12 June 2020 | How to teach online: Tips and tricks for teaching assistants

Short description
This short workshop is for PhD researchers and postdocs who wish to get a better insight into how to design classroom activities online. It will teach you tips and tricks that you can use to improve your own teaching.

Target group
PhD researchers who have already gained some teaching experience

Date and time
12 June 2020, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Instructor
Dr. Annika Zorn is Director of PhD programmes and Digital Learning at the Hertie School. For many years, she has taught teaching skills to PhD researchers at the European University Institute (EUI) and created a Teaching Summer School for international PhD researchers. She is the founder of an online school and integrates new practices into learning and teaching that enhance the experience for learners (and teachers). She has also trained senior staff from European institutions (train the trainers).

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12, 15, and 16 June 2020 | Plan early for life after the PhD: Career orientation

Short description
Drowned in the empirics or your PhD? If you cannot yet imagine submitting, the timing is perfect for considering life after the PhD. What career do you want to pursue? Which skills do you have that you would like to bring to the world? Plan ahead in the middle of your PhD phase and enjoy a smoother career transition.

Target group
PhD researchers a year or two before submission

Goal
In this workshop, you will start to build your own career plan. You will analyse your profile to develop a clear view of your skill set, your fields of interest and your career-related values. We discuss potential jobs for social scientists with a PhD, their requirements and strategies for entering the job market.

Contents
Day 1: What am I good at? Looking into skills and competencies; What does career mean to me?
Day 2: How do I make my career suit my life? Exploring interests and values
Day 3: It’s my career: Making plans come to life
Methods: You will have the opportunity to discuss in the plenary, work in small groups, coach each other in peer tandems and to work individually on your career plans.

Date and time
12, 15 and 16 June 2020, 9:15 am to 12:30 pm

Instructor
Dr. Christiane Kasack works as a coach and workshop facilitator. As a certified business coach and career counsellor, she supports personal development in time- and self-management as well as career planning. In 2011, Christiane earned a PhD in the Social Sciences from the Freie Universität Berlin. After two years of post-doc work, she turned to managing the Hertie School’s PhD programmes and later, the career development programmes for postdocs at the Head Office of the Helmholtz Association.

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June/July 2020 (tba.) | How to write with policy impact (two editions)

Short description
Policymakers, editors and business leaders tend to be pressed for time and receive too much information. Researchers who want their arguments to influence policy must learn how to communicate key messages as clearly as possible.

Target group
All interested PhD researchers and postdocs

Goal
By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Have gained a better understanding of the cultural gap between policymakers and researchers;
  • Have developed a publication strategy for a piece of research, defining impact objectives, audiences and types of output;
  • Have improved their sense of ‘good writing’ and learned how to write clearly and with purpose;
  • Have written and pitched an op-ed;
  • Have written a policy brief.

Contents
The seminar will cover writing concise and accessible texts. Participants will learn how to structure an argument and formulate recommendations. They will gain an understanding of different publication formats and develop publications strategies to maximise impact and reach the right audiences. This is a hands-on class. Participants will develop a style guide and practice how to recognise and avoid jargon. They will write their own op-eds and learn how to pitch to a news outlet. They will write policy briefs, which will be peer-reviewed and discussed in class.

Date and time
tba. (June/July 2020)

Instructors
Sophia Besch is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform Berlin office, as well as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. She is also the host of the CER podcast. She holds degrees in International Security and International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.

Bernhard Knoll-Tudor is the Director of Executive Education at the Hertie School.

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Fall 2020 (dates tba.) | Writing your journal article: From draft to submission. Getting your journal article ready for submission in eight weeks

Short description
Based on the work of academic writing experts, this course helps you get your article ready for submission to your chosen journal. It shares strategies for achieving success in the academic writing arena, including setting up a work schedule, identifying appropriate journals for submission, clarifying arguments and organising material. It will also help you fine-tune your article for your chosen journal, as well as more generally polish your language and writing.

Target group
PhDs who would like to translate a thesis chapter into a journal article

Goal
The goal of this course is to aid participants in taking their papers from classroom quality to journal quality and in overcoming anxiety about academic publishing in the process.

Contents
The course includes weekly sections focusing on the following topics:

  • Designing your plan for writing
  • Advancing your argument
  • Selecting the right journal
  • Crafting your claims for significance in your literature review
  • Analysing and presenting your evidence
  • Strengthening the structure of your argument
  • Opening and concluding your article
  • Submitting your article

The online skills workshop itself will be part lecture, part workshop: That is, a combination of learning and doing. We will work a lot on working with each other.

Date and time
tba. (fall term 2020)

Instructor
Dr. Jeffrey Verhey has taught at the Freie Universität Berlin, at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the Max Planck Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Cologne, among others, and was a fellow in 1992-93 at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Verhey received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

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7 April 2020 | Time and self-management for the home office

Short description
This course looks at the changes we need to make to be successful at working from home in these turbulent times.

Target group
All PhD researchers

Date and time
7 April 2020, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Contents
The workshop teaches mental and practical techniques with the goal of maintaining our physical well-being while taking an agile approach to our daily work.

Instructor
Mark Edwards has been working with PhD researchers in Germany to help them transform their communication in English for the past ten years. Mark gained more than fifteen years' experience of working in blue-chip companies and as a National Training Manager for a network of over 300 businesses. Since 2010, Mark has been successfully delivering specialised English courses in Germany in association with Kompetenzia International. Clients include major universities and research institutes in addition to well-known national companies.

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24 April 2020 | How to teach online: Tips and tricks for teaching assistants

Short description
This short workshop is for PhD researchers and postdocs who wish to gain a better insight into how to design classroom activities online. It will teach you tips and tricks that you can use to improve your own teaching.

Target group
PhD researchers who have already gained some teaching experience

Date and time
24 April 2020, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Instructor
Dr. Annika Zorn is the Director of PhD programmes and Digital Learning at the Hertie School. For many years, she has taught teaching skills to PhD researchers at the European University Institute (EUI) and created a Teaching Summer School for international PhD researchers. She is the founder of an online school and integrates new practices into learning and teaching that enhance the experience for learners (and teachers). She has also trained senior staff from European Institutions (train the trainers).

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28 April - 16 June 2020 | Writing your journal article: From draft to submission. Getting your journal article ready for submission in eight weeks

Short description
Based on the work of academic writing experts, this course helps you get your article ready for submission to your chosen journal. It shares strategies for achieving success in the academic writing arena, including setting up a work schedule, identifying appropriate journals for submission, clarifying arguments and organising material. It will also help you to fine-tune your article for your chosen journal, as well as more generally to polish your language and writing.

Target group
PhDs who would like to translate a thesis chapter into a journal article

Goal
The goal of this course is to aid participants in taking their papers from classroom quality to journal quality and in overcoming anxiety about academic publishing in the process.

Contents
The course includes weekly sections focusing on the following topics:

  • Designing your plan for writing
  • Advancing your argument
  • Selecting the right journal
  • Crafting your claims for significance in your literature review
  • Analysing and presenting your evidence
  • Strengthening the structure of your argument
  • Opening and concluding your article
  • Submitting your article

The online skills workshop itself will be part lecture, part workshop: That is, a combination of learning and doing. We will work a lot on working with each other.

After the online skills workshop you can also attend 4 online sessions of guided academic writers' groups with a native speaker and English academic writing expert (one session a week, from 19 June - 10 July).

Date and time
Workshop: 28 April - 16 June 2020, Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 pm (5 May and 12 May 2:00 - 4:00 pm)

Online writers' groups (with Dr. Luita Spangler, Freie Universität Berlin): 19 June - 10 July, Fridays 10:00-11:30 am

Instructor
Dr. Jeffrey Verhey (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Language Centre)

Dr. Jeffrey Verhey has taught at the Freie Universität Berlin, at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the Max Planck Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Cologne, among others, and was a fellow in 1992-93 at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Verhey received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

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6, 7, and 14 May 2020 | How to write with policy impact

Short description
Policymakers, editors and business leaders tend to be pressed for time and receive too much information. Researchers who want their arguments to influence policy must learn how to communicate key messages as clearly as possible.

Target group
All interested PhD researchers and postdocs

Goal
By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Have gained a better understanding of the cultural gap between policymakers and researchers;
  • Have developed a publication strategy for a piece of research, defining impact objectives, audiences and types of output;
  • Have improved their sense of ‘good writing’ and learned how to write clearly and with purpose;
  • Have written and pitched an op-ed;
  • Have written a policy brief.

Contents
The seminar will cover writing concise and accessible texts. Participants will learn how to structure an argument and formulate recommendations. They will gain an understanding of different publication formats and develop publications strategies to maximise impact and reach the right audiences. This is a hands-on class. Participants will develop a style guide and practice how to recognise and avoid jargon. They will write their own op-eds and learn how to pitch to a news outlet. They will write policy briefs, which will be peer-reviewed and discussed in class.

Date and time

6, 7, and 14 May 2020, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Instructor
Sophia Besch is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform Berlin office, as well as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. She is also the host of the CER podcast. She holds degrees in International Security and International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.

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25-29 May 2020 | Introduction to teaching in higher education

Short description
The course introduces participants to the theory and practice of teaching in higher education. They can apply what they have learned in practical exercises, for example through individual teaching sessions.

Target group
PhD researchers who teach classes

Goal
This course will provide the participants with skills to design a course proposal. Both the course proposal and certificate should form part of your portfolio when you apply for a teaching position.

Contents
In addition to the presentation of conceptual tools and strategies for good teaching and learning, including inclusive classroom teaching, some time will be allocated to practical exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in short teaching practice slots. Participants will further be introduced to best practices in course design and develop their own course design which they can then add to their academic portfolio.

Date and time

25-29 May 2020, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm (except 27 May, 2:00-5:30pm)

Teaching slots: 3 June 8:00am-2:00pm, 4 June 2:00-7:00pm, 5 June 2:00-7:00pm

Instructor
Dr. Annika Zorn is the Director of PhD programmes and Digital Learning at the Hertie School. For many years, she has taught teaching skills to PhD researchers at the European University Institute (EUI) and created a Teaching Summer School for international PhD researchers. She is the founder of an online school and integrates new practices into learning and teaching that enhance the experience for learners (and teachers). She also trained senior staff from European Institutions (train the trainers).

Guest instructor
Charlotte Reinisch is the Managing Director of the Research Training Group DYNAMICS, a joint endeavour of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Hertie School.

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