Winter Conference 2013

Winter Conference on Teaching and Professional Development

“Broadening Your Repertoire:” Conference for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows on Teaching and Professional Development
Thursday, January 24, 2013
9:00am – Noon, Gore Hall
concluding with buffet lunch, Noon – 1:00p.m.,
Room 209/211, Trabant University Center

This half-day-conference provided practice-based, interactive sessions on student-centered teaching and academic career development issues. Participants left with tangible strategies and concrete work products and expanded their repertoire of professional skills by exchanging experiences, ideas and suggestions with peers and facilitators. The event was open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at UD.

Pre-registration was required for both the sessions and the lunch.

Co-sponsors: Office of Graduate & Professional Education, and Graduate Student Government.

8:30am – 9:00am – Sign in – Room 103, Gore Hall
9:00am – 10:15am – Concurrent Sessions 1
10:30am – 11:45am – Concurrent Sessions 2
Noon – 1:00pm – Buffet Lunch, Trabant University Center
Room 209/2111

Concurrent Sessions (each session will be offered twice):

  • Developing and Teaching Your Own Course
    Gore Hall, Room 115 (first floor)
    LaTanya Autry, doctoral candidate, art history; David Lane, doctoral candidate, sociology & criminal justice, HETC Fellows
    This session will help prepare you to plan and teach your own course. Topics will include designing the syllabus, assessment tools (formative and summative), and learning activities, and anticipating/addressing issues related to being the sole course instructor.
  • Student Involvement in their Learning: Out-of-class Preparation and In-class Activities
    Gore Hall, Room 114 (first floor)

    Kevin Currie-Knight, doctoral candidate, education, HETC Fellow; Mathieu Plourde, Academic Technology Services (ATS)
    You will experience different methods, including social media, to keep your classroom dynamic and your students involved. You will learn to apply a range of interactive teaching strategies, such as flipping the classroom, effective discussion leading, creative use of technology, that support student learning and enrich both the students’ and instructor’s classroom experiences.
  • Developing Your Teaching Statement
    Gore Hall, Room 316 (third floor)

    Gabriele Bauer, CTAL
    Teaching statements constitute one of the documents that may be required as part of a faculty position application, particularly for teaching-focused positions. You will become familiar with the purpose, audience and core elements of a teaching statement that persuasively communicates your approach to learning, teaching and assessment in your discipline. You will critique sample statements and start drafting your own. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your CV to the session as a starting point for drafting your teaching statement.
  • Your Cover Letter and CV (Curriculum Vitae)
    Gore Hall, Room 116 (first floor)
    Marianne Green, Resume Specs LLC
    The CV and cover letter may be the most frequently and closely read of all the documents that candidates submit. The CV offers a holistic picture of of your academic accomplishments and activities. You will become familiar with how to construct a strong CV and cover letter for academic positions, receive specific pointers for preparation of both documents, and discuss sample materials. Time will be set aside to provide you with constructive feedback on a draft of your vita and/or cover letter. Please bring two print copies of your CV and/or cover letter with you to the session if you would like to receive feedback.

Academic Career Preparation Summer Institute

Note: Given recent changes, the Summer Institute is no longer being offered.

Article in GradImpact, Spring 2013
  • Purpose and Structure
    This one-week Summer Institute is designed to prepare doctoral students and postdocs across disciplines for the academic career path. The Institute will focus on two primary goals (1) preparation for the academic job search process, and (2) acculturation and successful transition into the first years of an academic appointment. Morning sessions provide a framework for approaching the academic job search process and preparing for faculty careers at a variety of institutional types; afternoon sessions focus on authoring of academic job application documents such as CV, cover letter, research statement, teaching statement and refining documents via constructive instructor and peer feedback.
  • Enrollment
    Given the institute’s discussion-based focus and individually tailored feedback, enrollment is capped at 12 participants. The Institute focuses predominantly on preparation for faculty appointments, very minimally on preparation for postdoc positions.
  • Eligibility
    Doctoral students who are one to two years away from completing their academic programs (i.e., have completed their coursework and passed their qualifying exams) and have begun to prepare for the academic job market. Postdocs, who are working at UD, and are interested in pursuing a faculty career.
    Note: Graduate students who are enrolled or have completed the HETC program are not eligible to enroll.
  • Credit
    Students’ successful completion of the Institute will be recorded on their official transcript as UNIV 608.
    Faculty: Gabriele Bauer, CTAL and Marianne Green, Bank of America Career Services Center

The Summer Institute is co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate & Professional Education.
Information: Kathleen Pusecker, CTAL

Past Institutes:
, July 2012
2012 Agenda (pdf)
UDaily, August 2011
2011 Agenda (pdf)
UDaily, July 2010
2010 Agenda (pdf)
UDaily, July 2009
2009 Agenda (pdf)
2012 Participants

Xinhui Li, Wei Li, Amber Collins
Sara Patterson, Geun Koh, Susanna Molitoris-Miller


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