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General Skills to INCREASE Your Success as a Graduate Student and Future Professional . New Student Orientation. In the field in general…. Much of a person’s success depends on professionalism skills and less on the person’s job description

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general skills to increase your success as a graduate student and future professional

General Skills to INCREASE Your Success as a Graduate Student and Future Professional

New Student Orientation

in the field in general
In the field in general…..
  • Much of a person’s success depends on professionalism skills and less on the person’s job description
    • You could be the most awesome behavior analyst but, if you are not professional, it is unlikely you will be successful
  • You don’t always know:
    • how important these professional skills are
    • what they are
    • or how well you are doing in this crucial area
graduate program in aba
Graduate Program in ABA
  • In this program, we will attempt to correct this problem.
  • We are going to tell you some of the subtle things that will help you to:
    • Be a successful graduate student
    • Be an active student member of this program
    • Get the professors to give you strong letters of recommendation for field sites, assistantships, and jobs.
  • Remember, these skills will also help you be a successful professional in this field.
interpersonal style and skills
Interpersonal Style and Skills
  • Give corrective feedback in appropriate situations and in a non-punitive manner
    • Speak to your professor and classmates in private and specify the appropriate desired behavior
      • E.g., assume you are wrong, smile and ask for help. Try to sway people into viewing the situation from your point of view. If they don’t, decide how important it is---you may or may not want to pursue the issue.
  • Always end discussions with a smile and a sincere thank you.
  • Respond in a socially appropriate manner
    • Rational not emotional
  • Be pleasant and respectful in interactions
    • Be the kind of person your professor and classmates want to be around
  • Actively listen when spoken to in person or in class
    • E.g., Good eye contact, head nodding
  • Do not dominate discussion at meetings and in class
    • Pick up on subtle cues from your professor and classmates
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Interpersonal Style and Skills
  • Speak often enough in class to share in a discussion
    • You will get more out of class when you are actively engaged
  • Appear appropriately receptive to the values and viewpoints of others
    • You may hear some things in this program that you disagree with. Be open minded and think about all aspects of the issue
  • Always hand in quality assignments
    • Less than quality assignments could make a bad impression on your professor and classmates
  • Never ask for an extension of an assignment
    • This could give your classmates and professor the impression that you are unprepared and have poor time-management skills.
  • Be present at every class (except in a documented emergency) and be prompt
    • Remember your professor and classmates are always forming an opinion of you
    • Lateness and absences will result in a lower overall grade
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Interpersonal Style and Skills
  • If you want to speak with your professors, make an appointment when possible
  • If it is not possible to make an appointment, always ask your professor if they have time to talk to you
    • You will find your professor to be extremely accommodating in sharing their time with you, try to be respectful of this.
interpersonal style and skills outside of caldwell college
Interpersonal Style and Skills Outside Of Caldwell College
  • Remember you represent Caldwell College in much of what you do in the field in general, now and after you graduate.
  • Many of you work in our affiliation sites (and all of you will be observing in our affiliation sites). You will be hired over non-Caldwell College students because we have a reputation of having professional students eager to learn.
  • Please be professional, respectful, and committed to your jobs at all times in those sites (e.g., never leave a position mid-year, this leaves a student without an instructor).
  • Feel free to seek out my advice regarding your work in any of our affiliate sites.
correspondence with professors
Correspondence with Professors
  • E-mail etiquette
    • It is very reasonable to wait 2 business days for a reply
    • Do not send another e-mail within 2 business days
    • Include a salutation, use correct grammar, and always sign your whole name
  • Be respectful of your professor’s time
    • Seek information prior to asking a question of your professor.
      • This may entail thoroughly reading the syllabus, talking to other classmates/colleagues or other activities
technical skills
Technical Skills
  • Use effective speaking skills in class and at other times
    • Grammar, clear description, loudness
  • Use effective writing skills
    • Grammar, spelling, organization
  • Use good systems-analysis skills

Effectively detect, analyze and clearly specify problems within a particular area and implement good solutions E.g., when summarizing a journal article, writing a lit review, making a presentation

  • Use high-quality behavior-analytic skills
    • As you learn what these are, immediately apply them to every aspect of this program
technical skills10
Technical Skills
  • Effectively manage your time
    • There are substantial writing and speaking requirements in just about every class
    • Don’t wait until the last minute to get your assignments done because
      • You are cheating yourself out of an effective learning experience
      • It might make a bad impression on others
      • You may be putting undo stress on yourself and, in return, putting out bad karma, vibes and feelings (and who wants to be around that???)
administrative roles
Administrative Roles
  • Coordinator of Graduate Programs and your advisor –
  • Sharon A. Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D
    • Can advise you on courses
    • You should track your progress on your program checklist that includes a course rotation.
    • This is found on the graduate student resource page in addition to other helpful information regarding your program
      • http://faculty.caldwell.edu/kreeve/ABA%20Student%20Resource%20Page.htm
  • Department of ABA Chair – Kenneth F. Reeve Ph.D, BCBA-D
    • Oversees the ABA Department and teaches in the ABA program
  • Other Full-time Faculty
    • Tina Sidener, Ph.D., BCBA-D
    • Ruth DeBar, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Part-time Faculty
    • Frank Cicero, Ph.D., BCBA-D
    • Linda Meyer, Ph.D., BCBA-D
    • Merrill Berkowitz, Ph.D., BCBA-D
    • Dave Sidener, Ph.D., BCBA-D
    • Robert Allan, PhD
  • Graduate Office –
    • Bette-Jo HoAire -Graduate register
      • All registration issues should go to her and
      • ehoaire@caldwell.edu (973) 618-4308
we ll practice what we preach
We’ll Practice What we Preach
  • The faculty members will do their best to always model these behaviors for you
    • We are open to feedback and welcome it (when delivered professionally!)
    • Remember that feedback should be presented in a private, respectful way
  • We will also provide feedback to you, in return
    • Know that we take our jobs seriously as your professors and mentors
    • We will try to shape all aspects of your academic and professional behavior so you can be the most successful professional possible
    • We take pride in you!