Guided by the philosophy that postgraduates can and should be prepared for the large variety of responsibilities they will encounter at the next stage of their careers, academic and otherwise, this seminar will involve both TA training and professional mentorship. Main areas of emphasis include soft-skills training specific to the effective and clear communication of mathematics and mathematical concepts, as well as learning to balance high-quality teaching with excellent research.
Sessions are intended to provide mentorship and interaction with staff and colleagues outside of an immediate research group, building important secondary relationships within the School. They will be planned with the flexibility to prioritize activities based on the needs, interests, and input of you, the graduate students! Our activities are meant to be dovetailed with the existing training in place at QMUL, including the 1st-year induction, PGR Teaching Support Day and available CAPD courses.
The Overall Plan: In the first half of the seminar, we will focus on TA Training and best practices in the classroom. This will help you develop a meaningful Teaching Statements for your postdoc/academic job applications. Sessions planned to be happening in this first half are labelled with an "A" before its title. In the second half of the seminar, we will address other issues surrounding life as a mathematics Ph.D., including formation of a "complete" academic portfolio. Sessions planned to be happening in the second half are labelled with an "B" before its title.
Over the course of the seminar (and beyond!), I will be compiling resources with commentary for your use: suggested reading on effective teaching of mathematics, websites to look for postdocs and academic jobs, LaTeX templates for your CVs, outreach opportunities, etc. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have something you wish to add to the list or if you would like to see a particular topic included.
***In Spring 2019, we will be meeting 15:00-16:00 on Wednesdays in Queens W316. Please note that room/date changes will be announced by email.***
Your teaching support network:
- The Module Organizers : Dr Shabnam Beheshti (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Prof Franco Vivaldi (email@example.com)
- Graduate Student Representatives (to be updated):
- Teaching and Student Support Manager: Simon Rawstron (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- PGR Programme Officer: Katie Hale (email@example.com)
- Director of Education: Mark Walters (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Director of PGR Studies: Reto Buzano (email@example.com)
- Student Support Officer: William Ng (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A- The First Weeks
We will discuss some of the key issues of your new life as a PhD student at SMS. Find a few tips and guidelines in the pdf below:
A- Marking Strategies & Study Skills
A- Assessing Student Writing
A- Peer Observations
A- Technology in the Classroom
A- Selected Topics in teaching and learning
We save this last session of the term to discuss any items of concern you may have regarding what it has been covered already in the seminar or any other issue.
B- The Academic Job Portfolio
B- Public Engagement and Outreach in Research & Teaching
B- Working Session: CVs, Applications, Research Statements, etc.
B- Writing Abstracts, Publications, Research Statements, Grants
B- Faculty-Postdoc Panel: Things I wish I knew at stage X of my career
B- Possible Excursion Opportunities
- In 2015-2016, the School of Mathematical Sciences became and institutional member of the Association for Women in Mathematics; the AWM has over 3000 members, women and men, representing a broad spectrum of the mathematical community. We have 15 free graduate student memberships, open to any interested postgraduate. If you would like to become a member of the AWM, please contact Megan Liddle and she will sign you up!
- I would like to bring to your attention family-friendly SMS policies, applicable to both staff and postgraduates. In particular,the SMS has a dedicated fund for conference child care support. If you are a student-parent, there are also support resources and information available at studentparents.org, in partnership with the National Student Union.
I would still like to know what has been useful and and what could use improvement for next year. Please print and fill out this updated
and put it in my pigeonhole on [the 3rd floor] when you have a few free moments. Many thanks in advance!