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This presentation was designed to assist and educate the interviewee regarding campus culture and atmosphere, and was authored by Rebecca Richards-Kortum (BIOE) and Kathleen Matthews (BIOS).

Goals

  • Understand what you want to know
    • What is essential for your success and well-being in your career?
  • Identify the pathway to find the information you need - be proactive and use your resources (e.g., Web)
  • Reassess what is important in the context of reality

Three kinds of institutional support

  • Tangible resources
    • Space, salary, start-up, access to students
  • Institutional policies
    • Graduate study — reviews, support, opportunities to learn outside research
    • Department and university policies
    • Mechanism by which department operates
  • Intangible department support
    • Mentoring, advising
    • Culture, spirit, collegiality
    • Moral support, empathy

Tangibles

  • Space
    • How much do you need?
    • What is reasonable in the institutional context?
  • People
    • What do you need? Graduate stipends? Technical support?
    • What is reasonable in the institutional context?
  • Start up costs
    • What do you need?
    • What is reasonable in the institutional context?

Institution/department policies

  • Graduate student context
    • Stipend, training in speaking/writing, opportunities to present their work and receive feedback
  • Departmental context
    • Opportunities to invite senior faculty in for seminars
    • Mechanisms for effective mentoring (in or outside the department)
  • Institutional context
    • Leave policies (how are these viewed by Department?)
    • Resources for learning
      • Teaching
      • Grant-writing
      • Running a laboratory

Intangibles (may be most important!)

  • Mentoring — what happened to others?
    • Formal/informal
  • Advice on grants/manuscripts
    • Feedback mechanisms and support
  • Advice and feedback on teaching
    • Resources/handouts/exams
  • Positive and supportive climate
    • For whom?
  • Moral support
    • When the grant doesn’t come through…
  • Quality of life in the community
    • Public vs private institution
    • Cost of living
    • Daycare and schools
    • Size of the city/town
    • Job opportunities for a partner/spouse
    • Weather
    • Sports
    • Arts
    • Other interests
    • Other……

Types of environments

  • Supportive (understand what it means to be a junior faculty member)
    • Provide strong mentoring and support for teaching and research
    • Demand service, but do not overwhelm
  • Neutral
    • Don’t help, but not negative
    • Not supportive (“sink or swim”)
    • No support system
  • Critical and sometimes demeaning
    • Demand high levels of service
    • Senior faculty “eat their young” or “favored few”

What do you Want to know?

  • About the department?
    • This is THE MOST IMPORTANT
  • About the School/College/Institution
    • But the overall context matters
  • How do you decide what to explore?
    • Priorities for you may differ from others
    • Think in many dimensions

Thinking about what you want

  • Brainstorming
    • What matters most to you?
    • Why?
    • Are you sure?
    • Can you imagine taking a job that does not fulfill your expectation in this realm?
    • What factors could compensate if this desire is not fulfilled?

Now that you know what you want to know...

  • You don’t want to appear as if culture matters more than science, so...
  • How do you find out this information safely ?

Two examples

  • How is TA support allocated?
    • Ways to ask that get you snowed
    • Ways to ask that get you the real answer
  • Maternity leave policies
    • Unsafe ways to ask
    • Safe ways to ask

How do you ask?

  • Brainstorming
    • What information do you want?
    • How can you think creatively about asking your questions?
    • What if you can’t figure out a way to ask?

What if you end up in a challenging culture?

  • Strategies for coping
    • Identify supporters within the department
    • Identify potential mentors outside the department
    • Say “no” when it seems safe to protect your time
    • Identify the value system and operate, to the degree possible, within that system

Questions?

  • Think before you act
  • Reach out to your mentors for input
  • Reflect on your questions
  • Reflect on the information that you receive

Questions & Answers

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
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
Loga
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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Source:  OpenStax, 2009 nsf advance workshop: negotiating the ideal faculty position. OpenStax CNX. Feb 24, 2010 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11185/1.1
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