What Ph.D. Graduates Want Strategies for building successful interdisciplinary Careers. C. Susan Weiler Office for Earth System Studies Whitman College http://aslo.org/phd.html NSF OCE-0217056 NOAA NA16OP1435 ONR , NASA N00014-98-1-05. Notes in this font size and color were added
What Ph.D. Graduates WantStrategies for building successful interdisciplinary Careers
C. Susan Weiler
Office for Earth System Studies
ONR, NASA N00014-98-1-05
Notes in this font size and color were added
after the Ocean Sciences meeting
to make this presentation understandable
without the oral presentation.
and collegial networks
• Aquatic-Science Ph.D. graduates
• Biologically focused, 0 - 2 years post PhD.
• Interdisciplinary research interests
• Symposia (40 - 43 invited participants)
See http://aslo.org/phd.html for application instructions
• Electronic Resources
Lessons Learned from
8 DIALOG Symposia
1993 - 2005
Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of
Limnology and Oceanography
The key is to bring together faculty, students and postdocs from many departments
Outreach is a fabulous way
to enable students, post-docs
and faculty to communicate
with colleagues across disciplines
as well as beyond the Ivory
Towers. Take it seriously, and
choose something you care about.
Scientific Society pages
Don’t reinvent the wheel: COSEE and other organizations & resources are available to help you get started. Be sure to check
An Expert Team
Anyone who has sat through a faculty meeting knows these are not the same thing!
We have the experts, let’s train this next generation to work more effectively as a team
Provide students and post-docs
with opportunities to practice
And, give them some training
to help them work together
Making Meetings Work: Achieving High Quality Group Decisions
Robert’s Rules of Order
These books provide an easy way to get started. Read and discuss them with your students and post-docs -- then practice in small groups, alternating responsibilities.
Hippocrates to Larson:
Myers & Briggs
Nobody likes to be “typed” but let’s face it,
from Hippocrates to Larson, we all do it to some degree. Training can enable us to understand ourselves, appreciate the differences in others, and work more effectively together than any of us can alone.
Berens et al.
Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types in Organizations: Understanding Personality Differences in the Workplace
I have been using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It is the most frequently used indicator and has been used effectively for more than 50 years.
If you are a skeptic, and even if you aren’t, I recommend starting with a book called THE INTROVERT ADVANTAGE: Most of us accept these two basic types/preferences. These ARE preferences, as we use all of the types to some degree. Learning more about introversion/extroversion will help you ease into the other preferences (how we take in/process information, how we make decisions, and how these preferences interact with each other). Use a trained professional to help you identify and understand your individual type.
Advisors/Mentors need to do more to prepare students, post-docs and new hires for
the “business” side of research -- everything from getting a job to setting up a lab,
hiring and managing staff, grants, time, teaching, etc. etc. Be sure everyone in your
lab learns the necessary professional skills to succeed.
Lab Set up
This page contains resources developed for, and by, DIALOG and DISCCRS
Symposium Scholars. They provide a useful complement to the book mentioned
in the last slide.
Register your Ph.D. dissertation
Once registered, you will be
added to the
and receive updates on
Symposium dates, locations and
Antarctic Biology and Medicine
International Science & Engineering
Coastal Ocean Program
National Sea Grant College Program
Ocean Optics & Biology Program
Ocean Biology & Biogeochemistry Program
Special Thanks to
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
W. Monty Graham
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
334 DIALOG Symposium Scholars
For sharing their insights and their efforts to help this next generation of scholars be the best they can be.
14 Co-sponsoring Societies
In-kind Support, advertising, international participants
ASLO American Society of Limnology and OceanographyAFS American Fisheries SocietyAGU American Geophysical Union ERF Estuarine Research FederationESA Ecological Society of America
JSL Japanese Society of LimnologyNABS North American Benthological SocietyNALMS North American Lake Management SocietyPSA Phycological Society of AmericaSIL International Society of LimnologySCL Society of Canadian Limnologists
OSJ Oceanographic Society of JapanTOS The Oceanography SocietyWSN Western Society of Naturalists