Professional Development Workshops

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The Graduate School partners with the following units 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 2018 Workshops


Protecting Your Designs, Inventions, Writing, & Unique Packaging [PFF/PFP/PIE]

September 18, 2018, 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, 3009

Presenter: Devin Soper

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 a chain of Mexican restaurants' interior design was unique and protected.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dj3neH60n4f2NbD


The Basics of Proposal Writing

September 19, 2018- 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

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

Presenter: Mike Mitchell, Office of Proposal Development

Description: Mike Mitchell (Office of Proposal Development) will facilitate a workshop focused on persuasive writing techniques for proposals. Topics include: introduction to proposal writ-ing, essential points to address in the application, look for in a winning proposal, and tips and strategies to support clear, concise, interesting and persuasive writing.

Register here: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3OXqBSCAEXw7DQp 


Avoiding Plagiarism (Offered once every Fall and Spring)

September 20, 2018 – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

310 Hecht House

Presenter:  Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, EAP Program

Description: 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, para phrasing and summarizing information for a paper. Practical suggestions for helping international students understand and avoid plagiarism will be offered.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pZKUR5tSD60vbf  


Funding Your Graduate Education/Interactive Database Search

September 21, 2018 – 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, 3009

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, interests, needs, and a reasonable timeline in mind. Please bring your laptop or tablet.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4VoSrymLGOxCjZ3


Google like a “Boss” [PFF/PFP/PIE]

September 21, 2018, 3:30 PM- 4:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, 3009

Presenter: Renaine Julian, Director of the FSU STEM Library; Kelly Grove, STEM Research & Learning Librarian

Description: How many times have people responded “Just Google it” to a question for which they do not know the answer? This workshop will provide strategies and advice for using Google search interfaces to locate scholarly information, research datasets, government information, and much more. Other topics include advanced queries, searching by copyright status, and using Google Trends.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2mev0SqoZRWPpUp


Writing Well: Techniques to Maximize the Success of Fellowship and Grant Applications

September 25, 2018- 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, 3009

Description: Your ability to communicate your ideas in writing will directly impact your professional success, including obtaining grants and fellowships. Writing well is not exclusively a natural talent; it is a skill that anyone can develop and improve. In this workshop, we will discuss the characteristics of good writing (and bad writing) and teach specific stylistic, grammatical, and structural techniques that will increase the clarity, conciseness, cohesiveness, and coherence of your writing. Further, we will detail strategies for drafting and editing personal and research statements as part of competitive grant or fellowship applications, as well as cognitive techniques for maintaining your motivation to finish them.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1GMvxp7yqxQSeTX         


Foreign/ Critical Language Study Opportunities

September 26, 2018- 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, 3008

Description: This workshop introduces opportunities to study particular languages overseas. We discuss opportunities for funding such study: the Critical Language Scholarship, DAAD, the Boren Fellowship, and others. We will provide an overview of awards and application processes and provide space for questions. Think outside the box when planning your graduate and future career!

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9YwAcmyn26ywioZ


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

September 28, 2018, 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, 3009

Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Grant, History Department

Description: 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.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d0C0Ef57ySmv685


October 2018 Workshops


Improving E-mail Communication

October 1, 2018 – 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

310 Hecht House

Presenter:  Dr. Jennifer Grill, EAP 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 email writing such as levels of formality and politeness.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5nifwcEQunHfUsR


Writing the Curriculum Vitae- CV/Resume Workshop

October 2, 2018, 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Description: Learn what and what not to include on your resume or CV. Think of your audience and consider the mission / vision of the sponsoring agency. Leah Sibbitt (Career Center) will offer valuable advice, tips, and strategies for writing an effective resume/CV. At the end of this workshop, discipline-specific Career Center Liaisons will be present to re-view your CV and provide individualized feedback.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6kRftn3XgdRdyTj


Navigating Grant Resources at FSU

October 3, 2018, 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3008

Presenter: Susan Fells, Sponsored Research Administration

Description: Does your department have a Grants Office Administrator Come learn about grant resources on FSU’s campus for assisting grantees with navigating pre- and post-award administration for government-related (i.e., public) funds. Susan Fells (Sponsored Research Administration) will facilitate the workshop and answer any questions.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3qICrgd16Cyjz9P


Are you prepared for your Social or Behavioral Sciences Conference Presentation?

October 3, 2018, 1:30 PM- 2:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Proffitt, Associate Professor, School of Communication

Description: How do you convert a paper into a conference presentation? Will you talk with notes, read your paper, and/or use visuals (e.g., PowerPoint)? How will you ensure that your audience will “get” your message? Are you prepared for the audience’s questions? Dr. Proffitt will answer these questions and more when she leads you through the process of conference presentation preparation and delivery.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9YWHe22m4TbKNPT


Letters of Recommendation and Cover Letters

October 4, 2018, 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Description: Two key components of any fellowship/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 request letters of recommendation with Leah Sibbitt (Career Center).

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3t9pwL67x6PAda5


Preparing for the annual Three-Minute Thesis Doctoral Competition [PFF/PFP/PIE]

October 9, 2018, 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, 3009

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 2018 competition, this workshop will demonstrate effective and ineffective techniques for 3MT description of your research/creative endeavor and slide development.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cRVJARPO6gU8vad


Do you know how to craft cover letters and application packets for your dream job? Attend this workshop to learn from a faculty member who is also a placement director! [Late stage, PFF/PFP]

October 11, 2018, 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3009

Presenter: Dr. Brad T. 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.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aVnWoFpeTj5vWgR


Using Online Pronunciation Resources (NEW!)

October 11, 2018 – 3:00 PM– 4:00 PM

102 Hecht House (Computer Lab)

Presenter:  Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, EAP Program

Description:  Improving pronunciation requires practice and repetition. If you want to work on your pronunciation by yourself, this workshop is for you.  You will learn about online resources that are helpful for independent pronunciation practice. The workshop will be held in a computer lab to give you the opportunity become familiar with the resources and practice.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bEqO9hL7AiZAOgt


Data Documentation Done Right

October 23, 2018, 1:30 PM- 2:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3009

Presenter: Renaine Julian, Director of the FSU STEM Library

Description: Data documentation is a love note to the future as it allows others to reuse your data and pick up where you left off. This workshop will provide an overview of best practices in documenting research data. Topics will include a discussion of the reasons for proper data documentation as well as issues associated with poor documentation. Other topics include file naming conventions, documenting research methods, as well as a gentle introduction to metadata.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Ppola9klIk4ezz


November 2018 Workshops


Business Etiquette and Networking [PFF/PFP/PIE]

November 6, 2018, 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3009

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Description: The basics of business etiquette and the importance of proper etiquette as it relates to interviewing and business situations, with a focus on how to utilize these skills while you’re networking.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9EibKrCQWNWHgF


SPEAK Test Information Session (Offered once every Fall and Spring)

November 8, 2018 – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

310 Hecht House

Presenter:  Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, EAP Program

Description:  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.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_do6TfXCoGCh4uzj


Professional Communication & Job Search Strategies

November 15, 2018, 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3009

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Description: Learn the importance of excellent oral and written communication skills while examining the do’s and don’ts for emerging professionals on the job hunt.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5ceKIB6PqIVxREF

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