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2014 Fall Semester Professional Development Programs Schedule

Following is a complete list of the programs offered through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) during the 2013 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

Career Planning 101: How to leverage IDPs and informational interviewing to find the best career fit
WHO:  Dr. Erin Hopper (Director, UNCCH’s Training Initiatives in Biomedical and Biological Sciences) & Dr. Nisha Cavanaugh (Director, NC State University’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs)
WHEN:
Thursdays, September 4 & 11, 2014, 1-3pm
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

Do you feel uncertain about your next career move? Are you intimidated about the number of choices available and don't know where to begin the process of choosing your career? Fortunately, there are a wide variety of tools that can help you through this process. In this two-part workshop, you will assess your skills, interests, and values and use these results to craft an individual development plan to guide your career planning process. Next, you will learn strategies for gathering career profilesand for connecting you to new professional networksthrough informational interviewing. Come to the workshops prepared to think deeply about your career path, and you'll leave with the tools and confidence that you need to explore careers and find therightfit!

***Please Note***: This event is only open to postdoctoral scholars and you must be registered for both days. Limited space (25 spots) is available! Register here

Networking: A Tool for Exploring Careers & Building Professional Relationships
WHO:  Dara Wilson-Grant (Associate Director of the UNCCH Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Owner of Careers in Bloom)
WHEN:
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 2-4 pm
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

Networking is one of the most effective approaches to getting your career on the fast track. Yet, for a variety of reasons (e.g., shyness, negative perceptions), most of us fail to make networking an active part of our ongoing career development. In this workshop, participants will learn the keys to tactful networking along with easy-to-use strategies for face-to-face networking, corresponding via email, and the appropriate use of social media. Register here

Communicating Your Value: Crafting Your CV and Cover Letter
WHO:  Dr. Woody Catoe (Career Counselor, NC State University’s Career Development Center)
WHEN:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Witherspoon Student Center, Room 126

Resumes, CVs, and letters play a strategic function in the job search process with the primary goal being: Get An Interview. Poorly written documents can be a barrier to making this happen. This workshop will show you how to represent your skills, strengths and abilities as well as the potential value you have to offer an employer. Time will not allow for individual resume critiques in this workshop, but information will be provided that can significantly improve your resume. Individual appointments can be made with your career professional in the Career Development Center. Register here

Beyond Networking: Navigating LinkedIn
WHO:  Jenna Hartwell (Career Counselor, NC State University’s Career Development Center)
WHEN:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Talley Student Union, Room 3285

Are you interested in creating and maintaining a professional online presence? Leveraging LinkedIn to grow your network? Then come join us for this hands-on workshop where you will create a Linkedin account, grow your network, and learn to leverage it for your career goals. Register here


 

EVENTS AND PRESENTATIONS

DESCRIPTION FOR ALL SESSIONS: Jill Blitstein, from International Employment, and Jessica Hall, from the Office of International Services, will present information on F, J, and H visas and OPT status in separate sessions. Depending on which visa type you have, please select from the options below and bring your questions to ask Jessica and Jill. All sessions will be in Witherspoon 201 on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. ***Please note that these sessions are only open to postdocs and registration for these sessions will open on October 1, 2014.***

TITLE: Information Session on J Visas and Transitioning to H Visas

TIME: 9-11am

TITLE: Information Session on F Visas and Transitioning to H Visas

TIME: 12-2pm

TITLE: Information Session on H Visas

TIME: 2:30-4:30pm

Register here

OPA: Research Administration: Pre-Award
WHO: Debbie Shoe (University Program Specialist , COI Protocol Manager and RCR Administrator) and Rusty Earl (Business and Technology Applications Analyst)
WHEN:
Friday, October 24, 2014, 9:30-11:30am
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

This session will provide a broad overview of the procedures, workflow, challenges and resources related to Pre award Research Administration. We will also demo our Pre Award electronic systems PINS and RADAR. Register here

OPA: Research Administration: Post-Award
WHO: Whitney Hilliard (Fiscal Manager, Office of Contracts & Grants) and Danny Humphrey (Assistant Director, Systems and Compliance, Office of Contracts & Grants)
WHEN:
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 9:00-11:00am
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

Representatives from the Office of Contracts and Grants (C&G) will discuss requirements and tips on managing grant funds to meet financial compliance regulations, including online references and help documents. C&G will also cover requirements and best practices for using the Project Modification Request (PMR) system and PI Portal as well as Cost-Sharing and Effort Reporting (TEARS). 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.