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

We are pleased to announce our new weekly newsletter! Enter your email here to subscribe to the newsletter and receive the latest information about professional development programming.

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(*).

Fall 2018


Mondays 1:15-4:15 p.m.
Instructor: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

This development series aims to provide graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with an introduction to “backward course design,” a method that involves structuring course content according to desired results rather than “coverage.” We will practice writing learning outcomes that can be used for purposes of design and assessment, refine a discipline-specific syllabus through multiple peer-reviewed drafts, and consider the syllabus as a starting point for the creation of individual lesson plans as well as full-scale curricula. Finally, we will explore the uses of instructional technology in the context of course design. Participants can include the syllabus in their professional portfolio as evidence of their ability to apply a results-oriented methodology to the management of a learning and/or working environment.

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.
Instructor: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

The Teaching and Presentation Practicum is designed to give graduate students at all levels, as well as postdoctoral scholars, the opportunity to engage in microteaching opportunities that will allow you to develop and refine your teaching and presentation skills in a supportive environment. You will read about a variety of strategies along with concrete examples of how they are used before tailoring specific strategies to your field of expertise. Each microteaching segment will be digitally recorded so that you have the opportunity to assess your own work; you will also benefit from giving and receiving constructive peer feedback related to teaching and presentation skills. Your final project will involve revising a previously taught segment in order to improve its efficacy. The recording of your project can be used in your professional portfolio as evidence of your teaching skills.

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

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Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Jason Cramer, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Accelerate to Industry (A2i)™ Job Search Strategies is meant to provide NC State graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and alumni who hold a graduate degree from the University, with practical strategies that can be applied to seek and successfully compete for industry jobs. The series will also offer you an opportunity to hear from the many industry professionals who will be involved in the various activities associated with the series.

This series will run from August 24 through October 12, 2018 on Friday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Bostian Hall room 3712.

Industry Job Search Strategies topics:

  • The industry career landscape
  • Personal branding
  • Networking and LinkedIn
  • Communication strategies
  • Resume, CV, and cover letter writing
  • Interviewing with confidence
  • Salary and compensation negotiation
  • Developing professional portfolios and strategic plans

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Invited Speakers

Notes from the Field: A Conversation with John Matteson

Building the Ball Field: How One Man Got Off the Corporate Merry-Go-Round and Found Success and Satisfaction in Academe

Date: Thursday, June 14
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Burns Auditorium, Kamphoefner Hall

Join us for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner John Matteson. Reception with networking and refreshments to follow.

John Matteson wanted to be a lawyer from the time he was twelve. He followed that ambition through Princeton and Harvard, only to discover that his true talents and temperament lay elsewhere. At thirty, he decided to risk it all for something that mattered more. He walked away from a secure but unfulfilling life as a North Carolina attorney, made the switch from a Mustang convertible to a subway fare card, and entered the English Ph.D. program at Columbia University in New York. Now, twenty-seven years later, he has a distinguished professorship, a Pulitzer Prize, and a life that he never dared to imagine. John is coming back to Raleigh, where his dream began, to tell his story: how he managed to raise a daughter while writing a dissertation; how he parlayed a tenuous substitute teaching gig into a tenured position; and how his experiences of family and fatherhood led him to write the book that changed his life.

This opportunity will be counted towards the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

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Workshops

Workshops that count toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate are indicated by an asterisk(*). Workshops can only be counted for credit once unless otherwise indicated.

April 2018

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

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

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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Thursday, April 5 / 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Professional ePortfolios are a great way to highlight skills and experiences that don’t fit on your Curriculum Vita or resume. For example,

  • Have you created course materials?
  • Have a video of you teaching or presenting your research?
  • Have a side project you want to highlight?

All these are perfect uses for an ePortfolio. This workshop will walk you through the benefits of having an ePortfolio as part of your job search. Then we will start setting up your own ePortfolio. We will be using Google Sites which is free with your NCSU Gmail or any Google Account. Bring your own laptop, or you could borrow one from the library. Please bring a laptop and any digital content you want to add; there will be time for you to work on your own portfolio during the second half of the workshop.

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Monday, April 9 / 10 am-12 pm

With this workshop, you will learn how to use Moodle to provide feedback on students’ assignments. This is a “Bring Your Own Device” workshop. Please bring your laptop, tablet, or other portable electronic device to work on during the session.

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Thursday, April 12 / 1:30-3:30 pm

This workshop gives you all of the tools needed to get started with using G Suite in academic and professional settings. This is a “Bring Your Own Device” workshop. Please bring your laptop, tablet, or other portable electronic device to work on during the session.

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

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

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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Friday, April 6 / 9:00 am-12:00 pm

The Graduate School and Office of Faculty Development will offer a Communications Workshop for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Regardless of your disciplinary focus or type of research, effective communication styles and strategies are vital to your success. This interactive workshop will include activities to help you:

  • Clarify expectations and goals related to research projects and timelines
  • Identify how roles, responsibilities, and communication needs evolve over time
  • Recognize distinct challenges faced by faculty/postdocs/grad students and how to navigate them to achieve common goals
  • Develop a shared vision and draft a plan for effective communication

We encourage teams of faculty and postdocs or graduate students to attend together; however registration is open to all

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Thursday, April 26 / 1:30-3:30 pm

Are you new to Moodle or looking to refresh your Moodle skills? This workshop will provide hands-on guidance for using Moodle as an instructor in your face-to-face, blended, or online classes. We will provide a broad overview of the most commonly used features, such as layout & navigation, activities & resources, and organizational strategies. This is a “Bring Your Own Device” workshop. Please bring your laptop, tablet, or other portable electronic device to work on during the session.
After this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Navigate the Moodle interface as an instructor
  • Load and share course content with students
  • Identify the basic functionality of the most widely-used Moodle tools, including the gradebook setup and grading assignments through the Moodle interface
  • Apply best practices for organizing your Moodle course

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May 2018


Wednesday, May 16 / 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

With summer quickly approaching, it is important to plan ahead in order to accomplish as much as possible this summer. Maybe you want to make progress on a thesis or dissertation, start a research article, submit a book proposal, or revise an article for submission. How are you going to accomplish this goal? Join us for an interactive workshop during which we will create long and short term writing goals for the summer, find tools that will help you stay on track, and develop accountability methods. In addition to participating in this workshop, participants will also be invited to join an online summer accountability group.

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Friday, May 18 / 9:00-9:50 am

This session is oriented toward faculty positions in which book publishing is an expectation. Dr. Elizabeth Ault of Duke University Press will discuss the publishing process at an academic press. Recommended for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career faculty in the humanities and social sciences.

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Wednesday, May 23 / 10:00-11:00 am

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Wednesday, May 30 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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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Wednesday, May 23 / 12:30 pm-1:30 pm

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Wednesday, May 30 / 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

This workshop teaches strategies for using informal low-risk or ungraded writing activities—in class or out of class—to teach course content without creating a mountain of additional reading or assessment for the instructor. Participants will not need any special prior knowledge of grammar or writing techniques. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will gain an overview of many kinds of writing-to-learn activities and technologies: journals, log books, student-assessed writing, in-class writing prompts, portfolios, multimodal learning, and collaborative activities. Participants will practice creating and facilitating writing-to-learn activities and will be introduced to some classroom-friendly writing collaboration technologies.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

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Wednesday, May 23 / 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

This informational session offers suggestions and support to help you start and maintain a peer writing group. Participation in a writing group provides an emotional and intellectual support community. Whether you are writing a course paper, journal article, thesis, or dissertation, you can benefit from a writing group. During this session, we will provide you with strategies for starting and structuring your writing group, resources to use during your writing group meetings, and information on how to effectively give and receive feedback. Even if you do not have a group yet, this session will contain useful information and, potentially, the opportunity to meet others interested in starting/joining a writing group.

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Thursday, May 24 / 12:30 pm-1:30 pm

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Thursday, May 31 / 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

This workshop teaches strategies for instructors to introduce their students to the ways in which writing operates in their discipline. Participants will not need any special prior knowledge of grammar or writing techniques. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn that there is no such thing as basic or universal writing in college, that writing in unfamiliar disciplinary genres is difficult even for expert writers, and that knowledge about writing does not automatically transfer to new situations. Participants will explore examples of how teaching the discipline’s writing is teaching the discipline’s content and ways of knowing, will be given a brief overview of how language differs in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and humanities, and will discuss strategies for inviting students into their disciplinary discourse community without diverting class time away from course content, such as use of intuitive activities, resources, and descriptive language and criteria in assignment prompts and rubrics. Participants will practice creating or revising assignment prompts and rubrics to help students learn the ropes of disciplinary writing and ways of knowing.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

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June 2018


Monday, June 4 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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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Tuesday, June 5 / 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Individual Development Plans (IDPs) are important tools in career planning. They allow individuals to identify professional strengths and weaknesses, and develop ways to address gaps in their portfolios based on the skills needed for their intended career path(s). An IDP integrates individual career assessment, SMART goals, and long-term planning into one resource. Postdocs and graduate students should develop an IDP at the beginning of their appointment and revisit and revise it throughout their tenure.

This workshop will review what an IDP is and why it is important, provide some professional development assessment tools, and give postdocs and graduate students practice in developing SMART goals and timelines for their IDP. We will also discuss ways in which postdocs and graduate students can use IDPs to facilitate conversations with faculty mentors.

Registration will be available soon.


Monday, June 18 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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Monday, June 25 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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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Tuesday, June 12 / 11:00 am-12:00 pm / ONLINE

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Tuesday, June 19 / 11:00 am-1:00 pm / ONLINE

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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Wednesday, June 13 / 10:00 am-11:00 am / ONLINE

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Wednesday, June 20 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / ONLINE

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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Friday, June 15 / 10:00 am-11:00 am

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Friday, June 22 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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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Thursday, June 21 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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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July 2018


Monday, July 9 / 10:00 am-11:00 am

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Monday, July 16 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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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Tuesday, July 10 / 11:00 am- 12:00 pm / ONLINE

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Tuesday, July 17 / 11:00 am-1:00 pm / ONLINE

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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Thursday, July 12 / 10:00 am-11:00 am

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Thursday, July 19 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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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August 2018

Monday, August 6 / 10:00 am-11:00 am

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Monday, August 13 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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.