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.


September 2017 Professional Development Workshops


You want me to describe my dissertation topic in three minutes? Really? [Late stage, PFF, PFP, PIE]

September 7, 2017, 10:00 AM

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

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

Description: The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a doctoral research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. The competition supports the development of doctoral students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate for an intelligent but non-specialist audience—using only one slide. In preparation for the fall 2017 competition, this workshop will demonstrate effective and ineffective techniques for 3MT slide development. Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bODMet2JkO8l0uV


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

September 11, 2017, 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Strozier Library 5A 

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


Preparing Cover Letters & Application Packets for Academic Positions [PFF/PIE]

September 14, 2017, 2:00 PM

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

Presenter: Dr. Brad Gomez, Associate Professor and Placement Director, Political Science

Description: Do you know how to craft a cover letter and application packet for an academic position? What can you do to convince a search committee to interview you after reviewing your application materials? Participate in this workshop for a discussion of effective cover letters and application packets Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dg0qpEDfGH7Kmrj


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

September 21, 2017, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Strozier Library 5A 

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


Reducing Financial Stress: Managing Student Loan Debt Before You Graduate

September 27, 2017, 3:30 PM

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

Presenters: FSU Office of Financial Aid

Description: This workshop will provide the various repayment options available to you upon graduation.  We will discuss the pros and cons of the major repayment programs.  Learn key terms and what you should inquire about when beginning the repayment stages.  You will also gain exposure to various resources available to you from FSU and the Federal Department of Education.  So come and learn how to save money, while you repay your loans! Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0SzuDlGDi4oSsfP


October 2017 Professional Development Workshops


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

October 3, 2017, 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM

Strozier Library 5A 

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


Part 1, Data Management: Best Practices in Research Data Management

October 6, 2017, 3:30 PM

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

Presenters: Renaine Julian, Associate Director, FSU STEM Libraries, Dr. Jesse Klein, Social Sciences Research & Data Librarian

Description: In 2013, The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a policy memorandum to Federal agencies, such as the NIH and NSF, to develop plans to make the results of federally funded research freely available to the public. Researchers who apply for funding with these agencies are expected to make their research data publicly available, whenever possible, as a condition of funding. In a two-part series, this first workshop will focus on exploring federal funder mandates and best practices in research data management. Refreshments will be served.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08wOoX9g39NxE9v


Do you know how to protect your designs, inventions, writing, and even your unique packaging?

October 12, 2017, 3:30 PM

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

Presenters: Abby Queale, Office of Commercialization; Devin Soper, University Libraries

Description: Attend this workshop to learn how patents, trademarks, and copyrights are essential when you hope to sell your work. There is also another form of protection —“trade dresses”— as decided in a 1992 Supreme Court decision that found the a chain of Mexican restaurants’ interior design was unique and protected. Refreshments will be served by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3w6rheihmvqEBLv


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

October 13, 2017, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Strozier Library 5A 

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


Connecting Skills with Options: Putting Your Degree to Work

October 19, 2017, 3:30 PM – 5:00 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.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8v9ZpvK6rJPx7hj


November 2017 Professional Development Workshops


Part 2, Data Management: Best Practices in Data Documentation

November 2, 2017, 3:30 PM

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

Presenters: Renaine Julian, Associate Director, FSU STEM Libraries, Dr. Jesse Klein, Social Sciences Research & Data Librarian

Description: In 2013, The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a policy memorandum to Federal agencies, such as the NIH and NSF, to develop plans to make the results of federally funded research freely available to the public. Researchers who apply for funding with these agencies are expected to make their research data publicly available, whenever possible, as a condition of funding. In a two-part series, this second workshop will focus on best practices in data documentation will include a discussion on the reasons for proper data documentation as well as issues associated with poor documentation. Methods for organizing and documentation will also be explored including: file naming conventions, documenting research methods, as well as a gentle introduction to metadata.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2n4h7Ufx5tb58bz