Millennial Learning: Teaching in the 21st Century
Student Reception and Professional Development Event
April 15, 2009
all graduate students who are attending the conference. The event
is jointly sponsored by the University of Maryland, College Park
and the University of Delaware.
from the First Year: A Conversation with Jonathan
a Ph.D. at a research university is the only way to qualify for
a job on the academic tenure track, this graduate training often
does not prepare you for many aspects of the job. You will most
likely teach students very different from the ones you taught in
graduate school. You will advise majors, and they will have questions
that never occurred to you when you were an undergraduate. You will
be expected to serve on many committees and to solve problems seemingly
outside your area of competence. You will talk with your colleagues
about strategic plans, accreditation, and resource allocation. You
may go weeks without giving a single thought to your research. You
may love it anyway.
will address the expectations placed on new college and university
faculty, hint toward what surprises may be in store for current
academic job-seekers, and discuss what graduate students can do
now to prepare themselves for a successful and rewarding life as
future faculty members.