Calendar: Upcoming CIRTL events

Calendar: Upcoming CIRTL events

For more information on the content of each event, you can log in to the CIRTL webpage.

CIRTL Cross-Network Events are held in Blackboard Collaborate (, which opens 30 minutes before the session.

  1. Select the "Join the Session" link for an event. (30 minutes before the event)
  2. Enter the required information and click “Log In.”
  3. For Session Login Name, enter your name and institution.

Note: You do not need a CIRTL account in order to attend an event.

MARCH SERIES THEME: Surviving the First Year as Faculty Member

This series will focus on the basics, as well as the nuances, of finding, interviewing, and being offered the 'right' academic position based on students' skills and interests.

March 3, 2015: 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Achieving a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Teaching, research, administrative duties, and community service—academic duties are substantial. Add family, hobbies, and personal wellness to the mix, and a healthy work/life balance as a faculty member can be a challenge. Join this session to hear from a diverse panel of professors who will share the personal strategies and tricks that have helped them stay healthy and well-balanced. Bring your personal experiences for an engaging conversation with people sympathetic to the struggle!

Wendi Heinzelman, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Rochester
Mary Besterfield-Sacre, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the Engineering Education Research Center, University of Pittsburgh
Rique Campa, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Michigan State University

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March 10, 2015: 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Mentoring Through the Tough Stuff: Effective Mentoring of Graduate Students
Dissertations may seem daunting, but life’s really tough stuff is often outside of academia. How can you be the best mentor possible to your graduate students when they’re experiencing illness, the death of a loved one, or even just a crisis of confidence? Our panel of seasoned mentors will provide real life examples of issues they’ve helped their mentees through, with advice on how you can be prepared for issues you’ll encounter in your mentoring career.

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
Rique Campa, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Michigan State University

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March 17, 2015: 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Faculty Careers at Community Colleges

Community colleges serve nearly half the undergraduate student population in the US and make postsecondary education possible for a large population of students. With President Obama’s recent proposal to make the first two years of community college free, there’s been a lot of news around CCs recently. But what it’s like to work as faculty at a community college? How do the teaching and research opportunities compare to a research university or liberal arts college? Join our panel of community college professors for an informative and engaging session on faculty careers at community colleges.

Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Professor of Biology, Everett Community College
Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Professor of Biological Sciences, Kingsborough Community College-CUNY
Holly Kerby, Instructor, Chemistry, Technical Science, Creative Writing/Drama, Madison Area Technical College

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March 24, 2015, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Women in STEM: Navigating Academic Careers

Traditionally underrepresented in many STEM fields, female academics often face certain issues their male colleagues may not, such as gender discrimination and bias, or the stress of balancing their career with children. As a woman in STEM, what’s the best way to navigate these professional and personal challenges?  Are there any benefits to being a minority in your field? Come hear  an experienced and accomplished panel of women in STEM as they reflect on their academic career and being a woman in STEM.

Ali Lochner, Professor of Natural Resources Management, Grand Valley State University
Cheryl Bodnar, Professor of Chem/Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Alice Pawley, Professor of Engineering Education and Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies, Purdue University
Beth Olivares, Dean for Diversity, University of Rochester

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APRIL SERIES THEME: Personal Financial Management

This series will help graduate students and postdocs build knowledge and confidence about personal finances through presentations and panel discussions by faculty and staff from the CIRTL network and beyond.

*Note: March 31 will be included in this series and no session will be held on April 14.

March 31, 2015: 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Strategies for Success in Personal Finance

This session is offered by financial planning graduate students - for graduate students. We will focus on the essential building blocks of personal financial success. This interactive session will help current graduate students and postdocs develop critical thinking skills for financial decision-making both now and when you start your career. Learn about tools and strategies for budgeting, becoming informed consumers, and interacting with financial service professionals. The session will be tailored to participant needs; you will be asked to complete a short survey beforehand.

Presenter: Abby Belvin, Graduate Associate in Family Financial Planning, Iowa State University

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April 7, 2015: 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Investment Basics: Saving for Your Life Goals

As you start to accumulate money to fund your future goals, do you know how and where to best put that money to work? Just placing your money in a savings account will not cut it as taxes and inflation will quickly erode your buying power. The world of investing can be extremely intimidating, and the messages we hear from the media, our family and friends can be confusing. This session will focus on basic investment fundamentals. By the end of the session, you will be able to describe th the building blocks of an investment portfolio in relation to your tolerance for risk and your investment time horizon.

Presenter: Paul Strebel, CPA, CFP, co-founder of the Strebel Planning Group

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April 21, 2015: 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Financially Inclusive Teaching and Advising

Many undergraduate institutions include students from a range of economic backgrounds and circumstances. Costs associated with individual courses and academic experiences can be challenging for some students to meet. Providing access to higher education doesn't stop with providing financial aid and loans to cover tuition, it includes designing academic experiences with sensitivity to student financial abilities. This session will focus on principles to guide you and actions you can take as a teacher and adviser to consider and address financial hurdles your students may face in courses and other academic experiences.

Presenters: A.T. Miller, Associate Vice-Provost for Academic Diversity, Cornell University

William Horning, Associate Director, Office of Academic diversity Initiatives, and Director, Student Opportunity Programs, Cornell University

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April 28, 2015: 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Student Loans: What You Need to Know

With student loans often in the news, and your role as someone having or working with students who have them, it is important that you understand both federal and private student loans. This session will focus on loans as a means to help finance higher education, and will touch on national trends. We will clarify the different types of student loans available, and will discuss how to manage your spending while in school and borrow smart. Planning to repay a student loan is critical in this process; the session will show you how to estimate what you will owe and help you understand repayment options, including deferments/forbearance, forgiveness/discharges, and consolidation.

Presenter: Gretchen Ryan, Associate Director of Customer Service, Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment, Cornell University.

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