Category Archives: Succeeding in Graduate School

Articles about professional development and seminar announcements.


Grim Job Talks are a Buzz Kill

This article from the Chronicle discusses five of the biggest mistakes candidates make when presenting a job talk at a university.  You’ll learn:

  • Why identifying your audience is important,
  • What committees are looking for when they evaluate your talk,
  • How to tailor your topic to your audience,
  • How you can demonstrate your teaching ability while giving a research talk, and
  • How to deal with the unexpected.

This article will also be helpful for students working on a seminar for their department or defense.  These are great opportunities to practice your speaking skills and get feedback from your peers.

Note: A subscription to the Chronicle is needed to read the full text of the article.  Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff will have access when they are logged into the Michigan Tech network.