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2014 Spring 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.


PROFESSIONAL PATH LUNCH SERIES

Do you know what career path you want to follow but don't know how to get that first job? Are you interested in exploring your career options? This new brown bag lunch series will feature a different professional path each month. Meet some NC State alumni and hear about their day-to-day responsibilities and how they got their jobs! This will be an open question and answer forum, so bring your lunch and join in the conversation! ***Please Note***: This workshop is only open to postdoctoral scholars and fellows. Limited space (20 spots) is available! Register here

Careers in Industry
Panelists: Dr. Cathrine Leonowens (Clinical Pharmacokineticist, GlaxoSmithKline) and Dr. Reha Onur Azizoglu (Senior Research Scientist, Advanced Animal Diagnostics)
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location:
Research Building III, Room 230 (Centennial Campus)

Teaching-intensive Academic Careers
Panelists: Dr. Tina Starling (Teaching Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University) and Dr. Kristen Delaney (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fayetteville State University)
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location:
Research Building III, Room 230 (Centennial Campus)

Non-Bench Careers in Industry
Panelists: Dr. Jennifer Lanier (Dairy Technical Specialist at Prince Agri Products) and Dr. Andres Larrea (Senior Applications Sales Representative at Pacific Biosciences)
Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location:
Research Building III, Room 230 (Centennial Campus)

Careers in Technology Transfer and Patent Law - CANCELLED
Panelists: Dr. Jeffrey Sunman (Patent Agent, Alston & Bird, LLP) and Dr. Kelly Sexton (Director, Office of Technology Transfer, North Carolina State University)
Date: Wednesday, April 9 , 2014
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location:
Research Building III, Room 230 (Centennial Campus)

 

 

CAREER COACHING WORKSHOPS

Transferable Skills: The Key to Reinventing & Advancing Your Career
Presenter: Dara Wilson-Grant (Associate Director and Career Counselor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Date:
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Time: 
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
Witherspoon 201
A common question asked by postdocs preparing to compete in the non-academic job market is, “How do I prove that I am qualified even though I do not have direct experience?” The key is learning how to translate your postdoctoral training into a language that broad audiences understand. This workshop focuses on helping participants identify and assess their strongest and most transferable skills, plus learn specific strategies for promoting their qualifications in the most effective way possible. ***Please Note***: This event is only open to postdoctoral scholars and fellows, and it is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Register here

How to Avoid Self-Sabotage and Win at Salary Negotiations
Presenter: Dara Wilson-Grant (Associate Director and Career Counselor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Date:
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Time: 
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:
Witherspoon 201
Let's face it, for most of us, the negotiation process is one of the most stressful parts of the job search. Not long after the initial excitement of receiving an offer comes panic followed by dread.

  • Do I negotiate for more money and risk seeming pushy or ungrateful?
  • Will I lose this opportunity if I negotiate for too much?
  • What should I ask for?

If one or more of these thoughts swirl through your head when you think about salary negotiations, you are not alone! This workshop is a step-by-step guide to navigating the negotiation process, especially when it comes to managing your emotions. ***Please Note***: This event is open to both postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, and it is co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and the Professional Development Series (PDS) for graduate students. Register here.

Informational Interviewing: The Key to a Successful Job Search
Presenter: Dr. Nisha Cavanaugh (Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at NCSU)
Date:
Tuesday, April 1
Time: 
2 pm - 4 pm
Location:
Witherspoon 201
***Please Note***: This event is only open to postdoctoral scholars and fellows. Register here.

Would you like to make a career jump to employment outside of academia and don’t know where to start? Have you considered jobs other than tenure-track faculty positions? . To explore various PhD job opportunities and learn how to make yourself more marketable, it requires initiative. In this session, participants will discover how informational interviewing is an essential tool for exploring career paths and how it can connect you to new professional networks. After the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish differences between informational interviews and interviewing for a job
  • Apply informational interviews to your own job search
  • Learn about resources, like the Professional Path Lunch Series

 

 

EVENTS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

Information Session: Filing Your Taxes as a Foreign National
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Time: 
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:
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 State Tax 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 and will be happy to answer your questions. ***Please Note***: The information within this presentation does not constitute legal 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 of the participants in this workshop. This workshop is open only to postdoctoral scholars and fellows. It is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Register here

 

Ph.D. & Master's Virtual Career Fair
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 
TBD
Location:
online; register at http://gradtalent.careereco.net/learn-more/about-the-benefits/
Sponsor:
Graduate Career Consortium
For more information and to see list of employers, go to http://gradtalent.careereco.net/

 

How to Feel as Bright and Capable as they "Think" you are - Why Smart People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How Can Thrive in Spite of it
Presenter: Dr. Valerie Young
Date:
Wednesday, March 5
Time: 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location:
Talley Student Center (Mountains) Ballroom

  • Do you secretly worry that others will find out you’re not as intelligent and competent as they seem to think you are?
  • Do you often dismiss your accomplishments as a “fluke” or “no big deal”?
  • Do you think, “If I can do it, anyone can”?
  • Do you sometimes shy away from taking on even greater challenges because of nagging self-doubt?
  • Are you crushed by even constructive criticism, taking it as evidence of your ineptness?

If you answered yes, you’re not alone. For the first time, we’re pleased to welcome Dr. Valerie Young to NC State as she facilitates her internationally-known workshop for graduate students and postdocs. You will learn practical strategies for interrupting the Imposter Syndrome that you can start using immediately. By applying these simple but powerful techniques you'll finally be able to begin to see yourself as the bright, competent person you really are! See flyer!

***Please Note***: This event is open to both postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, and it is co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and the Professional Development Series (PDS) for graduate students. Limited space (100 spots) is available! Register here.

 

Fundamentals of graphic design for scientific presentations
Presenter: Lidia Churakova (Animation and New Media Designer, Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA))
Date:
Monday, March 24 , 2014
Time: 
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
Witherspoon 201
***Please Note***: This event is open to both postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, and it is co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and the Professional Development Series (PDS) for graduate students. Register here.

Researchers are expected to give PowerPoint and poster presentations to effectively communicate their data and results in seminars, at conferences, and in the classroom. Please join Lidia Churakova, Animation and New Media Designer for Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) at NCSU, as she uses her expertise to demonstrate ways to visually enhance your presentations. Participants are encouraged to bring their own presentation slides, receive hands-on training, and receive feedback on how to improve their images!

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

• Create strong eye-catchy title pages

• Present scientific information in a visually cohesive and appealing way

• Apply principles of color and composition to their presentation designs

• Understand typography

• Use grids to structure information effectively

 

3rd Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium
Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time: 
TBD
Location:
TBD
More information to follow. Check out the 2nd Annual Postdoctoral Symposium at http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/postdoctoral-affairs/symposium.html

 

(OPA) Leadership Development Series
Presenter: Dr. Diane Klotz (Director, Office of Training & Academic Services, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute)
Date:
Wednesday, April 23
Time: 
12:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Location:
Talley Student Union, Room 4280
***Please Note***: These events are only open to postdoctoral scholars and fellows, and it is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Register here.

Workshop 1: Developing Your Leadership Style: Understanding your Style as a Leader and Appreciating the Styles of the People You Lead

In today’s scientific environment where the opportunities for funding are low, research has inherently become more competitive. In a seeming paradox, research has also become necessarily more collaborative. As such, the former way of thinking about leadership that includes who has the power, who has authority, and who will make all the decisions no longer works and has become more important than ever to connect with those we lead and work beside. While there are many common traits that can be found in all good leaders, each leader is an individual with his or her own styles and preferences. Understanding your inherent personal styles and preferences, as well as how you relate to and are perceived by others, is key to developing your potential as a leader or manager. Perhaps more important as a leader, however, is identifying and understanding the personal styles and preferences of the people you lead. Understanding the needs and preferences of the members of your team will allow you to foster an environment of positive communication and high motivation, and it also increases the likelihood for productivity and success.

Participants in this workshop will

• Increase their self-knowledge about they respond to conflict, what motivates them, what causes them stress, and how they solve problems;

• Explore how to effectively interact with individuals with different styles/preferences than theirs;

• Identify ways that they can begin to lead and manage more effectively based on their individual leadership/management strengths and challenges;

• Leave with a draft action plan for practicing and developing their leadership and management skills.

Workshop 2: Leading with Intention: Mentoring and Motivating Others toward a Common Vision

In today’s scientific environment it has become more important than ever to connect with those we lead and beside whom we work each day. One’s ability as a leader to mentor and motivate members of his/her team can make all the difference between a high functioning, high impact team and frustration and low morale among all. Learning the impact of your inherent personal styles and preferences on others, as well as the needs and preferences of the members of your team, is crucial to your success as a leader at any level. Gaining an understanding of how individuals are motivated and how to mentor the members of your team to their unique skills and abilities will help you continue to grow as the leader of a productive team.

Participants in this workshop will

• Increase their knowledge about how individuals are motivated;

• Learn effective ways to mentor individuals based on their skill and competency level;

• Identify ways that they can begin to mentor and motivate more effectively; and

• Leave with a draft action plan developing their mentoring and motivating skills. Register here.

 

 

PREPARING FOR AN ACADEMIC CAREER

The Journey to Tenure Begins on Your First Day as Postdoc
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli (Associate Professor of Textile Engineering, NC State University)
Date:
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Time: 
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Location:
Hunt Library 4th Floor Auditorium
Don’t wait to start planning for tenure until your first day in a faculty position; take advantage of the resources you have now! Join us for a presentation by Associate Professor Melissa Pasquinelli as she discusses how to get a faculty position and how to get tenure. ***Please Note***: This workshop is open only to postdoctoral scholars and fellows. It is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Register here.

Emotional Intelligence: A Tool for Teaching (*Elective for the CITT)
Presenter: Dr. Rhonda Sutton (InnerSights Counseling and Consultation)
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: 
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:
Witherspoon 201
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. ***Please Note***: This event is open to both postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, and it is co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and the Fundamentals in Teaching (FIT) series for graduate students. 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.