Professional Development Workshop Series

Spring 2015 University Libraries Workshops

All workshops listed here take place in the Scholars Commons Instruction Room (005A) unless otherwise noted.


Best Practices in Data Management

  • 4/1- 2:00 PM (Dirac 208)

The Graduate School partners with the Career Center , the Office of Graduate Fellowships & Awards , the University Libraries , the Center for Global Engagement , the Center for Intensive English Studies , and the Center for Leadership and Social Change  in offering professional development workshops during the academic year and summer terms as well. The University Libraries offers many research-oriented workshops that may be used to meet requirements of the Preparing Future Faculty and Preparing Future Professionals Certificates. Workshops are intended to provide opportunities for graduate students and postdocs to develop the following five core competencies: Communication, Teaching, Scholarly Development (advanced knowledge and skills), Professionalism (leadership, ethics, transferable skills), and Career Development. Each workshop listed below has one or more competency labels. Workshops are also intended to be appropriate at one or more stages of graduate study or postdoctoral experience:  Early stage, Middle stage, Late stage, or All stages. Students and postdoctoral scholars may attend workshops more than once and during any stage. The labels simply provide suggested attendance timeframes and core competencies. Some of our workshops are conducted every other year.

  • For a matrix of recurring professional development opportunities grouped by core competency and labeled by stage of study, click here .
  • For a catalog of professional development opportunities that recur on a regular basis, during the fall, spring, and/or summer semesters, every other semester or every other academic year, and may be appropriate for one or more of the five competencies described above, click here.

Spring 2015 Upcoming Workshops:

Navigating Social Media Purposely & Professionally [PFF/PFP/PIE] [All Stages]

April 10, 2015; 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Dunlap Success Center, Room 1006

Presenter: Mary Buzzetta

Description: Do you know how to use social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) to search for a position inside or outside of academia? Do you know the most professional characteristics of networking with social media? Who should have access to your profile, friends and photographs? You will leave this interactive workshop with answers to these and other questions as you prepare to enter the job market.

To register:


Question-Handling in the Classroom (PIE/PFF/PFP) [Early Stage]

April 14, 2015; 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: Dr. Lisa Liseno, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence and Fellows Society; PIE Graduate Student Teaching Associate: Mia Gormandy, School of Music, Musicology

Description: Handling questions in the classroom can be very challenging. Sometimes it is difficult to understand what is being asked, or to even get students to ask or respond to questions at all. This workshop will teach strategies for learning how to create a question-friendly atmosphere, how to clarify what is actually being asked, language for negotiating answering a question, and ways to maintain focus in the classroom by gently and politely deflecting questions that are too far off topic. Question-handling concerns specific to TAs whose first language is not English will also be discussed.

*Click here  to register by April 7, 2015


*PFF = Preparing Future Faculty Certificate Program

*PFP = Preparing Future Professionals Certificate Program

*PIE = Program for Instructional Excellence Advanced Certificate