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Academic Chats Schedule for 2011-12
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bullet 09/30/11
Topic:

The Governing Structure of a Research University

Guest: Provost John Etchemendy
Chief Academic and Chief Budgetary Officer, Office of the Provost


Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: CCSR 4105
Required Reading(s):
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Registration: To register, click HERE
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bullet 10/14/11
Topic:

The Academic Job Talk

Guest(s):

Gavin Jones
Professor and Department Chair, Department of English

Tadashi Fukami
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology


Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
To Register: click here
Location: LKSC 320 (Dean's Boardroom)
Readings: Download document HEREpdf icon

Discussion Questions: 

  • What aspect of the academic job talk are you personally most anxious about?  Is it the talk itself, the preparation, the graphics, the Q&A afterwards?
  • What are two things you can do now to address the above issues?
  • What advice have you heard from other postdocs who have given academic job talks that would be most relevant to the people at this chat?
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bullet 11/11/11
Topic:

Developing Persuasive Arguments for the Resources You Need as a New Faculty Member

Guest(s):

Sarah HeilshornAssistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Bioengineering, by courtesy

Jonathan Payne, Assistant Professor, Geological and Environmental Sciences and, by courtesy, of Biology

To Register:

click here

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location:

Li Ka Shing (LKSC) Room 101

Discussion Questions: 
  • How do you identify the research resources you will need if you are still uncertain about your specific research agenda?
  • How do you develop the justifications you need to support your start-up requests?
  • How do you distinguish between must-have items and items you would like to have but could live with out?
Readings:
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bullet 01/13/12
Topic:

Establishing and Managing A Research Program – Insights For Beginners

Guest(s):

James McClelland, Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, Psychology department and Professor, by courtesy, of Linguistics

Russell D. Fernald, Benjamin Scott Crocker Professor of Human Biology

To Register:

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Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Li Ka Shing Center (LKSC), Room 101
Discussion Questions: 
  • What specific things can you do while still at Stanford to help prepare you for setting up a research program after you leave? (What to observe, who to talk with, what specific skills, etc.?)
  • What specific things should you ask for in a start-up package to help ensure research success in your first year as a professor?
  • What are the most important things not to do, mistakes not to make, in setting up your first-year research program?
Readings: Download document HEREpdf icon
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bullet 02/10/12
Topic:

Academic Non-Tenure Opportunities After Your Postdocs

Guest(s):

Yuree Soh, Assistant Director- Career Counselor, Career Development Center

Ed Carryer, Consulting Professor, Mechanical Engineering Design Group

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Li Ka Shing Center for Learning & Knowledge (LKSC), Room 101
Discussion Questions: 
  • What circumstances could you imagine that would lead you to accept a non-tenure track offer over a tenure-track offer?
  • Which situation (the two body problem, running out of money, sticking around, or the best option), if any, from article #2 applies to you and what does this say about the preparation you should do before completing your postdocs?
  • Which, if any, of your recent postdoc colleagues have accepted non-tenure track positions and what was the reaction within your research group to such a decision?
Readings: Download document HEREpdf icon
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bullet 03/09/12
Topic:

Designing Your First New Course

Guest(s):

Robyn Wright Dunbar, Senior Associate Director for Science and Engineering
Center for Teaching & Learning


Kristin L. Sainani, Clinical Assistant Professor for Health Research and Policy - Epidemiology

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: M-112, in the Medical Center, Alway building, ground floor, next to the Dean's courtyard
To Register: Click HERE
Discussion Questions:
  • What are 1-3 specific things you can do, or find out about, now as a postdoc to give you a leg up on designing a course as a new faculty member?
  • What features of a course you have taken or TA'd in the last few years are there that you would particularly like to emulate in a future course of your own design?
  • Is there anything in particular about a course that you have observed recently that you would NOT want to have in a new course of your own design?
Readings: Download document HEREpdf icon
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bullet 04/13/12
Topic:

 

Teaching and Learning Styles – What it Means for You as a New Professor

Guest(s):

Kristin L. Sainani, Clinical Assistant Professor for Health Research and Policy - Epidemiology, and Ellen Woods, Associate Vice Provost, Director of IHUM in Stanford Introductory Studies

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: M-112, in the Medical Center, Alway building, ground floor, next to the Dean's courtyard
To Register: click HERE
Discussion Questions:
  • What do you consider to be your primary learning styles?
  •   What teaching style do you consider the most challenging for you to undertake?
  •   What are some of the things you can do now to prepare yourself to use various teaching styles once you start as a professor?
Readings: Download document HEREpdf icon
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bullet 05/11/12
Topic:

Tips on How New Professors can Find (and Support) Top Graduate Students

Guest(s):

Tobias Meyer, Mrs. George A. Winzer Professor in Cell Biology

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Li Ka Shing Center (LKSC), Room 101
To Register: click HERE
Discussion Questions:
  • What specific things can you do now as a postdoc that will help you when you begin as a new professor?
  • What things can you do between the time you accept a faculty position and the time you arrive on campus?
  • What kinds of mistakes have you observed being made from your experience as a graduate student and postdoc and what are your suggestions for avoiding them going?
Readings: Download document HEREpdf icon
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bullet 06/29/12
Topic:

Hitting the Ground Running as a New Professor - What to do and NOT do

Guest(s):

Scott Boyd, Assistant Professor, Pathology


Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Li Ka Shing Center (LKSC), Room 101
To Register: click HERE
Discussion Questions:
  • What steps can you take with your current advisor to identify areas of independent research for you after you leave Stanford?
  • What specific comments in the article or in the reactions from letter writers in reading #2 particularly resonated with you and why?
  • Based on the readings below, what 1-2 things would you NOT want to do in your first year as a professorWhat do you consider to be your primary learning styles?
Readings: Download document HEREpdf icon

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