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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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