Professional Development Workshop Series

University Libraries Graduate Student Workshops [All Stages- Scholarly Development]

  • Creating Engaging Poster Presentations- 10/29- 1 PM, Strozier 0005A
  • Copyright and Dissertation- 11/5- 11 AM, Strozier 0005A; 11/6- 2 PM, Dirac 208
  • Academic Social Networks- 11/19- 11 AM, Dirac 208; 11/20, 3 PM, Strozier 0005A

The Graduate School partners with the FSU Career Center , the Office of Graduate Fellowships & Awards , the University Libraries , and the Leadership Center 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 example, last spring, we offered the Contracts & Grants Workshop, while February 6, 2015, we will conduct the Faculty in a Research University: Expectations, Opportunities and Challenges Workshop.

Click here for a list of other campus-wide professional development opportunities.

Fall 2014 Upcoming Workshops:

Introduction to Open Access: An FSU Open Access Week Event

October 22, 2014, 3 P.M.- 4 P.M.

Dirac Science Library 208

Presenter: Josh Bolick, Scholarly Communication Assistant, FSU Libraries

Description: Scholarly publishing is growing and evolving in many ways. The aim of this workshop is to provide an overview of the principle of Open Access, that publicly funded scholarly works should be accessible to the public. The session will offer some basic ideas on open access, how it plays out on a university campus and how it fits with peer-review, tenure and promotion, and prestige in publishing. In other words, what open access is, what it isn't, and what it means for graduate students and early career faculty and researchers. These workshops are part of the Scholar's Commons Fall Workshop Series and Open Access Week programming. Please see  for more information.


Interviewing for positions outside of academia: How to prepare [Late Stage]

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

Dunlap Career Center, 1006

Core Competencies: Career Development, Communication

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. *Qualifies for PFF/PFP/PIE Credit

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Question Handling for International TAs [Early Stage]

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

3009 Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House

Core Competencies: Communication, Teaching

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. *Qualifies for PFF/PFP/PIE Credit

*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.


Navigating Social Media [All Stages]

October 29th, 2014; 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Scholars Commons Classroom, 05A (basement of Strozier Library)

Core Competencies: Career Development, Communication

Presenters: 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. *Qualifies for PFF/PFP/PIE Credit

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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.

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Nervous about your conference/seminar presentation? Feeling unprepared? Thinking about cancelling? [Middle & Late Stages]

November 6, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Scholars Commons, 05A, Strozier

Core Competencies: Communication, Scholarly Development

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. *Qualifies for PFF/PFP/PIE Credit

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Negotiating Job Offers [Late Stage]

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

Dunlap Career Center, 1006

Core Competencies: Career Development, Communication

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. *Qualifies for PFF/PFP/PIE Credit

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How to Teach with Technology [Early & Middle Stages]

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

3009 Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House

Core Competency: Teaching

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.

*Qualifies for PFF/PFP/PIE Credit


*PFF = Preparing Future Faculty Certificate Program

*PFP = Preparing Future Professionals Certificate Program

*PIE = Program for Instructional Excellence Advanced Certificate