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APD Update: Oct 21, 2015

Building Your Skills

"Killing it" in 3 Ways: Using Storytelling, Design and Acting Techniques to Improve Presentations

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 3-5 p.m. | Lindahl Founders Room, 260 Northrop

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Are you a graduate student interested in improving your presentations, whether for a class, a professional conference or your college’s “Three Minute Thesis” competition? Are you – or will you soon be – on the job market, where you will need to communicate your research/scholarly work? This interactive workshop will bring together professionals from storytelling, graphic design, and theatre to introduce you to skills that will help you communicate your research to others in a clear, compelling and effective presentation. Register

Each of the skills presented in this introductory workshop will be covered in more depth in three separate sessions as follows:

Using Graphic Design to Create Effective Presentations: November 17, 3-5 p.m., 101 Walter Library | Register

Telling Your Story: November 20, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | 140 Nolte | Register

Using Theatrical Techniques to Deliver Powerful Presentations: December 1, 2015, 3-5 p.m., Multipurpose Room 2, University Recreation and Wellness Center | Register


Workshop: Creating Homework and Avoiding Busy Work

November 10, 2015, 2:45-4:45 p.m. | Armory 116 or November 12, 2015, 12:30-2:20 p.m. | Mechanical Engineering 108

Presented by Ilene Alexander and Barbara Beers from the Center for Educational Innovation, this workshop will address ways to enhance learning – and teaching – when we rethink “homework” in order to create meaningful, learning-oriented “preparing for class” assignments. We’ll explore strategies you can use before this semester ends, as well as draw on in planning your next course. We'll get you working with practices teachers have used to (1) create authentic, small pre-class and follow up assignments, (2) build on this preparatory work during class sessions, and (3) leverage the assignment to engage students in learning how to learn in a particular discipline. Building from these ideas, the term busy work won’t even cross their minds – or yours. More information


Building Your Career

Exploring Careers in Consulting: Consulting Club Info Session

October 27, 2015, 5-6:30 p.m. | Jackson Hall, 2-137

Interested in a career as a consultant? Many graduate students without a business background don't realize that consulting could be an extremely rewarding career option. Consulting companies are always interested in hiring smart scholars, regardless of their business knowledge. Come to this informational session to learn more about opportunities in this field and how you could prepare for a career in consulting through the Advanced Professional Degree Consulting Club. More information (PDF)


Making the Most of LinkedIn: Free Webinar

October 29, 2015 | 12-1 p.m.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with over 300 million users and growing. Over 250,000 U of M alumni and students are on LinkedIn. Would you like to utilize LinkedIn more effectively for your own professional pursuits? Join LinkedIn user Jon Ruzek to learn best practices during this open hour of questions and answers. Open to any alumni, students, or friends who would find it of interest. A recording will also be posted later off our main webinar page and the Alumni Association's YouTube channel. Register


One-credit seminar for graduate students pursuing faculty careers

Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5p.m., January 20 - April 6, 2016 

If you're a graduate student intent on becoming a faculty member, this 1-credit seminar will provide you an overview of the "industry" you've chosen to go into. How did these places come to be as they are? Who runs them (and what say do the faculty have)? How are they organized? Who or what pays for them? What impact do they have? Should people go to college? Who goes and where and why?  Do academic freedom and tenure matter?  What are some of the contemporary major issues colleges and universities face? Note that this seminar will NOT address the tasks in the daily life of a faculty member; it is not "how to be a faculty member." It is intended to provide the larger context for faculty-members-to-be. Course Name: OLPD 5080, Special Topics


Job Openings

CGS Graduate Student Researcher Position: The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) seeks a qualified graduate student in the field of higher education to serve as a graduate student researcher. Under the supervision of Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigators, the graduate student researcher will support NSF-funded research projects on completion and attrition of underrepresented minorities in STEM doctoral programs (grant #1138814) and on labor market outcomes of STEM master’s programs (grant #1538769). 

Research and Analytics Associate/Manager in Bay Area startup: Integral to the role is your curiosity, deep analytic expertise, and your ability to design, create, implement, synthesize, and communicate quantitative and qualitative research using a variety of data.

Researcher at Oregon Racial Justice Nonprofit: Specific near-term strategic objectives include implementing a community-based participatory research project into the lived realities of communities of color in [County], Oregon.” Application review began October 2; position open until filled

Science and Engineering Research Analyst: Two openings at federally funded government research center in DC area. The Research Analyst will work with Office of Science and Technology Policy, Federal agencies, and inter-agency committees and staff to envision, coordinate, and evaluate national initiatives and policies related to science and technology. Deadline: November 6

Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS) Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Center invites applications for postdoctoral fellowship positions in the broad area of meta-research and related fields relevant to the mission of METRICS. The postdoctoral fellowships are expected to start no sooner than June 2016 and no later than September 2016; one-year appointment. The Center provides a competitive stipend, with the exact level to be determined based on applicant qualifications. METRICS postdoctoral fellows will participate in various aspects of the Center’s research and educational initiatives. Fellows also benefit from Stanford University’s highly innovative and creative research environment which supports discovery and innovation. Deadline: December 4, 2015. For program administration inquiries contact Nelly Elespuru.

For more research positions posted on Versatile PhD, visit https://versatilephd.com/jobs/ (U of M x500 login required)


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