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Interacting With Faculty


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Interacting With Faculty

  1. 1. Interacting With Faculty Jillian Reading Student Advising Services
  2. 2. Familiar Scenarios… <ul><li>Student in class who asks irrelevant questions during lecture </li></ul><ul><li>Monopolizing professor immediately following class </li></ul><ul><li>Student who asks inordinate amount of questions during lecture </li></ul><ul><li>Students who do not interact with professor at all. Silent. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Should You Interact With Faculty? <ul><li>Letters of recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate research projects </li></ul><ul><li>Guide you on a career path </li></ul><ul><li>Makes large university smaller </li></ul><ul><li>More successful academically </li></ul>
  4. 4. So, How Do You Do It? <ul><li>Discovery Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Office hours & advisement </li></ul><ul><li>Ask thoughtful questions during class </li></ul><ul><li>Start a club; faculty as advisor </li></ul>
  5. 5. Discovery Seminars <ul><li>Ask your academic advisor!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Past topics have included: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Architecture: Design Matters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphic Novels and Comic Books in American Culture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Earn 1 graded course credit </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery Seminar Information Page </li></ul>
  6. 6. Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities <ul><li>Allows you to conduct actual research with a faculty member </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships available for students to conduct original research </li></ul><ul><li>Create mentoring relationship </li></ul><ul><li>CURCA </li></ul>
  7. 7. Office Hours & Advisement <ul><li>Be on time! </li></ul><ul><li>Be alert and engaging </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a friend if you feel shy </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t ask for copies of lecture notes </li></ul><ul><li>Ask offensive questions (e.g., “Did I miss anything important?”, “Are we expected to know this stuff?”) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thoughtful Questions <ul><li>Connect ideas! </li></ul><ul><li>Show that you’ve read material </li></ul><ul><li>Have specific things you want to ask… don’t say “I don’t understand anything.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. What about online interaction? <ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Would your parent/s want to see that photo? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portray yourself as if you were applying for a job, if this is impossible… DO NOT HAVE FACEBOOK INTERACTION! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email/ Instant Messenger </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give ample time for response </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use correct grammar, punctuation, and etiquette </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Protocol for Letters of Recommendation <ul><li>Polite & Professional </li></ul><ul><li>Early! Early! </li></ul><ul><li>Supplemental Information </li></ul><ul><li>Prep forms </li></ul><ul><li>Waive your rights </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>Did you get in? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adapted from D. Richeson, Dept. Math & Computer Science. Dickinson College. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Effective Communication <ul><li>Respect & Value Opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Listen with purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid fidgeting </li></ul><ul><li>Separate person from the task </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize differences </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback and recognition </li></ul>
  12. 12. YOU CAN DO IT! <ul><li>It takes courage and practice to make your interactions worthwhile, but you will reap many benefits from faculty interaction </li></ul><ul><li>If you have questions or would like to discuss this presentation, please contact me at [email_address] </li></ul>