Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development Star IconThe 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 2016 Professional Development Workshops


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

September 1, 2016, 10:30 AM & 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3009

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

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a doctoral esearch 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 2016 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/SE/?SID=SV_0Gs681MO1f5NvIF


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

September 2, 2016, 10:00 AM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

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

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/SE/?SID=SV_9Y69Ljqk2ykxEup


Thesis, Dissertation, and Treatise Workshops

September 8, 2016, 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Strozier 5A Instruction Lab

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.


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

September 9, 2016, 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Amanda Sargent, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

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. Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dcFNsbC5mNrsZMN


Insider English: Stress Patterns and How to Use Them

September 16, 2016, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

311 Hecht House

Presenter:  Dr. Jennifer Grill, International TA Program

What's the difference between the stress pattern in photograph and photographer? How can you clear up the difference between numbers like thirteen and thirty? In this presentation, we will learn about some common stress pattern rules that will help you with your spoken English.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3fPqMvOCrytpS0l


Thesis, Dissertation, and Treatise Workshops

September 16, 2016, 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Dirac Instruction Lab 208

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.


Navigating Social Media Purposely & Professionally [PFF/PFP/PIE]

September 16, 2016, 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Amanda Sargent, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

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. Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6FJOqnuF3K89gep


Thesis, Dissertation, and Treatise Workshops

September 20, 2016, 8:30 AM- 10:30 AM

Strozier 5A Instruction Lab

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 received an invitation to present a poster at my first academic conference, so how do I begin? [All stages, PFF/PFP/PIE]

September 23, 2016, 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3009

Presenter: Dr. Amy Huber, Assistant Professor, Interior Design

Imagine a crowded, noisy room, possibly with poor lighting and many other poster presentations. Given the previous setting, how will you communicate your research/creativity most effectively? Beginning with the rough draft stage, the use of color, font, and more will be covered in this workshop. Refreshments are provided by the Congress of Graduate Students!

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1RGV6CilGNdaakl


Avoiding Plagiarism

September 27, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

311 Hecht House

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

International students often struggle when including information from various sources in an essay or research paper.  In this workshop, participants learn the difference between quoting, phrasing and summarizing information for a paper. Practical suggestions for helping international students understand and avoid plagiarism will be offered.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0H5Ai0nrKQ5AO8d


October 2016 Professional Development Workshops


Interviewing for positions outside of academia: How to prepare

October 6, 2016, 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars, & Fellows House, Room 3009

Presenter: Amanda Sargent, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

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. Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3sHHRKbn9LoBZGt


Thesis, Dissertation, and Treatise Workshops

October 6, 2016, 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Dirac Instruction Lab 208

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.


Early Career Publishing in the Humanities? How will this be possible? [PFF/PFP/PIE]

October 7, 2016, 12:30 – 2:00 PM

Honors, Scholars, & Fellows House, Room 3009

Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Grant, History Department

A record of publication is often required to be competitive for faculty positions in the humanities. This workshop will explain the nature of the publication process, help students to compare and evaluate publication venues, and provide publishing strategies while preparing for the job market. Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d140js5L7EhnJpr


Insider English: Focus Words and How to Use Them

October 7, 2016,  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

311 Hecht House

Presenter:  Dr. Jennifer Grill, International TA Program

English speakers create their particular "sound" by highlighting certain words and phrases. These words are called focus words and in this presentation we will learn how to recognize focus words and how to use them in various ways.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6z1rB9b7BvI2O0t


Reducing Financial Stress: Managing Student Loan Debt Before You Graduate

October 14, 2016, 10:00 AM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3009

Presenter: Katina Hamilton, Assistant Director, FSU Office of Financial Aid, and members of her staff

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/SE/?SID=SV_6DpfdMyH07ilUDb


Thesis, Dissertation, and Treatise Workshops

October 14, 2016, 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Strozier 5A Instruction Lab

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.


Thesis, Dissertation, and Treatise Workshops

October 17, 2016, 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Strozier 5A Instruction Lab

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.


Negotiating Job Offers

October 21, 2016, 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3009

Presenter: Amanda Sargent, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

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. Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eFnjmDxH9d4D25f


November 2016 Professional Development Workshops


SPEAK Test Information Session 

November 3, 2016,  3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

310 Hecht House

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

This session will include a discussion of the test format and scoring procedures. The presenter will go over the practice test questions and discuss the different competencies taken into account when grading. The standards for teaching assistants will also be discussed. This session is open to faculty and staff.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eySSQgA9zfzc2Ox


How will I work with my major professor? Should I use Match.com©?? [Early stage, PFF/PFP/PIE]

November 4, 2016, 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3009

Presenters:  Dr. Kevin Beaver, Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice; Dr. Debra Fadool, Professor of Biology & Neuroscience and Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs; Dr. Jill Pable, Professor of Interior Architecture & Design and Director of Graduate Studies

Your relationship with your major professor is critical in order to succeed in graduate school. This faculty member will influence your program of study and the research/creative endeavor you pursue. Three outstanding FSU faculty members will share their suggestions for working with a major professor so that you will be able work in ways that complement your major professor’s work style. Time will be allowed for discussion and refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_blRIzm1B2QMCIip


Similarities and Differences in the Job Campaign for Academia vs. Non-Academic Employment Settings [PFF/PFP/PIE]

November 15, 2016, 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Amanda Sargent, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

In this workshop, students will become familiar with potential differences and similarities associated with the job acquisition process in academia versus those found outside the academy.  Topics of discussion will include the search process, interviews, and negotiations. Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

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

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