The JHU Center for Leadership Education (CLE) is pleased to announce a suite of
Professional Development Modules specifically designed for
Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows!
663.615 Visual Rhetoric, First 7 Weeks of spring semester, Thursday, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, O’Donnell
This course teaches techniques in visual communication geared to suit emerging scientists. Students will learn the fundamentals of visual design, including theories of form, color and visual perception. The course will cover principles of typography, grid systems and other methods of establishing visual hierarchy. There will also be a short unit on commercial photography. Students will put this knowledge to work in the classroom to produce slides, conference posters and data visualizations. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
663.630 Business Creation and Contracts
First 7 Weeks of spring semester, Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, Galvez
Businesses are legal entities with obligations and “rights” to be exercised. Some of these practices and issues are addressed in this module as students explore corporation law. In addition to elements of contracts, students will study business structures and investigate employment law issues. Expect presentations, cases and discussion. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
663.645.02 Improving Presentation Skills for Scientists and Engineers
First 7 Weeks of spring semester, Wednesday, 3:00 – 5: 30 pm, Homewood, Reiser
This course is designed to help scientists and engineers improve their oral presentation skills in a practice-intensive environment. Students will learn how to hone their message, to craft presentations that address both technical and non-technical audiences, and create clear, compelling PowerPoint presentations. All presentations will be recorded for self-evaluation, and students will receive extensive instructor and peer feedback. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
663.654 Commercializing Your Invention or Idea
First 7 Weeks of spring semester, Thursday, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, Homewood, Reiter
It is one thing to have an idea and quite another to move the idea from idea and basic research to use in the world of business or manufacturing. This course addresses the process and skills required to make that transition. Among the topics addressed in this class are the following: recognizing the potential of ideas, addressing the patent landscape, understanding markets, determining resource requirements, design and prototypes, and finding financing. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
663.656 Developing and Managing Websites
First 7 Weeks of spring semester, Tuesday, 3:00 –5:30 pm Homewood, Graham
Explore how to develop and manage a website that supports an organization’s goals and objectives. This holistic approach to websites will include case studies, application-oriented exercises, and group assignments. Each student will develop a professional WordPress website, employing strategies for meeting organizational goals and customer needs, using best practices for engagement and design, and creating systems for successful management and revision. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
663.660 Managing People and Resolving Conflict
First 7 Weeks of spring semester, Homewood, Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, Homewood, Rice
Ever had to deal with a difficult person at work or in the lab? Have you been a member of a team on which team dysfunction was so bad that it make television sitcoms look normal? Why are some companies much more productive and pleasant to work with than others? Do you understand techniques of persuasion and how to participate effectively in negotiations? These topics are among the ideas we develop and practice in this class, using a combination of seminar style reading and discussion, lecture and in-class activity. The course meets once a week for 7 weeks. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
663.666 Managing Personal Finances
First 7 Weeks of spring semester, Thursday, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, Homewood, Leps
The class in Managing Personal Finance is designed to familiarize the student with the basic concepts and quantitative techniques of personal financial planning and financial literacy. The course begins with a discussion of budgeting and the time value of money and moves on to the basic principles of financial planning in the areas of taxation, consumer credit, housing decisions, insurance, investing fundamentals and retirement planning. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
663.631 Intellectual Property Law
Second 7 Weeks of spring semester, Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, Jeffers
Intellectual property law grants the owners of inventions, phrases, symbols and products certain exclusive rights to use and protection of the entity. The law includes patents, copyright a trademark protection and has gained increasing importance with the current emphasis on entrepreneurship and inventions. This class explores the process and rights associated with intellectual property law. Expect presentations, cases and discussion. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
663.640 Writing Proposals That Win
Second 7 Weeks of spring semester, Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, Rice
Almost regardless of professional setting, proposals are used to secure work. They are the basis of funding in consulting, academic research, many social enterprises, business-to-business commerce, and government contracting. They require huge amounts of time and energy, yet success is far from guaranteed. In this module, you will master some of the techniques required for proposal writing success. Among the topics addressed are funding sources, writing skills that work, required content for all proposals, creating one voice in shared documents, dealing with “best-and-final negotiations and other important topics. Expect to complete several writing assignments for class including at least part of your own proposal. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
663.662 Setting Up and Operating Your Own Lab
Second 7 weeks of spring semester, Thursday, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, Homewood, CLE Faculty
Directing and managing a lab effectively requires attention to activities ranging from leading and working with people to finding financial support to publishing papers. Many of these activities require skills that are not intuitive, and in fact require specific concentrated attention. This course addresses many of these skills through topics such as managing teams, dealing with time pressures and stress, budgeting for the non-financial manager, mentoring, and getting published. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
663.670 Project Management
Second 7 Weeks of spring semester, Monday, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, Homewood, Oliver
Projects are temporary activities devised to achieve very specific goals in a designated timeframe for a specified amount of resources. Often they involve disparate activities, frequently separated by distance and sometimes involving different staff and materials. For the project to successfully meet its objectives, all these items must be planned, coordinated and orchestrated. This module explores the processes and tools available to those who must manage projects to optimize outcomes within the primary constraints of time, quality, scope and budget. Class time involves presentations, examples and discussion. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.
663.671 Leading Change
Second 7 Weeks of spring semester, Friday, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, Homewood, Smedick
Course Overview: Change happens, like it or not!! It is necessary for progress and the result of innovation, yet change makes individuals and organizations so uncomfortable that most people and groups within organizations vigorously resist change. So the questions become how to cause, how to embrace and how to lead constructive change in ourselves, our organizations and our communities – in ways that colleagues and would-be colleagues support and contribute toward success.
The primary format for learning in this course is seminar style with reading, researching and sharing of information as well as structured, experiential activities designed to build skills through practice and interpersonal exchange. Class time is devoted to discussion, observation, feedback, additional exercises and presentation. Additionally, participants engage in reflection and explanation of their considerations as the course progresses. Further, participants read several texts and articles as well as perform extensive research in preparation for assignments. This is a 7-week course and is not open to undergraduates.