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News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office - January 22, 2019


Are you preparing for a career with a teaching role? The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning offers a range of programs to help support your teaching development. Learn more on their website ( Details about one of their programs is listed below.

Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Success and Postdoctoral Affairs

Your Professional Development
Professional and Career Development Workshop Series

Mark your calendars! This Spring, the Graduate College will offer more than 30 professional and career development events to help you succeed at Illinois and beyond. Our interactive workshops offer information and practice to help you get from where you are to where you want to be. Our Spring 2019 workshop series includes:

  • Preparing for Faculty Interviews
  • Negotiation Strategies
  • Best Practices for Communicating with the Media
  • Managing Difficult Projects
  • Time Management
  • Making the Most of an Academic Conference
  • And more

See the full schedule and learn more online. Can’t make it to campus? Many of our workshops will be simultaneously broadcast online.


Thursday, January 24, 4 - 5 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1027

What is an academic job interview actually like? What’s the difference between a phone interview and a campus interview? What sorts of questions will I be asked? What kind of things do you include in a job talk? In this interactive workshop, you’ll get answers to these questions and more. This workshop will be simultaneously broadcast online at Sponsored by Graduate College Professional and Career Development.

Your Research and Teaching

Spring 2019 Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning begins February 6. Come join a dynamic learning community by participating in this specially designed seminar series for junior faculty (though all faculty are invited to come). The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) will share research-based strategies and best practices for improving student learning and your teaching! Great conversation and handouts provided. Limited seating and registration required. For a flyer of the series, click here.

A New Semester of Savvy Researcher Workshops
Check out this week's Savvy Researcher Workshops:
  • Introduction to Research at the Library: Wednesday, January 23, 1 - 2 p.m., Main Library, room 314
  • Introduction to Data Management: Thursday, January 24, 2 - 3 p.m., Main Library, room 314
Upcoming Opportunities and Events
College of Education Graduate Student Conference

New Deadline: January 28

The submission deadline for the College of Education Graduate Student Conference has been extended. The theme of the conference is The Urgency of Now: A Clear Call to Action. Both in-person and online presentation proposals will be considered. A limited number of travel awards will be made to authors presenting in person based on distance traveled and judged quality of submission. Submissions can be for either works in progress or finished original scholarship.


Toward a Renewed Consciousness for Justice: Racial Justice or Racial "Just Us" among Asian Americans

Thursday, January 31, noon - 1 p.m., Illini Union, room 314A

Tracing the historical evolution of Asian American political engagement in policy debates over racial inequalities and how their efforts have resisted or reinforced systems of white dominance. Dr. Poon will identify and describe the ideological division between notions of racial justice and racial "just us." She will explain how the current attacks on affirmative action offer an opportunity for Asian Americans, and others, to develop a renewed and transformative consciousness for racial justice. She argues that a movement for a new consciousness will require the development of racial literacies.

The College of Education provides rich opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to hear from internationally renowned scholars who address important issues of diversity. To broaden these efforts, the College sponsors the Dean's Diversity Lecture Series, which encourages ongoing introspection on timely issues of equity and diversity.

Good to Know

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is partnering with the Illini Gadget Garage this Spring to offer three Pop-Up Repair Clinics. The Illini Gadget Garage is a collaborative repair center that assists consumers with minor repairs for personally-owned electronics and small appliances. Join us at one of these clinics to learn how to troubleshoot and repair your own small electronics and mobile devices.

  • February 5, 4 - 6:30 p.m., Armory, room 172
  • March 13, 5 - 7:30 p.m., Armory, room 172
  • April 26, 3 - 5:30 p.m., Armory, room 172

Postdoc Post is distributed on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month to current Postdocs at Illinois. Please see our website for submission information

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in Postdoc Post, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.