PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

IRB (Institutional Review Board) Training
CITI Program for University of Oklahoma, 2019
Diversity Ally Workshop Series
University of Oklahoma, 2019
  • 12 hours (4 days); workshops on unlearning sexism, unlearning racism, unlearning classism, and unlearning ableism
  • Included group discussions to identify and develop an understanding of these biases, discuss examples, and develop strategies to combat bias in ourselves, communities, and institutions
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Symposium
University of Oklahoma, 2019
  • 16 hours (2 days) of tutorials, panel discussions, and research talks on machine learning -- computational techniques for autonomous prediction and decision making
  • Attended 3 tutorials: Python for Data Analysis, Scikit-Learn and Pandas, and Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Network
American Meteorological Society (AMS) 
Short Course
AMS 99th Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, 2019
  • 7-hour course; "Machine Learning in Python for Environmental Science Problems"; earned certificate
Teaching and Communication Certificate
The Graduate School, NC State University, 2018
  • Completed 134 hours of classroom instruction on teaching and communication techniques, guided practice, and in-classroom teaching; earned certificate
  • Also developed an electronic professional portfolio
How to Use "Writing-to-Learn" Activities in the Classroom Workshop
The Graduate School, NC State University, 2018
  • 3-hour (2-day) workshop on strategies for using 5-15 minute informal and ungraded (or low-risk) writing activities, inside or outside the classroom, to teach course content
  • Created and facilitated writing-to-learn activities using feedback from a general academic audience
How to Introduce Students to Disciplinary Writing Workshop
The Graduate School, NC State University, 2018
  • 3-hour (2-day) workshop on strategies to introduce undergraduate students to the ways in which writing operates in their discipline
  • Evaluated various assignment prompts and grading rubrics, and edited prompts to include more descriptive language and criteria
How to Engage with Diverse Learning Styles Workshop
The Graduate School, NC State University, 2018
  • 3-hour (2-day) workshop identifying and discussing learning styles divided into auditory, visual, kinesthetic, social, and expressiveness categories
  • Discussed various strategies to motivate students according to their learning preferences
  • Designed and taught a 5-minute Atmospheric Science multimodal activity with diverse learning styles in mind, and received feedback from academic peers
How to Prepare for a Presentation Workshop
The Graduate School, NC State University, 2018
  • 2-hour workshop covering topics on how to become a more effective presenter and public speaker
  • Focused on the general information to include in the presentation, delivery of the talk, and body language
  • Used 7 principles of good design, including fonts, colors, styles, rule of thirds, and high-quality images.
Creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP) Workshop
The Graduate School, NC State University, 2018
  • 2-hour workshop identifying professional strengths and weaknesses, and developing ways to address gaps in our portfolios based on the skills needed for our career paths
  • Discussed the components of an IDP, which integrates self-assessment of skills and competencies, SMART goals, and short-term and long-term career planning
ComSciCon-Triangle: The Communicating Science Workshop for Graduate Students
ComSciCon, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2018
  • 14 hours (2 days) of presentations, expert panels, communication practice, scientific writing, peer editing of written pieces, and networking
  • Highly-competitive and intensive workshop including out-of-workshop media writing assignment
Professional Portfolio Design
The Graduate School, NC State University, 2018
  • 45 hours over 15 weeks; semester-long course 
  • Drafted personal statements -- research statement,
      teaching statement, diversity statement, and CV 
  • Used basic graphic design principles (contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity) to refine personal statements and design a professional website
  • Learned professional and design techniques via peer
      guidance and by going through The Professor Is In
      by Karen Kelsky, and The Non-Designer's Design
      Book by Robin Williams
Diversity in STEM Symposium
College of Sciences, NC State University, 2018
  • 5 hours of talks and active discussions on creating an
      inclusive and diverse environment within STEM, and
      engaging with the public through outreach activities
American Meteorological Society (AMS) 
Short Courses
AMS 98th Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, 2018
  • 8-hour course; "Simplifying End-to-end Numerical 
      Modeling Using Software Containers"; earned certificate
  • 8-hour course; "The Art and Science of Forensic
      Meteorology"; earned certificate
 
Teaching and Presentation Practicum
The Graduate School, NC State University, 2017
  • 45 hours over 15 weeks; semester-long course 
  • Produced 7 atmospheric science lessons using various teaching and presentation techniques, which included: lecture, discussion, reciprocal peer teaching, academic games, reading strategies, writing-to-learn, graphic organizers, and metacognitive reflection
  • Taught 7 lessons to a group of 11 graduate students
      from various fields outside of atmospheric science
  • Assessed the efficacy of teaching strategies through
      peer feedback, self-evaluations, and video recordings
  • Utilized the Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally
      Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on            the Path to Success by Claire Howell Major et al. book
Conflict Leadership Workshop
The Graduate School, NC State University, 2017
  • 2-hour group discussion with the NCSU faculty and student Ombudsmans on different conflict management styles and how these styles can be used to effectively address conflict in the workplace
 
Thesis & Dissertation Support Services (TDSS) Workshops
The Graduate School, NC State University, 2017
  • 2-hour workshop; "Writing Research Article Introductions", focused on implementing the Creating a Research Space (CARS) model
  • 2-hour workshop; "Writing the Discussion and Conclusion", focused on answering research questions, connecting results to the literature, implications and limitations of the study, and summarizing future work
 
Student Success™ Not Anymore
Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, NC State University, 2017
  • Online Title IX training program; earned certificate
  • Training is consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization 2013, and VAWA's Campus Sexual Violence Act (SaVE Act) provision
  • NC State offers this training to students and employees on primary prevention and promoting awareness of rape, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Citizen's Police Academy
NC State University Police Department, 2017
  • 24 hours over 8 weeks; course; earned certificate
  • Classroom instruction and hands-on learning, including role-play scenarios
  • Topics included Professional Standards, Emergency
      Communications, The Clery Act, the Wolf Alert
      System (NCSU), the Police Department's Patrol
      Division, Domestic Violence and available resources,
      domestic disputes, Criminal Investigation techniques,
      Crime Scene Investigations, Threat Assessments and
      Behavioral Assessment protocols, self-defense laws,
      and firearms safety and training
Active Shooter Training
NC State University Police Department, 
Crime Prevention Unit, 2016
  • 1-hour active shooter preparedness training, focusing on a university and classroom environment
  • Included access to online resources and training
      videos
 
Graduate Student Professional Development Workshop (GSPDW)
College of Sciences, NC State University, 2016
  • 24 hours over a 3-day retreat in Chapel Hill, NC with Career Development Center staff; earned certificate
  • Included presentations, in-depth instruction, hands-on learning, communication practice, and networking
  • Nominated by the Department of Marine, Earth, and
      Atmospheric Sciences as the representative of the
      department
Science Communication Workshop
The Graduate School, NC State University, 2016
  • 9 hours of talks on how to effectively communicate
      science, guided practice on adapting science
      messages to different audiences, and social media
      and mainstream media training
Research Educator Exchange Forum (REEF)
Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Southeast (COSEE SE), 2013
  • 12-hour (2-day) workshop of collaborative discussions with science educators and outreach organizations
  • Exchanged outreach ideas among working groups and through a communication expert panel discussion
Geoscience Education (GeoEd) Teaching & Learning Research Seminar
Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University, 2013
  • 45 hours over 15 weeks; semester-long course 
  • Analyzed and discussed GeoEd research papers weekly; focused on proven learning and teaching techniques (including all levels of Bloom's taxonomy) to develop student-focused, active-learning, flipped classroom lesson plans and activities
  • Used validated instruments to analyze teaching effectiveness and performance
  • Developed a 75-minute lesson plan for an introductory
      meteorology course including learning objectives,
      think-pair-share discussions, a short formative
      assessment, and a detailed grading rubric
  • This course is now called MEA 507: Discipline-based Education Research in the Geosciences

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