Five community of practice groups will be convened each year between 12:00 - 1:00pm on a week day. Attendance is possible face to face in Townsville, Cairns and via Zoom. An email invitation is issued to advisors via the Graduate Research School. Current advisors are encouraged to offer topics, present and participate. Topics are intended to allow sharing of practice and open discussion to help advisors navigate their research environment successfully.
Come and celebrate JCU’s latest Advisor of the Year. Join us to hear from Professor Schwarzkopf, JCU’s 2020 Advisor of the Year. Lin has generously spoken at a range of panels and events over the years to support new and up and coming advisors. Today we invite her to focus on her advisory approach and her views of being an advisor at JCU.
Lin’s research examines broad ecological and evolutionary questions, including applied problems. She takes an integrative approach, using a combination of controlled experiments and observational studies to test hypotheses. Much of her research has used reptiles and amphibians as model systems, but she is broadly interested in a variety of groups.
When: Wednesday 4 November 2020 at 12-1pm AEST
Come and hear about how to support your candidates to maintain health and well-being. Share some ideas, understand how to access availability services, consider strategies and learn from those in the community.
At this session, hear about the challenges and opportunities involved in making supervisory changes during candidature. What might it mean for the trajectory of the candidature? What are the workload and funding implications of supervision across colleges? What are the approval processes and policy limitations?
Becoming an Advisor – Registration procedure and professional development requirements for current and potential HDR Advisors
In this session we will hear from some advisors and candidates working to develop contingency plans. We will hear about some issues that have arisen and some possible ways forward. The first part of the hour will involve hearing some advisor / candidate case studies. We will then move into breakout groups so you can discuss issues with other advisors and candidates. The session will conclude with sharing what breakout groups have learned. Ideas and resources identified and shared with all attendees.
No recording available for this session.
Share strategies with other advisors and learn about how best to support candidates and each other during COVID-19. Consider with others how to account for personal and infrastructure matters as we seek to enable research progress? Key Research Services Partners including the Library, Careers and Employment and eResearch Services are invited to join us to talk through issues that may need additional expertise, or to explain alternative approaches or options that we may all learn from.
No recording available for this session.
Please join us to share what you have learnt about supervising research projects under the constraints of COVID19. We look forward to seeing what we can learn from each other to keep our researchers supported and progressing satisfactorily. In the spirit of the times this session will be running exclusively via zoom. We will be breaking up into zoom rooms so you can have discussions across a smaller group and then we will come back together to share ideas.
No recording available for this session.
Presented by: Associate Professor Andreas Lopata, Professor, Personal Chair, Division of Tropical Health & Medicine
Andreas will introduce his experience as an HDR Advisor of supporting student grant writing before we open discussion to allow all present to share their experiences.
Questions we might consider include:
What are some grants suitable for students?
What is the best time in candidature to encourage students to write grants?
What are some of the common challenges faced by students writing grants?
What are some of the success stories based on students getting grants?
Cadman, Kate and Cargill, Margaret. Providing Quality Advice on Candidates' Writing [online]. In: Denholm, Carey (Editor); Evans, Terry (Editor). Supervising Doctorates Downunder: Keys to Effective Supervision in Australia and New Zealand. Camberwell, Vic.: ACER Press, 2007: 182-191. Availability: ISBN: 9780864314307. [cited 17 Dec 19]. PDF (Written Feedback Cargill)
Supervisory practices of an Award Winner
Professor David Bellwood spoke about how the Bellwood lab supports student success.
Some key points raised:
Select students who are capable, with similar working styles and a passion for their topic. He uses others in the lab to select the right new students.
Help the student frame a topic that makes use of their skills
The supervisory relationship involves acknowledging the whole person
Select co-supervisors you can work with and who can complement your supervisory style
Use students to support each other and encourage each other, collaborative and cooperative, their future networks
Be truthful, state expectations and be honest if they are not adequately met
Teach students to network, send them to conferences
Require students to publish and aim for high quality publications and be ready to celebrate failure as well as success
Take pleasure in the research and network to build opportunities
Supervision ends when the graduate has a job, the networking never ends
An opportunity to meet an exceptional Woman advisor, researcher and leader and learn from her experience. A provocation will be raised to encourage you to work together to identify and realise your goals as a research advisor. Access via zoom for all JCU staff from all campuses.
Professor Bette Jacobs will be joining us via Zoom from Georgetown University to share the story of her academic career and reflect on the role of Higher Degree Research supervision, as she wove a career between business and the academy. Please join us to learn more about the role of leadership, resilience and sponsorship have played in the life of this Distinguished Scholar.
Professor Bette Jacobs is a Distinguished Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. She is Professor, Health Systems Administration; and a Fellow and Visiting Professor at Campion Hall University of Oxford. A Native American whose body of work spans community, academic, service, and corporate leadership, she is recognized for contributions in successful start-ups, financial integrity, and interdisciplinary innovations. She served with distinction as Dean for the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies for 11 years overseeing unprecedented programmatic growth within the University. Previous executive experience includes vice presidency for Honda of America Manufacturing; founding faculty member and Associate Director of Applied Research at the Civitan International Research Center; and Acting Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at California State University. Jacobs’ extraordinary cross-disciplinary and cross- sector leadership has fostered innovation and improved systems. Her personal and professional activities emanate from crossing childhood cultural boundaries triangulating a colonized, missionized tribal history through pathways in education, business, and service. Strong cultural roots anchor and animate her work to advance the common good with practical abilities to do so.
Our invited exceptional woman for the inaugural SWAN is Dr Sandy Hirsh who will join us via zoom from San Jose State University. The School of Information at SJSU offers all of its programs 100% online, including a PhD Gateway program. Sandy has recently been promoted to the role of Associate Dean for Academics, College of Professional and Global Education at San Jose State University. In her presentation she will talk of her experience as a leader and of her pivotal role in the development of the unique PhD Gateway program. As advisors looking to increasingly support candidates online, in response to the COVID-19 emergency, her expertise and knowledge of building an online research education culture has much to offer us.
Early Career Researcher Network
Early career researchers (ECRs) are academic staff who have completed doctoral studies in the last five years (periods of maternity, career or extended leave will be deducted when assessing eligibility) on any JCU campus and in any discipline.
We invite ECRs who are members of JCU’s academic staﬀ to participate in our ECR training program. We provide a range of opportunities, listed below.
Information on the sessions on offer is provided below. You can only do the face-to-face session OR the online program.
We provide this network meeting to let you follow up on the Thinkwell Planning your Career workshop to be on Tuesday 24 November from 1.30-4pm. Take the opportunity to progress initial discussions and work further with colleagues to progress your career plans, and identify possible networks and connections that may assist you.
Facilitated by Fatima Yaqoot and Jennifer Gabriel
When: Tuesday 1 December 2020 at 12-1pm AEST (10-11am Singapore)
At the previous meeting we assessed our ability to respond to two of the four UK Vitea Professional Development quadrants. We now consider the final two quadrants. Share capabilities you have, resources you know about and opportunities and challenges you face with other ECRs to continue your Advisor Development journey.
When: Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 12-1pm AEST
To succeed long term in a highly competitive environment, it is essential that early career researchers develop effective working habits. This 3.5-hour workshop provides practical advice to help researchers increase productivity by enhancing their current time management practices. The session will tackle common challenges such as prioritising constructively, making time for writing, managing interruptions and effectively running multiple projects at the same time. The highly interactive format of the event ensures that participants leave the session with practical tools and ideas that suit their own working styles and circumstances.
Presented by Dr Kerstin Fritsches, Managing Director, PostdocTraining
Kerstin is a former research fellow who spent the majority of her 12-year research career on grant funding, with ﬁrst-hand experience of the challenges facing early career researchers and a strong track record in postdoc aﬀairs and career development. A lack of eﬀective career training for PhDs led Kerstin to found PostdocTraining in 2011, to bridge a gap in professional development by delivering support tailored speciﬁcally for PhD candidates and postdocs. PostdocTraining delivers career development support and mentoring for researchers worldwide and Kerstin has become a sought-after workshop facilitator on topics such as career planning and research leadership both in Europe and Australia.
When: Wednesday 7 October at 10am to 3pm via Zoom
Register here: TBA
Repeat session: Thursday 8 October at 10am to 3pm via Zoom
Register here: TBA
** There is a limit of 35 participants per session and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis **
The network will discuss high demand HDR Advisor capabilities and skills and how ECRs can communicate their abilities as they seek to join new advisory panels.
In this session we will build on themes identified in the Thinkwell workshop: Developing a research track record on a shoestring, that was held on Monday 13 July. View the slides here.
Join other Early Career Researchers to share your experiences:
Share networks and collaborations you part of, discuss how they are supporting your research activities
What networks and collaborations do you aspire to join and why, how will you overcome any barriers?
What is your next research activity plan? Share a research priority and consider the networks or collaborative partners that could assist.