SPSPotlight: January 2015

Feature Stories

Tips for Making Your CV Look Better-- Right Now!

By Stefanie Tignor, Member-at-Large

New year, new you…new CV? If you feel like you’ve been updating the same old document forever, you’re not alone. We’ve got a terrific assortment of advice to help you quickly and easily break the cycle of the boring, disorganized CV. Read more.

Being a Minority in Academia: Some Unexpected Challenges

By Leigh Smith, The University of Texas at Austin

Many of us learn about the role of race in a number of social contexts in our graduate programs, but have you ever thought about how race might affect your peers’ experiences in graduate school? Read about the realities of racial discrimination from one graduate student’s perspective, and her personal advice for students. Read more.

Interviews With Psychologists

Each issue we ask professors a question that provides useful information to students.

How do you continue to learn as a faculty member? Are there steps you take to stay current with contemporary issues, methods, or statistics (e.g., what do you read or what resources do you use)?

Click here to read their answers.

Teaching Tip of the Month

Your source for quick, useful advice on teaching.

Professors who were voted the best in America were more likely to say that they give students the benefit of the doubt and accommodate personal issues throughout the semester, even when it can be tough to do so. So, be sure to cut your students some slack!

–Liz Keneski, GSC President, summarizing a finding from What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

 

Ubiquitous Undergrads: Tips for Grad School Interviews

By Nick Brown, Member-at-Large for Undergraduate Affairs

1) Dress professionally.
This is the time to look your best. Ask a friend to approve your outfit(s). Keep in mind the weather of where you are interviewing, too.

2) Ask lots of questions.
Come prepared with questions for the faculty and students in the program; it signals that you are truly interested. While the faculty want to get to know you, it’s also an opportunity for you to see if you want to be there long-term.
 
3) Act as if you are always being evaluated.
Some interviews have social functions, such as dinners and mixers, for potential students. It’s safer to act as if every minute is an interview (formal or not, with students or faculty).


 

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