Your First Year in a Ph.D. Program Article

Typically articles focus on the end stages of the doctoral-student career as soon-to-be Ph.D.’s prepare for the job market. But this article takes a step back and offers advice to those just starting out in a doctoral programs.

Your First Year in a P.h.D. Program Article
By By Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong

Forces of Change:Law, Policy and Equity in Washington State Education

Friday, October 11, 2013
(Seattle Public Schools Professional Development Day)

9:00am – 3:15pm

University of Washington, School of Law

Join the University of Washington School of Law and the Education Law & Policy Society for a day of lively discussions, debate, and learning about school reform in Washington State.

Engage with policy makers, educators, public education lawyers, and scholars through panel discussions, lightning talks, two inspiration keynote addresses and Q &A sessions.

Be a part of the solution!

Clock hours available; CLE credits pending


More information forthcoming!

From Dissertation to Book: Writing for the Real WorldSession with University of Washington Press Editors

June 4, 1:30–3:30 p.m.,
Odegaard, Room 220
Many graduate students imagine eventually turning their dissertation into a book but are unsure of what may be involved or how to begin. Join UW Press editors for an overview of academic book publishing and a discussion of how successful books differ from dissertations; what presses do; how to identify and approach an academic press; and emerging topics such as e-books and open access. Graduate students, junior faculty, and other interested members of the UW community are welcome. The session will be recorded for those who are interested but unable to attend. Seating is limited, so reserve a seat today →

Meet, Greet, Teach (MGT): Death of Art, Death of Science

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
5:00-6:30 PM
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012

Free to attend.  RSVP requested by Thursday, May 23, 2013

Can the totally rational, reductionist environmental scientist really understand the world without the creativity of music, visual art, dance, or poetry?  Can the artist attempting to capture the archetype of environmental loss create a richer tableau by knowing something about how the physical world works?   If society, or a university undergoing budget cuts, slashes one side, will the other be poorer?

We learn – and teach – that art and science are worlds apart.  The right and left brains. Rigorous versus creative.  Absinthe versus beer.

Or should we reconsider that thesis?

Join us for the final MGT of the year for provocative comments from artists and scientists on how our worlds collide, even as the ships pass.


  • Jennifer Bean, Director, Cinema and Media      Studies; Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
  • Philip Govedare, Professor and Graduate      Coordinator, School of Art
  • Richard Karpen, Director, School of Music;      Professor, Digital Arts and Experimental Medida (DXARTS)
  • Bruce Nelson, Professor, Earth & Space      Sciences; Associate Dean for Research, College of the Environment

MGT is an evening series offering graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty with an interest in engaging in artful, interactive, innovative teaching a chance to interact with colleagues from across campus who are willing to share their enthusiasm and experience.  
Each MGT focuses on a single “30,000 foot” issue: What is interdisciplinary? The role of facts versus values. Can personalized teaching be objective teaching? Saving STEM.

Over a glass of wine and light appetizers, attendees have a chance to mix and mingle before settling down to a 30-minute “fast panel” of 3-5 faculty, each delivering thought – and conversation – provoking answers. With time for both structured and social interaction, MGT presents an opportunity for everyone to have a say, make a contact, find a shared direction, and learn something new.

Wanting more follow-up? We’ll wrap up the session with time for more one-on-one interaction, giving everyone time to grab a speaker for a final comment.

Highline Public Schools hosts our 4th Annual Language Learning Research Symposium-Tuesday, April 16th

Tuesday, April 16th, Highline Public Schools hosts our 4th Annual Language Learning Research Symposium.  This event will appeal to those interested in bilingual education/dual language immersion and ELLs.  It is a great opportunity to connect with thoughtful practitioners and to learn about how they are translating research and policy into practices that support student learning.   

 The event takes place from 4 – 7pm at Highline High School, located at 225 S. 152nd St, Burien, WA 98148.

 Some highlight of the event include:

- action research presentations

- panel discussions featuring students

- instructional demonstrations

- poster session

- free dinner (and free clock hours for those who might want them)

 If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email ( by Friday, April 12th.  Feel free to get in touch with questions.

Starting the Job Search

Are you starting the job search? Check out some of the adivce and articles from the Chronical of Higher Education. Topics varify from academia to professional searches.

Research and Development Work of the National Center on Scaling Up Effective High Schools- Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dr. Ellen Goldring

Thursday, February 21, 201

Miller Hall, room 320


 Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair

Professor of Education Policy and Leadership

Chair, Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations

Vanderbilt University

Meet, Greet, Teach (MGT): How Big is Your Data?-Tuesday, February 26, 2013

An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental IssuesRegister Now Tuesday, February 26, 2013
5:00-6:30 PM
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012

Free to attend.  Please register by Thursday, February 24, 2013.

How big is your data? And can your students grok it? In an era when datasets are mushrooming, the cloud is ever expanding, and environmental science is in dire need of multidisciplinary, real world information to document and address global change; how do we bring students to the party? Can “big data” make them more aware, make them care more?  Or is an onslaught of information more likely to create overload?  Where is the balance between ownership and understanding? Join us for MGT: How Big is Your Data? where we’ll hear from 4 faculty members who are convincing their students to dive headfirst into datasets larger than any one student could ever collect.


  • Andrew Connolly, Professor, Astronomy
  • Miles Logsdon, Senior Lecturer, Oceanography
  • James Lutz, Research Scientist, Environmental & Forest Sciences
  • Daniela Witten, Associate Professor, Biostatistics; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Statistics; Affiliate Investigator, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

Putting Your Research to Work: PhDs at Microsoft

Microsoft is hosting a webinar called Putting Your Research to Work: PhDs at Microsoft.

Tues, Feb 12, 6:00

Mon, Feb 25, noon

From dissertation to industry, from development to research — learn how your focus can be a fit at Microsoft.
To register, and to learn about Microsoft’s other webinars, go here –