Professional Development Workshop Series

Each academic year, The Graduate School conducts a series of professional development workshops. These free workshops, led by FSU faculty and administrators, are designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Many professional development workshops listed below are approved for credit towards the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Graduate Certificate or the Preparing Future Professionals (PFP) Graduate Certificate.  The Graduate School also partners with the FSU Libraries , the FSU Career Center , and the Center for Leadership & Social Change to provide a wide range of workshops for graduate students at every stage of their studies, and postdoctoral fellows as well. Click here for a list of other campus-wide professional development opportunities.

Fall 2014 Upcoming Workshops:

Funding Your Research in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Asia

September 3rd; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: Do you have an external collaboration? Are the resources you need to complete your studies outside of FSU/Tallahassee? Come to this workshop to learn about potential awards to cover your research and creative activities away from FSU.

 

Dissertation Research and Completion Fellowships

September 4th; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: Are you within a year of preparing your prospectus? Or are you just concerned about where you will receive the funding to complete your degree? Come to this workshop to learn about various dissertation funding opportunities and resources at FSU to help you complete your application.

 

Do you know how to use the wide range of multi-media in FSU’s Technology Enhanced Classrooms (TEC) effectively?

September 5th; 3:30 PM

Bellamy, 021

Presenter: Wayne Wilson, TEC Trainer

Description: The TEC classrooms are outfitted with LCD projectors, document cameras, wireless microphones, VCRs, PC, MAC, touchscreens, DVD players, CD players, remote mouse, often two screens, overhead projectors and more.  Using multi-media properly can enhance teaching, therefore the emphasis of this workshop is selecting and using multi-media optimally.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cHosuHIuOR1CCZn

 

You want me to describe my dissertation topic in three minutes? Really?

September 7th; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Scholars Commons, room 5A, Strozier Library

Description: This workshop is for doctoral students intending to participate in the Graduate School’s Fall 2014 Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) competition. The 3MT™ workshop will offer guidance when preparing a succinct description of the dissertation topic and its significance for a general audience. Tips will include wording to use, and ones to avoid. Time will also be devoted to creating an effective slide for your three-minute presentation. Laptops will be provided. Pizza will be served.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5u4gIy1R9DsR09f

 

General Funding Opportunities

September 8th; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: The first in the fellowship application preparation series – learn what to include and what not to include on your application resume and CV and ensure you match the needs of the sponsoring agency. Yes, these are very different from the documents you used for your graduate school application or jobs.

 

Do you have questions about formatting or submitting your thesis, dissertation or treatise?

September 8th; 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Scholars Commons 5A, Strozier Library

Do you have questions about the Graduate School’s requirements on formatting, the submission process or being cleared for graduation? This workshop addresses questions of proper formatting, along with helpful tips for formatting properly in Word, and how and when to submit your manuscript. It also addresses issues of copyright, IRB/ACUC approvals and other questions that may arise during the process. This workshop is recommended for all thesis/dissertation/treatise-track students at least one semester prior to intended defense, but is open to all students at any stage in their manuscript process. Students are encouraged to bring their manuscript draft on a laptop or flash drive.

Registration is not required. Does not qualify for PFF, PFP or PIE credit.

 

Are you ready for the new Blackboard? This major upgrade includes new and faster servers.

September 9th; 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Scholars Commons, 5A, Strozier Library

Presenter: Mr. John Braswell, Instructional Technology Administrator, FSU Office of Distance Learning

Description: This workshop will familiarize instructors, graduate students, and postdocs with many enhanced features of Blackboard, such as:

  • An integrated calendar system, which lets users see all course events in a singular calendar
  • Inline grading, which allows for assignment grading outside of the Grade Center
  • Grade Center improvements, including workflow enhancements
  • Simplified navigation, which allows faster access to course content

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5bzwtCsh7Z1oUyF

 

Opportunities for Women and Minority Students

September 9th 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: This workshop will feature prestigious awards that support women and minority graduate students. We will highlight the Ford Foundation, AAUW, and PEO awards among many others.

 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

September 10th; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: We will discuss NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Learn tips on writing for NSF as well as details about the application and program changes.

 

Are you prepared to use Netiquette in your online communication?

September 11th; 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Scholars Commons, 5A, Strozier Library

Presenter: Dr. Joe Clark, Assistant Director for Instructional Development, FSU Office of Distance Learning

Description: Do you use netiquette when you communicate online as a graduate student, instructor or postdoc? During this workshop you will gain an understanding of both positive and negative online etiquette, also known as “netiquette.” Are you aware that words “once on the web” will always “remain on the web” somewhere? What is the best length of messages? How much should you share online?  Attend this workshop to improve your online presence.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0d0z4RtE5Ifi0Bv

 

Improving your English with Native Accent

September 11th; 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

102 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Grill, International TA Program

Description: In this information session, you will learn about “Native Accent”, an online pronunciation program developed by Carnegie Speech and designed for self-study.  The Center for Intensive English Studies has a “School Partnership Agreement” with Carnegie Speech that allows FSU students, faculty and staff to purchase an 18-week license for $75.00 (normally $300.00).

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_42cVwZ3aW8kAOAl

 

Planning Classroom Activities (PIE/PFF/PFP)

September 12, 2014, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

3009 Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Graduate Student Teaching Associates: Stephanie Bradley, Sociology, Florida state University; Casey Delehanty, Political Science, Florida State University

Description: Planning classroom activities is a great way to create a lively learning environment, but it takes time and creativity. In this session experienced TAs will share strategies and ideas for planning and assessing classroom activities.

*Click here  to register by September 9th, 2014

 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program 2

September 13, 2014; 8 AM -12 PM

King Life Sciences Bldg. room 2057

Presenters: Dr. Alan Lemmon, Dr. Emily Lemmon, and Dr. Emily DuVal

Description:The workshop will be taught by faculty who are previous awardees and will include a panel discussion with graduate students who have recently been awarded the fellowship. Participants in the workshop will have access to successful and unsuccessful proposals and their reviews. The workshop will cover the details of applying, strategies for writing a strong proposal, tips for making your proposal stand out, and many other topics.

*To reserve a spot at the workshop, RSVP (including your department and college) to Emily DuVal by filling out the online form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3PBPNXK.
If you have additional questions about the workshop, you can contact Emily at ehduval@bio.fsu.edu

 

You want me to describe my dissertation topic in three minutes? Really?

September 14th; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Scholars Commons, room 5A, Strozier Library

Description: This workshop is for doctoral students intending to participate in the Graduate School’s Fall 2014 Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) competition. This 3MT™ workshop will offer guidance for preparing a succinct description and significance of the dissertation topic before a general audience. Tips will include wording to use, and ones to avoid.  Time will also be devoted to creating an effective slide for your three-minute presentation. Laptops will be provided.   Pizza will be served.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4UAh47ZDNmD61Rr

 

Do you have questions about formatting or submitting your thesis, dissertation or treatise?

September 16th; 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Scholars Commons 5A, Strozier Library

Do you have questions about the Graduate School’s requirements on formatting, the submission process or being cleared for graduation? This workshop addresses questions of proper formatting, along with helpful tips for formatting properly in Word, and how and when to submit your manuscript. It also addresses issues of copyright, IRB/ACUC approvals and other questions that may arise during the process. This workshop is recommended for all thesis/dissertation/treatise-track students at least one semester prior to intended defense, but is open to all students at any stage in their manuscript process. Students are encouraged to bring their manuscript draft on a laptop or flash drive.

Registration is not required. Does not qualify for PFF, PFP or PIE credit.

 

I can use the Office of Distance Learning’s Instructor Training Modules for four of the teaching workshops required for the Preparing Future Faculty Certificate? Really?

September 19th; 1:00 PM -2:00 PM

Scholars Commons, 5A, Strozier Library

Presenter: Dr. Tami Im, Instructional Development Faculty, FSU Office of Distance Learning

Description: Are you interested in teaching an online course but unsure where to begin? Or maybe you're ready to teach online, but would like to know how the online environment might impact your pedagogical choices? Join us to learn why the online environment is different and how to begin strategically thinking about the design and teaching of your course in this new environment. You will gain a deeper understanding of how course design can impact student learning, as well as best practices for delivering an online course. Dr. Im will demonstrate the Office of Distance Learning’s Instructor Training Modules. At the end of the presentation, there will be time for Q&A. Successful completion of the modules (a score of 80% on the assessments) will allow you to count the modules as four of the five required teaching workshops for the Preparing Future Faculty Certificate.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7225eL4aq4ggRsp

 

Encouraging Critical Thinking in the Classroom (PIE/PFF/PFP)

September 23, 2014; 3:30 PM-5 PM

3009 Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House

Presenter: Dr. Lisa Liseno, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence and Fellows Society, Florida State University

Description: Do you often feel like your students don’t think deeply enough about the course material? Do they rarely ask questions, or answer yours? Do you find yourself commenting that they haven’t fully supported their claims or analyzed other’s claims? If so, it may be time to try different teaching techniques that can help your students make better use of critical thinking skills.

*Click here  to register by September 18th, 2014.

 

Preparing your Fellowship Application (Series)

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

CV and Resume: September 25th, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: The first in the fellowship application preparation series – learn what to include and what not to include on your application resume and CV and ensure you match the needs of the sponsoring agency. Yes, these are very different from the documents you used for your graduate school application or jobs.

 

Do you have questions about formatting or submitting your thesis, dissertation or treatise?

September 25th; 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Scholars Commons 5A, Strozier Library

Do you have questions about the Graduate School’s requirements on formatting, the submission process or being cleared for graduation? This workshop addresses questions of proper formatting, along with helpful tips for formatting properly in Word, and how and when to submit your manuscript. It also addresses issues of copyright, IRB/ACUC approvals and other questions that may arise during the process. This workshop is recommended for all thesis/dissertation/treatise-track students at least one semester prior to intended defense, but is open to all students at any stage in their manuscript process. Students are encouraged to bring their manuscript draft on a laptop or flash drive.

Registration is not required. Does not qualify for PFF, PFP or PIE credit.

 

Communicating In English: Overcoming Challenges 

September 30th; 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

310 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, International TA Program

Description: As an international student, you may have faced some challenges when speaking with faculty, staff and other students.  In this workshop, we will discuss some of those challenges as well as strategies to improve your ability to communicate in English, including small talk, polite requests, and negotiation of meaning. 

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aWQ8VnTatJojt9b

 

Preparing your Fellowship Application (Series)

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Personal Statement: October 2nd; 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: Writing about yourself can be difficult, but we are here to help. In this session, you will receive more than the generic dos and don’ts list and leave with at least the outline for your personal statement if not a rough draft.

 

Improving E-mail Communication 

October 3rd; 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

315 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Grill, International TA Program

Description: Does writing emails in English cause you anxiety? Do you feel unsure of how to communicate politely and professionally? If so, this workshop will benefit you! We will cover language aspects of emailing such as how to open and close an email, phrases used for making requests, and language needed for discussing difficult situations. We'll also cover cultural aspects of e-mail writing such as levels of formality and politeness.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8eoFI5vji8F0S3j

 

Do you know how to put your audience to sleep? This is also known as “death by PowerPoint.”

October 3rd; 3:00 PM

Scholars Commons, 5A, Strozier Library

Presenter: Dr. Judith Devine, Senior Associate Dean, FSU Graduate School

Description: Did you know that your PowerPoint is not your presentation? This workshop will clarify the reasons to use PowerPoint, and how to develop PowerPoint slides with compelling headlines or titles, enhancing colors, informative images, readable fonts, and effective backgrounds.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3rUR7kSLzuCK5Ux

 

Get Great Course Evaluations (PIE/PFF/PFP)

October 6, 2014: 3:30 PM-5 PM

3009 Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Graduate Student Teaching Associates: Brandon Brice, Economics, Florida State University; Timothy Pressley, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems (EPLS), Florida State University

 Description: In this session you will learn about how your course will be evaluated by your students and what type of TAs have gotten good course evaluations. If you are not sure you are doing the right thing, bring your questions to the workshop, experienced TAs will help you.

*Click here  to register by October 2nd, 2014.

 

Preparing your Fellowship Application (Series)

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Research Statements and Proposals: October 9th; 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: Join us in this hands-on writing workshop that will focus on persuasive writing techniques for proposals. Topics include: essential points to address in the application, writing strategies for the interdisciplinary review committee, and participants will also experience being a member of a review committee.

 

Do you have questions about formatting or submitting your thesis, dissertation or treatise?

October 10th; 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Scholars Commons 5A, Strozier Library

Do you have questions about the Graduate School’s requirements on formatting, the submission process or being cleared for graduation? This workshop addresses questions of proper formatting, along with helpful tips for formatting properly in Word, and how and when to submit your manuscript. It also addresses issues of copyright, IRB/ACUC approvals and other questions that may arise during the process. This workshop is recommended for all thesis/dissertation/treatise-track students at least one semester prior to intended defense, but is open to all students at any stage in their manuscript process. Students are encouraged to bring their manuscript draft on a laptop or flash drive.

Registration is not required. Does not qualify for PFF, PFP or PIE credit.

 

Do you have questions about formatting or submitting your thesis, dissertation or treatise?

October 13th; 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Scholars Commons 5A, Strozier Library

Do you have questions about the Graduate School’s requirements on formatting, the submission process or being cleared for graduation? This workshop addresses questions of proper formatting, along with helpful tips for formatting properly in Word, and how and when to submit your manuscript. It also addresses issues of copyright, IRB/ACUC approvals and other questions that may arise during the process. This workshop is recommended for all thesis/dissertation/treatise-track students at least one semester prior to intended defense, but is open to all students at any stage in their manuscript process. Students are encouraged to bring their manuscript draft on a laptop or flash drive.

Registration is not required. Does not qualify for PFF, PFP or PIE credit.

 

Interviewing for positions outside of academia: How to prepare

October 23, 2014, 3:00-4:30 PM

Dunlap Career Center, 1006

Presenter: Dr. Janet Lenz, Associate Director, FSU Career Center

Description: Interviewing is the most widely accepted method of selecting employees.The goal of an interview is to find out ifyou fit with the organization, if you havethe skills you say you have, and if you can do the job. Based on your resume,they already have a good idea of your skill set. So the primary reason for the interview is to assess your personality and to fact check your skills. This workshop will clarify your role as the interviewee and how to prepare.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_42TA9Qva2msy5Ux   

 

Question Handling for International TAs (PIE/PFF/PFP)

October 27, 2014; 3:30 PM-5 PM & 5 PM-6:30 PM

3009 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, Florida State University
PIE Graduate Student Teaching Associate: Mia Gormandy, Musicology, Florida State University

Description: Question-handling can be very challenging for TAs whose first language is not English. This workshop will teach strategies, language and expressions in American English for answering and deflecting questions in the American classroom. Do you want to learn what to say 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? Join us! We'll provide the coffee.

*Click here  to register for the 3:30-5:00 pm session by October 23rd, 2014.

  Click here  to register for the 5:00-6:30 pm session by October 23rd, 2014.

 

SPEAK Test Information Session 

October 30; 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

310 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, International TA Program

Description: If you are not familiar with the test, this session will include a discussion of the test format and scoring procedures.   The presenters will go over the practice test. The standards for teaching assistants will also be discussed.This session is open to faculty and staff.

Please register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8eoFI5vji8F0S3j

 

Nervous about your conference/seminar presentation? Feeling unprepared? Thinking about cancelling? [PFF/PFP/PIE]

November 6, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Scholars Commons, 05A, Strozier

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Proffitt, Associate Professor, School of Communication

Description: When the workshop ends, you will replace your nervousness with confidence that you will present your research with clarity, succinctly, and calmly.  Among other points, Dr. Profitt will discuss your presentation’s structure and delivery, the use of visual aids, and how to prepare for questions from the audience.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cOY2RlU4pOFNvnv   

 

Negotiating Job Offers

November 13, 2014, 3:00-4:30 PM

Dunlap Career Center, 1006

Presenter: Dr. Janet Lenz, Associate Director, FSU Career Center

Description: Did you know that you can prepare to negotiate job offers? This workshop will include discussion of the uniqueness of each negotiation, factors that may be negotiated, what is involved in making the best decision, how to negotiate from a point of power, and the final steps.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eD4CVD5KGhJfpNX   

 

How to Teach with Technology (PFF/PFP/PIE)

November 19, 2014; 3:30 PM-5 PM

3009 Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Graduate Student Teaching Associates: Jeremiah Campbell, Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Science, Florida State University; Luis Santiago, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University

*Click here  to register by November 16th, 2014.

 

*PFF = Preparing Future Faculty Certificate Program

*PFP = Preparing Future Professionals Certificate Program

*PIE = Program for Instructional Excellence Advanced Certificate