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Academic Scientists at Work: The Job Talk

If you want to win the race, you need to present what the search committee, department chair, and all the department faculty need to see and hear to motivate them to offer you a position. Chances are the position will be in a department with faculty members who have varied research interests, all of whom have some stake in the hire. Hence, your audience will be a complex mix of scientists with distinct and diverse standards. While this sounds challenging, good organization and a clear idea of what is expected will help you in your quest for the dream position. This article will discuss what you need to present in your job talk, how to organize it, and how to prepare your slides.

Boss, Jeremy M. and Susan H. Eckert. Science (2004). Careers>Presentations>Research


Analyzing Computer-Mediated Communication in Professional Environments: An Activity Theory Approach

CMC is not an end in itself, but a way to accomplish cyclical work objectives. CMC genres are part of an ecology of genres, providing additional ways to communicate, ways that interact with other genres. To understand how these ecologies of genres work in professional environments, we must understand the activities they mediate. To investigate, I (and many others in professional communication) have turned to field studies.

Spinuzzi, Clay. SlideShare (2012). Presentations>Research>Workplace>Activity Theory


Do A Presentation At The STC 42nd Annual Conference!   (PDF)

Both old hands and newcomers can create a plan to do a presentation at the next STC Annual Conference. Simply follow this 5-step process: (1) Understand the call for proposals. (2) Discover possible topics to develop. (3) Identify gifts--something of value--to give your audience in your presentation and in your paper (if you do one). (4) Think of appealing gift wraps to attract your hearers and readers. (5) Prepare a thorough proposal for the Program Committee. This process works best in a workshop where the participants can form a critical mass for creative excitement, help one another generate ideas--and have fun!

Dean, Morris. STC Proceedings (1994). Presentations>TC>Research>STC


Identity, Research Funding, and Political Economy

Five presentations about supporting research, particularly for junior faculty, within the present funding and support structures offered by academic departments.

Rude, Carolyn D., Kelli Cargile Cook, Ryan M. Moeller, Cheryl E. Ball and Joanna Castner Post. CPTSC (2005). Presentations>Management>Research


Interdisciplinary/Inter-Program Research

Two presentations about collaboration in research between diverse departments and units.

Brady, Ann, Robert R. Johnson, Michael J. Salvo and Tammy S. Conard-Salvo. CPTSC (2005). Presentations>Collaboration>Research


Mastering Your Ph.D.: Giving a Great Presentation

The trick to giving a great presentation is to be prepared, know your stuff, and practice your talk until it feels completely natural to stand up in front of an audience. Perhaps your first presentation will be in an informal setting with other members of your lab during a weekly or monthly group meeting. Or you may be asked to give a talk to the entire department. At some point (and count yourself lucky if you're given the chance this early in your career), you may even be invited to present your research at a large regional or international conference.

Gosling, Patricia and Bart Noordam. Science (2006). Articles>Presentations>Research


New Media in the Disciplines

A discussion of how to teach and present research using engaging new presentation technologies.

Dubisar, Abby. Prezi (2011). Presentations>Web Design>Research>Multimedia


Organizing an Analysis for a Review of Published Literature

This handout explains the features and functions of a talk that reviews published literature.

conneXions (2008). Articles>Presentations>Research>Usability


Preparing and Delivering Oral Presentations

This series of 28 slides provides instruction on preparing and delivering oral presentations. The first portion of the lesson focuses on classic principles of accessibility, understandability, and design. Later in the PowerPoint, significant attention is given to issues of delivery and audience response. Photographic examples of stance, gesture, and expression emphasize how excellence in oral presentation depends upon numerous, interlocking parts: visual, verbal, emotional, and physical.

conneXions (2008). Presentations>Research>Presentations>Usability


Technical Communication Research: A Call for Action

Argues for an increased emphasis on research in technical communication education.

Spilka, Rachel. CPTSC (2005). Presentations>Education>Research

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