[pccgrads] FW: Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences workshop

UW PCC uwpcc at uw.edu
Wed Mar 8 09:47:42 PST 2017

Hi Everyone,

If you're considering continuing on in academia, there is a wonderful workshop coming up in July called "Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences". Even though it's advertised as being just for geosciences, I think it is extremely relevant to anyone in any science.

I went last year and gained a ton of information and take home skills. You get to talk with faculty from several different institutions (R1, liberal arts, 2year) to get their perspective on the application process, daily life, expectations, possibilities, etc. And you leave with real takeaways, like a peer edited teaching statement, practiced elevator pitch, written career trajectory plan and steps to get there, etc. And they offer travel stipends (I was able to go for free). And it's nested in a larger workshop that is all about how to be a more effective teacher.

Deadline to apply is April 1st!



Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences workshop at the Earth Educators Rendezvous:

July 17-19, 2017

University of New Mexico


For the second year in a row, the Preparing for an Academic Career workshop will be offered as one of the workshops at the Earth Educators' Rendezvous <http://serc.carleton.edu/earth_rendezvous/2017/index.html> . This format will allow participants to design an experience that capitalizes on our strong workshop content in the morning, participate in optional lunchtime discussions with senior colleagues, and then to choose among workshops, panels, and plenary sessions that are part of the Earth Educator Rendezvous on Monday-Wednesday afternoon and evenings.

This workshop is designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and others who are interested in pursuing academic careers in the geosciences.

The main goals of the workshop are for participants to improve their application and interview skills for academic jobs, become more effective at goal-setting, and broaden their network (of colleagues and resources) to help jump-start their teaching and research as a faculty member. During the workshop and associated Rendezvous opportunities, each participant will:

· Learn about academic careers in different educational settings (e.g., two-year colleges, primarily undergraduate institutions, universities).

· Develop a plan for your next career stage. Set goals to move toward that plan.

· Learn about the job search process and improve your job applications: learn about documenting strengths and accomplishments in teaching and research, and develop or revise your application materials.

· Improve your communication skills: the elevator pitch and interviews.

· Explore aspects of effective and innovative teaching. Make your own selections from Monday-Wednesday afternoon Rendezvous workshops and sessions. These are open to you and included in registration.

You can find more details on the workshop website:


See the Rendezvous registration page for details about registration fees, housing options, and other logistics


Travel funds of up to $500 to support your participation are available. Please see Travel Stipend Application <http://serc.carleton.edu/earth_rendezvous/2017/travel_stipends.html> . Deadline to apply for travel stipend is April 1.

To register, go to the Earth Educators' Rendezvous registration page <http://serc.carleton.edu/earth_rendezvous/2017/registration.html> and select the Preparing for an Academic Career workshop as the morning workshop you plan to attend. We will accept registrations until the workshop is full.

Workshop Conveners:

Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University

Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College
Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University

Gary Weissman, University of New Mexico

Lisa Gilbert, Williams College


Robin (Banner) McLachlan

Graduate Student

University of Washington

School of Oceanography

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