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Professional Development from ESA

Get your professional development from your professional society! Beginning in fall 2023, ESA is adding scientific, technical and professional virtual content as a benefit to members and certified ecologists, and a resource for the community. While we ramp up to full capacity and resource, keep note of this page and our webinars schedule — and your email inbox — for opportunities to gain valuable skills at a fraction of the cost you’ll find elsewhere. And as always, ESA members save the most!

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Upcoming Sessions

Introduction to Bayesian Modeling in Ecology

Facilitated by the Center for Wildlife Studies

Embark on a dynamic 3-day course tailored for ecologists and wildlife scientists of all career levels, especially students and recent graduates, where you’ll delve deep into the world of Bayesian modeling in ecology. Through hands-on sessions, uncover the power of R, utilizing tools like JAGS and rjags to fit Bayesian models with precision. Engage in group exercises, sharpening your understanding of prior and posterior distributions while exploring the unparalleled flexibility of Bayesian modeling. By the end, you’ll emerge equipped with the skills and confidence to elevate your ecological research to new heights, with practical applications across various scientific domains.

  • Who is this for?: Any ecologist or wildlife scientist who needs to analyze data.
  • Career Level: All levels, but particularly useful for students and recent graduates participation from those in undergraduate or early master’s programs.
  • Prerequisite Education or Experience: Experience with using the statistical software R to fit statistical models.

April 22–24, 2024 5:00 – 7:00 PM ET

Participation worth 1.5 CEU toward ESA recertification in Category I(a)

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* By purchasing this course, you acknowledge that your name and email address will be shared with the Center for Wildlife Studies, and that you consent to receive communications from them.

Visual Storytelling Using MS PowerPoint: Tips, Tricks and Best Practices for the Visual Components of Your Next Presentation

Crafting an effective scientific presentation requires a diverse set of skills, including familiarity with MS PowerPoint features, creating visually appealing slides, developing a cohesive visual style, and commanding and directing audience members’ attention – and that’s just the visual component of presentations! This workshop aims to help participants develop a clear, unique style through critical analysis of others’ presentations. After this workshop, participants should be able to use PowerPoint as an art medium to craft narratives and convey ideas through color, iconography, and design. Prior to the workshop, participants are invited to prepare up to three slides on which they would most like to receive constructive feedback.

  • Who is this for?: Anyone looking to enhance their visual presentations, especially if presenting at the ESA Annual Meeting or a similar scientific conference. Graduate students working on capstones or their dissertation defense may find it particularly useful, as can professionals who feel they have more to learn about PowerPoint features or visual storytelling.
  • Career Level: Any career level, however, students and early career ecologists may find it more beneficial. 
  • Prerequisite Education or Experience: This workshop assumes a basic familiarity with MS PowerPoint. Participants should have created a PowerPoint presentation at least once in the past.

May 14, 2024, 2:00-4:00 PM ET

Participation worth 0.5 CEU toward ESA recertification in Category I(b) 

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Tips and Tricks for a Successful Poster Presentation

Gain confidence in your poster presentation skills with this interactive workshop. Learn about effective presentation techniques, the dos and don’ts of poster making, and how to set yourself up for success at your next poster presentation. This 90-minute workshop will provide the foundation for an effective poster design and offer insight into the innerworkings of developing a ‘pitch’ for your poster.

  • Who is this for?: Anyone interested in presenting a poster at the Annual Meeting or wants to enhance their presentation skills in general. 
  • Career Level: Any career level, however, students and early career ecologists may find it more beneficial. 
  • Prerequisite Education or Experience: Participants do not need any prior education or experience, just an interest in wanting to enhance their presentation and communication skills. 

May 21, 2024, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Participation worth 0.38 CEU toward ESA recertification in Category I(b) 

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Ongoing Series

From Application to Negotiation: Your Roadmap to Landing Academic Positions

Empower yourself and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to secure your desired academic positions. This comprehensive webinar series, consisting of 7 sessions split between May and October, will explore every aspect of academic career development. These sessions will cover crucial topics, including crafting impactful research and teaching philosophy statements, developing effective DEI statements, perfecting cover letters, excelling in Zoom interviews, confidently navigating on-campus interviews, and mastering negotiation best practices.

  • Who is this for?: The primary audience includes students and early-career researchers interested in working at academic institutions. This series could also be very useful to current faculty (mid-career or senior) who advise students on building application materials.
  • Career Level: Useful to all career levels, but most applicable to recent graduates and early-career.
  • Prerequisite Education or Experience: None.

Starts May 1, 2024 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

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Individual Sessions

Writing an Effective Research Statement
The first webinar of the “From Application to Negotiation: Your Roadmap to Landing Academic Positions” webinar series is designed to provide practical experience in composing essential documents for academic applications. Participants will learn to articulate their expertise and achievements effectively in writing, understand the implicit expectations in academia, and develop a robust outline for a research statement

  • Who is this for?: The primary audience includes students and early-career researchers interested in working at academic institutions. This series could also be very useful to current faculty (mid-career or senior) who advise students on building application materials.
  • Career Level: Useful to all career levels, but most applicable to recent graduates and early-career.
  • Prerequisite Education or Experience: None, but participants should have an updated CV to reference.

May 1, 2024 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

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Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy Statement
This second webinar of the “From Application to Negotiation: Your Roadmap to Landing Academic Positions” webinar series is designed for a practical experience in writing essential documents for academic applications, particularly focusing on teaching statements. Participants will learn to effectively communicate their expertise and accomplishments in writing, understand the unspoken norms of academia, and depart with a solid outline for a teaching statement.

  • Who is this for?: The primary audience includes students and early-career researchers interested in working at academic institutions. This series could also be very useful to current faculty (mid-career or senior) who advise students on building application materials.
  • Career Level: Useful to all career levels, but most applicable to recent graduates and early-career.
  • Prerequisite Education or Experience: None, but participants should have an updated CV to reference

May 8, 2024 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

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Writing an Effective DEI Statement
This third webinar of the “From Application to Negotiation: Your Roadmap to Landing Academic Positions” webinar series aims to provide practical experience in crafting essential documents for academic applications, specifically focusing on DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) statements. Participants will learn to effectively showcase their expertise and achievements in writing, understand the implicit norms of academia, and depart with a solid outline for a DEI statement.

  • Who is this for?: The primary audience includes students and early-career researchers interested in working at academic institutions. This series could also be very useful to current faculty (mid-career or senior) who advise students on building application materials.
  • Career Level: Useful to all career levels, but most applicable to recent graduates and early-career.
  • Prerequisite Education or Experience: None, but participants should have an updated CV to reference

May 22, 2024 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

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Bringing Together Your Cover Letter
This fourth webinar of the “From Application to Negotiation: Your Roadmap to Landing Academic Positions” webinar series is designed to provide practical training in drafting essential documents for academic applications, with a focus on cover letters. Participants will learn to effectively communicate their expertise and achievements in written form, gain insight into the implicit norms of academia, and leave with a well-defined outline for a cover letter.

  • Who is this for?: The primary audience includes students and early-career researchers interested in working at academic institutions. This series could also be very useful to current faculty (mid-career or senior) who advise students on building application materials.
  • Career Level: Useful to all career levels, but most applicable to recent graduates and early-career.
  • Prerequisite Education or Experience: None, but participants should have an updated CV to reference

May 29, 2024 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

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Nailing the Zoom Interview
This fifth webinar of the “From Application to Negotiation: Your Roadmap to Landing Academic Positions” webinar series aims to provide insight into the Zoom interview process and its expectations. Participants will learn to effectively communicate their expertise and achievements orally, understand the unspoken rules of academia, and gain strategies for success in Zoom interviews.

  • Who is this for?: The primary audience includes students and early-career researchers interested in working at academic institutions. This series could also be very useful to current faculty (mid-career or senior) who advise students on building application materials.
  • Career Level: Useful to all career levels, but most applicable to recent graduates and early-career.
  • Prerequisite Education or Experience: None, but participants should have an updated CV to reference. Participants are encouraged to select a job they want or would apply to for practice.

October 2, 2024 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

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What to Expect at On-Campus Interviews
This sixth webinar of the “From Application to Negotiation: Your Roadmap to Landing Academic Positions” webinar series aims to provide insight into the in-person interview process and its expectations. Participants will learn to effectively communicate their expertise and achievements orally, understand the unspoken rules of academia, and gain strategies for success in campus interviews.

  • Who is this for?: The primary audience includes students and early-career researchers interested in working at academic institutions. This series could also be very useful to current faculty (mid-career or senior) who advise students on building application materials.
  • Career Level: Useful to all career levels, but most applicable to recent graduates and early-career.
  • Prerequisite Education or Experience: None, but participants should have an updated CV to reference. Participants are encouraged to select a job they want or would apply to for practice.

October 9, 2024 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

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Best Practices in Negotiation
This seventh (and last) webinar of the “From Application to Negotiation: Your Roadmap to Landing Academic Positions” webinar series aims to educate attendees about the negotiation process in academic institutions. Participants will learn to negotiate in good faith, understand the hidden expectations in academia, and prepare for success in a new job.

  • Who is this for?: The primary audience includes students and early-career researchers interested in working at academic institutions. This series could also be very useful to current faculty (mid-career or senior) who advise students on building application materials.
  • Career Level: Useful to all career levels, but most applicable to recent graduates and early-career.
  • Prerequisite Education or Experience: None, but participants should have an updated CV to reference. Participants are encouraged to select a job they want or would apply to for practice.

October 16, 2024 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

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