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Success in Graduate School and Academe David Reed Professor of Horticulture Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Faculty Development 10 Considerations Towards Success in Graduate School Consideration 1 What is your goal? •Just to graduate? •To become the best you can be? •To prepare for a career? Consideration 2 Time to complete a PhD Agriculture 3.8 Animal Science 6.0 Entomology Science 4.6 Math 5.3 Chem Engineering 3.9 Petroleum 5.5 Electrical Average 4.6 How long do you have? 10 years Consideration 3 Finding an advisor It’s like picking your parent- Select wisely! •1st – Do you have a choice? •A task master •A resource •A mentor What is their advising philosophy? •Sink or swim •Spoon feeding Can you have more than one? Consideration 4 Advisors expectations •Communication is the secret •Ask them about their expectations Consideration 5 Your expectations •Communication is the secret •Let them know your expectations Consideration 6 Picking a topic •It may be assigned •It may be dictated by the grant or funding source •It may be selected Consideration 7 Work Ethic •Approach graduate school as a job and go to work every day. •Find out advisors expectations. •Observe other graduate students. Consideration 8 Learn from Cohort •Network •Learn from others. •Simply become “socially and professionally aware”. Consideration 9 Become a scholar •Go to seminars •Attend regional and national conferences. •Give oral and poster presentations •Write and publish •In other words, become a part of the “community of scholars”. Consideration 10 Work Hard – Play Hard •You must reach a “balance”. •Develop live long friends •Lean from each other •Have fun The Unwritten Rule “Know the Rules” Towards Success in Academe Success in Academe Dave Reed Professor of Horticulture Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Faculty Development Secret to being hired • The credentials to be hired into a tenure-track faculty position are a scaled-down version of the expectations to be granted tenure and to be promoted once you are hired. • Therefore, in your graduate training you must demonstrate the potential to meet these expectations. • It’s nothing more than regression analysis. • I should be able to look at your resume, after completing your graduate training, and see enough of a trend to predict that your will continue to progress in a positive direction; therefore, I can predict with confidence that you will succeed! So what are the “Expectations of Academe” Teaching Research Service Who Decides Faculty peers Faculty peers Peer Expectations Rank of Top Three Metrics and/or Accomplishments Assistant to Associate Professor Teaching % Ranked in top 3 Student Evaluations 82% Teach Undergrad and Grad 36% Peer Evaluation 27% Teaching improvement activities 27% Teaching proportional to appointment 27% Evaluation improve over time 18% Graduate Chair Masters and PhD 18% Graduate Committees 9% New Unique Courses Developed 9% Student Advising 9% Peer Expectations Rank of Top Three Metrics and/or Accomplishments Assistant to Associate Professor Research % Ranked in top 3 Articles Peer-reviewed/refereed 91% Grants-competitive (to maintain program) 91% Abstracts/presentation at scientific meetings 27% Graduate student training 27% Team/Collaborative research 18% Involvement in societies/meetings 18% Evidence of regional recognition 18% Articles non-peer reviewed 9% Graduate students publish 9% Potential for national recognition 9% Impact of Research 9% Patents, copyrights, releases 9% Awards Research 9% Peer Expectations Rank of Top Three Metrics and/or Accomplishments Assistant to Associate Professor Extension / Service % Ranked in top 3 Scholarly extension appropriate publications 45% Grants-competitive (to maintain program) 36% Involvement in societies/meetings 36% Demonstrate impact of programming 27% Regional and state recognition 27% Service activities within TAMU 27% Deliver info based on science 18% Graduate student training 18% Articles Peer-reviewed/refereed 9% Demonstrate demand for programs 9% Involvement clientele, commodity groups, etc. 9% Team/collaborative relationships 9% Potential for national recognition 9% Secret to be Hired and Progress Through Academe Develop a solid base and start accumulating the kinds of metrics and accomplishments normally expected of faculty.
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