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 Professional and Career Development Events

Below is a list of the current professional development events for IUSM graduate students and postdocs. If you have any questions, contact Lauren Easterling at easterli(at)iu.edu. To view events offered in the past, click the "Past Events" link above.


May 2017

Jumpstart to the Faculty Job Search: May 15 - May 19, 2017

Interested in pursuing a career as a faculty member in the biomedical sciences, either at a research either at a research-intensive institution or one where teaching may be your primary responsibility?  – Join us for our Jumpstart to the Faculty Job Search, during the week of May 15 – May 19, 2017.  During this week we will overview the job search process, the essential documents you should begin thinking about now (your CV, teaching statement, diversity statement), and how you as individuals can navigate the academic job search process.

Session 1: Introduction to the Faculty Job Search Process
Date and Time: Monday, May 15, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: IB 317 (NOTE: This has changed!)
Presenters: Stacey Gilk, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, IU School of Medicine; James Marrs, PhD, Department of Biology, IUPUI School of Science

This session will introduce attendees to the faculty job search process.  First, there is no one faculty job search process, and this process varies between institution, the type of faculty role that you are pursuing, and many other factors.  Join our faculty panel as they walk through the key milestones and steps in the process, and you have the opportunity to ask more specific questions about how one looks for a faculty position and navigates the search process.


Session 2: The Academic CV and Cover Letter

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: R3 303/305
Presenters: Tabitha Hardy, PhD, IUPUI Graduate Office; Lauren Easterling, IUSM Graduate Division
NOTE: Lunch will be provided!

During this session, we will overview the basic components of an academic curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter, analyze both the features and qualities of sample CVs and letters, and create outlines for these documents.

Session 3: The Teaching Statement/Philosophy
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: MS 122A
Presenters: Doug Jerolimov, PhD, IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning

A teaching philosophy is a self-reflective expression of a faculty member’s beliefs and experiences that have shaped his or her values and teaching and learning strategies. By contrast, a teaching statement makes the case that the writer has achieved excellence in his or her teaching. The statement explains how the writer’s teaching philosophy has been put into practice, providing specific evidence to demonstrate successful student learning. Both of these documents are often used as part of a job application, a promotion and tenure dossier, a teaching award nomination, and even course syllabi. In this two-hour workshop, participants will explore and begin to answer the fundamental questions that inform both a teaching philosophy and a teaching statement. Participants will begin to identify discipline-appropriate benchmarks for excellence in teaching as well as evidence that they have met these benchmarks in their own teaching. Participants will leave with a body of text that they can then develop into a full teaching philosophy or statement.

Session 4: Writing an Effective Diversity Statement
Date and Time: Thursday, May 18, 2017,  11:30am – 1:00pm
Location: R3 303/305
Presenters: Dennis Rudnick, Associate Director, IUPUI Multicultural Center
NOTE: Lunch will be provided!

If you plan on applying for a faculty position, applicants are now expected to submit a diversity statement.  The goal of a diversity statement is to show how your values, experiences, and commitments to diversity inform your teaching, research, and service in academia.  In this hands-on session, we will discuss guidelines for writing an effective diversity statement, write drafts of our statements, and generate feedback from our colleagues.

Session 5: The Faculty Job Search from the Teaching and Research Perspective
Date and Time: Friday, May 18, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: R3 303/305
Presenters: Erik Nelson, PhD, Assistant Professor at U of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (Research Focused); Catherine Steading, PhD, Assistant Professor at Indiana State University (Teaching Focused)
NOTE: Lunch will be provided!

At the end of the week, we will host 2 faculty members who will speak about their Faculty Job Search, in first person narrative, from a teaching focused and a research focused faculty perspective, respectively.  Both faculty members will speak about their career path and how they prepared for it, why they choose a research or teaching focused faculty career and what the application process was like for them!

 

RSVP for any or all of these sessions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/jumpstartfacultyjobs


Career Focus: Product Management & Strategy Development

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: R3 203
Presenter: Steve Wowk, Senior Global Product Manager, Global Marketing Genomics for Beckman Coulter Life Sciences
Keywords: graduate students, postdocs, industry-careers, non-academic careers, career development, career focus (talks)

Join us to hear from Steve Wowk, Senior Global Product Manager, Global Marketing Genomics for Beckman Coulter Life Sciences.  Steve completed his graduate work at John Carroll University in molecular biology and infectious disease at the Cleveland Clinic.  Our speaker will talk about his transition from his graduate work to an industry career.  He currently is a product manager, responsible for the life-cycle management of a group of genomics products.  This role also include business strategy development and long-term strategic planning.

RSVP for this session at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/productmgmtcareer

 

June 2017

Jumpstart to Teaching: June 12 - June 16, 2017
Graduate students and postdocs in the IUSM who are interested in developing or improving their skills and abilities as a teacher/instructor are highly encouraged to attend this session.  During this session you will learn more about how to prepare a quality lesson/lecture and some tested, quality methods for helping your future students learn.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to create a short lesson (10-15 minutes), practice it with your peers and trained facilitators, and receive feedback to improve the lesson and your ability as an instructor.

Session 1: Teaching and Learning in the Biomedical Sciences: Planning and Structuring a Lesson
Date and Time: Monday, June 12, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Glick 103
Presenters: Dr. Margaret Bauer, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; and Lauren Easterling, Director of Trainee Services, IUSM Graduate Division

During this session – the first of four during the Jumpstart to Teaching week – participants will learn how to design a quality lesson, with a focus on helping students learn.  We will discuss how to structure a lecture/lesson, how to measure student learning while teaching, and approaches to a quality class session.  Additionally, for those who are interested in participating in the microteaching sessions especially, this session will overview the microteaching sessions that will be on 6/14 and 6/15.  This overview will include information on the format of one’s 10-15 minute lesson, expected elements, the peer critique process, and anything else that you will need to know to prepare for this session.

Session 2: Teaching and Learning in the Biomedical Sciences: Strategies for Teaching
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Glick 103
Presenters: Dr. Margaret Bauer, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; and Lauren Easterling, Director of Trainee Services, IUSM Graduate Division

This second session of the Jumpstart to Teaching week will introduce you to methods and practices especially relevant to future faculty in the sciences.  The presenters will present on, demonstrate, and provide opportunities for practice related to the act of teaching (including lecturing).  Additionally, attendees will be asked to think critically about the approaches that are most appropriate for different types of content and different knowledge, skills, and abilities that you want your future or current students to learn.

Session 3: Group Microteaching Experiences
Date and Time: Complete this Doodle poll to list what sessions you would be able to attend.  We will assign you to a group based on everyone’s availability: http://doodle.com/poll/a8nz5vbr7x866ry3.
Locations: To be announced closer to the session (via email) once group assignments have been made

As part of the Jumpstart to Teaching week, participants will have the opportunity to put what they have learned in the first two sessions into practice.  In groups of 4-5, participants will take on the role of instructor, and teach a 10-15 minute lesson to their peers and to a trained microteaching facilitator.  After each participant teaches their lesson, the group will discuss strengths and work areas that the instructor can improve upon, and provide constructive feedback to them.

Session 4: Teaching and Learning in the Biomedical Sciences: Tying it All Together
Date and Time: Friday, June 16, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Glick 103
Presenters: Dr. Margaret Bauer, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; Lauren Easterling, Director of Trainee Services, IUSM Graduate Division
NOTE: Lunch will be provided

As the concluding session of the Jumpstart to Teaching week, this lunchtime session (food will be provided) will provide three particular opportunities.  First, participants will share about their microteaching experiences and the feedback that they received.  Second, the group will discuss possible next steps for teaching development for participants.  Third, participants will learn more about additional IUSM and IUPUI resources to help them improve as instructors.

RSVP for any or all of these sessions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/jumpstartTeaching2017

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