Opportunities to converse with GCC colleagues are always eagerly anticipated, and a highlight of the meeting was networking and fellowship on the evening prior to the meeting at BU. Fifteen members gathered at a restaurant near BU’s campus for dinner and conversation (with pre-dinner drinks and appetizers hosted by the GCC ).
The official regional meeting on December 1 was opened with a talk from Sarah Hokkanson, Director, Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at BU School of Medicine on running workshops using blended learning. This is a mixed-mode type of instruction where in-person teaching is supplemented by web-based information.
Following Sarah’s presentation, GCC members from across New England, Eastern Canada, and even a few who traveled from Texas and Japan shared best practices and ideas. Over lunch, we heard from Jessica Leibowitz, a visiting scholar at Brandeis University who studies doctoral education, on ‘What doctoral students – and the faculty who mentor them, and undergraduates who become them – should know.’ We also gave feedback on Imagine PhD, led by Amanda Cornwall from Northeastern, following Imagine PhD’s global launch in October, 2017, and participated in a book swap in which members shared books they have found to be helpful in working with our population of PhDs and postdocs.