Archive for July, 2012

Intel Company Spotlight

Posted on July 31, 2012 in Career Center

Intel is a leader in technology innovation.  Since its start in 1968, Intel has grown to be a worldwide leader in computing.  Currently Intel employs 82,500 employees with 55% living within the US.   The research conducted at Intel covers a range of topics including efficient computing, immersive experience, transportation, intelligent connectivity, worry-free computing, sustainability, cloud computing and visual computing.  Ranked 46 on FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 “Best Companies to Work For”, Intel has many opening for graduate students.  While Intel does hire many engineers and individuals to work in software, there are also openings in corporate services, finance, human resources, information technology, legal and corporate affairs, sales and marketing, manufacturing, and materials, planning and purchasing.  Check out the job openings today to see how you can fit into Intel.

The Graduate Career Program Blog is Moving!

Posted on July 31, 2012 in Career Center

In an effort to limit the number of locations followers of the Graduate Career Program blog have to monitor in order to keep up with the resources and events going on at Notre Dame, the Career blog will now only post on the Graduate School Professional Development blog. The topics we will cover and the biweekly schedule of company spotlights will continue to be the same.  By joining with the Professional Development blog, blog followers will easily find Career related material as well as the other Professional Development topics of research, teaching, and ethics in one place.  Our goal is to make things more streamlined for our followers while at the same time provide a wide range of resources for Graduate Students.

7 Tips for Succeeding as a New Teaching Assistant

Posted on July 26, 2012 in Kaneb Center

As a new TA, you may be wondering how to excel in your new role at Notre Dame. Who better to offer advice than Carrie Rodak (Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences) and Laura Taylor (Psychology and Peace Studies), two TAs with extensive experience who are also serving as Graduate Associates at the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. Below are their seven tips for a successful start to the semester.

1. Meet with the faculty organizing the course to discuss what is and is not your responsibility as a TA – these expectations will vary significantly between colleges, departments, and faculty.

2. Establish expectations, particularly around grading: Meet with the professor, and any other TAs, early on to establish plans for grading, share rubrics, and/or discuss what happens if students contest grades.

3. Make a game plan and set aside time for your TA duties – this is especially useful if you are paired with other TAs. If you know you’ll be grading homework that’s due every Thursday, set a time every week to complete that task (for example, Friday 1-3pm). If you’re running a discussion section and you need to prepare ahead of time, outline that time in your schedule. Setting these blocks of time in your schedule will promote a routine to help you successfully fulfill your duties as a TA, student, and researcher.

4. Attend the first class—even if you aren’t required. This is a rookie mistake frequently made by TAs who are only responsible for grading and office hours and end up sad because no one comes to their office hours. Students are much more likely to use your office hours and ask for help when needed if they know who you are! Introduce yourself and show them you aren’t some scary robot grad student. For example, one undergraduate student told Carrie, “I’m so happy that you are a ‘normal person’” – undergraduates can have some silly misconceptions of graduate students so address that by introducing yourself on the first day. This will make you much more approachable while demonstrating that you care about their education.

5. Lead a lecture: Ask for a copy of the syllabus in advance, review the topics, and schedule a meeting with the professor to discuss the possibility of leading a lecture or facilitating an activity for the class.

6. Seek student feedback: Even if you get formal Course Instructor Feedback (CIF) reports for the course, prepare a short questionnaire (see Kaneb Early-Semester Feedback Workshop) and ask students to provide feedback that you can incorporate into your teaching portfolio.

7. Attend a departmental orientation session or the university-wide Preparing to TA at Notre Dame orientation session offered by the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning.

Stay tuned for more from Carrie and Laura as they contribute additional blog posts and lead workshops for TAs throughout the fall semester!

Do You Know How to Get Past No?

Posted on July 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

To start preparations for a workshop on conflict resolution and negotiation, the Graduate School Professional Development Team recently read William Ury’s book “Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations.”  The book outlines different strategies that are helpful when entering a situation with the potential for negotiations. One excerpt from the book that resonated with the team was a story about the importance of preparation and evaluation. This is a key point that would be helpful for students or anyone in general, to use when dealing with negotiations.

Referring to a diplomat’s experience of learning from his superior, Ury writes, “Just before he entered the village in the morning, he would pull the jeep off to the side of the road and ask, ‘What is it that we want to leave this village tonight having achieved?’ He and I would answer the question, then we would go into the village. When we left that evening, he would again pull the jeep off the road and ask, ‘Now, did we get it? Did we achieve what we set out to do?” This stresses the key point of knowing what your end goal is prior to entering a situation, and asking yourself if you achieved it afterwards.

Other key points from the book and the team’s discussion that may be incorporated into the workshop include:

  • Recognize there are moments of negotiation
  • Be sensitive that there will be negotiations (probably with your mentor)
  • Being prepared for conflict and negotiation – identifying the BATNA (Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement)
  • Identify your preferred style through self-reflection component • Know how to assess the other person’s style – and knowing this prior to conflict/negotiation
  • Know how to figure out when you are in a conflict
  • Disengage from emotion
  • Know about emotional intelligence
  • Identify your interests, their interests, and how to work together
  • Practice negotiation beforehand/imagined interaction – know how to respond in different scenarios
  • Know how to negotiate with people who are non-receptive
  • Balance respect of authority and advocating for yourself
  • Learn how to ask why, why not, and what if
  • Knowing what your end goal is prior to a situation, and asking yourself if you achieved it afterwards

Interested in reading more about negotiations? Check out the book on Amazon.

Using the Summer to Your Advantage

Posted on July 12, 2012 in Career Center, Fellowships and Grants, Kaneb Center, Research

Summer is a great time to explore opportunities for Professional Development. A recent article on The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests the following ways you can develop over the summer:

  1. Identify grants and fellowships appropriate to your career stage and your research interests – try using the Graduate Fellowships Database and Pivot. Mark deadlines on your calendar and begin drafting your proposals. Make an appointment with the Associate Program Director of Grants and Fellowships.
  2. Read widely in your field. Ask faculty for journal recommendations and subscribe to the table of contents for the most important journals related to your work. Identify journals that you should strive to publish with in the coming years.
  3. Set up a group of students that want to work towards a common goal – whether it’s a reading group, a presentation skills group, or a dissertation writing group, a built-in network that keeps each other accountable and gives feedback is invaluable.
  4. Explore different career avenues. Complete informational interviews with people in a number of different fields that interest you. Get connected with the alumni organizations here at Notre Dame and your undergraduate institution.
  5. Find opportunities to gain teaching experience outside the university. Volunteer with a local museum, institute, or school. Think creatively about ways you can share your knowledge and skills with the public.
  6. Prepare (or polish) your job search materials: CV/resume, cover letter, dissertation abstract, teaching portfolio, etc. Get in touch with the Career Center and the Kaneb Center for advice.

There’s still plenty of summer left – use it to explore the Professional Development checklist!

International Graduate Students and Dependents

Posted on July 2, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, Graduate School, International Students

Navigating services and resources the university has to offer international graduate students and dependents can be complicated. To simplify this process, information on where to start and who to contact is available through Notre Dame International – International Student Services and Activities (ISSA).  ISSA invites all international students and dependents to take advantage of the many programs and information sessions provided throughout the year.  Sessions content range from understanding American culture, work authorization, to dependent resources and activities.  The mission of ISSA is to provide service excellence to international students and the Notre Dame community, in order to ensure an educational experience that is both meaningful and successful.  Our goal is that all international students will have a positive and enriching experience at the university.

ISSA serves to reach not only students and dependents, but also the greater campus community.  Additionally, ISSA educates and promotes the richness of the international campus community through campus engagement, programs, and services.   As the primary link between international graduate students and the campus, ISSA encourages the campus to celebrate the exchange of ideas and cultural diversity, which is critical towards the development of innovative ideas and perspectives.

ISSA welcomes inquiries and loves visits.  Please visit our office at 105 Main Building or e-mail to learn more about services and resources.