“Graduate Professionalization in a Changing Institutional Climate” Friday, March 10th, 2017

Visiting faculty: 

• Tim Kennedy, UW - Stevens Point
• Abby Neely, Darthmouth
• Nathan Clough, University of Minnesota - Duluth
• Kyla Dahlin, Michigan State University

Lunch conversation: ‘Navigating the Job Market.’ (12:00 - 1:00, Rm. 388).  An informal dialogue between graduate students and invited panelists about strategies for negotiating a rapidly changing job market. Though we intend this conversation to be relatively open and semi-structured, we anticipate the topics will include: making decisions about where to apply for positions, managing the labor of dissertation writing and application submission, preparing job letters, job talks and for campus visits, and negotiating salaries and benefits. 

Panel discussion: ‘Academic Careers: The Early Years.’ (3:30 - 5:00, Rm. 180). The panel will broadly focus on issues related to teaching, research, and service. It will be open to everyone on campus. We hope this will provide a space for an open conversation between students seeking academic careers and junior faculty who are currently navigating their first years at different institutions.

To start off the panel discussion, we will invite panelists to offer brief (~one minute) reflections – as a junior faculty member – on a few thematic areas:
• Discovering and navigating the expectations of your institution.
• Strategies for surviving your first year(s) on the job.
• Developing teaching philosophy and practice in your first year(s).
• Building strategies for advising and mentorship.
• Transitioning from PhD to faculty research and scholarship.
• Undertaking service as a junior faculty member in your department?

We will then open up the conversation to address themes that emerge from these responses and ask for questions from the audience.

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception in the department (in room 175).

"Fighting for the Future: Competing Land-use Models in the History of Protected Areas in the Amazon"

Raoni Rajao,  Federal University of Minas Gerais

Geographers and more recently science and technology scholars have recognized the role of maps, remote sensing imagery and land-use models in not only representing but also governing the territory. As a consequence, these spatial representations have started to be studies not only for their epistemological aspects (i.e in/visibilities and their consequences) but also for the ways in which they perform the world in specific ways. Drawing upon this ongoing debate, this study examines the different land-use models that have shaped the creation of protected areas in the Amazon from the 1970s to the present. In particular, it shows that foresters, soil experts, veterinarians and more recently, biologists and simulation modelers have supported and fostered specific visions of both the present and the future of the Amazon. This examination indicates the central role of science and technology in both the colonization (and destruction) of the rainforest and the attempts to protect it. Furthermore, it reveals how the visions of the future embedded in these land-use models have been shaping the region in the last four decades. 

Friday, March 31st, 3:30 pm, 180 Science Hall