Fall 2017 Professional Development Course Offerings

Please use the UF Schedule of Courses to find times, places, and other course information.

These courses are aimed at developing skills that will help students over their career.

IDH 4905 Professional Development Scholars 1 DEPT Garner, Regan  
IDH 1700 Professional Development CALS 1 DEPT Wysocki, Al ProDev For CALS 
IDH 1700 Professional Development STEM Women 1 DEPT Johnson, Melissa Pro Dev Women in STEM 
IDH 1700 Professional Development 1 DEPT Spear, Kristy Pro Dev  
IDH 1700 Professional Development Engineers 1 DEPT Jones, Kevin Pro Dev Eng 
  Professional Development Engineers 1 DEPT Bloomquist, David Pro Dev Eng  
  Professional Development Engineers 1 DEPT Law, Mark Pro Dev Eng 
  Professional Development 1 DEPT Sims, Miranda Pro Dev 
IDH 3931 Mindful Leadership 1   Komanski, Carolynn Mindful Leadership 
IDH 3931 Nature of Running 1   Andrew, Jennifer  
IDH 3931 Fundamentals of Research Integrity 1 06G9 Leonard, Michelle Fundamentals of Research Integrity 
IDH 4912 Undergrad Research Var DEPT Staff  
IDH 4940 Internship Var DEPT

Spear, Kristy


IDH 1700 Professional Development

This course offers first-year students the opportunity to develop an action plan for deeper involvement on-campus and in their respective disciplines. Students will learn how to find and apply for internships, study abroad programs, research opportunities, and leadership and service projects. In this course, students will get to know the inner-workings of the university and discover available resources, all while working with other highly motivated honors students.

IDH 4905 Scholars Development

This course offers first-year Lombardi / Stamps Scholars the opportunity to develop an action plan for deeper involvement on-campus and in their respective disciplines. In this course, students will get to know the inner-workings of the university and discover available resources, all while working with other highly motivated honors students. This will help build community among the scholars and help them prepare for their upcoming adventures.

IDH 4912 Undergraduate Research

This course is limited to Honors students pursuing interdisciplinary research.  Students should always try to register in departmental or college research courses in the home unit of the faculty advisor.

Research with a faculty member on campus.  Please complete IDH Undergrad Research Credit Application

IDH 4940 Internship

This course is limited to Honors students pursuing interdisciplinary interships.  Students should enroll in their major or college internship course if not pursuing an interdisciplinary topic.

Internships can be a valuable supplement to academic coursework and an important tool in gaining real-world work experience. This credit is designed for Honors Program students wishing to pursue an internship and receive credit for the experience. Grading is S/U based on the completion of a paper at the end of the internship and a letter of support from your supervisor. A course taken for S/U does not normally apply to major requirements, but you may use these hours for elective credit.

Students interested in applying for this credit can download the Internship Application.

Cross-Disciplinary Scientific Teaching

An introduction to the theory and practice of scientific teaching in a cross-disciplinary science environment. Students will apply a scientific approach to science teaching, including reading relevant literature, experimenting with active learning approaches, and quantitatively measuring learning outcomes. Restricted to students who have completed the X-Laboratory curriculum.

This course is designed for students who have completed the X-Lab program and are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in cross-disciplinary scientific teaching through readings, discussion, curriculum development, and practice as an undergraduate teaching assistant.

Mindful Leadership

Student Gains:
Students will gain an stronger sense of self (in your body, heart and mind) in the present moment, utilizing mindfulness practice. This course aims to reconnect us to ancient truths, breath-by-breath taming the anxious mind in order to effectively lead ourselves and others.  Understanding the practice of mindfulness includes listening and communication, meditation, breathing techniques, and body-based practices. Mindful Leadership is designed to help you understand the complexity of leadership as a scholarly discipline that can be taught (Bennis, 1989; Bass, 1994) alongside the evolution of mindfulness practice. It is important that we understand the difference between the socialization of a leader, leadership theory, and the philosophy of mindfulness. Many successful leaders acquire their leadership skills from practice, in other words, they are socialized into leadership as they have learned from their experiences. This course aims to provide you the opportunity practice and then apply mindful leadership.
Grading and Expectations:
Grading will be based on a point scale for: attendance, journals, individual projects and assessment of obtained knowledge from course content.  Active participation with activities and assignments will provide an optimal experience for students to practically apply mindful leadership in your life. Students are expected to arrive prepared and on time to this course so they do not disrupt the practice of mindfulness.

Nature of Running

People run for many different reasons, including for fitness, weight loss, and/or to compete. In this course, we will focus on why and how people exercise in natural settings, while also learning the value of nature-based fitness to society. This course is taught be multiple professors, with backgrounds spanning natural and social sciences as well as engineering. This allows a discussion of running that spans a range of topics, including training fundamentals, the economics of running, trail design, the allure of the marathon and other distance events. These discussions will occur in tandem with weekly group runs on trails throughout the Gainesville area.

Topics to be Covered:
Training fundamentals, motivations, and goal setting
Economic and health benefits of running
Trail design, ecosystem services, and environmental impacts of running
Demographics of running
The allure of the marathon

Expectations: Grades are based on class attendance and personal journal entries, which will be weighted equally. Journal entries may be personal reflection on the course material, thoughts on training goals, or your views of supplemental text material. No prior running experience required.

Fundamentals of Research Integrity: how to succeed in science

This course will focus on the nine fundamentals of responsible conduct of research (RCR) in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. Using active learning approaches, students will learn how to complete the research project lifecycle, use small group work to introduce team science and collaboration, and identify ethical research practices. Guest speakers from a various STEM disciplines will engage students on a specific RCR component within a discipline and highlight the differences between theory and practice in the field or lab. Case studies and interactive online games will generate critical thinking about research misconduct including recognizing plagiarism, falsification of data, fabrication of data. Graduate students and peers will provide a panel session for having a positive mentor/mentee relationship. This innovative course will also offer instruction on creating and managing data which is essential to any science. Other class topics include the ethics of authorship, human/animal subjects, conflicts of interest, and dual-use technology. By the end of the course, students will be proficient in the understanding of responsible conduct of research and use this knowledge to advance their career with the motto “good science is ethical science.”

By the end of this course students will:

  • Use course concepts to further develop critical thinking skills through active learning
  • Have a fundamental understanding of responsible conduct of research in the sciences
  • Evaluate, analyze and respond appropriately to various situations involving ethical
    decision making in scientific research
  • Develop essential skills for effective oral and written scientific communication
  • Understand the importance of working in a team based environment.