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IRACDA Program Overview

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The Tufts IRACDA program provides up to four years of training. A typical course of training is diagrammed below and includes research, career development and teaching activities. The schedule is flexible according to the goals of each trainee. For example, it is possible for a trainee to complete the teaching assignment in the second or third year.

Specific events for the current academic year can be found on the can be found in the IRACDA Schedule document.

 Year One - Entry into Tufts IRACDA
 Research  Teaching Career Skill Development
Begin Research Visit partner schools Form & meet with Mentoring Team
Responsible Conduct of Research Seminars & workshops on pedagogy Writing Series #1: Preparing F32 applications
Research-focused seminars & journal clubs Mentor an undergrad or PREP trainee Other career skills workshops
Attend national research meeting   National IRACDA conference
 Year Two
Research  Teaching Career Skills Development
Continue research Prepare for teaching assignment Scholar Mentoring Team meetings
Develop publication strategy Attend Graduate Institute for Teaching Writing Series #2: Scientific publications
Research-focused seminars & journal clubs Seminars & workshops on pedagogy Other career skills workshops
Present at national research meeting Mentor an undergrad or PREP trainee National IRACDA conference
Year Three
Research  Teaching Career Skills Development
Continue research Develop & present course at partner school Scholar Mentoring Team meetings
Work on publications Seminars & workshops on pedagogy Writing Series #3: Grant writing
Research-focused seminars & journal clubs Mentor an undergrad or PREP trainee Prepare for job search & develop transition plan
Present at national research meeting   National IRACDA conference
Year Four
Research Teaching Career Skills Development
Complete research & publications Additional teaching experience Scholar Mentoring Team meetings
Research-focused seminars & journal clubs Workshops on pedagogy Prepare & rehears job seminar
Present at national research meeting Mentor an undergrad or PREP trainee Other career skills workshops
    Attend IRACDA conference
Begin Independent Faculty Position