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.

Professional Development Newsletter

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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.

Development Series

The professional development team at The Graduate School now offers semester-long development series that delve much deeper into many of the topics we address during workshops. These development series are free of charge (although required materials are determined by each individual instructor) and are currently non-credit-bearing. Questions about a specific development series should be directed to the instructor.

Development series that count toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate are indicated by an asterisk(*).

Spring 2018


Mondays 1:15-4:15 p.m. in Daniels Hall 322
Instructor: 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.

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

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Tuesdays 1:15-4:15 p.m. in Daniels Hall 214
Instructor: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

In this development series, you will draft and/or refine a variety of personal statements (e.g. teaching, research, diversity); 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.

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

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Mondays 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Nelson Hall 2403
Instructor: Karissa Wojcik

This development series is designed for doctoral students nearing the dissertation stage of their degree. Participants in this development series will familiarize themselves with the purposes, audiences, and conventions of academic writing and dissertation writing in their respective fields. Additionally, participants will learn about the dissertation procedures in their fields, how to communicate effectively with their committee members, and time management skills. In-class instruction and workshops will allow participants to develop and improve the critical and analytical skills needed for reviewing their own work and responding productively to other writers’ work in progress. During the course of the semester, participants will have in-class writing time and peer review time in which they can practice the skills they will learn.
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Wednesdays 1:30-4:00 p.m. in Nelson Hall 2403
January 10- February 28
Instructor: Karissa Wojcik

The US Academic Writing for International Graduate Students development series is split into two parts. Part A is an 8 week series of workshops that will begin the first week of classes and end the last week of February. In part A of this development series, we will focus on pre-writing activities such as critical reading, note taking strategies, use of Mendeley/Refworks/other citation management systems, paraphrasing/quoting/summarizing, finding and using resources on campus. New graduate students and/or students at the beginning of a writing project will benefit from this series.

Students can participate in one or both parts of the series. If you are interested in participating but do not know which part to register for, please email Thesis and Dissertation Support Services (thesisdissertationsupport@ncsu.edu).

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Wednesdays 1:30-4:00 p.m. in Nelson Hall 2403
March 14- April 25
Instructor: Karissa Wojcik

The US Academic Writing for International Graduate Students development series is split into two parts. Part B is an 6 week series of workshops that will begin in March and end the last week of classes (April). In part B of this development series, The second part  will focus on peer review, writing in the students’ disciplines, understanding conventions and types of academic writing, asking/receiving/and giving feedback, writing parts of the research article, preparing and presenting research, and communicating with diverse audiences.

Students can participate in one or both parts of the series. If you are interested in participating but do not know which part to register for, please email Thesis and Dissertation Support Services (thesisdissertationsupport@ncsu.edu).

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Workshops

Workshops that count toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate are indicated by an asterisk(*).

January 2018

Wednesday, January 10 / 10:00-11:00 am / Winston 00017

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Wednesday, January 17 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Winston 00017

In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for making your first day in the classroom a success. In the first session, we will discuss and practice lesson planning. In the second, you will “microteach” a brief lesson and receive feedback. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

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Thursday, January 11 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Nelson 2403

This workshop introduces students to expectations for graduate students. We will cover important issues such as writing into a scholarly community, choosing an appropriate citation style, and much more.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State

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Wednesday, January 17 / 1:00-3:00 pm / Poe Hall 220

As a graduate student, reading is no longer a means to simply understand a concept, but an opportunity for the reader to find implications for future studies, expand on or create new ideas, and critically analyze the text. This workshop will introduce graduate students to new strategies that will help them become critical readers.
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Monday, January 22 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Fox Labs 204

The most successful writers understand that the key to success is making writing a daily habit. Learn how to develop good writing habits and “train” yourself to write on a daily basis — and successfully complete your writing project. Students will spend time writing and tasking out their writing project in this workshop.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State

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Wednesday, January 24 / 10:00-11:00 am / Tompkins 0G125

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Wednesday, January 31 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Tompkins 0G125

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.

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Thursday, January 25 / 1:00-3:00 pm / Poe Hall 220

Did you know that nearly every research article or dissertation introduction chapter follows the same 3-step model? In this workshop, you will learn about these three key things you need to do to write a successful introduction that is worthy of publication or will get your dissertation approved.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student

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February 2018


Thursday, February 1 / 9:30-10:30 am / SAS 2229

Just what is a doctoral dissertation, anyway? What do successful dissertation writers understand about the dissertation? How can you equip yourself to tackle this project successfully? What do faculty members at N.C. State expect? This seminar will introduce you to the important concepts of the dissertation and encourage students to have open communication with their advisors about expectations for the dissertation project.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled doctoral student
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Monday, February 5 / 9:00-10:00 am / Fox 206

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Monday, February 12 / 9:00-11:00 am / Fox 206

In this two-part workshop, we will explore ways to engage with students’ diverse learning styles. In the first session, we will conduct a self-assessment and discuss concrete strategies to motivate students according to their learning style. 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.

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Monday, February 5 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Fox 204

Just what is a Master’s thesis, anyway? What do successful thesis writers understand about this genre? How can you equip yourself to tackle this project successfully? This seminar will introduce you to the important concepts of the Master’s thesis and encourage students to have open communication with their advisors about expectations for the thesis project.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled Master’s student
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Thursday, February 15 / 1:00-3:00 pm / Poe Hall 220

The most successful writers understand that the key to success is making writing a daily habit. Learn how to develop good writing habits and “train” yourself to write on a daily basis — and successfully complete your writing project. Students will spend time writing and tasking out their writing project in this workshop.

Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State

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Monday, February 19 / 10:00-11:00 am / Winston 00017

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Monday, February 26 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Winston 00017

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.

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Thursday, February 22 / 1:00-2:00 pm / Poe Hall 220

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Thursday, February 28 / 1:00-3:00 pm / Poe Hall 220

In this workshop we will cover topics to help you become a more effective presenter and public speaker. This workshop will NOT focus on the creation of visuals for presentations, but rather the information you will include, the delivery, and body language.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.
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March 2018

Wednesday, March 7 / 10:00-11:00 am / Tompkins 129

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Wednesday, March 14 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Tompkins 129

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.

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Wednesday, March 14 / 1:00-2:00 pm / Talley 3210

Learn how to prepare for your dissertation defense, including the presentation, question and answer portions, and ETD submission.
Who should register: Doctoral candidates who will be defending in the current or following semester

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Monday, March 19 / 10:00-11:00 am / Winston 00017

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Monday, March 26 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Winston 00017

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.

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April 2018

Monday, April 2 / 10:00-11:00 am / Fox 304

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Monday, April 9 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Fox 304

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.

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Monday, April 16 / 10:00-11:00 am / Winston 00017

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Monday, April 23 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Winston 00017

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.

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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 kwojcik@ncsu.edu.