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:

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.

 

Navigating Social Media Purposely & Professionally

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

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

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.

Register here: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6PAbekT75yBddQh

 

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