Professional Development Workshops

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The Graduate School partners with the Career Center, the Office of Graduate Fellowships & Awards, the University Libraries, the Office of Distance Learning, 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 time-frames 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.

For an Individual Development Plan (IDP) template that facilitates specific, attainable and measurable goal setting, click here.


January 2018 Professional Development Workshops


Writing Your Resume [PFP]

January 12, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

Description: Do you know the sections and typical length of a résumé? What do prospective employers expect when they read your résumé? At the close of the workshop you will have the tools and links to resources in order to craft your professional résumé. This will be an interdisciplinary, interactive workshop.

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Funding Your Graduate Education/Funding Database Search

January 16, 2018, 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Description: Identifying prospective external fellowships and awards is the first step in the fellowship application process. In this interactive session, learn how to navigate the comprehensive funding database, Pivot. The goal is to conduct a funding search and create a fellowship action plan with your research, interest, needs, and a reasonable timeline in mind. Please bring your laptop or tablet.

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Interviewing for Positions Outside Academia: How to Prepare

January 19, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

Description: Interviewing is the most widely accepted method of selecting employees. The goal of an interview is to find out if you fit with the organization, if you have the 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.

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Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

January 22, 2018, 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, (RM 3309)

Presenters: Pamela Brown, Manuscript Clearance Advisor; Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Assistant Manuscript Clearance Advisor

Description: 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. .

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


What do I Need to do to Apply for, and Receive, Human Subjects Approval (Also known as IRB Approval)? [PFF/PFP/PIE]

January 26, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenter: Julie Haltiwanger, FSU Human Subjects Committee

Description: Will you be using humans for your research study? Do you plan to publish the results of your research? Will you submit a conference presentation proposal? If so, this is the workshop for you—you must receive IRB approval prior to conducting human subjects research!

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Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

January 29, 2018, 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM

Strozier Scholars Commons 5A

Presenters: Pamela Brown, Manuscript Clearance Advisor; Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Assistant Manuscript Clearance Advisor

Description: 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. .

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


Crafting a Competitive Personal Statement

January 30, 2018, 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Description: Writing about yourself can be difficult; however, the Personal Statement is a very critical component in a fellowship application. In this session, Leah Sibbitt (the Career Center) will give tips and suggestions on how to craft and draft a competitive personal statement.

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February 2018 Professional Development Workshops


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

February 1, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Strozier Scholars Commons 5A

Presenters: Pamela Brown, Manuscript Clearance Advisor; Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Assistant Manuscript Clearance Advisor

Description: 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. .

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


Personal Statement Lab for Non-Native English Speakers

February 2, 2018, 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, (RM 3309)

Description: In this session for non-native speakers of English, staff from the Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) will cover the vocabulary, phrases, and organizational patterns needed to draft a strong personal statement suited for various kinds of fellowship applications. CIES and OGFA staff will be on hand to provide individual consultations. Bring a draft of your personal statement. Space will be limited.

Click Here to Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0iC3DT4znIQyZUN 

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The Basics of Proposal Writing

February 6, 2018, 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Description: An intensive workshop that will focus on persuasive writing techniques for writing proposals. Topics include: proposal writing, essential points to address in an award application, look fors in a winning proposal, and tips and strategies to support clear, concise, interesting and persuasive writing.

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Connecting Skills with Options

February 9, 2018, 1:30 PM- 3:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

Description: You know that your education has given you important and valuable skills, but how does this translate into the world of work? In this presentation, learn how to acquire quality occupational information, identify transferable skills, and articulate your value to future employers.

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Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

February 12, 2018, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM

Strozier Scholars Commons 5A

Presenters: Pamela Brown, Manuscript Clearance Advisor; Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Assistant Manuscript Clearance Advisor

Description: 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. .

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


Writing the Curriculum Vitae (CV)

February 15, 2018, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, (RM 3009)

Description: Learn what to include and what not to include on your fellowship application resume or CV. Think of your audience and consider the mission and vision of the sponsoring agency. Leah Sibbitt (the Career Center) will offer valuable advice, tips, and strategies for writing an effective resume or CV. This workshop will be accompanied by two labs where discipline specific Career Center Liaisons will be on site to review your CV and provide feedback.

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Employer Panel: What we are looking for when we recruit new employees

February 16, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters: Panel of employers representing a range of fields

Moderator: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

Description: Our panel will describe what they want to see when they review résumés and CVs. Employers will discuss how students can prepare to join their future profession. Time will also be devoted to preparing for an interview.  Attend this workshop with the goal of developing a plan to succeed in a professional work environment.

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Language Study Opportunities

February 20, 2018, 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, (RM 3009)

Description: This workshop will cover various opportunities to work on your language skills, including opportunities to study a language abroad. Opportunities such as the Critical Language Scholarship, DAAD, and the Boren Fellowship, among others, will be covered. We will provide an overview of the awards and their application processes and provide space for questions.

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Faculty in a Teaching College or University: Expectations, Opportunities & Challenges [PFF/PIE]

February 23, 2018, 9:00 AM- 11:30 AM [check-in at 8:30 AM]

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters: Faculty and administrators from Tallahassee Community College and Valdosta State University

Description: Have you considered working as a faculty member in a teaching institution? Do you like teaching a diverse student body (e.g., first generation college student, students of all ages)? Do you want to know the faculty responsibilities in teaching institutions. Participate in this workshop to learn first-hand the tools you will need to be successful in a teaching institution.

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Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

February 23, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, (RM 3009)

Presenters: Pamela Brown, Manuscript Clearance Advisor; Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Assistant Manuscript Clearance Advisor

Description: 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. .

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


Writing Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) Lab

February 26, 2018, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, (RM 3009)

Description: Bring a draft of your CV. Career Center Liaisons that support designated academic units along with OGFA staff will be on hand to provide individual consultations.

Click Here to Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Y6T5XPDxG8LJ9X

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March 2018 Professional Development Workshops 


Optimizing Your Online Presence​​​​​​​

March 2, 2018, 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

Description: Some predict, in the future, your online presence may replace your CV or resume. Effective professionals both understand and can communicate their value and unique assets (personal brand) to others in the world of work. This workshop provides an overview of how to utilize social media to enhance your personal brand and optimize your job search.

Click here to Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cwHFfPfd1fja6A5 

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​​​​​​​Writing Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) Lab​​​​​​​

March 5, 2018, 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, (RM 3009)

Description: Bring a draft of your CV. Career Center Liaisons that support designated academic units along with OGFA staff will be on hand to provide individual consultations.

Click Here to Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Y6T5XPDxG8LJ9X

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Personal Statement Lab for Non-Native English Speakers​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

March 7, 2018, 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, (RM 3009)

Description: In this session for non-native speakers of English, staff from the Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) will cover the vocabulary, phrases, and organizational patterns needed to draft a strong personal statement suited for various kinds of fellowship applications. CIES and OGFA staff will be on hand to provide individual consultations. Bring a draft of your personal statement. Space will be limited.

Click Here to Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0iC3DT4znIQyZUN

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Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

March 9, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Strozier Scholars Commons 5A

Presenters: Pamela Brown, Manuscript Clearance Advisor; Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Assistant Manuscript Clearance Advisor

Description: 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. .

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


Letters of Recommendation and Cover Letters​​​​​​​

March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, (RM 3009)

Description: Two key components of any fellowship or award are the letters of recommendation and the cover letter. Your cover letter is often your first impression. Letters of recommendation help paint a fuller picture of who you are as an applicant. Learn how to craft your cover letter and how to request letters of recommendation, what should go into these critical documents, and tips to help facilitate the request and follow-up for submission of strong letters.

Click Here to Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0iC3DT4znIQyZUN

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The Academic Job Search​​​​​​​

March 23, 2018, 1:30 PM- 3:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

Description: This workshop is designed to help graduate students and postdocs understand and prepare for the academic job search, with an overview of academic hiring. What is the hiring process from the perspective of the search committee; what materials will you be expected to submit? The previous questions and more will be addressed during the workshop.

Click here to Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ewCbS1TxxoaI429

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April 2018 Professional Development Workshops


Negotiating Job Offers​​​​​​​

April 4, 2018, 1:30 PM- 3:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant 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.

Click here to Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1HqdvnBD50M6S4R

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The Curriculum Vitae for an Academic Position (CV)​​​​​​​ [PFF/PIE]

April 13, 2018, 1:30 PM- 3:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, (RM 3009)

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

Description: Did you know that a curriculum vitae is longer than a résumé, and its format varies by discipline? This interdisciplinary, interactive workshop will include sample CVs to evaluate, tips for those seeking academic positions, and resources to explore following the workshop.

Click here to Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b8h3jaVEUdwjiLz

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