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Preparing Future Faculty Seminar Series

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This seminar series will provide an overview of teaching methods and the fundamentals of the teaching profession through lecture and practicum. It is open to post docs and grad students and leads to a certificate in "Preparing Future Faculty".

First, we will define effective teaching. Based on this initial definition, specific pedagogical techniques will be discussed each week by our guest presenters. Techniques for grading, interacting with students, teaching large classes, active learning, and teaching with technology will be presented by experienced instructors. We will examine the contemporary college/university system and the multiple roles of the faculty member within the university structure. Throughout the seminar series, you will experiment with various pedagogies as you define your own teaching style.

Preparing Future Faculty Seminar Series will include three workshops offered to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at Rensselaer. The workshops will each run once through the year. At the completion of the workshops and teaching practicum, the participant will earn a certificate. Participants are not required to start one workshop before another and may take longer than one year to complete the program in order to be awarded a certificate of completion.

Workshop I

Workshop I: Workshop I on Preparing Future Faculty provides an overview of teaching methods and the fundamentals of the teaching profession along with Learning Outcomes and Assessments. We will define effective and specific pedagogical techniques; as well as techniques for grading, interacting with students, teaching large classes, etc. Workshop will be presented by experienced instructors.

Who can attend: Priority will be given to PhD students post Candidacy and Postdoctoral Fellows. Other graduate students may have an opportunity to participate if space is available. NOTE: pre-reading and homework assignments between sessions are required to be completed by all those participating. See below for the seminar outline and registration form.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015: 12:45 to 4:30pm (Rensselaer Union Rm 3606)
Topic: Statement of Teaching Philosophy/Pedagogical Techniques
Discussions will include defining good teaching and developing a philosophy of teaching and teaching portfolio.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015: 1:00 to 4:45pm (Folsom Library Fischbach Room)
Topic: Learning Outcomes & Assessments
Discussions will include creating course objectives (who are your students and what do they need?) and course assignments and assessments.

Thursday, May 21, 2015: 12:45 to 4:30pm (Folsom Library Fischbach Room)
Learning Outcomes & Assessments (continued) and Wrap-Up/Recap

pdf Preparing Future Faculty - Workshop I - General information & Registration Form (589KB PDF file)

Registration Questions:To receive more details contact Connie Grega, Director of Student Services at the Office of Graduate Education at gregac@rpi.edu.

Workshop II

Workshop II: Workshop II will focus on the Academic Job Search and Interviewing for a Professoriate position. Sessions will be led by faculty from various departments on campus.

Who can attend: Current PhD Students; MS Students on PhD Track; and Rensselaer Postdoctoral Fellows are welcome to register. The seminar is limited to 20 so early registration is encouraged. See below for the seminar outline and registration form. Students did not need to attend Workshop I to attend Workshop II.

Session 1: Academic Interviewing Part I
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Location: Folsom Library Fischbach Room
Time: 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Topics: Preparing the Teaching Portfolio and Research Statements and Academic Interviewing

Session 2: Academic Interviewing Part II
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Location: Folsom Library Fischbach Room
Time: 8:30 am-12:30 pm pm
Topics: Campus Interview; Interviewing Practice; and Panel Review Session

pdf Preparing Future Faculty - Workshop II - General information & Registration Form

Registration Questions:To receive more details contact Connie Grega, Director of Student Services at the Office of Graduate Education at gregac@rpi.edu.

Workshop III

Workshop III: Building Your Research Program; Proposal Writing; and Funding (Two sessions: March 24 and April 7).

Who can attend: Current PhD Students; MS Students on PhD Track; and Rensselaer Postdoctoral Fellows are welcome to register. The seminar is limited to 20 so early registration is encouraged. See attachment for details and registration form.

Session I: Monday, March 24, 2014- 1:15-3:45 PM
Location: Folsom Library Fischbach Room
Topic: Building Your Research Program
Topic: Proposal Writing & Funding
Students will need to submit a one page aims paper and bio-sketch for a funding proposal of their choice by March 31. The assignment will be used during Session 2's breakout session. If you cannot commit to doing this, please register at a future time to allow others the opportunity to have your spot since registrations are limited.

Session II: Monday, April 7, 2014- 12:45-4:00 PM
Location: Folsom Library Fischbach Room
Topic: FUNDING: Discussion of how the system works; what to expect and plan for.
Breakout Session:

Registration Workshop III: Workshop III is open to PhD students; Postdoctoral Fellows: and Master’s students on the PhD track. Students do not need to attend Workshop I or II to attend Workshop III.

pdf Preparing Future Faculty - Workshop III - General information & Registration Form (591KB PDF file)

Registration Questions:To receive more details contact Connie Grega, Director of Student Services at the Office of Graduate Education at gregac@rpi.edu.

Practicum

Anytime after the completion of Workshop I, participants may elect to do a teaching experiential. Criteria; student-teacher experience with Rensselaer faculty member, outside experience at another university, or outreach activity. Proposals may be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education and prior approval required. To receive more details contact Connie Grega, Director of Student Services at the Office of Graduate Education at gregac@rpi.edu.

Additional Details and Programs

At various times during the Academic year, current students will have opportunities to attend various professional development programs.

PDEP is staffed within the Office of Graduate Education at 1516 Peoples Ave on the Troy campus. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Connie Grega, Director of Student Services at the Office of Graduate Education at gregac@rpi.edu.