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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 fall 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.


EVENTS AND PRESENTATIONS

OPA-sponsored Workshops for International Postdocs

Jill Blitstein, from International Employment, and Elizabeth James, 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 Beth and Jill.

OPA: Information Session: F Visas and Transitioning to H Visas
WHO:  Jill Blitstein (International Employment) & Elizabeth James (Office of International Services)
WHEN:
Tuesday, October 20, 9-11AM
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

Jill Blitstein and Elizabeth James will present information on F and H visas.

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

OPA: Information Session: J Visas and Transitioning to H Visas
WHO:  Jill Blitstein (International Employment) & Elizabeth James (Office of International Services)
WHEN:
Tuesday, October 20, 12-2PM
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

Jill Blitstein and Elizabeth James will present information on J and H visas.

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

OPA: Information Session: H Visas and more!
WHO:  Jill Blitstein (International Employment) & Elizabeth James (Office of International Services)
WHEN:
Tuesday, October 20, 2:30-4:30PM
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

Jill Blitstein and Elizabeth James will present information H visas and OPT status.

***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: Stress Management
WHO:  Dr. Beth Overman & Dr. Beverly Savinsky
WHEN:
Monday, September 14, 10:00AM-12:00PM
WHERE: Talley 3222

The world of graduate school can be overwhelming and stressful.  Come join us as we explore the physiologic reasons for stress, compare different responses to stress, set goals to handle stress in a healthy way, and practice some stress-reducing techniques. Register here

OPA/PDS: Communicating your Value- Writing CVs, Resumes, and Cover Letters
WHO:  Dr. Woody Catoe
WHEN:
Wednesday, September 23, 10:00AM-12:00PM
WHERE: Talley 3210

Description: CVs, Resumes, and Cover Letters are extremely difficult to write – how do you capitalize on the opportunity to communicate your value to a future employer? By attending this interactive workshop, you will learn how to write effective application documents to get you to an interview. Register here

OPA/PDS: Literature Searching and Citation Management using Refworks
WHO:  Dr. Mohan Ramaswamy
WHEN:
Tuesday, September 29, 10:00AM-12:00PM
WHERE: ITTC Labs 1A-B

In this workshop you will learn how to conduct and manage your research effectively using several online tools and the Libraries’ website. Topics of discussion include:

* How to optimize your topic keywords and maximize your use of the specific databases tailored to your field of research.
* Tips and tricks, such as customizing Google Scholar settings, using interlibrary loan, managing your research with RefWorks, and making use of library services.
* Connecting you to the reference librarians and collection managers in your subject area for more in-depth research help later.

* How to use the citation management tool, RefWorks, which helps to keep your information saved and organized, as well as help you share references with colleagues and generate bibliographies automatically.

Register here

OPA/PDS: Why Engage the Public in Your Science?
WHO:  Dr. Holly Menninger
WHEN:
Tuesday, September 29, 12:00PM-1:30PM
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

Would you like to share your research with public audiences, but don’t know how or where to begin? Are you interested in gaining experience in the practice of science communication? Then come to this interactive workshop to learn some science communication fundamentals and gain access to resources and opportunities that will set you on the path toward successfully communicating your science.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Explore science communication in its many forms
  • Identify science communication activities that best resonate with their strengths and interests
  • Prepare and practice an ‘elevator pitch’ describing their science to a lay person

Later in the semester, we’ll offer two follow-up workshops that build on the content of Science Communication Fundamentals: Navigating Your Science through the News and Social Media and Science on Stage. Register here

OPA/PDS: Beyond Networking: Navigating LinkedIn
WHO:  Ms. Jenna Hartwell
WHEN:
Thursday, October 1, 1:00PM-3:00PM
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

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

OPA/PDS: Care and Maintenance of Your Mentor Relationship
WHO:  Dr. Beth Overman & Dr. Beverly Savinsky
WHEN:
Tuesday, October 6, 10:00AM-12:00PM
WHERE: Witherspoon 201

The student-mentor relationship in graduate school is incredibly powerful, and having a strong relationship with your mentor can dramatically improve your success in graduate school.  In this workshop, we’ll use case studies to analyze the best practices in communication and partnership with your mentor, discuss the pitfalls of mentoring relationships, and develop a plan of action for establishing and maintaining a healthy mentor relationship. Register here

OPA/PDS: Publishing Smartly: Choosing Journals and Managing Your Intellectual Property
WHO:  Dr. Mohan Ramaswamy & Will Cross
WHEN:
Tuesday, October 6, 12:00PM-2:30PM
WHERE: Talley 4280

This workshop will discuss how to identify journals to publish in and how to deal with the author-publisher agreement as it affects one’s intellectual property rights. Participants will become familiar with the Journal Citation Reports database and its journal ranking system. Then, participants will explore the copyright issues in the publishing process and the options to protect one’s intellectual property.

There is no pre-req needed to attend the workshop. 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.