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 2019 Workshops


International Scholar Writing (OGFA/CIES)

September 23, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Hecht House Conference Room

Description: Do you need to jump start drafting a personal statement or research statement for a fellowship or award application? Here are a few quiet hours for you to write and receive help with strengthening your writing skills and revising drafts of your documents.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8IjuvPQaIWTDxul


Writing Effective Cover Letters 

September 24, 2019, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Megan Crowe, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Description: Cover Letters are documents written as part of an application to help explain to the reader why you are a strong candidate for a particular position. In this presentation, learn the general format and content for cover letters, as well as the differences between academic and industry specific cover letters.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b8jYTFNY6N0R9ch


Do you know how to prepare for your Social & Behavioral Sciences conference presentation?

September 27, 2019, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Profitt, Professor 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 and delivery.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3UwRSmICuggLQwZ


October 2019 Workshops


Negotiating Job Offers [PFF/PFP/PIE]

October 1, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Megan Crowe, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Description: Learn about job evaluation and salary negotiation skills, including ethical considerations and dealing with multiple job offers!

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3wmKfWsPxeKtlqZ


Crafting a Competitive Person Statement (OGFA)

October 2, 2019, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Description: Writing about yourself can be tricky; however, the personal statement is a critical component of many fellowship applications. Emily Saras, a recipient of the Fulbright Award, PEO Scholar Award, and Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society Love of Learning Award, will provide tips on crafting a competitive personal statement from scratch to finish.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cU7hO6puHh4nvlr


The Basics of Proposal Writing (OGFA)

October 3, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Description: Mike Mitchell, Office of Proposal Development, will facilitate an intensive workshop focused 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. 

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eaIIbtw6lBWgAex


Curriculum Vitae (CV) Lab (OGFA)

October 8, 2019, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Description: Bring a draft of your CV or Resume to this lab. The Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards, Career Center Liaisons,  and Graduate Student Ambassadors will be on hand to provide individual consultation and feedback.  

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDx5z39R015uw2p


Navigating Grant Resources at FSU (OGFA)

October 9, 2019, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

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 Fell (Sponsored Research Administration) will facilitate discussion about proposal submission that requires submission via the Office of Sponsored Research.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qxMTi6NvZI2TI1


Using Online Pronunciation Resouces (CIES)

October 10, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

102 Hecht House (Computer Lab)

DescriptionImproving 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_4V2crQFmnFfpxLD


Early Career Publishing in the Humanities: How will that be possible?

October 11, 2019, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Grant, FSU Department of History

Description: An accomplished author, and well-known mentor, Dr. Grant will provide clear direction and advice to help jumpstart graduate student publishing. Time will be allowed for questions; refreshments will be served

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0DH5zO8DeVfKuRD


Funding Your Graduate Education: Searching Databases (OGFA)

October 16, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Description: Identifying prospective external funding opportunities is the first step to applying for fellowships and awards. In this interactive session you will learn how to search and use the comprehensive funding database Pivot as well as other external award databases, and create a funding search template. Please bring your laptop or tablet.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6KiRC5zpex0QNQV


Creating your work/life balance as a graduate student

October 16, 2019, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Dr. Amy Magnuson , Director of the FSU Health and Wellness Center, and her team

Description: Whatever your stage in Graduate School, are your work load (master’s or doctoral program, assistantship, part-time or fulltime job) and your personal life at odds with one another? Do you feel stressed, or out-of- control? Is your stress level rising? Attend this session with experts to begin establishing a better work/life balance.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1FIhV3MWbP3vvYV


Personal Statement for Non-Native English Speakers (OGFA/CIES)

October 29, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Hecht House Conference Room

Description: In this session, Dr. Jennifer Grill and Dr. Maria Mendoza, faculty in 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. Participants will be invited to attend Writing Sessions later in the semester where community, time, space, and assistance will be provided to help with strengthening writing skills and revising draft documents. 

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_77INdFwK3S0MEE5


Employer Panel

October 29, 2019, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Megan Crowe, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Description: Meet with industry and academic employers representing a range of fields to hear about the professional skills employers value the most in new hires. What can graduate students do to set themselves apart in the job search? Join us for this panel to learn more and to ask your own questions.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_88j0ArAD3zyrWw5


November 2019 Workshops


Interviewing: Preparing for the Interview

November 5, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Presenter: Megan Crowe, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center

Description: Learn how to develop your interviewing skills through the Mock Interview Program and the resource Big Interview. This presentation is designed to help you learn how to prepare for the interview in terms of researching the employer, knowing what to expect in an interview, how to dress properly, how to combat anxiety, and more.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1BTRSuXL5nvdCsd


SPEAK Test Information Session (CIES)

November 7, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

310 Hecht House

DescriptionThis 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_26xasrlZQW1wWzz


International Scholar Writing (OGFA/CIES)

November 12, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Hecht House Conference Room

Description: Do you need to jump start drafting a personal statement or research statement for a fellowship or award application? Here are a few quiet hours for you to write and receive help with strengthening your writing skills and revising drafts of your documents.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1U1yLngMYitAdhj


Funding Your Graduate Education: Searching Databases (OGFA)

November 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, room 3009

Description: Identifying prospective external funding opportunities is the first step to applying for fellowships and awards. In this interactive session you will learn how to search and use the comprehensive funding database Pivot as well as other external award databases, and create a funding search template. Please bring your laptop or tablet.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cAf15pDbZclnGCx

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