Informal Chats

Finding and Landing an Academic Job
Thursday, November 15 • 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Coordinator: Catheryn Koss, ESPO Publications Committee Rep
New Faculty will share their experiences with academic job hunts. From finding and applying for positions to surviving on-campus interviews, panelists will offer practical tips. newly-hired faculty will be joined by panelists who served on search committees to share advice from the hiring institution's perspective.

Writing, Dissertations, and Publications...Oh, My!
Thursday, November 15 • 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Coordinator: Kristen Porter, ESPO Past Chair
This lively chat opens with a brief presentation on three topic: Master's thesis/capstone, Dissertations, and Publishing. This is followed by facilitated break out tables to share best practices, resources, and cater to your specific questions. Focus on one area or stop by all three tables. For anyone interested, this chat will be followed by an informal dinner outing.

Lifelong Learning: Addressing the Diverse Educational Needs of Gerontology Students and Stakeholders
Friday, November 16 • 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Coordinator: Lisa Juckett, ESPO Rep to AGHE
The field of gerontology is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with an array of learning styles. Due to variations in how gerontology stakeholders learn best, multifaceted teaching approaches are needed to ensure that different educational needs are being met effectively. This group discussion will address how innovative teaching strategies can be implemented across a broad range of contexts from the classroom with gerontology students to the workplace with older employees. Specific strategies to be covered will include readiness assurance testing, practice-based learning, and inter-generational work programs as well as additional experiences from discussion attendees.

ESPO International Task Force Roundtable
Saturday, November 17  •  8:30 to 10 am
Coordinator: Minzhi Ye and Joonsick Yoon, ESPO International Task Force Chairs
This informal chat will enable international members and individuals with international research interests to get to know peers with similar interests and to share ideas.  Discussion will involve challenges of conducting international research and being successful as an emerging international scholar as well as resources, tips, and strategies for overcoming these challenges.

The Road to Independence: GSA/ESPO and NIA Collaborative Chat on Strategies for Successful Career Transition
Saturday, November 17 • 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Coordinator: Jamie Justice, ESPO Chair
Join discussions with NIA, Butler-Williams Scholars, and early-career GSA/ESPO members. Topics to include: 1. NIA grant mechanisms, review, and training opportunities (e.g. NIA's Butler-Williams Scholars Program); 2. Career development and support through GSA and ESPO; 3. Hot topics for transitional members: partnering independence with mentoring; job search and interviews; work-life balance.

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