Behavior. 9. Articulating a Mentoring Philosophy and Plan

More Info / Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/Spring2016_ResearchMentorTrainingCourse

CELT Live Webinar: Flipped Classrooms - What Are They, and Why Should You Use Them? 2/3/2016

Flipped classrooms turn the traditional teaching model on its head by introducing students to new concepts outside of class (rather than through lectures) and using class time to deepen that knowledge through exercises and other activities. This kind of format can fuel collaborative learning and strengthen understanding of complex topics. Hear from Dr. Laura Green to learn how this design works in practice and join a discussion on how it can be applied to the STEM classroom. Speakers: Laura Green, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Texas Christian University.  Registration: https://training.ehs.iastate.edu/IowaSU/site/schedule/

CELT Live Webinar: Working with First-Year STEM Students, 2/10/2016

First-year students have to navigate so many different things - academic and personal - when they start college. For some, being in a large lecture hall could be totally foreign, and for others, they may need help getting up to speed on basic undergraduate STEM topics. How can instructors adapt their courses to help first-year students succeed in the sciences? Hear from Dr. Pamela Bowen Smith as she discusses her experience at Pennsylvania's Bloosmburg University. Speakers: Pamela Bowen Smith, Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, Bloomsburg University.  Registration: https://training.ehs.iastate.edu/IowaSU/site/schedule/#

CIRTL Reads - How People Learn,  2/10/2016

Article: Linsenmeier, R.A., Kanter, D.E., Smith, H.D., Linsenmeier, K.A, & McKenna A.F. (2008). Evaluation of a Challenge-based Human Metabolism Laboratory for Undergraduates. Journal of Engineering Education, 97(2): 213-222. Discussant: Robert A. Linsenmeier, Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology, Northwestern University. Discussion: We will look at the “How People Learn” Pedagogical framework as it is applied to a human metabolism lab module. We will be joined by Dr. Robert Linsenmeier, who has graciously volunteered to discuss the article with the group and answer questions. Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/CIRTLReads-2015-2016

CIRTL - Teaching in the US: Recognizing and Handling Acceptable and Unacceptable Student Behavior, 2/11/2016

Speakers: University of Maryland International TA panel Discussion: International TAs varying cultural experiences and expectations may lead them to make incorrect judgments about students’ behavior. This session will place emphasis on helping international TAs to recognize and handle acceptable and unacceptable student behaviors. Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/Teaching-in-US-2015-2016

NCFDD: Core Curriculum Webinar: Align Your Time With Your Priorities, 2/11/2016

Learn the secret to making it work day-to-day and week-to-week! Our Align Your Time With Your Priorities webinar is a step-by-step guide to holding a weekly planning meeting (aka The Sunday Meeting). In this live webinar you'll learn: What works…and what DOESN'T work when it comes to weekly planning Why weekly planning is the bridge between your semester plan and getting control of your workday The 30-minute technique that will help you make sure that the most important things get done each day and much more... This is a HANDS-ON webinar where we will not only learn the technique, but we will actually do it! About the Facilitator: Rosemarie A. Roberts, PhD, is a professor at Connecticut College. Dr. Roberts has published more than twenty articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and books, co-authored a book, and is writing a second book. In 2013, she joined NCFDD as an FSP Coach and Individual Coach after her transformative experience in the Faculty Success Program in 20.  Registration: http://www.facultydiversity.org/events/event_details.asp?id=697240&group=

NCFDD - Addressing Incivility in the Classroom: Effective Strategies for Faculty, 2/16/2016

Classroom incivility refers to any student behaviors that disrupt the learning environment. They can range from texting in class to outright intimidation or threats. Regardless of the severity of the classroom incivility, research suggests they are on the rise. Unfortunately, faculty may not be prepared to deal with them. This is particularly troubling for marginalized faculty who are more frequent targets of student incivility. In this webinar, you will learn about faculty’s experiences with student incivility, especially the experiences of faculty with marginalized identities (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation). You will also learn about the potential consequences for faculty of unchecked classroom incivilities. Most importantly, this webinar will teach you strategies you can use—both inside and outside of the classroom--to address these problematic student behaviors.  Registration: http://www.facultydiversity.org/events/event_details.asp?id=751107

ISU Library: Getting Started with Mendeley,  2/18/2016

Mendeley is a reference manager, academic collaboration network and crowdsourced database with a unique layer of social information research. Registration: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/100982

Center for Communication Excellence, Graduate College - Research Writing Seminar Series

Part I -Beginning a Scientific Argument in your Introduction: Monday February 22 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432

            Part II - Writing the Literature Review: Wednesday February 24 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432

Part III - Revealing your Methods: Monday February 29 from 3:10-4:40pm in Food Science 2432

Registration: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5BgEUDdiUrI8i8d       

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Graduate Student Professional Development

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