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Workshops and Development Series

The Graduate School offers several writing, teaching, communication, and professional development workshops and series. All workshops and development series adhere to the Attendance Policy and the Synchronous Zoom Workshop Policy. Both policies are posted at the bottom on the page.

Development Series

Development Series are non-credit course-style workshop series that provide sustained support, practice, and feedback on key aspects of teaching, communication, writing, and career management. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at any stage of their careers and in any discipline should enroll in these Development Series to improve their teaching, writing, speaking, and presentation skills, and preparation for industry. Development Series are non-credit bearing and free of charge (although some may require materials or refundable deposits).

Development Series that count toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate are indicated by an asterisk (*). Development series that count toward the Writing Certificate are indicated by a plus sign (+). Development series require compliance with the attendance policy. Email questions about Development Series to the instructor listed.

Spring 2021

March 8 – April 16 | Self-paced Online

This free course is available to all faculty and staff within the UNC system. The course will provide an introduction to digital accessibility and offer multiple practical methods for incorporating accessibility into face-to-face, hybrid online, and online classrooms. The course is formatted as a self-paced, asynchronous, online class delivered via Moodle and is scheduled to run for 6 weeks. Participants who complete the course successfully will receive a joint certificate from NC State University and the UNC System office.

Fridays 1-3 p.m., Jan. 29 – April 9 | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Stella Jackman-Ryan

The Ahead of the Pack development series for first-year graduate students will be done virtually this semester! Ahead of the Pack is a comprehensive development series that supports adjustment to grad school. It provides sustained support, practice, and feedback on key aspects of graduate school and sets you on a path for success. Weekly sessions will cover strategies for wellness, time management, communication, writing, and career management, among other topics.

Thursdays 12 – 1 p.m., February 25 – March 25 | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Chris Smith

This development series will serve to introduce and familiarize graduate students and postdocs to the career exploration and life design process. We’ll cover topics around self-reflection as a means of identifying career paths of potential interest. We will also discuss how to use informational interviews to explore various careers and build your professional network. In addition, you will learn how to assess your current competencies, identify gaps in your training, especially as they align with potential career goals, and develop a plan to obtain the skills you need to succeed in your chosen career area(s).

Mondays 1-3 p.m., Jan. 25 – April 26 | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

Communicating about your area of specialization involves so much more than content expertise and a captive audience. In this development series, we will explore tools and strategies to help you communicate more effectively with students, specialists, and the public alike. Topics will include motivation and development models, inclusive learning environments, the debate around teaching and learning styles, visual communication and multimodality, and more.

Participants may apply up to 44 hours from this development series toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Thursdays 1-3 p.m., Jan. 28 – March 4 | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Katie Homar

Do you want to learn the basics of publishing journal articles? Writing for Journal Article Publication: Early Stage Development Series is designed to support graduate student and postdoc researchers in learning and utilizing strategies for publishing research articles as well as for students looking for an introduction to key strategies for effective academic writing.

This Early Stage workshop series is for you if:

  • You want to get a head start writing a journal article or academic paper
  • You are in the earlier stages of writing your article or paper
  • You want to understand and implement some best practices for organizing information in academic writing

Participants in the Early Stage Workshop Series can apply 12 hours towards the Graduate Writing Certificate.

Thursdays 1-3 p.m., March 18 – April 8 | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Katie Homar

Do you want to make substantial progress toward submitting an article manuscript you are already writing?

This Late Stage workshop series is for you if:

  • You are in the middle of a journal article or academic paper project
  • You want to submit or revise-and-resubmit an article draft
  • You are seeking feedback on a draft in progress
  • You are looking for extra motivation to finish or keep working on a draft in progress

Participants in the Late Stage workshop series will practice:

  • Strategies for time management and productivity
  • How to give feedback as a reviewer of a peer’s writing
  • Strategies for responding to journal reviewers
  • Tips for self-proofreading and editing drafts

Participants in the Late Stage Workshop Series can apply up to 8 hours towards the Graduate Writing Certificate. 

Tuesdays 1-3 p.m., Jan. 19 – April 20 | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

In this blended synchronous and asynchronous online development series, you will read and interpret job ads; draft and/or refine a variety of application materials (CV/resume, cover letter) and personal statements (e.g. teaching, research, diversity); practice interview techniques; identify and gather evidence of effectiveness in teaching, research, service, and/or other areas of professional activity; and use basic design principles to create an engaging online portfolio of your work.

Participants may apply up to 44 hours from this development series toward EITHER the Teaching and Communication Certificate OR the Graduate Writing Certificate.

Wednesdays OR Fridays 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Jan 27 – Feb. 26 | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Joe Aldinger

The Industry Talks module of A2i provides masters, PhD students, and postdocs with an introduction to application materials and career pathways available in industry. Our five presenters from industry will cover topics such as: entrepreneurship, career paths, best application practices, and developing a network of mentors.

*PLEASE NOTE: This IJSS Interactive Workshops series appears scheduled for both Wednesday and Friday each week; however, only one talk will be held each week for the duration of this Development Series. The exact schedule of Industry Talks and Interactive Workshops will be released before the start of the course.

Wednesdays OR Fridays 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Jan 27 – Feb. 26 | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Joe Aldinger

In conjunction with Industry Talks, A2i Industry Job Search Strategies also offers small Interactive Workshops. Topics covered in the five workshops include: resume design including scannable resume design, career exploration, Clifton Strengths Assessment, and key documents for project management (i.e. project scope and project timeline).

*PLEASE NOTE: This IJSS Interactive Workshops series appears scheduled for both Wednesday and Friday each week; however, only one workshop will be held each week for the duration of this Development Series. The exact schedule of Industry Talks and Interactive Workshops will be released before the start of the course.

Summer 2021

Industry Job Search Strategies (IJSS) offers students the flexibility to attend up to five talks given by A2i’s industry experts as well as complete up to five interactive workshops during the current IJSS semester series. 

Topics may include:

  • Preparing Application Materials
  • Leadership
  • Corporate Culture
  • Negotiating First Offers
  • Career Pathways
  • Communication
  • Interview Strategies
  • Entrepreneurial/Intrapreneurial

Mondays, June 7 – June 28 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitators: Katie Homar, Courney Hughes, Kristen Hetrick

In this four-part workshop development series, we address best practices for finding and applying for key research funding opportunities: grants and fellowships. Specifically, participants will discuss and practice strategies for: 

  • Locating grant and fellowship opportunities
  • Aligning your proposed research project with the needs and values of the funding organization
  • Articulating the broader impact of your work in relation to the funding organization
  • Describing your project to non-specialist audiences

Participants will leave the workshop with strategies for starting and/or strengthening their applications drafts and will have the opportunity to follow up with individual feedback/advising on their application with Fellowships Coordinator Courtney Hughes. 

This workshop series might especially interest graduate trainees looking to get a head start on grants/fellowships with early fall deadlines.

Participants can apply up to 8 hours towards the Graduate Writing Certificate.

Workshops

Workshops that count toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate are indicated by an asterisk (*). Workshops that count toward the Writing Certificate are indicated by a plus sign (+). Workshops can only be counted for credit once unless otherwise indicated. Please be aware of the workshop attendance policy (below).

Spring 2021

April

Monday, April 5 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom Webinar

AND

Monday, April 12 | 10 – 12 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriot Anderson

In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for managing conflict in the classroom. In the first session, we will examine various approaches to preventative and reactive conflict management, using real-life examples. In the second session, participants will role-play a variety of scenarios to practice assertive conflict management. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Participants may apply up to 3 hours of credit toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Thursday, April 8 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Emily Anderson

QPR is intended to teach individuals how to recognize the warning signs of suicide including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues. It provides guidelines on how to question a person about suicidal thoughts, persuade them to get help, and refer the person for help. The QPR training is both educational and experiential, and includes:

  • An overview of statistics regarding suicide
  • Myths versus facts
  • Identifying behavioral, verbal, and situational warning signs
  • Practicing concrete tools for helping someone in distress

Participants may receive credit toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate upon submission of the Reporter course completion certificate.

Monday, April 19 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom Webinar

AND

Monday, April 26 | 10 – 12 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriot Anderson

In this two-part workshop, we will consider best practices for reading, analyzing, and using the data from your course evaluations. How can you make your evaluations work for you, so that they become part of a cycle of reflective teaching practice? How can you use them as evidence of effective teaching in your job materials? How can you separate constructive criticism from ad hominem attacks and excessive praise? And how can you supplement your standard course evaluations to get the information you really need to improve your teaching?

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Participants may apply up to 3 hours of credit toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Summer 2021

May

Monday, May 10 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitators: Vanessa Doriott Anderson and Katie Homar

Learn about opportunities to develop your professional skills through the Graduate School’s Professional Development Team offerings! This information session is designed to acquaint trainees with resources of the professional development team, including noncredit workshops, classes, and certificates including our Teaching Communication and new Graduate Writing certificate.  PD Team certificate directors will explain how to make the most of your career at NC State and beyond with these opportunities as well as how to get involved, as our programs have recently changed.  This session is recommended for any masters, PhD, and postdoc trainee who wants to know more about our certificate programs and other ways to enhance their skills with the PD Team. 

Thursday, May 13 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

AND

Thursday, May 20 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Katie Homar

In this two part workshop, we’ll focus on strategies for planning and managing a writing project, as well as fundamental tips for structuring the engineering writing. Participants will clarify their writing goals for the semester and leave with strategies to implement on current and future writing projects. We will use different genres of engineering writing projects as case study, so participants will also gain tips for summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing their writing projects.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Students may apply up to 4 hours of credit towards the Graduate Writing Certificate.

June

Wednesday, June 2 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

AND

Wednesday, June 9 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Katie Homar

In this two part workshop, we address the challenges of conveying your research story in a persuasive way for technical and nontechnical stakeholders. We will focus on various writing forms in engineering that include organization and interpretation of results. These will include technical/non-technical reports, results & discussion sections or articles and theses, and similar types of writing projects.

Specifically participants will practice and discuss strategies for:   

  • Choosing an appropriate structure for reporting and commenting on data
  • Effectively organizing data commentaries 
  • Integrating figures and visuals in reports 
  • Structuring and revising reports

Students may apply up to 4 hours of credit towards the Graduate Writing Certificate.

Wednesday, June 9 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriott Anderson and Katie Homar

Learn about opportunities to develop your professional skills through the Graduate School’s Professional Development Team offerings! This information session is designed to acquaint trainees with resources of the professional development team, including noncredit workshops, classes, and certificates including our Teaching Communication and new Graduate Writing certificate.  PD Team certificate directors will explain how to make the most of your career at NC State and beyond with these opportunities as well as how to get involved, as our programs have recently changed.  This session is recommended for any masters, PhD, and postdoc trainee who wants to know more about our certificate programs and other ways to enhance their skills with the PD Team. 

Monday, June 14 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

AND

Monday, June 21 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

In this two-part workshop, we will go beyond formulating learning outcomes to consider their use for both course planning and assessment. In the first session, we will use backward course design concepts to practice using outcomes as planning and assessment tools. In the second session, participants will share an activity and assessment sequence that they’ve developed from a specific learning outcome. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Students may apply up to 3 hours of credit towards the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Tuesday, June 15 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom Webinar

AND

Tuesday, June 22 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

In this two-part workshop, we will explore how universal design for learning can be used to engage diverse learners. In the first session, we will conduct an assessment of a task that has multiple solutions and discuss concrete strategies to motivate students that approach tasks in different ways. In the second session, you will receive feedback on an activity that you designed based on what you learned in the first session. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience. 

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Students may apply up to 3 hours of credit towards the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Thursday, June 24 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom Webinar

AND

Thursday July 1 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies to make PowerPoint slides more visually engaging and interactive. In the first session, we will analyze effective and ineffective forms of visual communication. In the second session, you will present your own slide(s) for peer review. Slides can be course- or research-based. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Students may apply up to 3 hours of credit towards the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Wednesday, June 30 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Katie Homar

Do people say that your writing is wordy? In this interactive workshop, we’ll address the challenge of building clear, concise sentences that represent your science to diverse stakeholders. Using Richard Lanham’s famous “Paramedic Method” and other approaches, participants will leave the session with strategies for “user-friendly” sentences in reports and other workplace documents. Open to all grad students and postdocs.

Students may apply up to 2 hours of credit towards the Graduate Writing Certificate.

July

Wednesday, July 7 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Katie Homar

Contact colleagues at NC State and beyond with tact and ease! In this workshop, you will gain strategies for crafting effective professional emails. Specifically, participants will practice and discuss strategies for: 

  • Organizing a professional email message
  • Making inquiries and requests
  • Creating a professional tone or voice in email

Students may apply up to 2 hours of credit towards the Graduate Writing Certificate.

Monday, July 19 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom Webinar

AND

Monday, July 26 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for writing a teaching statement that is professional yet personalized. In the first session, we will look at models of effective and ineffective teaching statements and hone our ability to critique and revise them. In the second session, participants will present their own draft teaching statements for peer review. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Students may apply up to 3 hours of credit towards the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Tuesday, July 20 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

AND

Tuesday, July 27 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for delivering a compelling, accessible academic job talk. In the first session, participants will reflect on the purpose of their talk as well as its audience, and will engage in a number of exercises to help them pitch their research to an interdisciplinary audience. In the second session, 1-3 speakers will present their job talk for peer review. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Students may apply up to 3 hours of credit towards the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Thursday, July 29 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriott Anderson and Katie Homar

Learn about opportunities to develop your professional skills through the Graduate School’s Professional Development Team offerings! This information session is designed to acquaint trainees with resources of the professional development team, including noncredit workshops, classes, and certificates including our Teaching Communication and new Graduate Writing certificate.  PD Team certificate directors will explain how to make the most of your career at NC State and beyond with these opportunities as well as how to get involved, as our programs have recently changed.  This session is recommended for any masters, PhD, and postdoc trainee who wants to know more about our certificate programs and other ways to enhance their skills with the PD Team. 

Thursday, July 29 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

AND

Thursday, August 5 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for managing conflict in the classroom. In the first session, we will examine various approaches to preventative and reactive conflict management, using real-life examples. In the second session, participants will role-play a variety of scenarios to practice assertive conflict management. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Students may apply up to 3 hours of credit towards the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

August

Thursday, August 5 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom Webinar

AND

Thursday, August 12 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Facilitator: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

In this two-part workshop, we will consider best practices for reading, analyzing, and using the data from your course evaluations. How can you make your evaluations work for you, so that they become part of a cycle of reflective teaching practice? How can you use them as evidence of effective teaching in your job materials? How can you separate constructive criticism from ad hominem attacks and excessive praise? And how can you supplement your standard course evaluations to get the information you really need to improve your teaching? 

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

Students may apply up to 3 hours of credit towards the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. Direct accommodation requests for professional development programs to professional-development@ncsu.edu.

Synchronous Zoom Workshops Policy

Unless otherwise noted, our online workshops and development series are synchronous Zoom meetings. These events are designed to facilitate discussion of the material through interactive exercises, polls, small group discussions, and other activities. When you register for a workshop or series, you are indicating that you are able to participate in a Zoom call at the scheduled date(s)/times(s). Only participants who attend the Zoom session(s) will receive access to workshop materials.

If you have a schedule conflict, you should drop the workshop or series using REPORTER to allow participants from the waiting list to enroll.

Attendance Policy

Participants who cancel their registration for any Professional Development event (e.g., workshops, seminars, symposia) more than 24 hours before the first session of an event will not be penalized. Registrants who fail to attend an event or who cancel their registration less than 24 hours before the first session of an event will be marked as a “No Show” for the event. Those with two recorded “No Shows” will automatically be dropped from all future Professional Development events for the remainder of the semester in which the two “No Shows” occur.

This policy is in place to encourage students to practice time management and professionalism. The instructors create materials and activities based on attendance so this information needs to be as accurate as possible in order for participants to get the most out of the session.

For development series, please review the syllabus for the attendance policy specific to your course.

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Digital Badges

The professional development team is pleased to announce new opportunities for digital credentialing. We will be issuing evidence-based badges through the Graduate School NC State account at Badge List. You can display the badges you’ve earned on your LinkedIn page. Create an account to get started, then join our group using this code: gradpack. We will add new badges throughout the year, so check back often.