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2015 Spring Semester Professional Development Programs Schedule

Following is a complete list of the programs offered through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) during the 2015 springl semester.  Please note that there are three different program series this academic year.  The Certificate in Teaching Techniques (CITT) provides postdoctoral scholars with information to support their development and credentials for faculty positions. Postdocs enrolled in the CITT program may sign up for any of the Fundamentals in Teaching (FIT) workshops as these are the ones required for the CITT.  The Career Coaching series is concentrated on general information and skills postdocs need as they undertake their job search and focus on the next steps within their career. The Professional Path series offers postdoctoral scholars insights into professional careers as well as information regarding the types of professional skills one needs to be successful in their careers in academia, private industry or other work environments. In addition, the Graduate School provides an array of Professional Development Seminars (PDS) that are open to postdocs; more information about these can be found online at: http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/preparing-future-leaders/allseminars.htmlPlease note that all postdocs are welcome to attend any of the seminars but must register for these through The Graduate School’s online Leadership Development Registration System (LDRS) at:  http://go.ncsu.edu/pflevents.


CAREER COACHING WORKSHOPS

OPA: Alternate Careers in Science
WHO:  Dr. Deborah Thompson (Director of Partnership Development, NC Agricultural Research Service)
WHEN:
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 9-11am
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

Approximately 70% of people with a PhD in the life sciences will not go on to lead an academic lab (the “traditional” career, so why do we still call other paths “alternate?” What can you do to prepare yourself for a role in industry or use your scientific skills away from the lab bench? How do you need to modify your resume? What are the skills you need to sharpen in order to compete for an alternate role?

Join Deborah Thompson as she describes her path from bench scientist to partnership developer. Deborah will discuss some alternatives to a career in the lab and the pros and cons of life as a bench scientist. Finally, she will talk about the importance of effective networking in the job search. Come prepared to give your 30 second elevator pitch! See this article for tips on preparing an effective elevator pitch.

About the presenter

Deborah Thompson, Ph.D., is the Director of Partnership Development at NC State University for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Prior to her appointment at NCSU, she was a Program Manager at the NC Biotechnology Center providing support for research grant programs, developing partnerships with industry companies, and leading the NC Biotech Jobs Network. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Georgia and has been a researcher at academic, government, and industry institutions including NCSU, NIEHS/NIH, and Bayer CropScience.

***Please Note***: This event is only open to postdoctoral scholars and it is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Register here

 

OPA/PDS: Two Words to Shorten Your Job Search, Get Paid More, and Set Positive Impressions – “Personal Brand”
WHO:  John Hutchings (Associate Director, Working Professional MBA Career Development, Jenkins MBA Program, NCSU)
WHEN:
Wednesday, March 4, 2-4 pm
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

Considering transitioning from academia to private industry?  Unsure how your academic experiences relate to a non-academia employer? 

Identifying a private employer’s hiring needs and connecting your value is an integrate key to success.  An effective personal brand will differentiate you from other candidates in the job market, connect with recruiters, get job offers sooner, and command higher salaries.   Personal branding is about identifying and then communicating what makes you unique, relevant, and differentiated to a target audience.  In a job search a powerful personal brand can:

  • Control what interviewers remember about you
  • Transform your candidacy from one of thousands, to one-of-a-kind
  • Enhance an employer’s desire to hire you

In this session you will define your personal brand and create messaging for your verbal pitch, résumé, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile.

About the presenter

John Hutchings is Associate Director of Career Management for the North Carolina State Jenkins Working Professional MBA program where many of his clients come from the post-doc world.  He coaches them to translate their technical, research, and newly-developing management skills into employer-valued personal brands.  In the private sector he has marketed such products as the American Express Card, Kellogg Cereal and Vlasic Pickles, as well as owning his own marketing strategy and planning firm. In 2003, John changed his career direction and chose to teach individuals how to market themselves at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona, and later at North Carolina State University. 

John earned his MBA at the Columbia Graduate School of Business.  He is a Certified Career Management Coach and a Certified 360Reach Personal Branding Analyst.

***Please Note***: This event is open to postdoctoral scholars and graduate students and it is co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and the Professional Development Series (PDS). Register here

 

OPA: The Challenges Assistant Professors Face: A Panel Discussion
WHO:  Dr. Lina Quesada (Dept. of Plant Pathology), Dr. James Kneller (Dept. of Physics), Dr. Gregory Sawicki (Dept. of Biomedical Engineering), and Dr. Terri Long (Dept. of Plant & Microbial Biology)
WHEN:
Tuesday, March 31, 11 am to 12:30 pm
WHERE: Talley 3285

The first few years as an Assistant Professor can be quite challenging - transitioning from a postdoc position to leading your own research team. In addition, you will be expected to effectively manage research, teaching, and service obligations. Join us as a panel of four Assistant Professors from various disciplines across NC State University’s campus share their experiences and answer your questions about becoming faculty members at a top-tier research University.

***Please Note***: This event is only open to postdoctoral scholars and it is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Register here

 

EVENTS AND PRESENTATIONS

OPA: How to Communicate Research Effectively
WHO: Dr. Andrew Binder (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication)
WHEN:
Wednesday, February 11, 2-4 pm
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

This workshop will focus on basic communication principles behind effective communication with lay audiences about scientific topics. As a focal topic, we will look at climate change and how different approaches to communication can help or hinder public understanding of the research behind the science. This interactive and hands-on workshop will be led by Drs. Andrew Binder and Ken Zagacki, who are faculty members in the NC State Department of Communication.

***Please Note***: Space is limited! This event is only open to postdoctoral scholars and it is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA).Register here

 

OPA/PDS: Publication: Making Your Research Shine
WHO:  Dr. Paul Klenk (American Journal Experts, Research Square)
WHEN:
Wednesday, March 5, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Talley Student Union 4280

With the ever-increasing number of papers submitted for publication, the road to acceptance in high-impact journals is becoming more difficult. Ultimately, the power of a manuscript lies in its science, but high-quality presentation can help good science stand out among the sea of submissions. In this workshop, we will discuss helpful ways to write each manuscript section so that your data can make its best impact. In addition to discussing writing, we will spend about half of the workshop specifically discussing practical tips for figure formatting. Most researchers are experts in their areas of study, not in graphic design. Still, figures are often the first thing that readers look at in a paper, and they can make a strong impact on reviewers. If you are currently writing or revising a manuscript, even if it is at a very early stage, please bring it and there will be time to discuss specific sections and ask questions. Finally, we will briefly discuss communicating with the reviewers and editors.

About the presenter:

Dr. Paul Klenk works on helping researchers communicate their work at American Journal Experts (a part Research Square), a company that provides academic editing, translation, and illustration services for researchers around the world.  Previously a Research Scientist for an NSF-funded Informal Science Education Program, Dr. Klenk got his BSE and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke, and, more recently, an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business. He has extensive teaching experience in K-12 informal science education and at the undergraduate level at Duke. His research has covered a broad range of topics including energy and the environment, K-12 engineering education, and the use of low energy x-rays in cancer treatment devices. Dr. Klenk has also worked at Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society in Research Triangle Park and at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany.Register here

 

OPA: Information Session: Filing Taxes for Foreign Nationals (RESCHEDULED)
WHO:  Michelle Anderson (Foreign National Program Manager, NCSU Human Resources)
WHEN:
Thursday, March 12, 10 am to 12 pm
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

As an international postdoc, do you have questions about how to file your taxes or questions about the tax process in general? Are you concerned with the recent changes from the North Carolina Department of Revenue or the federal mandated Affordable Care Act, and how it will affect you? Join us for an information session with Michelle Anderson, the Foreign National Tax Program Manager at NC State University; she will give a brief presentation on filing taxes as a foreign national, recent tax law changes, and will be happy to answer your questions.

*The information within this presentation does not constitutelegal advice and each participant should seek his/her own counsel in addressing specific situations. NC State University will be providing this content to enhance the knowledge ofthe participants in this workshop.

***Please Note***: This event is only open to postdoctoral scholars and it is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Register here

 


 

CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING TECHNIQUES (CITT)

Postdocs need to register at http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/surveybuilder/wrap/form.cfm?testID=15380
to receive credit for the certificate requirements. ALL postdocs are welcome to attend these programs, even if not enrolled in the CITT.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THE CITT WORKSHOPS ARE LISTED AS "FUNDAMENTALS IN TEACHING (FIT) WORKSHOPS IN THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM AND ON THE GRADUATE SCHOOL WEBSITE.
The FIT and the CITT workshops are one and the same - just designated differently on this site because only postdoctoral scholars can enroll in the CITT program.

NOTE: Below is a sample of the CITT workshops offered (note that the electives are not offered every semester), but CITT participants may view the current 2012 Spring FIT schedule with the dates, room locations and workshop descriptions and register for the FIT workshops through the Leadership Development Registration System.

Introduction to Teaching (*Mandatory/Required for the CITT)
Instructor:  Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director of Graduate Teaching Programs
This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of effective teaching and learning in the university classroom through exploration, application and reflection.  Basic information about a variety of teaching topics as well as “best practices” for enhancing teaching and learning in the university classroom will be shared.

Learning Styles (*Core/Required for the CITT)
Instructor: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director, Graduate Teaching Programs, The Graduate School
There are more than eight different learning styles, and traditional teaching methods only assist in addressing a few of them. In this workshop, we will discuss the different ways people learn and explore how you can make simple adaptations to your teaching to enhance the learning process.

Effective Questioning Techniques (*Core/Required for the CITT)
Instructor: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director, Graduate Teaching Programs, The Graduate School
"Are there any questions?" How many times have you asked this question only to receive blank stares from your students? Learning to ask effective questions is an essential skill for every teacher, regardless of the type of classroom environment. In this workshop, participants will explore strategies and techniques for asking questions effectively to generate more student participation. We will discuss word choice, timing, types of questions, and overall presentation style.

Writing Learning Outcomes (*Core/Required for the CITT)
Instructor: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director of Graduate Teaching Programs
This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the process of writing effective learning outcomes. As the basis for structured teaching and instruction, learning outcomes help to define teacher expectations for students within the curriculum, and writing learning outcomes is one of the most important steps to take before entering the classroom. In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of learning outcomes in the classroom and learn how to design successful learning outcomes.

Managing Disruptive Classroom Behavior (*Elective for the CITT)
Instructor:  Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director of Graduate Teaching Programs
This workshop is a partnership between The Graduate School and Innovative Educators. There are NO COSTS for workshop participants from NC State. The workshop will include a pre-recorded presentation by Dr. Brian Van Brunt from Western Kentucky University.  The online video presentation will be followed by online discussions facilitated by Dr. Barbi Honeycutt. This practical session is designed for new and experienced faculty members who are looking for new tools to manage difficult student situations in their classrooms. The workshop will demonstrate techniques to re-direct, manage and calm the disruptive students. The facilitators will focus on the techniques of motivational interviewing to offer faculty members an underlying theory and clear examples of how to address today’s classroom
problems.

Motivational Teaching Strategies
(*Core/Required for the CITT)
Instructor:  Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director of Graduate Teaching Programs
This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the concept of motivation in teaching and learning contexts.  We will discuss teaching strategies and instructional behaviors that encourage student motivation and participation, challenge and support students’ learning, and inspire students to perform to the best of their ability.

The Faculty Interview: Preparing for Your Teaching Demonstration (*Elective for the CITT)
Instructor: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director of Graduate Teaching Programs
If you plan to apply for a faculty position, you will most likely be asked to teach a class during your campus interview. How you will establish rapport with students you've never met?  How will you decide which teaching strategies to use?  How will you demonstrate your effectiveness as a teacher when you only have one chance to impress the committee?  How will you establish your credibility and authenticity while managing your nervousness?  In this workshop, we will explore the answers to these questions to help you effectively prepare for the teaching demonstration part of your interview.

Responding to Student Writing: Encouraging Reflection and Revision (*Elective for the CITT)
Instructor: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director of Gradaute Teaching Programs
Writing assignments, including essays, lab reports, research papers, or essay test questions, can be great tools to test students' critical thinking skills and comprehension of the course content.  However, instructors often feel overwhelmed by an abundance of grammatical and organizational problems, and discouraged by the students’ lack of interest in their written feedback. In this workshop we will learn about four types of response, analyze instructor comments on student work, and practice effective response strategies in order to encourage students to use instructor feedback to improve their performance.

Classroom Management: Getting Started (*Core/Required for the CITT)
Instructor: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director of Graduate Teaching Programs
**ONLINE** (instructions will be sent to those who register for this workshop)
Managing the classroom environment is one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. This workshop is designed to address classroom management issues and concerns. Topics will include: creating a welcoming environment, establishing guidelines and expectations, maintaining professionalism, and handling disruptive students.

Evaluation and Grading (*Core/Required for the CITT)
Instructor: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director of Gradauting Teaching Program
The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with an introduction to different grading and evaluation processes in teaching.  Participants will explore topics such as: designing rubrics, establishing grading scales, and giving constructive feedback.  Participants will practice grading example assignments and discuss the benefits and challenges of different types of grading strategies. This workshop is recommended for those who have limited grading experience.  

Classroom Assessment Techniques (*Core/Required for the CITT)
Instructor:
Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director of Graduate Teaching Programs
Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) are strategies to quickly assess student learning and provide feedback.  In this workshop, participants will discuss, practice, and share a variety of approaches for assessing students’ learning.

Emotional Intelligence: A Tool for Teaching (*Elective for the CITT)
Instructor: Dr. Rhonda Sutton
You might know your IQ, but are you aware of emotional intelligence and what this concept comprises? This workshop will introduce you to the core elements of emotional intelligence. Information will also be provided that will help you gain an awareness of how you can use these elements of emotional intelligence to improve your interactions with your students and your competency as a teacher.

Creating Tests that Assess Higher Order Thinking Skills (*Elective for the CITT)
Instructor: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt, Director of Graduate Teaching Programs
This workshop is a partnership between The Graduate School and Innovative Educators. There are NO COSTS for workshop participants from NC State. The workshop will include a pre-recorded presentation by Dr. Jennifer Hurd followed by online discussions facilitated by Dr. Barbi Honeycutt. The workshop presentation will begin with an overview of Bloom's Taxonomy, and then we will look at writing test questions that will assess more than knowledge and comprehension. Different types of questions will be covered. Advantages and disadvantages of each type of question will also be presented. Workshop participants will be able to analyze questions developed by other instructors and practice writing test items.

Current Issues in Teaching: How Digital Media and the Brain Science of Attention Transform Learning (Reading Discussion Group)
(*Elective for the CITT)
In this workshop, we will read and discuss a selection from Cathy Davidson’s new book Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. We will discuss the phenomenon of attention blindness and how it provides opportunities for collaborative and innovative learning strategies in the classroom, giving specific attention to the role of technology and how it is changing the way students learn. Davidson will show us how we can teach ourselves and our students to “learn, unlearn, and relearn” in order to facilitate a dynamic learning environment that encourages creativity and innovation.