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APD Update: September 13, 2016

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Translating Career Skills: Describing What You Know and What You Can Do to Land Non-Academic Jobs
September 15, 2016 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Webinar

When making the leap to the non-academic world, selling your skills can be tricky. After years spent working to make what is learned in research labs relevant to professionals in the field, webinar presenter Sara Langworthy will reflect on how job candidates translate not only what they know, but also what they can do, to fit those “real world” job applications. Learn tips for more effectively describing your knowledge and skills, and using online networking tools to land non-academic jobs. Hear from panelists from a variety of backgrounds on their recommendations for making yourself the most marketable. Register

Writing the Cover Letter for the Academic Job Search
September 21, 2016 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library

The cover letter is one of the most important documents in an academic job searcher’s dossier.  This interactive workshop introduces participants to the nuts and bolts of effective cover letters. Participants will review and critique sample letters, considering how what they’ve learned can apply to their own cover letter. They will also consider the ways in which institutional type, specific job characteristics, and their own goals and values impact the organization and content of the cover letter. Register

Academic Job Search Strategies and CV Writing
September 22, 2016 | 3 - 4:30
p.m. | 402 Walter Library 

Beginning an academic job search and moving into the stage of interacting with search committees involve many moving pieces; each comes with its own moments of confusion. The purpose of this workshop is to help you become acquainted with these processes and related practices. We will open with an overview of the job search process across different types of academic institutions, move into a presentation regarding revising CVs for various types of academic positions and, most of all, respond to audience questions regarding academic job search processes within the US context. Register

Graduate School Seminar Series on Collaborative Leadership and Grand Interdisciplinary OpportunityChallenges Research

The Graduate School Seminar Series on collaborative leadership and grand challenges research is intended to help prepare you to get involved in tackling some of the world's most vexing problems, whatever your discipline or career path.

The Innovation Mindset/Design Thinking
September 27, 2016 | 4 - 6 p.m. | 131A Bruininks Hall

Innovation involves seeing connections among seemingly disconnected phenomena, using lateral or design thinking. This abductive form of reasoning complements inductive and deductive reasoning and understanding it is essential to forming a good hypothesis and to doing significant research. This seminar will give participants a sense of the rigorous way in which the creative mind works and how those methods can help us arrive at innovative solutions to grand challenges. More information / Registration

Using the Hogan Management Focus Report to Understand Types of Leadership and Consider Best Fit
October 11, 2016 | 4 - 6 p.m. | 131A Bruininks Hall

Hogan’s Management Focus Report helps individuals think about differing ways to be a leader and understand how their personality characteristics may influence their career. Through discussions in the session and a self-guided development report, the Management Focus provides valuable insights into day-to-day characteristics and core value drivers so participants can leverage strengths, manage challenges, and increase their overall effectiveness in both finding the best career fit and developing strong collaborating skills. More information / Registration

21st Century Academic Careers: Creating Opportunities and Planning for Luck
September 28, 2016 |
3 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library

Academic jobs are not what they used to be! We have all heard how difficult it is to secure an academic position, and how few graduate students are pursuing an academic career path. But there are ways to work to create opportunities. This workshop will explore the context of 21st Century academic jobs and what you can do to increase your chance of getting one. Register

Effective Interviewing for Academic Jobs
September 29, 2016 | 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. |
402 Walter Library

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. Register

Call for Applications: Humanities Without Walls Consortium National Pre-Doctoral Summer Workshop
Applications due: September 30, 2016

The Humanities Without Walls Consortium invites applications for fellowships from pre-doctoral students to participate in a three-week intensive, residential summer workshop for individuals who are working towards a Ph.D. in a humanities discipline, and who are interested in learning about careers outside the academy and/or the tenure-track university system. The summer workshop will instruct students in the various ways they can leverage their skill sets towards the pursuit of careers in the public humanities and the private sector. The IAS will nominate one person for this workshop. Applications are due to the IAS on September 30, 2016. More information

Writing the Teaching Philosophy for the Academic Job Market
October 5, 2016 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library 

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 introduces participants to the elements of effective teaching philosophies as well as an approach for drafting the essay. Register

Improving Oral Communication: Listening Strategies & Fluency Building
October 12, 2016 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library

On a daily basis, graduate students need to demonstrate that they can follow a fast-paced lecture, engage in robust academic discussions, and present information in a clear and concise manner.  These academic opportunities can represent complex and demanding tasks for the second language learner. In this workshop, international graduate students will learn methods for increasing listening comprehension levels and improving spoken fluency rates for use in a variety of academic settings. Register

Preparing for the Campus Visit Interview
October 13, 2016 | 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library

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

Making the Most of LinkedIn: Q&A
October 19, 2016 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Webinar

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, and over 250,000 U of M alumni and students are on LinkedIn. Would you like to utilize LinkedIn more effectively for your own professional purposes? Join LinkedIn super-user Jon Ruzek to learn best practices during this open hour of questions and answers.

Jon Ruzek is the Senior Director of Alumni Networks for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. He connects with the expertise of more than 466,000 alumni and friends worldwide to support alumni and student career aspirations, employment opportunities, virtual networking, corporate outreach, and mentoring programs. Register

Planning Ahead: Mapping the Graduate Student Experience
October 21, 2016 |10 - 11:30 a.m. | 315 Nicholson Hall

What are my roles as a graduate student? How do I make sure I complete my program? What do I want to do with my degree? Through group discussions, we will explore multiple responsibilities of graduate students, possible pitfalls, and proactive approaches to ensure a positive experience, academically, professionally, and personally. This workshop is for first-year international graduate students. Register

Events, Activities

#UMNCareer Chat: Mentors: We All Need Them in Our Lives
September 14, 2016 | 12 p.m.

Many times as students and professionals we seek mentors along our journey. Sometimes it is a formal relationship through a college program and sometimes it is informal through meet-ups and conversations with others who can relate. This interactive chat is for you whether you're in the early stages of seeking a mentor, considering becoming a mentor, or you just want to learn more about why it is important. Learn tips and join in on the Twitter conversation (#UMNCareerChats) about how mentors can help shape your professional path. More information

Writing-to-Learn in Technical Fields: Panel and discussion
September 15, 2016 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. | 1210 Heller Hall

Instructors are often explicit about teaching students the writing conventions of their fields, including organizational strategies, citation practices, and formats. Explicit writing expectations are particularly valuable for students in technical fields where precise terminology; the explanation of methods, materials, and measurements; and drawing effective conclusions all demand particular choices from writers. However, can instructors in technical disciplines use writing in ways that help students master course concepts and content? This panel will feature faculty in technical fields (broadly considered) and the ways they are using writing-to-learn strategies to help students develop in their disciplines. Lunch is provided to registrants. Registration closes 9/14

Versatile PhD Panel Discussion: PhD Careers in Language Translation
September 19 - 23, 2016

Humanities and Social Science Ph.D.s with strong fluency in two languages can find satisfying work as translators. If you are fluent in any two languages, you can probably be a translator. Versatile Ph.D. will host a free AMA-style panel discussion on Ph.D. Careers in Language Translation, Sept. 19-23, 2016. All panelists are Ph.D.s or ABD in humanities or social science disciplines and are currently working as translators in a variety of settings.

To participate, log in with your X500 here: https://apps.grad.umn.edu/secure/Versatile_PhD/. Once you reach the VPhD login page, create a member account if it's your first visit. If you already have an account, sign in as usual. Click on "Forums" and select the Humanities/Social Science Forum.

Postdoc Appreciation Week: Town Hall Discussion
September 19, 2016 | 12 - 2 p.m. 

The Postdoctoral Association will be holding a Town Hall to introduce the PDA: what we do, how postdocs fit into the community at the University of Minnesota, and to hear your questions, concerns, and opinions. We'll review the past year's accomplishments, including: restoring the U-Pass, restoring housing benefits, upcoming changes to overtime rules, traveling to DC to advocate for postdoc rights, changing our position in the University Senate, improvements to mentoring, and much more. Food will be provided. Registration required.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Internships

Call for Applications: Fall 2016 UED Graduate Consulting Internship
Interdisciplinary Opportunity
Deadline: September 19, 2016 | 11 a.m.

While advanced professional degree holders are experts in their fields, the transition between academia and industry can be a daunting challenge. Our consulting internship seeks to bridge that gap by providing advanced professional degree students and holders with practical business experience.  

Work as part of an interdisciplinary team of consultants under the guidance of an Economic Development Fellow. Meet with consulting clients to learn about the challenges they are facing, identify key strategies that can help address them, and provide a set of recommendations to the management of the company that will help them overcome the challenges.  

Applications for volunteer consultants will be accepted from 6 p.m. September 12 through 11 a.m. September 19. More information

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)
Interdisciplinary Opportunity
Program nomination deadline: November 14, 2016 | 12 noon

Application instructions for the 2017-18 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) competition are now available. The IDF provides a unique opportunity for outstanding Ph.D. students whose research is interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes during the fellowship year. More information


Need to Brush Up on Your Basic Math Skills? Online Math Review Resource

Math may not have been a strong part of your undergraduate career, or you may be returning to school after a number of years. The School of Public Health has an Online Math Review meant to help you brush up on math principles and theories to better prepare you for any courses in which you may need to use basic math skills. You do not need to be a Public Health Student to access this online resource!

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

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