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2016 Workshop for Early Career Success

July 8-10, 2016 at Gustavus Adolphus College

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The Midstates Consoritum for Math and Science is hosting a workshop for early career faculty, post-docs and graduate students in St. Peter, MN on the beautiful campus of Gustavus Adolphus College on the weekend of July 8-10, 2016. The workshop will be facilitated by three experienced faculty members. Dr. Mike Seymour is an analytical chemist at Hope College and is just starting as the Midstates Consortium's new Director.  Dr. Scott Burr is an organic chemist from Gustavus Adolphus College and Dr. Karen Nordell Pearson, also a chemist, currently serves as Hope's Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship. 

Online registration is open through Monday, June 27, 2016.  Advanced graduate students and postdocs interested in teaching at liberal arts colleges, newly hired tenure-track or term appointment faculty, and faculty just completing their first or second years are encouraged to participate.

Workshop Description: One of the goals for the weekend is to help each participant generate a strategic plan for the next 2-3 years of their career. This plan gives each participant time to focus on their goals, strategies and actions through creating a flexible and completely individualized plan. Another goal is to provide time for conversation between early career faculty as a mechanism for networking, sharing successes and challenges and encouraging one another. The weekend will be a mixture of time alone for reflection and strategic planning, time in small groups for giving each other feedback on your evolving plans, and time for discussions and presentations with the full group about teaching, pedagogies, establishing a research group, writing proposals for external funding, finding a mentor and much more. 

Please contact Dr. Mike Seymour with any questions about the workshop (

Please click here to register for the workshop.

Participants should plan to arrive on campus b5:00 PM on Friday, with the opening dinner at 6:00 PM. The program will conclude anoon on Sunday. Box lunches will be available for all participants. This is especially helpful for those that need to leave quickly for the airport or driving home.  The workshop coordinators will work to provide transportation to and from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airporton Friday and Sunday afternoon. More details on the coordination of those rides to campus once you register.