Professional Development Resources

1. The Academic Landscape

2. Geography within the Discipline

3. “Soft” Skills”

4. Preparing Proposals for Grant Funding

5. Publishing: Writing and Submission

6. Publishing: The Review Process

7. Making Presentations

8. Attending Professional Conferences

9. Writing a CV and Developing a Web Site

10. Careers and Securing a Job

11. Ethics and Politics

12. General References

13. Teaching


 

1. The Academic Landscape

 

Nellis, D.M. and S.M. Roberts.  2009. Developing collegial relationships in a department and in a discipline (Chapter 3).  In: Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty. M. Solem, K. Foote, and J. Monk, eds. Pearson, Prentice Hall, NJ.

 


2. Geography within the Discipline

Organizations, URLs, and Links


 

3. "Soft" Skills

 

Teamwork

Bennet, L.M., H. Gadlin, and S. Levine-Finley. 2010.  Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide.  National Institutes of Health, 79 pp.   READ Chapters on: Starting to Think About Team Science (pp 1-3) and Challenges (pp 57-63).

Monk. J.,  P. Manning, and C. Denman. 2003. Working together: feminist perspectives on collaborative research and action.  ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 2(1) 91-106.  See especially pp. 91 (abstract),  94-96, and 102-104.

ZumBrunnen, C. and S-M. Cheong. 2009.  “Working Across Disciplinary Boundaries”  In: Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty. M. Solem, K. Foote, and J. Monk, eds. Pearson, Prentice Hall, NJ.  In particular, see pp. 190-195 and 199-200.

Communication

10 Tips for Handling Inquiries, Interviews (Excerpt from the August 2010 issue of Principal Investigator Advisor)

Dabelko, G.D. 2005. Speaking their language: how to communicate better with policymakers and opinion shapers – and why academics should bother in the first place. International Environmental Agreements 5, 381-386.

Graf, W.  1998. How geographers can connect with policy makers. In: Presidential Musings from the Meridian.  M. D. Nellis, J. Monk, and S.L. Cutter, eds. 2005, West Virginia University Press.

Monk, J. Choreographing a different dance: placing research in the public arena. GeoJournal 65, 249–261
DOI 10.1007/s10708-006-0020-2

Time Management

Foote, K. 2009. Time management. In: Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty. M. Solem, K. Foote, and J. Monk, eds. Pearson, Prentice Hall, NJ. pp. 5-15.

Other Reading and Resources

Reddy, C. 2011.  When science and the media mix. Science, 10.1126/science.1205172

Revkin, A. 2010. Into the breach: guest editorial.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8: 283.

 


 

4. Preparing Proposals for Grant Funding

 
Helpful proposal writing overview (word doc)

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) proposal guidelines

Samples of  successful DDRI proposals

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Application Support (includes information sessions, feedback, example applications)

Proposal writing tips

Monk, J. and R. Bedford. 2010.  Writing a compelling research proposal.  In: Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (Iain Hay, editor). Oxford University Press, pp.  314-332.

Solis, P. 2009. Preparing competitive research grant proposals.  In: Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty. M. Solem, K. Foote, and J. Monk, eds. Pearson, Prentice Hall, NJ. pp. 139-166.

Examples of successful proposals from SGD grads (DDRI and EPA Star):

Cline
Decker
Garmany
Griffin
Hauserman
Meehan
 


 

5. Publishing: Writing and Submission

Publishing Tips (from Ian Shaw)

Journals

ISI Web of Knowledge, Journal Citation Reports (Impact Factors and more)

Guides for Authors

Journals have guides for authors with information specific to that journal; for example, see AAG Publications

Elsevier : Publishing process, finding a journal, preparing and submitting your paper (some of this is specific to Elsevier, but some general guidelines also)

Responsibilities of Authors and Co-Authors

Steneck, N.R. 2004. Chapter 9. Authorship and publication. In: Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research, pp. 130-145.

Graf, W. 1999. Fakery in the publications game. In: Presidential Musings from the Meridian.  M. D. Nellis, J. Monk, and S.L. Cutter, eds. 2005, West Virginia University Press.

 


6. Publishing: The Review Process

 
Peer Reviewing

Nicholas, K.A. and W. Gordon. 2011. Quick Guide to Writing a Solid Peer Review Eos, 92, July 12, 2011.

A Publishing Guide for Geographers: Good Practice in Refereeing

Steneck, N.R. 2004. Chapter 10. Peer review. In: Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research, pp. 147-157.

Ware, M. 2008. Peer review: benefits, perceptions, and alternatives. Publishing Research Consortium, www.publishingresearch.net, 22 pp.

 


 

7. Making Presentations

Mayden, S. Five Traits of Highly Effective Posters.

Reynolds, Garr. Presentation Zen: How to Design and Deliver Presentations Like a Pro
 

 


 

8. Attending Professional Conferences

Vaillancourt, A,M. 2011. Making the Most of Professional Conferences. The Chronicle of Higher Education, chronicle.com.blog
 

 


 

9. Writing a CV and Developing a Web Site

CVs and Resumes

Overview of CV vs Resumes

Creating and maintaining your CV. The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 14, 2010.

Heiberger, M.M, and J.M. Vick. 2002. Am I My Vita? The Chronicle of Higher Education: Manage Your Career, November 8, 2002.

Hieberger, M.M. and J.M. Vick. 2004. The Academic Search Handbook. Chapter 10 (Vitas), and Chapter 12 (Web sites) University of Pennsylvania Press.

Purdue Online Writing Lab: Writing the Curriculum Vitae

University of California, Berkeley Career Center: CV, Parts 1 and 2.

Vick, J.M. and J. S. Furlong. 2010. The CV Doctor Returns – 2010. The Chronicle of Higher Education: Manage Your Career, November 4, 2010.  With links to related content (before and after CVs, prior columns)

Grad CVs: Sample #1 and Sample #2

Web sites

Tutorial for setting up your academic web site

Instructions for uploading your web pages using a U-Systems Account


 

10. Careers and Securing a Job

The Chronicle of Higher Education web page, Manage Your Career has many useful articles.

AAG Career Planning for Geographers tip sheet

The Repurposed PhD: New York Times article on alternative futures

There is life after academia, Nature editorial, September 4, 2014, vol 513, P. 5.

POST DOCS

Postdoctoral Fellowships --What, Why and How

Postdoc Advancement: Marketing Your Value

ACADEMIC CAREERS:

Michael Solem, Kenneth Foote, and Janice Monk (eds). Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty. Pearson/Prentice Hall and Association of American Geographers. Upper Saddle River NJ. 2009. 

Julia Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong. The Academic Job Search Handbook, 4th ed. Philadelphia, University of  Pennsylvania Press, 2008.  (or earlier editions by Mary Morris Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick ).

ACADEMIC JOB POSTINGS:

Association of America Geographers, Jobs and Careers, and  Jobs in Geography (must be a member, and have username, password)

The Chronicle of Higher Education Jobs Search

AcademicKeys - Higher Ed Job Site for Academics
Lists faculty openings, senior administrative positions, post-doc opportunities and links to more positions in higher education.

    Main link: http://www.academickeys.com/
    How to find a job: http://www.academickeys.com/all/landing_seeker.php

NON-ACADEMIC JOBS:

Solem, M., K. Foote, and J. Monk, 2013. Practicing Geography. Pearson, Prentice Hall, NJ. pp. 187-197.

Environmental Career Opportunities Job Search

International Development Jobs; Aidboard

Non profit organizations of interest to geographers

The Versatile PhD  Join The Versatile PhD community to get first-hand advice about nonacademic careers for humanities & social science PhDs. Membership is free, confidential and open to anyone.  (An institutional membership includes additional information, but the UA is not a current subscriber)

The Chronicle of Higher Education, More Universities Break the Taboo and Talk to Ph.D.'s About Jobs Outside Academe

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Hieberger, M.M. and J.M. Vick. 2004. The Academic Search Handbook. Chapter 3 (Timetable for your search), Chapter 4 (When and where to apply) , Chapter 5 (Advisors and networks), and Chapter 7 (Letters of recommendation). University of Pennsylvania Press.

Hieberger, M.M. and J.M. Vick. 2004. The Academic Search Handbook. Chapter 10 (Vitas). University of Pennsylvania Press.

Identifying and Applying for Academic Positions in Geography: Guidelines and Considerations from JP Jones.

Johnson, Mary D.  2004. Advice from Your Peers. The Chronicle of Higher Eduction, Manage Your Career.

Montell, Gabriela. 2003. How to Write a Statement of Teaching Philosophy.  The Chronicle of Higher Eduction, Manage Your Career.

4 Steps to a memorable teaching philosophy. The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29, 2010.

Tips for decoding job advertisements

INTERVIEWING:

How to Prepare for Academic Interviews - Websites, UA Career Services

Interview Skills, UA Career Services

Sample Candidate Campus Visit Evaluation

Johnson, Mary D. 2004. The Academic Job Interview Revisited. The Chronicle of Higher Eduction, Manage Your Career.

The Academic Interview, University of Minnesota Center for Teaching and Learning

       Also: Common Interview Questions and a Sample Interview Schedule

Notes on Telephone Interviews, Telephone Interview Questions 1 and 2
 


 

11. Ethics and Politics

AAG Statement on Professional Ethics

Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, 2009. On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research, Third Edition. The National Academies Press, Washington DC.  Free PDF available online from National Academies Press.

Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations

Graf, W. 1999. Fakery in the publications game. In: Presidential Musings from the Meridian.  M. D. Nellis, J. Monk, and S.L. Cutter, eds. 2005, West Virginia University Press.

Harvey, F. 2013. Chapter 15. Practical ethics for professional geographers. In: Practicing Geography. M. Solem, K. Foote, and J. Monk, eds. Pearson, Prentice Hall, NJ. pp. 187-197.

Hay, I. and M. Israel. 2009. Chapter 12: Private people, secret places: ethical research in practice.  In: Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty. M. Solem, K. Foote, and J. Monk, eds. Pearson, Prentice Hall, NJ. pp. 167-178.

Ketchum,  J. 2009. Chapter 9: Ethical teaching in practice.   In: Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty. M. Solem, K. Foote, and J. Monk, eds. Pearson, Prentice Hall, NJ. pp. 112-120.

 


 

12. General References

Christopher, S.A. 2011. Navigating Graduate School and Beyond. American Geophysical Union, Washington DC, 157 pp. Available through http://www.agu.org/pubs/books/  (Connie Woodhouse also has a copy you can borrow)   

 

13. Teaching Resources

 

  • The Office of Digital Learning maintains a suite of tools available for all faculty and graduate student instructors:  http://odltools.arizona.edu

 

  • Katie Hirschboeck’s Teaching Logistics page (partially updated and she’s working on the rest):

http://www.ltrr.arizona.edu/kkh/teaching_logistics.htm

Incredibly comprehensive web site on teaching at the UA.  FAQs on everything including academic policies, student issues, teaching evaluation and portfolios.

 

Original course: Preparing Future Faculty: College Teaching. Syllabus with assignments, but updated now with lots of pdfs and outside links, as well as internal, where relevant.

 

 

  • Inquiry-Based Learning Resources

The Sheffield Companion to Inquiry-based learning. https://www.shef.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.122757!/file/Sheffield_IBL_Companion.pdf

IBL Planner

https://www.shef.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.122759!/file/IBLPlanner.pdf

More on IBL at the University of Sheffield:

https://www.shef.ac.uk/ibl/whatis

https://www.shef.ac.uk/ibl/cilass/publications

 

Enquiry-based learning: a resource for higher education (University of Surrey)

https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/system/files/4747_0.pdf

 

Inquiry and Discovery-based Projects Within Introductory Courses (Carleton College)

http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/undergraduate_research/intro.html