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Panel discussion presented by Rob Griffen and Jennifer Rudgers 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

What do you want?

  • Do you want a strong sense of community and mentoring?
  • Do you want to be able to “do your own thing” without much interference?
  • What do you expect in terms of the graduate student community?
  • Do you want a department that values postdocs?
  • Think carefully about what you want and then formulate your process of preparation and interviewing
    • Ask the questions that matter to YOU
    • Engage faculty in the manner that YOU wish to be engaged (but always be polite!)
    • Demonstrate in your interactions the style that you will use as a faculty member

Prioritize your “wants” and know when to ask

Know what is important before your visit

  • Teaching load/teaching assistants – interview
    • Level, size of class, length of assignment
  • Mentoring programs (formal/informal) – interview
    • Ask assistant professors about mentoring received
    • Ask Chair about mentoring policies/procedures
  • Tenure expectations –balance of research/ teaching/service
  • Good work/life balance
  • Department confidentiality

What are your key issues?

  • Location – city central/rural
  • Colleagues in your area or related areas
  • Geographic area
  • Type of institution
    • Research intensive
    • Combined research/teaching
    • Teaching intensive with some research

Ways to get information

Internet

  • Search the department, school/college, institution
  • Look at the faculty pages
  • Look at the HR pages
  • Find community pages
    • Weather, special events, features of the area
  • Look for features of the institution and community that are important to you
  • What is the distribution of faculty in the department?
  • Would you be the only assistant professor?
  • What does that mean?
  • Are others who do research (either in your department or others) related to your own work?

Examine websites for resources

  • What tangible resources are present in your department?
    • Shared equipment, shared computing, etc.
  • Do courses have graduate teaching assistants?
    • You can find out more on an interview
  • What support is provided by the human resources department/division/organization

Policies for the organization

  • Many policies of interest are on-line, both institutional and departmental
  • Almost all institutions have a Human Resources webpage that gives policy information
  • Promotion and Tenure information
    • Also explore feedback before the P&T decision-making process

Talking points

Audience, particularly in interdisciplinary areas, can be quite varied in terms of background. Craft a message that is understood by readers from distinct backgrounds. In fields where research is a team effort, you have to acknowledge your collaborators while differentiating your key and important contributions to your work. Talk with your mentor(s) about strategies for presenting your work in the context of a team effort. Women are often less clear about their accomplishments and less willing to take credit for what they have done. Play to your strengths within your cultural context.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
Ali
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
Google
da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
hey
Giriraj
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
Bhagvanji
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
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
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
in a comparison of the stages of meiosis to the stage of mitosis, which stages are unique to meiosis and which stages have the same event in botg meiosis and mitosis
Leah Reply
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