Schreyer Institute programs set

 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will be offering the following workshops in 315 Rider Building:

-- James Hamilton and staff from Penn State’s Center for Sustainability will present “The Field Guide to Teaching Sustainability at Penn State” from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 12. Speakers will present new online resources for faculty across the University. Created with funding from the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, the "Field Guide" offers a chance for instructors from all disciplines to submit their finest sustainability-oriented lessons, activities and other pedagogical material into a searchable database. This database will serve the entire community as a storehouse that can be tapped by teachers new to the material, as well as veterans searching for fresh approaches. This session will be offered in a face-to-face format in 315 Rider Building and via Polycom and Adobe Connect at Polycom will be available at University Park -- originating location: 315 Rider Building. If you do not see your campus listed above, please see your Instructional Design Specialist or contact us at or 814-863-2599. Participants are free to bring their own beverages and lunch. To register, visit

-- Kurt Johnson, director, Survey Research Center (SRC) will present “An Introduction to Effective Survey Questionnaire Design and Administration” from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 13. Johnson will discuss the major issues regarding questionnaire design including issues related to wording as well as best practices for administration of surveys across various survey design modes. Johnson is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the center and meeting with clients to provide expert advice and technical assistance in all aspects of the survey research process. He has more than 20 years of experience with all aspects of data management and collection. After receiving a doctorate in sociology at the University of Nebraska, Johnson served as project manager, research director, and assistant center director in survey units at Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska before becoming the director at the SRC at Penn State in 2007. His research interests include research with hard-to-reach populations, mental health and survey methodology. This event will be offered in a face-to- face format in 315 Rider Building, University Park and via Adobe Connect at To register, visit

Lauren Kooistra and Andrew Porter, graduate consultants with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, will lead “Preparing Your Job Talk” from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15. This interactive workshop will focus on how graduate students can give an effective job talk in an academic or industry setting. Kooistra and Porter will provide insight into giving a memorable job talk for a variety of audiences. Information will be offered on the elements to be included in any job talk and how to structure a talk for a specific audience. This workshop is part of a three-seminar series focusing on professional development and preparation for the job market. All graduate students and post-docs are welcome. To register, visit


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Last Updated January 09, 2015