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Postdoc Academic Chats 2016-17

This event is part of series:

September 8, 2016 (All day)

Readings for each of these sessions can be downloaded from the FILES section below. 

September 2016: Teaching as a Postdoc - Why It Matters and How To Do It Successfully

Miriam Goodman, Professor, Molecular & Cellular Physiology,

Tim Wiser, Postdoc, Physics Education,

November 2016: Differences Across the Disciplines - How Teaching and Research Vary Across Departments and Schools

Sarah Church, Professor, Physics,

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

  • 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?

December 2016: Perspectives of Assistant Professors on Course Development with Interactive Learning

Jason Hogan, Assistant Professor, Physics,

Monika Schleier-Smith, Assistant Professor, Physics,

  • 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? 

January 2017: How to Explore Different Types of Academic Institutions to Find the Best Fit for You

Dr. Bernadine Fong, Director of Leadership Initiatives and Special Projects, VPGE,

Professor Julia Miyaoka, Decision Sciences Department, SFSU

  • 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?

February 2017: Applying for Academic Positions

William Greenleaf, Assistant Professor, Genetics,

Suzanne Pfeffer, Professor, Biochemistry,

  • 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?

March 2017: What Happens if I Don't Get Any Job Offers

Stephanie Eberle, Director, SOM Career Center,

Dr. J. Provin, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Pedro Flores, Postdoctoral Scholar, Medicine,

  • 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?

April 2017: Common Myths About Grants and Grant Writing and How to Overcome Them

Sara Bible, Associate Vice Provost for Research, Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research;

Marco Pavone, Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics,

  • 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?

May 2017: The Importance of Networking in Academia

Helen Doyle, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education,

Rania Sanford, Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Programs, Vice Provost for Faculty Development & Diversity,

  • 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?

June 2017: Starting Out Right As a Professor: It's More Than Just Looking Out For #1

Wendy Gu, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering,

Tad Fukumi, Associate Professor, Biology,

  • 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?