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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEO7007

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Current Status: -
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5460 2016-04-25
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geography AS
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Joni Downs (Firat)

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEO 7007 Doctoral Professional Development in Geosciences

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Doctoral Prof Development
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    This seminar is designed to prepare doctoral students for potential careers in academia. The goal is to guide students in: (1) choosing a career path , (2) setting goals , and (3) preparing for the job application process.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed to compete with national trends

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course will serve PhD students in the School of Geosciences to help them prepare for careers in academia. It is designed to support their professional development.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 1 time

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    PhD in Geography, Environmental Science & Policy, Geology, or related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    By the end of the semester, students will: (1) have a solid understanding of different academic positions and their associated teaching, research, and service workloads; and (2) set teaching, research, and service goals for remainder their graduate programs.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will (1) provide completed job application packets for a selected academic position, and (2) present a mini-job talk outlining current progress to degree, academic goals, and future plans.

    C. Major Topics

    C.V. preparation

    Types of academic jobs

    Academic life—teaching, research, and service

    The job application process

    What it takes to get a job—general overview

    Teaching—experience, philosophy, and prospectus

    Research—goals, productivity, and prospectus

    Google Scholar and Research Gate profiles, etc.

    Job application references—who to ask and their role in the process

    The job interview and job talk

    The publishing and review process

    Research ethics

    Once you get the job: Tenure and Promotion

    Citation metrics and other indices

    Planning the rest of your degree program

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out HIGHLIGHTS REPORT

    A National Survey of PhDs in Six Fields Principal Investigator Dr. Maresi Nerad

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Attendance & Participation 25%

    Reflection 5%

    C.V. 15%

    Cover Letter 10%

    Teaching Statement 15%

    Research Statement 15%

    Mini Job Talk 15%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests


    Teaching Statement

    Research Statement

    Cover Letter

    Mini Job Talk


    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Students should be familiar with the University Policy on Academic Integrity Make-up work must be arranged with the instructor prior to the last week of regular classes.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    PhD in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy; PhD in Geology

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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