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 courses, please review the syllabus for the attendance policy specific to your course.

Courses

Beginning in Fall 2017, the professional development team at The Graduate School will begin to offer semester-long courses that delve much deeper into many of the topics we address during workshops. These courses are free of charge (although required materials are determined by each individual instructor) and are currently non-credit-bearing. Questions about a specific course should be directed to the instructor.

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

Fall 2017

Mondays 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Gardner Hall 2207
Instructor: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

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This course 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 course toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Tuesdays 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Ricks Hall 105
Instructor: Vanessa Doriott Anderson

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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 course toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Thursdays 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Fox Hall 104
Instructor: Jason Cramer

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Fridays 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Park Shops 201
Instructor: Jason Cramer

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All N.C. State University graduate students and postdocs are eligible to complete this course.

This semester-long course will provide participants with information and strategies meant to establish a competitive edge during job searches. Course topics will include the following:

  • Personal branding
  • Résumé, CV, and cover letter writing
  • Interviewing
  • Negotiating salary and compensation
  • Networking
  • Developing portfolios

Course participants will receive feedback for these features from their colleagues and the instructor along with feedback from professionals in academia, industry, government, and non-profit entities. Course activities will include career panels, workshops, and seminars involving professionals from various job sectors.

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 4pm in Burlington 1202
Instructor: Karissa Wojcik

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This course is designed for doctoral students nearing the dissertation stage of their degree. Participants in this course 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.

Tuesdays, 8 – 10am in Withers 150
Instructor: Karissa Wojcik

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This course aims to improve international graduate students’ and international postdoctoral scholars’ writing by improving their awareness of rhetorical concepts, reading and notetaking strategies, academic writing strategies, library-based research skills, discipline specific writing conventions and vocabulary, peer review and revision, and publishing options and procedures. During the semester, participants will go through all stages (reading, research, writing, peer review, editing, and publication) of the writing process. By the end of the course, participants will have a complete or nearly complete piece of academic writing that can be submitted for publication. In addition to meeting in-person, this class will occasionally meet online. Any course meetings that will be online will be noted in the syllabus ahead of time.

Invited Speakers

July 2017

Friday, July 14 / 3:00 – 4:30 pm / Daniels 218

Dave Jensen, Managing Director for CareerTrax Inc., is a recruiter as well as popular speaker and author on topics related to careers in the life sciences and non-profit sectors. His expertise comes from more than 30 years of experience in scientific and executive research.

During his talk at NC State, Jensen will describe the backgrounds and methods of “street savvy” scientists from the biotechnology and ag-tech industries who have moved past their academic training into careers of many different kinds. The presentation will integrate the skills needed while in the job market with the entire process of developing a career.

NOTE: This event is open to all NC State students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. No registration is needed. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to secure your seat.

Workshops

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

July 2017

Wednesday, July 12 / 12:00-1:00 pm / Daniels 232

AND

Wednesday, July 19 / 12:00-2:00 pm / Daniels 232

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.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

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Tuesday, July 25 / 12:00-1:00 pm / Fox 206

AND

Tuesday, August 1 / 12:00-2:00 pm / Fox 304

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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August 2017

Wednesday, August 23 / 10:00-11:00 am / Tompkins Hall 0G110

AND

Wednesday, August 30 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Tompkins Hall 0G110

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, August 24 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Fox Hall 304

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. Participants will spend time writing and tasking out their writing project in this workshop.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoc at N.C. State

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Workshop: Creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
Date: Tuesday, August 8th
Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm
Location: Poe Hall 224
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 grad students practice in developing SMART goals and timelines for their IDP. We will also discuss ways in which postdocs and grad students can use IDPs to facilitate conversations with faculty mentors.

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Workshop: Communicating Your Research (3MT Workshop) – A
Date: Friday, August 25th
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Fox Hall 204

Today’s scientist must communicate their research with the scientific community, but also be equally effective in communicating the implications of their work to a broader audience of policymakers, industry partners, and the general public. This workshop will provide graduate students and postdocs some skills to engage in effective research storytelling that captures the attention of their audiences and makes their work accessible to those outside the field. Participants will have the opportunity to practice new techniques and get feedback on their work.

*Attendance at this workshop is required for participation in 3MT. It is also open to those not participating in 3MT.

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September 2017

Wednesday, September 6 / 9:00-10:00 am / Tompkins Hall 0G110

AND

Wednesday, September 13 / 9:00 am-11:00 am / Tompkins Hall 0G110

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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Workshop: Communicating Your Research (3MT Workshop) – B
Date: Thursday, September 7th
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Gardner Hall 3214

Today’s scientist must communicate their research with the scientific community, but also be equally effective in communicating the implications of their work to a broader audience of policymakers, industry partners, and the general public. This workshop will provide graduate students and postdocs some skills to engage in effective research storytelling that captures the attention of their audiences and makes their work accessible to those outside the field. Participants will have the opportunity to practice new techniques and get feedback on their work.

*Attendance at this workshop is required for participation in 3MT. It is also open to those not participating in 3MT.

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Supervision Workshop for Postdocs and Grads
Date: Friday, September 8th
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Poe Hall 218
Instructor:Dr. Barry Olson and Alicia Keating Polson

Description TBD


Copyright Workshop: Who Owns Your Work – And Why It Matters
Date: Tuesday, September 12th
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Williams Hall 2104
Instructor: Will Cross (NCSU Libraries)

Copyright agreements are a part of the publication process that many scholars struggle to understand, but the terms of those contracts can limit how many people see your work, make it difficult to comply with mandates from your funding agencies, and cost you a fair share of your royalties. Similarly, copyright anxiety in the classroom can limit your ability to be an inspiring instructor. Join Will Cross, an attorney in the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center, for a discussion about what those contracts say and what you can do to make sure you have the rights you need as a scholarly author and instructor. Sometimes the most important writing you do is in your contract.

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Thursday, September 14 / 9:00-11:00 am / Poe 312

Classroom discussions should not be a question-and-answer session or a few people talking while others remain silent. Effective classroom discussions should be collaborative. This can be difficult for students who are not familiar with the open-ended discussions we have in U.S. courses. Language can also be a barrier. In this workshop, we will discuss the purpose of class discussion, offer tips for participating in discussions, and have small and large group discussions.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled international graduate student or postdoc at N.C. State

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Monday, September 18 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Location TBA

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

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Thursday, September 21 / 9:00-10:00 am / Poe Hall 636

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Thursday, September 28 / 9:00-11:00 am / Poe Hall 636

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.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

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Monday, September 25 / 9:00-11:00 am / Fox 304

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 research introduction. Participants will participate in small group work, participate in group discussions, and practice writing their own research article introductions.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoc at N.C. State

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Wednesday, September 27 / 2:30 -3:30 pm / Burlington 1202

Choosing an advisor is one of the most important decisions you will make as a graduate student. Learn more about choosing the right advisor and working with your advisor in a professional manner.

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Thursday, September 28 / 2:00 -4:00 pm / TSU 4280

Interested in a career in science education/outreach? Want to invest in your community through STEM outreach and mentoring and gain new perspectives on STEM education? Join us for this interactive workshop lead by Dr. Sarah Council Windsor from US 2020 RTP.

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October 2017

Tuesday, October 3 / 1:00 -2:00pm / TSU 3222

Learn how to prepare for your dissertation defense, including the presentation and question and answer portions of the event.

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Thursday, October 12 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Mann 304

The discussion and conclusion are generally the most difficult part of the paper to write. What do your data mean? What have you learned? What have you contributed to the field? These important sections tell your audience why what you did was valuable and in what ways. Participants will be introduced to the key concepts of the discussion and conclusion and participate in active writing time on these sections.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student or postdoc at N.C. State writing these sections

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Tuesday, October 10 / 11:00 am-12:00 pm / Winston Hall 00017

AND

Tuesday, October 17 / 11:00 am-1:00 pm / Winston Hall 00017

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.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.

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Wednesday, October 11 / 11:00 am-12:00 pm / Tompkins Hall 0G110

Wednesday, October 18 / 11:00 am-1:00 pm / Tompkins Hall 0G110

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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Friday, October 13 / 10:00 am- 12:00 pm / Talley Student Union 4280

Speakers: Beth James (OIS) and Jill Blitstein (Human Resources)

This visa information session is for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and departmental HR managers who are interested in learning more about the different policies and FAQs of J-1, F-1, and H-1B visas, as well as how to transition between visas.

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Thursday, October 19 / 11:00 am- 1:00 pm / Mann 304

Description to be announced

Registration information coming soon

November 2017

Thursday, November 2 / 10:00-11:00 am / Poe Hall 724

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Thursday, November 9 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm / Poe Hall 724

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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Tuesday, November 14 / 11:00 am- 12:00 pm / EB1 1010

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Tuesday, November 21 / 11:00 am- 1:00 pm / EB1 1010

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

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Monday, November 13 / 10:00-11:00 am / Fox 304

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Monday, November 20 / 9:30-11:30 am / Fox 304

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.