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1 Careers in Academia: Perspectives and Insights from Junior Faculty Bryn Harris, Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver Gina Coffee, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago Jocelyn H. Newton, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Markeda Newell, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Julia Ogg, Ph.D., University of South Florida David Shriberg, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago Friday, February 25 th, 2011

2 Organization of Presentation Perspectives from five junior faculty members Comments from more experienced faculty member moderator throughout Sections: Applying and Interviewing Research Teaching Service Questions?

3 Applying and Interviewing for Academic Positions Jocelyn H. Newton, Ph.D., NCSP University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

4 Finding Jobs Considerations: Post doc or faculty position??? Priorities: Teaching, Scholarship, Service? What type of setting: Ed.S./PhD, online program, size of institution, etc. Resources: APA Monitor, Chronicle of Higher Education, APA newsletters (grad student), NASP trainer listserv, NASP Communiqué, NASP website. Location Dual career familiesAmerican Psychologist.

5 Your Application Curriculum Vita Teaching Portfolio Preprints/Reprints Research Statement Faculty References/Letters FOLLOW UP to make sure it is all there!

6 The Hiring System & Process System: Search and Screen Committees Process: Review of files Email/phone interviews On-campus Interview Your task during the hiring process it to put yourself forward as an autonomous, self-organized, and self- starting individual. Darley & Zanna (2004)

7 Preparing for Interviews Research institution Research program/department Find out about the process and the visit Find out about the job talk Set up travel plans as soon as possible

8 The Interview ~1 ½-2 days Social interactions (meals, tours, etc.) Professional meetings Dean Chair of Dept Search and Screen Committee Interview Other faculty, university staff Job talk(s)

9 Your Job Talk VERY important Could be research AND/OR teaching oriented Get to know your audience Length and structure Use of technology Practice!

10 What should you be prepared to answer? Your position within the broader psychology field Your research agendasummarize in approximately 5 minutes. What will you be able to teach? Be sure to have reviewed the departments website in order to cite specific courses. Others

11 Questions to Ask Department Level: Teaching load, summer teaching, support for teaching, research expectations, research support/materials, research participants, tenure and promotion criteria, consulting policy, quality of students, grad/undergrad involvement, etc. University Level: Salary/raises pattern, moving expenses, sabbatical policy, retirement policy, benefits, etc. Community: Cost of living, spouse employment opportunity, schools/day care.

12 Following the Visit Take care of travel expenses (if needed) Send any materials you promised Settle in to wait… Hearing No Hearing Nothing Getting the Offer

13 You got the offer! Do you really want the job? Before committing, resolve any final questions Contract Start-up funds/materials Juggling multiple offers Accepting the offer FINISH any remaining doctoral work!!!

14 Conducting Scholarly Research Gina Coffee, PhD, Loyola University Chicago Markeda Newell, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

15 Conducting Scholarly Research Overview of Presentation Elements of Successful Research Agenda Creating a Program of Research Collaborating with Colleagues Obtaining Grant Funding Publishing Your Research Strategies to Overcome Research Obstacles

16 Conducting Scholarly Research Creating a Program of Research Using Dissertation Research The Beginning Not The End Publish Your Findings Limitations: A Guide to Future Studies Ask new yet related questions Establishing a New Research Area Collecting Data (the faster the better) Publish conceptual/theoretical papers and/or literature reviews

17 Conducting Scholarly Research Creating a Program of Research General Tips Be sure your research is sound, contributes to the knowledge base, and INTERESTING! Conduct robust studies (e.g., use mixed methods, use multiple data gathering tools, etc.) to gather more data in one study Always write while studies are under review Develop a student research team to help collect and analyze data

18 Conducting Scholarly Research Collaborating with Colleagues Within Your Discipline Your Departmental/School Colleagues Graduate School Colleagues Current/Former Mentors Networking Outside Your Discipline Education-Related Others

19 Conducting Scholarly Research Collaborating with Colleagues General Tips Be proactive! There are people out there who would welcome the opportunity to work with you. Find them! Think outside the box (read: interdisciplinary studies)! Maintain good working relationships with practitioners, researchers, faculty members, community agencies, etc. Numerous possibilities for conducting research together exist, even if its not obvious at first!

20 Conducting Scholarly Research Obtaining Grant Funding Identifying Funding Sources Department School University State Private Organizations (e.g., Spencer Foundation) Federal (e.g., Dept. of Education) Matching Research and Funding Sources Is my research being funded?

21 Conducting Scholarly Research Obtaining Grant Funding General Tips Follow all guidelines of the grant application (Do not deviate!) Attend grant workshops on campus Start with small funding amounts and build Buying out of classes vs. Funding students Use senior scholars to learn about managing grants

22 Conducting Scholarly Research Publishing Your Research Write, Write, Write, Write, WRITE! How much? Approximately 5 in the pipeline. When? Regularly scheduled times. How? However you can! Accountability helps. Submit Journal selection (quality, fit, etc.) Review process Continue writing

23 Conducting Scholarly Research Publishing Your Research General Tips Did I already mention WRITE? Protect your writing time. Resubmissions take priority. Think realistically about the best home for your manuscript. Stay optimistic and make good use reviewers feedback. Consider reviewing for a journal.

24 Teaching Julia Ogg, Ph.D. University of South Florida

25 Teaching Requirements Recent survey on CDSPP listserv suggested the typical load is 2-2 for research active faculty at APA Accredited School Psychology Doctoral Programs 90% had 2-2 load 5% had 3-3 load 5% had 3-2 load Many beginning faculty get a reduced load (1-1) Typically accounts for 40% of assigned faculty role

26 Teaching Philosophy Questions to consider: What are my views of teaching and learning? What are my goals for my students? What methods do you use to achieve your goals/objectives? How do you measure your effectiveness in achieving your objectives? Why is teaching important to you?

27 Good teaching practices Considering Blooms (Revised) Taxonomy Perrys Stages of Intellectual Development Content knowledge Clarity of communication Staying organized

28 Use Teaching Resources on Campus Teaching resource centers Workshops One-on-one guidance Mentoring programs Within and outside of your department Peer consultation & observations Consider your teaching resource center Ask a peer to review your syllabus or class

29 Evaluating your teaching Importance of timely and specific feedback You may need to develop evaluation tools that will help meet your needs The dimensions you evaluate should be driven by your teaching philosophy

30 Tenure Considerations Goals & Accomplishments (teaching narrative & student products) Courses taught Teaching Awards & Distinctions Committees Dissertation Thesis Student Evaluation of Teaching

31 Overlap with Research & Service Service learning projects Writing about teaching practices Bringing your research in as examples Developing research questions

32 Special topics Summer teaching Using technology in your teaching Course management software (e.g., Blackboard, Angel, etc.) Virtual learning environments (e.g., Elluminate Live) Assessment & intervention software (e.g., BOSS software, AIMSweb, etc.)

33 Challenges in Teaching Lack of specific training in this area (Kratochwill, Shernoff & Sanetti, 2004) Understanding how your course fits into the overall program Balancing with other demands (research & service) Student evaluations Preparation for new courses Keeping course up-to-date (Austin, Sorcinelli & McDaniels

34 Service Bryn Harris, Ph.D. University of Colorado Denver

35 Typical Service Requirements for Tenure 1.Impact of University Contribution. Faculty members will engage in services to the program, division, and School and, when appropriate, to the University that contribute to the quality of the University culture, the effectiveness of self- governance, the quality of programs, and the reputation of the school among other units in the University. 2.Professional Recognition. Faculty members will provide services to enhance the profession and bring recognition and distinction to XXXX University. 3.Public Support. Faculty members will provide services to the community that improve educational programs and related services and build support for the School within the community and state.

36 Most Common University Service Organization of service: program area, department, college, and university – typically fulfill service in each area. Examples: Program Improvement/Redesign Course modifications Creating new courses/programs School Specific Committees Diversity committee Student appeals committee Curriculum committee University Committees Student fees committee Campus awards/recognition committee

37 Other Types of Service: University Related Serving on search committees Advising Mentoring students Participating in faculty mentorship programs Letters of recommendation Accreditation reports/data collection

38 Other Types of Service: Community Providing in-services Clinical experiences Volunteering at a school Private practice Supervising graduate students/postdocs Attending trainings Evaluating district policy Serving on state/district committees

39 Other Types of Service: Profession Licenses/professional achievements (psychologist, ABPP) Serving on national committees Reviewing journal articles Organizing conferences/trainings

40 Service - Time Management For research intensive universities, typical service obligation is 20% of your time This averages to one day a week It is easy to do too much service! Tenure comes from teaching and research Find ways to combine service-teaching-research

41 Putting It All Together: Reflections from a Recently Tenured Professor David Shriberg, Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago

42 Putting It All Together Perspective Being a parent and a professor Its not exactly going to work in the salt mines Deans are people too Support Nothing beats a loving and supportive partner and family. I would be nowhere without this. Developing a peer network Seeking mentorship from more experienced faculty Get involved nationally (TSP New Trainers Group, NASP, APA) Value of having friends who are not in academia at all and think Assistant Professor means that you assist a real professor.

43 Putting It All Together Reality University politics- in most cases, better to stay under the radar and just do your job well and play nice in the sandbox Easier to get tenure if youre a white guy like me. Thats not right. White guys need to realize this and work to change this sad reality. Humanity Interactions with Students Interactions with Schools, Families, and Communities Balance Dont get tenure only to find out you have no life.

44 Resources Recommended Books: Advice for new faculty members by Robert Boice How to write a lot by Paul Silva uestions.html uestions.html

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