News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office - February 11, 2020
Mentoring is a key component of the postdoctoral period. Developing a team of mentors can help you broaden your perspectives, get insights in the job market and deepen your support system. However extending your mentoring network beyond your primary adviser might seem like a challenging task. Attend the workshop “Fostering a Network of Mentors” tomorrow (details below) for practical tips on how to accomplish this.
Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Success and Postdoctoral Affairs
Your Career and Professional Development
Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Noyes, room 217
Mentors play critical roles in your academic and professional development. Graduate students often have mentoring needs that cross different specializations. Come learn how to build a network of mentors who can help you maximize your academic and career goals.
This opportunity is available online.
Thursday, February 13, 4 - 5 p.m., Noyes, room 217
What can you ask for and how do you ask for it? After you receive a job offer, you have a short period of time to evaluate the offer, negotiate and make your decision. In this workshop, you will prepare for the final stage in your job search by recognizing common elements of a job offer, identifying research tools, and prioritizing your preferences. You will learn how to develop a strategy to help you know when and how to negotiate effectively. Can't make it in person? This workshop will be simultaneously broadcast online at https://go.grad.illinois.edu/eventspace. This workshop is part of a series on industry and nonprofit job searches. Check out our calendar for the full listing of workshops.
This opportunity is available online.
Monday, February 17 - Friday, February 21; every day at noon!
Make time for your professional development!
Join us for a series of events dedicated to helping you succeed in grad school and beyond. Hone your Excel skills, map out your next large project, practice intercultural communication, and engage in conversation with grad student leaders. View the full schedule of events online.
Tuesday, February 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Armory, room 428
A well-designed professional ePortfolio is a valuable way to demonstrate your achievements, goals, and beliefs to your prospective or current employer. It can also guide you as you seek out additional experiences to better prepare for your future career or career advancement. Bring your laptop or other device to this interactive workshop where you will begin to create an ePortfolio that effectively shows who you are and what you have accomplished.
Check out more workshops to improve your teaching on the CITL calendar.
Your Research and Teaching
Wednesday, February 12, 10 – 11 a.m., Main Library, room 314
Alison Syring, Assistant Acquisitions Editor, will provide general information about how to approach publishing a scholarly book, including tips for turning a dissertation into a book, selecting a press, approaching an editor, submitting an effective proposal, and navigating peer review.
Wednesdays starting February 12, 11:30 - 1 p.m., Armory, room 428
Come join this learning community by participating in this specially designed seminar series for junior faculty, though all are welcomed to participate. They'll share strategies and best practices for effective and efficient teaching. There will be great conversations, handouts, and lunch!
- Session 1: The Teaching Philosophy Statement for Promotion & Tenure
- Session 2: Effective Team Projects and Student Teams: What, How and Why
- Session 3: "Art of the Lecture Series" - Engaging Students through Active Learning *
- Session 4: Cheating: An Inappropriate Student Response to an Ineffective Learning Environment
- Session 5: "Art of the Lecture Series" - Leveraging Multimedia Instruction *
The Research Data Service is five years old! How useful have we been to your research? What could we change or improve? Let us know with this short (7-question) survey. Your feedback can help us better support research at Illinois. One random participant will receive a Research Data Service gift bag! The survey closes on February 28.
Available until February 20
You are invited to participate in the Survey for Vision Zero for the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. This project focuses on taking a proactive and preventive approach to improve road safety at the Illinois campus. Your responses will be confidential and will be used in aggregate form. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Ray Benekohal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use Google Chrome, Firefox, or Opera web browsers.
Trained accounting students from Gies College of Business will provide free income tax preparation assistance for eligible low-income, elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers. Sessions take place every Tuesday and Thursday, February 18 to April 9, starting at 6 p.m. Appointments are limited and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.