Career Development Workshops Organized by IPB Students

September 1, 2015

In September, 2015, IPB will host three career development workshops targeted for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Led by invited guest speakers, our workshops offer great opportunities to learn about curriculum vitae preparation, professional speaking and networking techniques.

For the schedule of events, please view the flyer below.

Career Development Workshop

Information on Guest Speakers:

Mike Gaul

Career Services Director, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University

Gaul, originally from Lombard, Illinois, attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology. He received his Master of Science Degree in Horticulture from Iowa State University. From 1986-1998 Gaul worked in the ISU Horticulture Department and was actively involved in teaching, advising, placement and recruitment activities for undergraduate students. Mike was recognized for his efforts in these areas with the Iowa Regents Award for Staff Excellence in 1998. In June 1998 he was appointed Director of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services at Iowa State and is actively involved with full-time and internship placement of college students and alumni. He is a two-time consultant for the 5 year USDA/NIFA Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in Food, Renewable Energy, and the Environment, United States report. In May 2015 he was recognized with the Iowa State Alumni Association Faculty-Staff Inspiration award. Each October his office also hosts the nation’s largest annual Ag Career Day, with over 250 companies and 2,500 students in attendance.

Mark Gleason

Professor, Plant Pathology and Microbiology Department, Iowa State University

Mark Gleason has been on the faculty of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University for 30 years. His research focuses on disease of fruit and vegetable crops, and he teaches 5 graduate and undergraduate courses.

Karin Lawton-Dunn

Career Services Coordinator, Graduate College, Iowa State University 

Karin, was raised on a central Iowa beef farm near Jefferson, Iowa. Received a Bachelor of Science in Adult Home Economics Education from Iowa State University. Karin’s first career was a 4-H & Youth Leader in NE Iowa with ISU Extension Services. She returned to ISU to complete a Master of Science Degree in an Interdisciplinary program of Agriculture Education, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, and Adult Education. Following graduate school her careers spanned several fields and titles over the next 10 years; from higher education, social service administration, and K-12 school-to-career programming in Kansas City. Karin returned to Iowa to serve as the Director of Upper Iowa University – Des Moines Center for 8 years. Here she worked with students and faculty in higher education student services and administration. She returned to Iowa State University in 2011 as the Grant Coordinator for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Supporting faculty with research budget development and submissions. January 2015, Karin joined the Graduate College as the first Career Services Coordinator. Karin is enthusiastic about working with graduate students and scholars as they build their career search skills.

For the notes of workshops, please click the pdf files below.

Michael Gaul, “Fine-Tuning Your Curriculum Vitae” (Thanks to Jessica Hohenstein, BBMB)

Mark Gleason, "Improving Your Speaking Skills: Who Cares?" (Handout kindly provided by Dr. Gleason)

Karin Lawton-Dunn, "Build Your Professional Network Now!" (Thanks to Jessica Hohenstein, BBMB)