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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

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What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

What Ph.D. Graduates WantStrategies 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


What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

Notes in this font size and color were added

after the Ocean Sciences meeting

to make this presentation understandable

without the oral presentation.


Dialog goals

DIALOG Goals

Interdisciplinary understanding

and collegial networks

Target

• Aquatic-Science Ph.D. graduates

• Biologically focused, 0 - 2 years post PhD.

• Interdisciplinary research interests

Mechanism

• Symposia (40 - 43 invited participants)

See http://aslo.org/phd.html for application instructions

• Electronic Resources


What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

Lessons Learned from

8 DIALOG Symposia

1993 - 2005

Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of

Limnology and Oceanography


Communication is key

Communication is Key

Field A

Field A

Well done!


Not emphasized enough

…not emphasized enough:

?

FieldA

Field B,C,D…

Students

Beyond

Ivory

Towers

.

.

.


What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

Interdisciplinary

The key is to bring together faculty, students and postdocs from many departments

Seminars

SHORT talks

Group projects

Lunches

TGIF’s

Inclusive

Interactive

Fun


Outreach

OUTREACH

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.

http://www.cosee.net/

Scientific Society pages

Don’t reinvent the wheel: COSEE and other organizations & resources are available to help you get started. Be sure to check

Scientific-society webpages.


Team of experts vs

Team of Experts Vs

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


Organization teamwork

Organization, Teamwork

Provide students and post-docs

with opportunities to practice

group/team skills.

And, give them some training

to help them work together

more effectively.


Townsend donovan the facilitator s pocketbook

Townsend & DonovanThe Facilitator’s Pocketbook

Tropman

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.


What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

400 B.C.

Hippocrates to Larson:

4 types

20th Century

Jung

8 types

Myers & Briggs

16 types

Sanguine

Melancholic

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.

Phlegmatic

Choleric


What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

  • Laney

  • The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

    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.


Mentors needed

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.

Mentors Needed

Jobs

Lab Set up

Collaborations

Students

Staff

Papers

Grants

Teaching

Service

Tenure

Time Mgt.

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS


What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

http://www.hhmi.org/grants/pdf/

labmgmt/book.pdf


Dialog resource page

DIALOG Resource Page

http://marcus.whitman.edu/

~weilercs/resources/

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.


What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

Interdisciplinary Success

Common Language

Collegial Spirit

Training


What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

Register your Ph.D. dissertation

NOW

http://aslo.org/phd.html

Once registered, you will be

added to the

DIALOG/DISCCRS newsletter

and receive updates on

Symposium dates, locations and

Application deadlines.

http://aslo.org/phd.html


What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

DIALOG

NSF OCE-0217056

Antarctic Biology and Medicine

Biological Oceanography

Ecosystem Studies

International Science & Engineering

NOAA NA16OP1435

Coastal Ocean Program

National Sea Grant College Program

ONR N00014-98-1-05

Ocean Optics & Biology Program

NASA

Ocean Biology & Biogeochemistry Program


What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

Special Thanks to

Maarten Boersma

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.


What ph d graduates want strategies for building successful interdisciplinary careers

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


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