Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Synthesist: May 12, 2015


Graduate & Professional Education Spotlight

Justin SmallJustin Small: Understanding the Literacy Gap in Deaf Students

Justin Small remembers high school counselors telling him to focus on learning skilled trades instead of pursuing higher education at a university. They assumed that Small – who is deaf – would end up in a trade job, exemplifying the potentially harmful impacts that teachers with fixed mindsets might have on students. Now a doctoral student at the U of M - Duluth Education and Learning program, Small is exploring whether teachers' implicit theories of intelligence affect how deaf students learn. Read more about Small's research >

Matt Luttig: A Surprising Response to Rising Income Inequality in America

In a careful analysis published in Public Opinion Quarterly, political science Ph.D. student Matt Luttig found, quite paradoxically, that rising income inequality has produced a conservative turn in American public opinion; that is, greater opposition to income redistribution. Luttig's research has been discussed extensively in leading media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, and The New Yorker. Luttig is a 2014-2015 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow.

Academic & Professional Development Resources

Success Beyond the Ivory TowerSuccess Beyond the Ivory Tower: Preparing Ph.D.s for Careers Outside Academia

Professional development programs play a critical role in helping graduate students think beyond a tenure-track faculty position as the ultimate goal, expanding their search to industry, government and nonprofit career opportunities, and preparing them for the needs of today’s marketplace. Learn more about the increased focus on non-academic career options for graduate students and how universities are responding.

Broadening Career Options for U of M Grad Students: 2015 Graduate & Professional Education Assembly Recap

Students, faculty and staff explored the topic of broadening career options for graduate students at the annual Graduate and Professional Education Assembly in April. Council of Graduate Schools President Suzanne Ortega gave the key note address, followed by an introduction from Provost Karen Hanson and a lively panel discussion with members from industry and academia. View highlights from the assembly in this 30-minute video >

Think of Us as Your Paid Research Assistant!

Working on research this summer? Thesis? Dissertation? Writing a grant? Planning a course? The University Libraries staff and librarians are here to help with a ton of resources and services. Set up a consultation, learn tools to increase your productivity, attend a workshop and more.

Acara Global Venture Design: What Impact Will You Make?

The University of Minnesota's provost office is introducing a new designator in fall 2015: "GCC," the Grand Challenge Curriculum. The main Acara class, previously listed as CEGE5571 will be offered as GCC5005 in Fall 2015. The class is open to undergrad and grad students. Addressing many of the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges requires not only an idea, but a plan to establish a scalable solution. In this project-based course, multidisciplinary teams design venture solutions to global grand challenges related to environment, health and development. Register via the UMN course registration page under GCC 5005. Additional details: http://acara.environment.umn.edu/courses/ce5571/. Questions? Email Brian Bell.

Teaching Courses from Preparing Future Faculty

GRAD 8101: Teaching in Higher Education: Are you interested in learning more about the principles and practices of teaching in preparation for a faculty career? This course is designed to help graduate students and post-doctoral fellows become responsive and reflective teachers. Three sections of GRAD 8101 are being offered, and there are still seats available for fall. Learn more >

GRAD 8200: Teaching for Learning (1 credit, online): For graduate students who want to gain skills in teaching but who don’t have time to take a full semester course, we are offering a one credit online course during fall semester 2015. “Teaching for Learning” covers the theory and practice of teaching in higher education. The time required to complete the one-credit course is approximately 3 hours per week. The course unfolds through scenarios depicting the realities of teaching. Topics include planning a class, making discussions work, dealing with cheating, responding to student assignments, grading, writing teaching philosophies and syllabi, and more. More information >

To register for either of these courses, visit the Student OneStop registration page and follow the MyU Academics link.When you reach the Course Search page, enter “grad” in the subject field, then scroll to the bottom of the page for GRAD 8101 and GRAD 8200 offerings. 

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Photo of Marc Gunther by Stuart Isett/Fortune Brainstorm Green Public Talk: What is the Media’s Role in Addressing Environmental Challenges?

The Institute on the Environment’s Ensia magazine is excited to host veteran business and sustainability journalist Marc Gunther for this conversation-style event. Gunther is editor at large of Guardian Sustainable Business US and a contributor at Fortune, Ensia and other leading publications. A skilled speaker, Gunther has appeared before corporate audiences and at numerous conferences and is the past creator and co-chair of Brainstorm Green, Fortune’s conference on business and the environment. May 20, 2015 | 2 - 3 p.m. | Lindahl Founders Room at Northrop Auditorium. More information >

Preparing Future Faculty Retreat

Graduate students are invited to the Preparing Future Faculty Retreat. The $10 registration fee includes workshop materials and light refreshments. May 21, 2015 | 12 - 4:45 p.m. | Bruininks Hall. Register and learn more >

Trends, Tools, Reports & Best Practices

GradSense Launches Budget Calculator

The Council of Graduate Schools has developed new resources for GradSense.org, a website helping graduate and undergraduate students make wise financial decisions that support their long-term interests. A newly created budget calculator will allow students to view possible budgeting scenarios by entering their available funds and expenses to receive a picture of where they stand financially. A new cost of living section provides helpful advice on budgeting and planning. CGS encourages institutions to promote GradSense to students and to provide feedback and ideas for further site enhancements.