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Psab Powerpoint (Spr09)

  1. 1. OFFICE OF THE PROVOST Graduate Student Advisory Board Initiatives Update ~ Spring 2009 Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  2. 2. Academic Initiatives
  3. 3. First Annual University of Illinois Student Interdisciplinary Conference <ul><li>Background and overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>January 26 th , 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal: To bring together graduate and undergraduate students from diverse disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback from students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Like the overall idea behind the conference </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interested to learn about topics/issues students around campus are working on </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learned a lot </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Would like to attend again </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. First Annual University of Illinois Student Interdisciplinary Conference (Continued) <ul><li>Future plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PSAB would like to continue working on the conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We will develop a plan for next year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special focus on the marketing of the conference </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a steering committee that will enact this plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand over the plan to the steering committee, and provide oversight and an annual report to the Provost </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Recognition Ceremony: Graduate Fellows and Award Recipients <ul><li>Objective: Institute annual ceremony to recognize winners of prestigious graduate student fellowships and awards </li></ul><ul><li>Ceremony details: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate Peer Mentoring Award will be presented at ceremony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage interdisciplinary interactions amongst award recipients and invited guests (research advisors, graduate coordinators) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster sense of community amongst accomplished group of students who receive little recognition from the University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development opportunity for Graduate College and University </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Action items: Plan event for Oct or Nov 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Needs: Confirm interest of Office of Provost in proposed event and possibility of financial contribution </li></ul>Recognition Ceremony: Graduate Fellows and Award Recipients (Continued)
  7. 7. Professional Development Initiatives
  8. 8. Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Peer Mentoring <ul><li>Objective: To award the first pair of Graduate Peer Mentoring Awards in Fall 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Refresher about Award details: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize the contributions of graduate students to the academic, professional, and personal development of their peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation criteria include sustained excellence in mentoring of graduate or undergraduate students; major impact on mentee scholarship, professional, or personal development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Action items: Timeline, selection committee </li></ul><ul><li>Needs: Confirm availability of $2,000 funding promised for prizes </li></ul>
  9. 9. Professional Development Programming <ul><li>Issue: No cohesive structured professional development program currently exists for graduate students </li></ul><ul><li>Program Should Serve 3 Purposes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educate students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide incentive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide structure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Existing Resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate College Workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Center for Teaching Excellence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership Center </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Potential Ideas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Credit course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certificate program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Development Program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solution: Self-guided Professional Development Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Structured professional development program with flexibility to be individualized to meet students needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a “menu” or “roadmap” of options under specific categories with requirements for completion under direction of consultant or mentor… </li></ul></ul>Professional Development Programming (Continued)
  11. 11. <ul><ul><ul><li>Potential Categories: Teaching, Research Development, Communication and Writing Skills, Career Development, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use existing campus resources with the potential to fill in the gaps with new programs/resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Self-reflection will be an important component </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other potential elements to be included: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Incentives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Small group sessions </li></ul></ul></ul>Professional Development Programming (Continued)
  12. 12. Graduate Environment Initiatives