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APD Update: Sept 23, 2015

Building Your Skills


New Leaders Council 2016 Fellow

Application Deadline: November 1, 2015

New Leaders Council (NLC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that engages a diverse, collaborative national network of progressive entrepreneurs through the NLC Institute, a rigorous six-month training program. NLC is recruiting Fellows from outside traditional power structures and equiping them with the skills necessary to be civic leaders in their communities and workplaces. Fellows commit to one weekend per month for six months, during which each Fellow, along with 15-20 of his or her peers, participates in trainings on topics such as entrepreneurship, advocacy, team-building, and other change-making skills. More information available at http://www.newleaderscouncil.org/nlc_institutes


An Introduction to Team-Based Idea Generation

Friday, October 23, 2015, 10-11:30 a.m. | 101 Walter Library

Presenter: Barry Kudrowitz, Ph.D., Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel (College of Design)

This workshop is a condensed version of a design process. It includes framing a problem, team-based warm-up games, team-based idea generation, idea sorting and selection, and pitching ideas. The participants work in small teams and the activities have supplementary animated slides. The workshop stresses the importance of rapid iteration, quantity of ideas, and collaboration. Register


Teaching with Writing Series

The annual Teaching with Writing series combines discussions, faculty panels, and workshops focused on all aspects of teaching with writing at the University of Minnesota. Faculty, instructors, and graduate teaching assistants will explore contemporary issues related to writingand receive practical advice on methods for offering relevant writing instruction in their disciplines. All events are free, but pre-registration is required.

Teaching with Writing One to One: An interactive workshop
Friday, September 25, 2015, 1-3 p.m. | Bruininks Hall 432A

This interactive workshop will allow faculty who work with student writers in such one to one environments as directed research, senior papers/projects, independent study, and/or office hours, to discuss strategies for coaching the writing process and responding to drafts. 

English in Today’s Research World: A conversation on readings
Friday, October 2, 2015, 9-10:15 a.m. | Nicholson Hall 12

While a shared academic language has its benefits, especially for English speakers, is something lost when scholarship from diverse locations is translated into the dominant language of today’s research world? Articles will be provided to pre-registrants to spark discussion.

Academic Literacies and Multilingual Writers: Panel discussion
Friday, October 16, 2015, 12-1:30 p.m. | Appleby Hall 103

This panel brings together faculty who work with multilingual writers to promote dialogue around the question of how the University of Minnesota might best learn from and teach its populations of multilingual writers.

Are there General Writing Abilities? A conversation on readings
Friday, November 6, 2015, 9-10:15 a.m. | Nicholson Hall 12

Are there such things as general writing abilities that cross disciplinary boundaries? Is it reasonable for us to consider some writing abilities as foundational to others? Articles will be provided to pre-registrants to spark discussion.

Feedback Strategies for Assisting Multilingual Writers: An interactive workshop
Friday, November 20, 2015, 1-3 p.m. | Bruininks Hall 432A

Drawing on student writing samples from a variety of disciplines, Anne Fretheim (Writing Studies) and Dan Emery (Center for Writing) will discuss feedback strategies appropriate for multilingual writers and help faculty learn strategies for promoting revision and effective error feedback.

What Universal Design for Learning Teaches us about Writing: Panel discussion
Friday, December 11, 2015, 12-1:30 p.m. | Appleby Hall 103

Instructors and educational researchers have long developed strategies and technologies to promote educational opportunity for persons with disabilities. Panelists from the Center for Educational Innovation, Office of Equity and Diversity, and the Disability Resource Center will discuss the relationship of UDL to student writing and writing instruction.

Building Your Career


Writing the Teaching Philosophy for the Academic Job Market

October 8, 2015, 3–4:30 p.m. | 101 Walter Library

Presenter: Dr. Bill Rozaitis, Center for Educational Innovation

The teaching philosophy is an essay that every future faculty member should have. It is commonly requested during the academic job search and is a key document in the dossier for promotion and tenure. It’s also difficult to write, and many graduate students/postdocs don’t know where to begin. This interactive workshop takes participants step-by-step through the process of drafting a teaching philosophy. Register


Effective Interviewing for Academic Jobs 

October 20, 2015, 2:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Walter Library

Presenter: Dr. Paul Ching, Center for Educational Innovation

This workshop is for graduate students and postdocs who will be interviewing for faculty positions. The presentation will cover pre-interview preparation, making a great first impression, effective responses to typical interview questions, questions to ask of the interviewer, and memorable closure.  Participants will also have the opportunity to practice their interviewing skills.
 
This workshop will focus on the early round interviews (e.g., phone, skype, or conference interviews); those interested in learning about final round interviews (e.g., the campus visit) should attend the workshop on 10/29.  While some of the same content will be covered in both workshops, participants are free to sign up for one or both workshops. Register

Preparing for the Campus Visit Interview

October 29, 2015, 2:30–4:30 p.m. | Jackson Hall 2-137

Presenter: Dr. Paul Ching, Center for Educational Innovation

  • “Is the water glass on my right or left side?”
  • “I’m meeting with the Dean…What do I talk about?”
  • “I’m really worried about the question/answer period at the end of my job talk. What should I do?”

The answer to these questions and more will be addressed in this workshop.  To prepare you for this all-important interview, we’ll discuss everything from the itinerary that you initially receive to your final meeting with the search committee, and everything in between.  While some content from the Interviewing Workshop will be reviewed in this campus visit workshop, we will be focusing on the unique aspects of the campus visit such as the meal with the search committee, the teaching demonstration and the job talk. Register


Data Science Fellowship

January 4, 2016 - February 26, 2016

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares Masters, Ph.D.s, and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for fellows and supported by sponsorships from dozens of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship. Anyone within one year of graduating from a masters or Ph.D. program or who has already obtained a masters or Ph.D. is welcome to apply. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session. For additional information, checkout our blog, Venture Beat article, or Harvard Business Review piece.