Academic Job Panel/Timelines to Graduation, Spring 2012


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Presentation given by Dr. Flores and several successful UTEP doctoral graduates focused on graduating on time, building a strong CV and finding an academic job.

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Academic Job Panel/Timelines to Graduation, Spring 2012

  2. 2. There are timelines and then…
  3. 3. Plan Ahead
  4. 4. Checklist forUTEP Master’s Students Maintain active student status by registering for courses every fall and spring semester Complete all required organized coursework and submit degree plan Thesis Option  Select the Chair and members of your thesis committee  Apply for institutional research protocol approval  Enroll in required thesis hours and complete your thesis research  Successfully complete your defense of your thesis Non-Thesis Option  Complete capstone (project report, scholarly paper, portfolio) requirements Submit required documentation to the Graduate School for completion and graduation
  5. 5. Checklist forUTEP Doctoral Students Maintain active student status by registering for courses every fall and spring semester Submit your signed Milestones Agreement Form to your advisor before the end of your first year Schedule and successfully complete required qualifying exams Complete all required organized coursework Submit your degree plan Select the Chair and members of your dissertation committee Apply for and secure institutional research protocol approval Prepare and successfully present your dissertation proposal Apply for advancement to candidacy Enroll in required dissertation hours and complete your dissertation Successfully complete the defense of your dissertation Submit required documentation to the Graduate School for completion and graduation
  6. 6. RESEARCH Transitioning from “accumulation of knowledge” to “creation of knowledge” The ethics of “access to information”  Protect research subjects  Research protocol approval  IRB  IACUC (animal care and use)
  7. 7. PUENTES PROGRAM Promoting Post baccalaureate opportunities  Doctoral Writing Tutoring  Excellence in Mentoring Lecture Series  Mentoring/Research Planning Workshops  Advising System
  8. 8. Professional EnhancementProgram Will  Other Key Activities continue/expand: for Next Year?  Doctoral Writing Tutoring  Excellence in Mentoring Lecture Series  Mentoring/Research Planning Workshops  CV
  9. 9. Preparing your CV Your Curriculum Vita is not  Research/Scholarship a Resume  Publications (Publish and Degrees Flourish)  Doctoral  Master’s  External Funding  Baccalaureate  Conferences Appointments  Service Accomplishments  External  Research/Scholarship  Institutional  Teaching  Discipline specific Service Teaching  Other  Courses  Continuous Development  Publications  Professional Membership  Honors
  10. 10. CV/Academic Job EXPERTPANEL Marianna Hendricks, MA Dr. Holly Mata Dr. Todd Ruecker Dr. Lucia Dura Dr. David Roberson Dr. Berenice Verdin
  11. 11. Job Materials CV and cover letter/letter of technology skills transmittal in response to the  sample syllabi, assignments, initial job ad assessments, student A dossier of materials which evaluations may include:  dissertation abstract  teaching philosophy  writing sample  documentation of teaching  research statement (especially experience in top-tier schools)  descriptions of courses taught  diversity statement (especially  courses you are prepared to if the institution is committed to teach diversity)  experience with international  awards and certificates and domestic diversity  transcripts (only send official if  professional development in they are specifically requested) teaching and learning  references
  12. 12. Marianna’s CV Building Tips 1. A CV is not a résumé. While a résumé generally portrays you as a skill-set, a CV traces your education and research path. Still, both are directed toward selling you clearly and concisely as a high-quality researcher, teacher, and job candidate. 2. Create a simple, consistent, and visually clear design so that readers can comprehend the information more easily. 3. Have a template CV that includes everything that you continuously update, and create a tailored/targeted CV for each position you apply to. A CV sent to a research-intensive institution would be ordered differently from a teaching-centered one, so structure each one carefully. 4. Get a successful peer or a mentor to look at your CV in connection with your notes, the job ad, or the department’s job description so that they can provide feedback.
  13. 13. Dr. Mata’s Top 7 1. Collaborate with a lot of people from a lot of disciplines - youll learn the ways in which you can contribute, youll be exposed to new ideas, and youll see things from diverse perspectives 2. Seek out diverse role models and mentors - youll learn different things from different people 3. Always pay it forward - make time and take time to mentor others 4. Apply, apply apply! Submit, submit, submit! Apply for scholarships, grants & travel funding; submit your work for presentation & publication
  14. 14. Dr. Mata’s Top 7 (cont.) 5. Participate in research groups and writing groups and attend on-campus forums, lectures, brown bags - the Grad School, ORSP, HHDRC, departments offer great stuff! 6. Disseminate creatively! helps build your CV and gives you more venues - many journals have "Lessons Learned", "Commentary" venues in addition to research articles 7. Do what you love, love what you do - if you dont, change your attitude or change your job!
  15. 15. Dr. Ruecker’s Top 5 1. Maintain a CV from day one in graduate studies, looking at samples from successful graduates and identifying areas where you are doing well and need to develop your own CV. 2. Read as much as you can in your field beyond anything required for classes in order to identify gaps that you can fill with your own work while better understanding how knowledge is produced and disseminated. 3. Actively publish as a graduate student, starting sooner than later. 4. Network with students and faculty from a variety of institutions, forming conference panels with them, soliciting their advice on your writing, and working with them on research projects. 5. Be confident in yourself and your work when engaging in
  16. 16. Dr. Dura’s Top 10 1. Practice talking about my work in a relevant way (on an airplane, in an elevator, to an auditorium full of people, on the phone, on Skype). 2. Cultivate relationships and collegial habits (being present in the moment, writing thank you notes, celebrating others successes, networking at conferences). 3. Look for synergy: dont do anything you cant write about and write about everything you do. 4. Work for the greater good: do what I do best and let others do the rest. 5. Get with a mentor (or mentors) or two whom I could work with on a win-win basis.
  17. 17. Dr. Dura’s Top 10 (cont.) 6. Realize that insecurities are a time drain and invest some time in building self-confidence (every day). 7. Cast a wide net and remind myself that this is not likely to be the last job Ill have: top tier, art schools, post-docs, other academic jobs. 8. Make mistakes and learn self-compassion. Still making them. 9. Learn self-compassion: I am a work in progress. Will always be. 10. Took a mentors advice: if it isnt fun, dont do it.
  18. 18. Dr. Roberson’s Top 5 1. Attend conferences, this is a good way to meet people and build relationships with your colleagues. In some cases you can learn more about your field in a weekend conference than weeks of literature searching. 2. Publish. Publications are what validates your research in your field. It is also a good way to learn to handle rejection. 3. Never be afraid of the unknown. 4. Learn from failures. 5. Do not become too consumed by your research, especially if you have a family.
  19. 19. Dr. Verdin’s Top 6 1. Learn how to manage your time. Find the balance between school, work and other activities. 2. Find the right advisor. An advisor will serve as a mentor as well as a source for technical assistance. 3. Take responsibility for your project. If you just follow directions you will never progress in research. 4. Become part of the Research Community. You can do this by attending conferences, publishing research results, collaborating on joint publications, introducing you to colleagues, and promoting your work. 5. Focus on your ultimate goal and try to enjoy while you are in the process of graduating. 6. You should be going to school because you want to, not because you have to.