Public engagement includes “intentional, meaningful interactions that provide opportunities for mutual learning between scientists and the public.” Mutual learning means that, we as scientists, learn from different communities with a breadth of perspectives, as well as the public learning from scientists and engineers. Goals for public engagement may vary depending on the individual. Broadly, the goal is to increase civic engagement, increase awareness of science findings, and recognize multiple perspectives. There are different pathways for public engagement and many ways graduate students can become involved in public engagement. The resources provided to you with this handout catalog local and national opportunities for you to become engaged, or receive support for your ideas.
The Faculty Search Process
If you are interested in becoming a tenure-track faculty, you will want to learn more about the process. Departments form search committees that will write the announcement for the position and review the applications that are received. The search committee considers your research impact thus far (where you have presented at conferences, in what journals you have published, existing collaborations or applications of your research), your teaching potential (including previous teaching and mentoring experiences), and your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion activities and plan. We have additional information on the faculty search, including questions to ask and that you may be asked.