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Postdoc Academic Chats 2016-17


From Postdoctoral Scholars to Your First Years as a Professor: The Strategies You Need to Get There

Recognizing the uniqueness of the postdoc experience, the Postdoc Academic Chats are monthly lunch-time seminars for postdocs across the University who are considering academic careers. These sessions are led by Dr. Rick Reis.

Please note:

Sessions: September | November | December | January | February | March | April | May | June

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Academic Chats Schedule for 2016-17
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bullet 09/28/16

Topic:

Teaching as a Postdoc - Why It Matters and How To Do It Successfully

Guest(s):

Miriam Goodman, Professor, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, mbgoodman@stanford.edu

Tim Wiser, Postdoc, Physics Education, tdwiser@stanford.edu


Description:
TBA
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Medical School Office Building, Room 140
Reading: Download HERE
Registration: Closed
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bullet 11/02/16

Topic:

Differences Across the Disciplines - How Teaching and Research Vary Across Departments and Schools

Guest(s):

Sarah Church, Professor, Physics, schurch@stanford.edu

Chris M. Golde, Assistant Director, Career Communities - PhD & Postdocs in Humanities, Arts & Education, BEAM Career Education, golde@stanford.edu

Description:
What are some of the biggest differences between your discipline and others mentioned in the readings?

Is there anything you can learn or adapt from other disciplines that might help in teaching and research in your discipline?

What are some of the things you can do while still at Stanford that will prepare you to interact more effectively with other disciplines once you leave campus?
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Medical School Office Building, Room 140
Reading: Download HERE
Registration: Closed
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bullet 12/08/16

Topic:

Perspectives of Assistant Professors on Course Development with Interactive Learning

Guest(s):

Jason Hogan, Assistant Professor, Physics, hogan@stanford.edu

Monika Schleier-Smith, Assistant Professor, Physics, schleier@stanford.edu

Description:

Questions/Discussion Items to Consider:


* What do you personally see as some of the barriers to your experimenting with active learning?

* What steps could you take to address the above concerns?

* What experiences can you share about other postdocs you know who have experiments with active learning? 

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Medical School Office Building, Room 140
Reading: Download HERE
Registration:

Closed

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bullet 01/18/17

Topic:

How to Explore Different Types of Academic Institutions to Find the Best Fit for You

Guest(s):

Dr. Bernadine Fong, Director of Leadership Initiatives and Special Projects, VPGE, bcfong@stanford.edu

Professor Julia Miyaoka, Decision Sciences Department, SFSU

Description:

Questions/Discussion Items to Consider

* What specific pluses and minuses do you personally see to accepting an academic position on a Non-Research I university?

* What specific steps can you take in the next 3-12 months to find out more about other types of institutions?

* What modifications do you think you need to make in your written and oral presentations to appeal to other types of institutions?
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Medical School Office Building, Room 140
Reading: Download HERE
Registration: Closed
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bullet 02/09/17

Topic:

Applying for Academic Positions

Guest(s):

William Greenleaf, Assistant Professor, Genetics, wjg@stanford.edu

Suzanne Pfeffer, Professor, Biochemistry, pfeffer@stanford.edu

Description:

Questions/Discussion Items to Consider


* 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 been in the job search that would be most relevant to the people at this chat?

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Medical School Office Building, Room 303
Reading: Download HERE
Registration: Closed
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bullet 03/08/17

Topic:

What Happens if I Don't Get Any Job Offers

Guest(s):

Stephanie Eberle, Director, SOM Career Center, seberle@stanford.edu

Dr. J. Provin, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Pedro Flores, Postdoctoral Scholar, Medicine, pmorgado@stanford.edu

Description:

Questions/Discussion Items to Consider


* What options make the most sense for you if you don’t initially get the offer you want?

* What are some of the experiences you know about of other postdocs who have found career options outside academia

* What are some of the things you can do now before the end of your postdoc to broaden your prospects for a successful academic career?

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Medical School Office Building, Room 140
Reading: Download HERE
Registration: Closed
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bullet 04/13/17

Topic:

Common Myths About Grants and Grant Writing and How to Overcome Them

Guest(s):

Sara Bible, Associate Vice Provost for Research, Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research; sbible@stanford.edu

Marco Pavone, Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, pavone@stanford.edu

 

Description:

Questions/Discussion Items to Consider

* What 2-3 specific things can you do now as a postdoc to get a head start on grant writing when you start as a faculty member?

* What kind of internal grants are available at Stanford in your area and who can you talk with who can share their experiences in this regard?

* Are there any other myths not listed in reading #3 that are unique to your research field or specialty?

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Medical School Office Building, Room 303
Reading: Download HERE
Registration: Closed
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bullet 05/09/17

Topic:

The Importance of Networking in Academia

Guest(s):

Helen Doyle, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, hdoyle@stanford.edu

Rania Sanford, Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Programs, Vice Provost for Faculty Development & Diversity, raniasanford@stanford.edu

Description:

Questions/Discussion Items to Consider

* What 2-3 specific things can you do now as postdoc to start networking beyond Stanford?

* Who among the faculty you know at Stanford seem particularly good at forming productive alliances and what can you learn from them?

* Based on the readings below, what 1-2 things would you NOT want to do in your first year as a professor?

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Medical School Office Building, Room 140
Reading: Download HERE
Registration: Closed
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bullet 06/06/17

Topic:

Starting Out Right As a Professor: It's More Than Just Looking Out For #1

Guest(s):

Wendy Gu, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, xwgu@stanford.edu

Tad Fukumi, Associate Professor, Biology, fukamit@stanford.edu

Description:

Questions/Discussion Items to Consider

* What 2-3 specific things can you do now as a graduate student or postdoc to help make you a “quick starter” in your first academic position?

* What steps can you take with your current advisor to identify areas of independent research for you after you leave Stanford?

* Based on the readings below, what 1-2 things would you NOT want to do in your first year as a professor?

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Medical School Office Building, Room 140
Reading: Download HERE
Registration: Closed

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