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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OR (please register for only one section)

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.

Workshops

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

May 2017

Monday, May 1 / 1:00-2:00 pm / SAS 1108

AND

Monday, May 8 / 1:00-3:00 pm / SAS 2102

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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Thursday, May 11 / 2:00-4:00 pm / SAS 1216

In this two-hour workshop, we will explore strategies and best practices for communicating your research with diverse audiences. We will also spend time crafting and practicing short elevator pitches for your research. Participants will have time to outline pitches, practice with peers and workshop coordinators, and receive feedback.

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Monday, May 15 / 2:00-3:00 pm / SAS 1220

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Monday, May 22 / 2:00-4:00 pm / SAS 1220

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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