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Faculty Voices

A panel of faculty members from various disciplines at various stages in their careers give their thoughts about an academic career and their advice to new instructors.

Career Corner 2011

Presenters (left to right): Ted Christou, assistant professor in the faculty of education at University of New Brunswick; Brad Cross, associate professor of history at St. Thomas University; Ryan Hamilton, professor (adjunct) of psychology at University of New Brunswick; David Creelman, professor of English at University of New Brunswick.

Panel introductions and Ted Christou's Top 10 Tips (9:46)



0:00 - 1:21        
Panel introductions
1:22 - 1:45        Top 10 tips overview
1:46 - 2:42        1. Wait before responding to requests
2:43 - 3:08        2. Don't be scared to say no
3:09 - 3:45        3. Take a moment to enjoy the campus
3:46 - 4:08        4. Write down what you want to say before meetings
4:09 - 4:34        5. Stand up for what you believe in
4:35 - 5:05        6. Reflect daily on what you learned
5:06 - 6:37        7. Be bold in teaching: explore new media and ideas
6:38 - 7:19        8. Seek to be inspired by your research
7:20 - 8:53        9. Seek the authentic in what you teach
8:54 - 9:46        10. Find a mentor

Brad Cross and Ryan Hamilton's Tips (13:55)



0:00 - 1:33  
      Brad Cross - committee and service work
1:34 - 3:33        The culture of community work levels
3:34 - 4:42        Service at the university level
4:43 - 7:02        Ryan Hamilton - the mistakes that delayed his academic progress
7:03 - 8:54        How to get a teaching position and how to get noticed
8:55 - 10:34      How to make the most of a sessional appointment
10:35 - 12:16    Have a presence with students and on campus
12:17 - 13:55    Hamilton's most recent sessional experience

David Creelman's Tips (6:06)



0:00 - 1:57       
 Putting your personal life before your academic career
1:58 - 2:58        Allow your students to be active learners
2:59 - 4:25        Learn new teaching techniques from your colleagues
4:26 - 6:06        Acknowledge the flexibility of the university: find ways to institute change

Q&A, re: Committee Work (11:37)

0:00 - 4:06          Q: I'm on a limited term contract - how do I say no in a politically correct way? - Brad Cross answer
4:06 - 7:28          Q: When you speak of committee work, what kind of committees do you mean? - Brad Cross answer
7:29 - 9:02          David Creelman answer
9:03 - 11:37        Ted Christou answer

Q&A, re: student pressure (9:33)

0:00 - 3:31        Ryan Hamilton answer
3:32 - 6:15        David Creelman answer
6:16 - 9:33        Brad Cross answer

Q&A, re: plagiarism (8:36)

0:00 - 2:45        Ted Christou answer to previous question and to plagiarism issue
2:46 - 5:38        David Creelman answer
5:39 - 6:25        Ryan Hamilton answer, how plagiarising can be intimidating
6:26 - 7:24        Brief discussion of turnitin.com (website to identify plagiarized text)
7:25 - 8:36        Plagiarism and the issue of trust - David Creelman

Q&A, re: biggest challenges and why they like their job (12:33)

0:00 - 2:16           David Creelman - Enjoys teaching but wishes he wrote more
2:17 - 4:50           Ryan Hamilton - Enjoys teaching but wishes he had more job security
4:51 - 9:22           Brad Cross - The rewards and challenges that come with changing your teaching subject area
9:23 - 10:59         Ted Christou - Enjoys the job opportunities but sometimes gets overwhelmed by them
11:00 - 12:33       Creelman- reflecting on new stages in teaching

Q&A, re: networking and career advancement (10:01)

0:00 - 2:34          Ted Christou - conversation versus networking at conferences
2:35 - 4:30          Brad Cross - networking can only help your application
4:31 - 6:28          David Creelman - the importance of interpersonal skills
6:29 - 6:57          Ted Christou - experience being on a hiring board
6:58 - 8:45          Brad Cross - the importance of best fit
8:46 - 10:01        Closing remarks


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