Topic outline

    • Introduction

      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.***

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