Virtual Coffee Shop: An Online Writing Community for Grad Students & Postdocs
May 1, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020 | Online with OPD!
Are you missing accountability and support for your academic writing? OPD is launching a "Virtual Coffee Shop," an online space to regularly connect with others about their writing. We'll have space to set weekly goals, do pomodoros together, connect in small stage-based groups, and share fun stuff. This community is open to UMass graduate students and post docs working on any part of writing and research. After you preregister for the “Virtual Coffee Shop,” you will be emailed all of the information.
Academic Hiring Freeze: The Emotional Journey
Jul 2, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Online with OPD!
“Next year’s [faculty] hiring cycle could be nonexistent.” Often the hardest part of considering leaving the faculty track for an alt-ac job is the emotions surrounding your career options, especially when faced with a catastrophic faculty job market that is completely out of your control. This workshop will help you articulate (and validate) the emotions you are feeling and help you make a plan to move forward.
Fostering an Inclusive Community in the Online Classroom
Jul 8, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm | Online with OPD!
When you're not meeting face-to-face, how do you get to know your students, and encourage them to get to know each other and feel part of a learning community? Students often face barriers to belonging and participation in an in-person classroom - how do these play out in the online space? How can you account for unequal access to technology? This workshop will give you some ideas for creating an inclusive and accessible online class. Co-sponsored by CIRTL@UMass.
Diversity Statements for the Academic Job Market
Jul 8, 2020 | 10:30pm - Jul 9, 2020 | 12:00am | Online with OPD!
If you are applying to faculty jobs, you are likely going to be asked to submit a diversity statement. This workshop will help you get started writing (or revising): we’ll discuss the two things that every statement should include, as well as tips and examples!
Convincing Funders that Your Work Matters
Jul 13, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Online with OPD!
A critical component of any funding application is communicating the contribution that your work will make to academia and society. Using NSF’s Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts as our guide, we will brainstorm strategies to communicate the significance of your work to diverse audiences in any type of funding proposal.
How to Engage Students and Motivate Them to Learn Online
Jul 14, 2020 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm | Online with OPD!
During an in-person class, you might use group work, multimedia, and various activities to engage your students in the content. But when we teach online, how do we create the same interactive environment that inspires students to learn? Whether you are teaching a discussion section or a whole course, this workshop will give you strategies to use in your online teaching. Co-sponsored by CIRTL@UMass.
Career Conversations: Helping the Department of Energy (DOE) Communicate Science
Jul 15, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Online with OPD!
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) receives guidance from Congress about research goals and budgets and uses this information to design and administer funding programs. In this session, Dr. Christie L.C. Ellis, UMass alum and current ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow, will talk about her science communication role at the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, where she is helping her office communicate about the research they fund and helping the researchers communicate their science. Co-sponsored by TRI SCI.
Academic Hiring Freeze: What Else Can I Do?
Jul 16, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:00pm | Online with OPD!
“Next year’s [faculty] hiring cycle could be nonexistent.” As you have been preparing (for years!) to become a faculty member, it might be overwhelming to think about other career paths. You might feel simultaneously over-qualified and under-qualified for everything. This workshop will give you concrete steps to start the self-assessment and career exploration that you need to figure out what comes next.
Funding Search Strategies for International Students & Postdocs
Jul 16, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Online with OPD!
Many external grants and fellowships are restricted to US citizens or permanent residents, posing a challenge for international graduate students and postdocs. This session is geared towards international graduate students in research-based programs and postdocs to share search tools you can use remotely and strategies to effectively use these tools to find relevant funding opportunities. Co-sponsored by the International Programs Office and the Graduate Student Senate.
Writing Competitive Personal Statements
Jul 20, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Online with OPD!
What do fellowship reviewers want to learn from personal statements? How do personal statements differ from, and complement, research proposals? And what’s too personal? This session will help demystify the personal statement and provide tips from framing, writing, and revising a winning essay.
Assess Your Students’ Learning and the Effectiveness of Your Online Teaching
Jul 22, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm | Online with OPD!
Assess Your Students’ Learning and the Effectiveness of Your Online Teaching
In any class, you want to know if your students are learning. This is particularly important if you are teaching online (perhaps for the first time)! In this workshop, we’ll discuss ways you can offer feedback to your students and assess if you are meeting your teaching goals. Co-sponsored by CIRTL@UMass.
Teaching Statements for the Academic Job Market
Jul 23, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:00pm | Online with OPD!
How do you talk about teaching on the faculty job market? What are search committees looking for? How can you stand out? In this workshop, you will draft language about teaching that is suitable for all facets of the faculty application, including the teaching statement, cover letter, and in interviews.
Asking for Grant or Fellowship Letters of Recommendation
Jul 30, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Online with OPD!
Letters of recommendation are a critical part of grant or fellowship application, as letters can reveal qualities that don’t show up on transcripts or in application essays. This session will help you strategize how to choose letter writers and provide tips on when and how to ask for letters (spoiler: ask early!).
Research Statements for the Academic Job Market
Jul 31, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:00pm | Online with OPD!
How can you make your research stand out among a sea of applications? Participants will draft language about their research that can be used in all facets of the faculty application, including the research statement, cover letter, and in interviews.
Academic Hiring Freeze: Now Who Can Help Me?
Aug 6, 2020 | 10:45am - 12:00pm | Online with OPD!
“Next year’s [faculty] hiring cycle could be nonexistent.” When your time in graduate school does not end in a faculty position, it can feel like you are all alone; your advisor, peers, or department might be supportive, but lack the practical advice that you need. How can you build a new community of support from home? Who will be your recommenders? This workshop will focus on all the kinds of people that you can reach out to and you will leave with concrete suggestions for expanding your community.
How to Demonstrate “Fit” on the Academic Job Market
Aug 12, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:00pm | Online with OPD!
As you read the job ads for an “Assistant Professor,” you are faced with interpreting vague job descriptions and scrolling through college websites in hopes of finding something to help your application stand out from the pack. Learn to tailor your application in this workshop! We will look at how certain words in job ads carry important information and how these minor differences should change your application.