iREDEFINE Workshop

The iREDEFINE workshop capitalizes on the unique environment provided by the ECEDHA conference to create a mechanism to motivate and prepare women and underrepresented minority (URM) students PhD students for pursuing faculty positions in US Universities. The unique opportunity arises due to the high concentration of ECE department chairs attending the event, most of whom are investing great efforts in increasing the diversity of their faculty. 

The workshop format will balance the effective aspects of the previous three years with feedback received from the participants. In particular, ECE PhD students will have significantly more opportunities to interact with department chairs to learn about their programs, potential faculty positions, and expectations of new faculty. The iREDEFINE Fellows will also have the opportunity to present their research projects and participate in dedicated programming including sessions on negotiation strategies, writing successful proposals, effective teaching methods, and navigating the academic job search including CV review and mock interviews. The iREDEFINE workshop will prepare women and URM PhD students for rewarding academic careers and provide them with a professional network of peers and mentors.






iREDEFINE Workshop Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 19

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Opening Remarks & Getting to Know Each Other
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Evening Reception with ECE Department Heads and Chairs

Friday, March 20

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
8:00 am - 8:30 am Spotlight Breakfast with ECE Department Heads and Chairs
8:30 am - 9:30 am Mentoring Graduate Students
9:30 am - 12:15 pm Negotiation Skills: Strategies for Success
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Networking Break
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Student Poster Session Luncheon
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Effective Teaching Methods
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Keynote: Rachel Hutter, Senior Vice President, International FOS and Worldwide Safety, Health & Engineering, The Walt Disney Company
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm CV Review and Mock Interviews
5:30 pm - 5:45 pm Networking Break
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm Types of Academic Institutions
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm ECExpo Reception

Saturday, March 21

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
8:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 10:00 am Writing Successful Proposals
10:00 am - 10:30 am ECExpo Networking Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Panel with junior faculty members
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ECExpo Luncheon
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Q&A - Panel with iREDEFINE Committee Members

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