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Panel discussion presented by Qilin Li and Fred Oswald at the 2011 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 18-20, 2010

Interviews are a grueling process

  • Hard for both interviewee and interviewers
    • Time, energy, interaction, evaluation on both sides
  • Department wants to know if you are right for them
  • You want to know if department is right for you

Short time frame

  • Will interact with a number of people
    • Short, intense period
  • Want to stand out — in a really positive way
  • ALWAYS BE “ON”!!!
    • Even in casual meal sessions, you are being evaluated and judged
    • Do not “let down” at any time during the process

How do you present yourself?

  • Handshake is important first impression
    • Firm, but real (really shake the hand!)
    • Not too firm — may hurt!
  • Your level of interest and information is important
    • Gather information about the department (more later)
    • Gather information about the institution (more later)

The campus visit

  • Most important step in determining whether interview becomes an offer
    • Remember that not everyone you meet will have “studied” your application
  • Allows you to interact with those who will make the offer decision
    • Varies between institutions (full professors, entire department, role of dean/provost)

Before the visit

  • Learn about the institution/department/faculty
    • Web pages are a wonderful resource, including family leave and P&T information
    • Ask colleagues who may know someone there
    • Ask for a copy of the department’s strategic plan (not having one tells you something!), the school or college’s plan, the institution’s plan
  • Agenda for your visit
    • Ask for the agenda a little before your visit
    • Prepare for those people on the agenda, but realize that agendas change, so know something about the entire department
    • If you don’t get the agenda before you arrive, that tells you something!
    • Ask for 30 minutes of preparation before your seminar
    • Ask to meet with graduate students
  • Think about what you will wear
    • Clothes should be comfortable for you (but not too informal) and make you feel like you look good
    • You will be wearing them for the entire day
    • Do not wear clothes that make you look like you are a graduate student or on a date
  • Think about what you will carry with you
    • You’ll be lugging it with you for the entire visit

Talking points

You will want to meet with graduate students to assess the quality of the program.

What happens on the visit?

  • Formal presentations: Exude confidence!
    • Departmental seminar
    • Presentation on your research plans
    • May vary among fields
  • Visits one-on-one with faculty, chair, sometimes dean or provost
    • For these shorter visits, an “elevator” speech that summarizes your work is important
      • Practice this with friends before interviewing
    • Have questions prepared to fill the time

The visit

  • Interview visits are a marathon event
    • Do your homework
      • Research area, role in the department
      • Ask Chair and others about research areas prioritized for the future
    • Ask individuals you see about their teaching, what the courses are and how the students are
      • Ask Chair about anticipated future teaching needs of the Department
  • Ask the same questions, as appropriate, of everyone on your schedule
    • Consistency or lack thereof is information
  • Ask about the promotion and tenure process and criteria
  • Ask about expectations for generating extramural research support and supporting graduate students
  • Ask about the teaching load

Questions & Answers

Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
hi
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