Fall 2016 English Pronunciation Workshops for International Post-docs and Research Associates

This is a three-part workshop series. The series is designed for post-docs and research associates who are interested in improving their English pronunciation. American undergraduates in the Speech Science department will facilitate small group activities. Altinsel will also provide materials for participants’ self-study. It is highly recommended that you attend all three parts. Please find details here.

Workshop on Developing Communication & Conflict Management Skills for Optimal Productivity

The Graduate School and Postdoctoral Office are sponsoring a workshop on Developing Communication & Conflict Management Skills for Optimal Productivity on Friday, November 4th from 10am-2:30 PM in 110 Chittenden Hall. Join this interactive workshop to learn about communication skills, and how to use them to set expectations. Registration is limited and required; please sign up at https://o.grad.msu.edu/workshopRegistration/  See the flyer for more information.

Teaching narrative/philosophy workshop – Oct 19th @ 5:10 in PSSB A155

Are you planning to, or already applying to positions that include a strong teaching component? Do you need to include a teaching philosophy or statement? Are you unclear on how to approach such an endeavor? Join us on Wednesday October 19th from 5:10 – 7:10 PM in room A155 of Plant Soil Sciences building. Melissa McDaniels will be holding a Teaching narrative/philosophy workshop. An RSVP is required to attend this event, as seating is limited. Melissa will have some pre-workshop guidelines/instructions for those who RSVP.

If you were unable to attend the Teaching essentials seminar on September 20th, you can find Melissa’s presentation and other valuable resources on Melissa’s MSU-PDA webpage at http://melissamcdaniels.com/msupda/.

RSVP now to reserve your spot :  pda(at)grd(dot)msu(dot)edu

Michigan State University Postdoctoral Association Election and get together on Friday 22nd of April 2016 at noon in Chittenden Hall

Dear MSU Postdocs,

Please join us at the annual ELECTION OF OFFICERS for the MSU Postdoctoral Association Steering Committee and presentation of the Postdoctoral Excellence in Research
Awards! This is also a good occasion to get in touch with the other postdoc, so every postdoc at MSU is the most welcome to participate (but please RSVP ASAP!!).

Tuesday, April 22nd 2016, at 12:00 NOON in Chittenden Hall.

Also we are seeking individuals for the following PDA positions:
Webmaster – 2 positions
Secretary – 2 positions
Awards committee Co-chair – 1 position
Social committee Co-chair – 1 position
Social committee members – 3 positions
Handbook committee Co-chair – 2 positions

Please send in your nomination(s) to msu.pda@gmail.com with information if you are interested in any of these position.

If you do not wish to hold a specified PDA position but have creative ideas that could benefit the postdoc community, you can become a member-at-large and attend our
monthly PDA meetings.

We will have current subcommittee co-chairs briefly provide information to recruit possible candidates. We will also be accepting nominations at the meeting.

Food is being catered from Sultan’s, so please mark this date and join us at the Elections!


We hope to see you!

MSU Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (OVPRGS) and the MSU Postdoctoral Office announce a new initiative to recognize exceptional postdoctoral fellows and research associates for their contributions. Nominations/applications are due by February 5th, 2016, to be awarded during the Spring 2016 semester.
The detailed call for the MSU Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award is below.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the MSU-PDA (msu.pda@gmail.com)