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Professional Development Opportunities at Texas A&M

  • The Center for Teaching Excellence offers workshops on enhancement of the teaching practice, curriculum development, STEM teaching development, teaching portfolio development, etc., for those interested in an academic career.
  • Texas A&M is a member of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network. CIRTL is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. CIRTL uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. The goal of CIRTL is to improve the STEM learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby increasing the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation. Texas A&M-CIRTL offers a professional development program for postdoctoral researchers.
  • Some of the activities offered by the professional developmental program through the Division of Research at Texas A&M, including grant-writing workshops, are available to postdoctoral scholars.
  • Making the Right Moves is an excellent resource and guide to scientific management for postdocs in the STEM fields.

 

Career Development Opportunities at Texas A&M University

  • The Texas A&M Career Center offers a number of workshops that postdoctoral scholars are welcome to attend on a space available basis. An example of workshops that have been offered in the past can be be found here. For a current list of workshops open to postdocs contact the Career Center.

 

NSF and NIH Plans

 

Mentoring Resources

  • Texas A&M has created a Compact Between Graduate Students and Their Supervising Faculty to offer guiding principles intended to promote and support a positive mentoring relationship between graduate students and their supervising faculty. This compact is also useful for postdoctoral scholars. Compact Form

 

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

  • Both NIH and NSF have training grant requirements for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for responsible and ethical conduct of research.
    • For NIH requirement click here.
    • For an NIH RCR Training SOP click here.
    • For NSF implementation of RCR click here.
  • The Division of Research's Research Compliance and Biosafety units at Texas A&M offer training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  Training is offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative to familiarize researchers with research misconduct, data management, conflict of interest, collaborative science, responsible authorship, mentoring, peer review, animal research, and human subjects research.
  • The University of Illinois hosts the National Center for Professional & Research Ethics. The Center, sponsored by NSF, gathers and disseminates ethics resources, including educational curricula and online courses, reference materials, scholarly and research literature, and resources available for use in RCR education required by NSF and other funders of research. In addition, the site’s interactive community offers a place where users can publish and share scholarship, discuss ethics-related issues for professionals and researchers, and develop and share new course offerings.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Research Integrity provides an extensive listing of a wide variety of RCR resources.
  • For examples of RCR programs at other institutions see
  • For resources related to RCR from professional organizations
    • The National Academy of Engineering Online Ethics Center provides resources for the exploration of issues in the responsible conduct of research among students, postdoctoral fellows, and research fellows in a modular course in research ethics, as well as providing case studies and commentaries written by graduate students and postdocs.
    • The American Psychological Association has organized a list of the nine areas that RCR encompasses, as defined by federal agencies, and links to resources that investigators can use to obtain the information and training needed.