Course Information

A 1-day shortcourse for PhD students and post docs in the environmental sciences

The course is taught by Jeff McDonnell, Sunday Dec. 12, 2010, 8:30am - 4pm, Redwood Room, Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, San Francisco, CA USA.

Course Outline

Introduction to the Course

  • On the need for demystifying the academic enterprise

How to Get an Academic Job and Then Thrive

  • PhD as a launching pad and why Post Docs are so helpful: How to network, steeping stones
  • Preparing, performing in the academic interview: negotiating the job / start-up dos and don'ts
  • Secrets of getting tenure: committees, teaching, research and where to spend your time

How to Write Well-Cited Papers

  • Paper writing 101: how journals work, reviewers, editors, what makes a great paper
  • The nuances of the paper writing enterprise: finding novelty, proven recipes for citation
  • Reviews and reviewing: mechanics, ethics, collegiality and psychology

How to Write a Successful NSF Proposal

  • How NSF works: reviews, panels, program managers
  • How to write an NSF grant: small grants, small teams, big grants, how to leverage other funds
  • Reviews and reviewing: how to get involved quickly, relationships with program managers


Instructor Background

Jeff holds an Endowed Chair at Oregon State University and is an OSU Distinguished Professor. He is 6th Century Chair at the University of Aberdeen (UK) and visiting professor at Hohai University and the Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute (China). Jeff has served on and chaired many hiring committees and promotion and tenure committees at three US universities.

In addition to his own paper writing, he has served as an Editor, Associate Editor or Editorial Board member for ten international journals. Jeff is currently PI or Co-PI on $6 million in NSF research and has served on NSF's Committee of Visitors, a committee that provides external review and assessment on multiple NSF programs.

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