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.

-The summer 2018 workshop flyer can be found by clicking here


May 2018 Professional Development Workshops


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

Do you have questions about formatting or submitting your thesis, treatise or dissertation?

May 21, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM 

Strozier Scholars Commons 5A

Presenters: Manuscript Clearance Advisor & Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Assistant Manuscript Clearance Advisor

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.


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

Do you have questions about formatting or submitting your thesis, treatise or dissertation?

May 31, 2018, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM

Honors, Scholars and Fellows House (RM 3009)

Presenters: Manuscript Clearance Advisor & Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Assistant Manuscript Clearance Advisor

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.


June 2018 Professional Development Workshops


Learning How to Teach Problem Solving through a VR Training Session (PIE/PFF/PFP)

June 4, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars and Fellows House (Great Hall, 4th Floor)

Presenter: Dr. Fengfeng Ke, Associated Professor, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

A central portion of education is to teach people to be better problem solvers. In this workshop, you will learn and practice strategies of teaching problem solving to students in a Virtual Reality (VR) environment. For beginning TAs and whoever is interested in improving teaching skills, this workshop would provide great opportunities to interact with virtual students and practice teaching anonymously in a simulated classroom. This workshop also gives you an opportunity to experience educational VR, which has been applied in multiple departments at FSU. (Note: The VR intervention is designed as a part of an NSF-funded research project).

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!


Networking and Elevator Pitch [PFF/PFP/ PIE]

June 12, 2018, 3:30 PM- 4:30 PM 

3009 Honors, Scholars, Fellows House

Presenter: Leah Sibbett, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Wondering how to effectively communicate with potential employers? This workshop will focus on how to make a strong first impression so you can effectively connect with important contacts. Learn how to build your network and leave feeling confident about your elevator pitch. Just in time for conference season!

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a44iYzEwL3uMdb7


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

Do you have questions about formatting or submitting your thesis, treatise or dissertation?

June 14, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM 

Honors, Scholars and Fellows House (RM 3009)

Presenters: Manuscript Clearance Advisor & Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Assistant Manuscript Clearance Advisor

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]

June 14, 2018, 3:30 PM- 4:30 PM

3009 Honors, Scholars, Fellows House

Presenter: Julie Haltiwanger, FSU Human Subjects Committee

Description: Will you be using human 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!

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eIL19dDQm4SBxJ3


How to really use LinkedIn [PFF/PFP/ PIE]

June 20, 2018, 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM 

Honors, Scholars and Fellows House (RM 3009)

Presenter: Leah Sibbett, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Description: Uncertain about the benefits of LinkedIn? Have a partially completed profile? Bring your laptops and join us for an interactive workshop focused on making the most out of LinkedIn.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4INO5OKYLxzaOTb


Creating Multiple Choice Questions that Test Critical Thinking (PIE/PFF/PFP)

June 25, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars and Fellows House (Great Hall, 4th Floor)

Presenters:  Kate Pierson, School of Theatre, PIE Program Graduate Assistant, & Dr. Lisa Liseno, Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence

Using multiple choice questions on exams helps make grading quicker. However the worry is whether this type of question can adequately test students’ knowledge and critical thinking skills. Come join us at this workshop to discuss and practice techniques to create multiple choice questions that aim to evaluate students’ deeper understanding.

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!


July 2018 Professional Development Workshops


The Internet Job Search [PFF/PFP/ PIE]

July 10, 2018, 1:30 PM- 2:30 PM 

3009 Honors, Scholars, Fellows House

Presenter: Leah Sibbett, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Description:  Explore both the benefits and drawback of using the internet in your job search. Learn how to locate job openings, research employers, and network all from your computer!

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9sgRs2lTSfbNYLb


Strategic Goal Setting for Your Career [PFF/PFP/ PIE]

July 18, 2018, 3:30 PM- 4:30 PM 

3009 Honors, Scholars, Fellows House

Presenter: Leah Sibbett, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Description:  Feeling unfocused or have too much going on? Learn how to use an Individual Learning Plan to set SMART goals and create detailed steps for achieving those goals.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2geK5Uh2gg5osnj


The Art of Leading Discussions (PIE/PFF/PFP)

July 25, 2018, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars and Fellows House (Great Hall, 4th Floor)

Presenters:  Kate Pierson, School of Theatre, PIE Program Graduate Assistant, & Dr. Lisa Liseno, Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence

When it comes to leading a lively discussion, it isn’t just a matter of posing a question and hoping the conversation takes off from there. A good classroom discussion requires preparation. This workshop will focus on preparing for discussions that meet course objectives, asking strong questions, and facilitating the direction of the conversation.

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

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