PhD+ STEM Future Faculty

PhD Plus STEM Future Faculty module is designed for all Postdoctoral scientists and STEM PhD candidates in advanced years of training (collectively called ‘trainees) who are interested in faculty careers and independent research careers in universities and research institutes across the United States. We encourage attending level 1 training on assessment and planning for intentional participation in relevant skills training offered in level 2.

STEM Future Faculty

STEM Future Faculty skills series 

The STEM Future Faculty skills series has three levels

Level 1: Assessment & Planning

Level 2: Skills Training: Skills training level has three functional areas

  • 2.1 Independent Research
  • 2.2 Teaching
  • 2.3 Diversity & Inclusion

Level 3: Job Search Series

Level 1 topics set up context for level 2 and level 3. Therefore, attending level 1.0 is essential before attending level 2 and level 3.

SUMMARY OF PILOT IN FALL 2020

In the Fall 2020 pilot, 75 trainees (42 Postdocs, 33 PhD students) participated in this multi-level series. We heard from 3 participants who were on the faculty job market (2 Postdocs and 1 PhD student) that they received multiple job offers in last year’s hiring climate. Read about two of their stories- Jose Garcia-Tirado and Camille Hochheimer

SUMMER 2021 Topics

The second iteration of PhD+ STEM Future Faculty skills series will be offered in Summer 2021, starting July 14. Level 1 topics set up context for level 2 and level 3. Therefore, attending level 1.0 is essential before attending level 2 and level 3. The Level 1 and majority of level 2 of STEM Future Faculty Skills training will be offered online as a bootcamp between July 14 and July 27 at 4 pm - 5 pm.

TOPICS AND SCHEDULE

Level 1

1.1 Career Assessment | July 14 | 4-5 pm

1.2 Community for career assessment | July 15 | 4-5 pm

1.3 Funding Discovery & Career Planning | July 16 | 4-5 pm

Level 2.1: Independent Research

2.11 Research Development: Strategic Thinking | July 20 | 4-5 pm

2.12 Anatomy of a Pitch | July 21 | 4-5 pm

2.13 Research statement | July 22 | 4-5 pm

2.14 Job Talk & Chalk TalkJuly 23 | 4-5 pm

2.15 Lab Startup and finances| July 26 | 4-5 pm

2.16 Managing Lab & mentoring| July 27 | 4-5 pm

Level 2.2 Teaching

2.2 Reflective Teaching Statements | August 17 | 3.30-5 pm

Instructors: Adriana Streifer and Lindsay Wheeler from Center for Teaching Excellence

Level 2.3 DEI

2.31 Intro to diversity statement | asynchronous online | Instructor: Jasmine Crenshaw

2.32 DEI and your research faculty career | August 3 | 4-5 pm | Instructor: Claudia Scholz

2.33 Equitable accessibility of research| August 5 | 4-5 pm Instructor: Sherry Lake

Level 3 Job search

3.1 Job search and building professional community| August 10| 4-5 pm

3.2 Applications: CV and Cover letter | August 11| 4-5 pm

3.3 Interview strategies | August 12| 4-5 pm

3.4  Negotiation strategies | August 13| 4-5 pm

3.5 Job search experience discussion | August 16| 4-5 pm

Instructor: Sonali Majumdar

Registration

Registration is closed for Levels 1 and 2.1.

Register Here for Levels 2.2, 2.3 & Level 3 by August 2. 

Click ON "+" next to each level below to expand details of learning goals & topics.

Level 1: Assessment & Planning

 1. Assessment & Planning

LEARNING GOALS

 In these two sessions, STEM faculty aspirants will learn strategies to

  • Assess their interests, skills and practical considerations

  • Learn about landscape of faculty and research positions that align with their interests

  • Gather data and analyze range and criteria of success of faculty hiring process

  • Build and expand professional community for career research and preparation

  • Integrate career development goals into individual development plan

TOPICS AND SCHEDULE

1.1 Career Assessment | July 14 | 4-5 pm

1.2 Community for career assessment | July 15 | 4-5 pm

1.3 Funding Discovery & Career Planning | July 16 | 4-5 pm

Level 2: Skills Training

2.1 Independent Research

LEARNING GOALS

Each session will provide opportunity to

  • Broaden knowledge of roles and responsibilities of research faculty and principal investigators

  • Apply theories of strategic thinking to develop short-term and long-term research plan, and startup plans and budget

  • Discuss best practices of communicating research through research statements, job talks and chalk talks

  • Provide considerations and best practices of managing, as well as mentoring lab members

TOPICS AND SCHEDULE

2.11 Research Development Strategy | July 20 | 4-5 pm | Instructor: David Touve

2.12 Anatomy of a Pitch | July 21 | 4-5 pm | Instructor: David Touve

2.13 Research statement | July 22 | 4-5 pm | Instructor: Chris Deppmann

2.14 Job Talk & Chalk Talk | July 23 | 4-5 pm | Instructor: Rachel Letteri

2.15 Lab Startup and finances| July 26 | 4-5 pm | Instructors: Rebecca Pompano & Robert Gilliard

2.16 Managing Lab & mentoring| July 27 | 4-5 pm| | Instructor: Sarah Kucenas

2.2 Teaching

LEARNING GOALS

Each session will provide opportunity to

  • Deepen knowledge of inclusive and equitable teaching practices for students with diverse learning needs

  • Commit to applying inclusive and equitable teaching practices in the classroom

  • Explore components of a teaching statement, and be familiar with evaluation rubrics for teaching statements

  • Reflect on inclusive teaching philosophy and communicate through teaching statements

TOPICS AND SCHEDULE

2.2 Reflective Teaching Statements | August 17 | 3.30-5 pm

2.3 Diversity & Inclusion

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Reflect on values, philosophy and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in research and teaching 

  • Develop diversity statement

  • Discuss and review diversity statement

TRAINING STEPS AND SCHEDULE

This module will be a mix of asynchronous learning and synchronous seminars, will involve writing reflections, submitted writing prompts, discussions and review. Follow these steps towards developing a holistic diversity statement.

2.31 Intro to diversity statement | asynchronous online | Instructor: Jasmine Crenshaw

2.32 DEI and your research faculty career | August 3 | 4-5 pm | Instructor: Claudia Scholz

2.33 Equitable accessibility of research| August 5 | 4-5 pm Instructor: Brandon Butler & Sherry Lake

Diversity statement

  1. Writing reflections: Based on writing prompts, reflect and write a first draft of diversity statement.

  2. Discuss and review your diversity statement draft with peers 

  3. Guided by instruction and peer discussion refine and finalize diversity statement

  4. Submit final diversity statement for review by faculty and staff directors of diversity.

Level 3: Job Search Series

TOPICS AND SCHEDULE

3.1 Job search and building professional community| August 10| 4-5 pm

3.2 Applications: CV and Cover letter | August 11| 4-5 pm

3.3 Interview strategies | August 12| 4-5 pm

3.4  Negotiation strategies | August 13| 4-5 pm

3.5 Job search experience discussion | August 16| 4-5 pm

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