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.

August 2018

Monday, August 6 / 10:00-11:00 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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Wednesday, August 22 / 10:00-11:00 am

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Wednesday, August 29 / 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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September 2018

Monday, September 10 / 10:00-11:00 am / ONLINE

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Monday, September 17 / 10:00 am-12:00 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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Thursday, September 13 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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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Friday, September 14 / 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

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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Wednesday, September 19 / 9:30 am-11:30 am

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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Monday, September 24 / 10:00 am-11:00 am

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Monday, October 1 / 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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October 2018

Thursday, October 4/10:00-11:30 am

This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdocs in any discipline who are planning to go on the academic job market. We will discuss features of job ads, common practices of academic search committees, and how to market yourself effectively to the academic departments you wish to work in. In addition, participants will learn features of academic cover letter and CVs (curriculum vitae). Bring job ads that you are considering applying to and come prepared to work on your job materials! This workshop is facilitated by a former tenure track faculty member who has served on multiple hiring and search committees.

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Monday, October 8 / 10:00-11:00 am / ONLINE

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Monday, October 15 / 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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Wednesday, October 10 / 10:00-11:00 am

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Wednesday, October 17 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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, October 10 / 11:00 am-12:00 pm / Talley Student Union 4270

This workshop will provide an overview of the ETD guidelines and prepare graduate students to submit their documents to the ETD system. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns they have about the process.

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Thursday, October 11/10:30 am-11:30 am/FOX 306

Discuss and get feedback on your CV (curriculum vitae) from our team of experienced readers! In this workshop, you will learn the elements of effective CVs and our readers will give suggestions for revising and strengthening your CV. This is your opportunity to get multiple readers’ perspectives on a key job search document in a single session. Please bring a draft of your CV to this workshop. To help our readers give the best feedback for your goals, we also recommend that you bring an ad for a job to which you’re applying.

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Thursday, October 18/10:30 am-11:30 am/FOX 306

Discuss and get feedback on your cover letter from our team of experienced readers! In this workshop, you will learn the elements of an effective cover letter and our readers will give suggestions for revising and strengthening your cover letter. This is your opportunity to get multiple readers’ perspectives on a key job search document in a single session. Please bring your cover letter to this workshop. To help our readers give the best feedback for your goals, we also recommend that you bring an ad for a job to which you’re applying.

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Thursday, October 11 / 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

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Thursday, October 18 / 1:00 pm-3:00 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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Friday, October 19 / 9:30-11:30 am

Professional Portfolios are a great way to highlight skills and experiences that don’t fit on your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.

For example –

  • Key graphics and messages from your publications or research presentations
  • Pictures and interesting finds from field campaigns or laboratory work
  • Samples of your course materials, e.g. syllabus, lessons, handouts
  • Student reviews, both qualitative and quantitative

A Portfolio can be a useful tool for job applications, and it can also be a good way to get your name and work noticed by others in your field. In Creating a Professional Portfolio workshop, we will walk you through what items to include and how to develop them. Then we will start setting up your own Portfolio online. We will look at examples of professional portfolio websites and discuss details on how to build one using wix.com. Bring your own laptop or borrow one from the library. Feel free to bring any digital content you want to add as well, there will be time for you to get help at the end.

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Monday, October 15 /1:00 pm-3:00 pm

OR

Monday, October 22 / 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (Engineering students only)

Where to start? In this workshop, you will learn how experienced academic writers craft the introductions to their research articles and papers. We will discuss key components of academic article introductions as well as how these components might differ across disciplines. In addition to reviewing examples of introductions, you will also have the opportunity to write your own article introduction and get feedback on your work in a small group workshop format. Participants should bring at least two articles from their own discipline as well as a laptop or article draft they are working on to get the most out of this workshop.  

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Monday, October 22 / 10:00-11:00 am

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Monday, October 29 / 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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Wednesday, October 24/ 1:00-2:00 pm

AND

Wednesday, October 31 / 1:00-3:00 pm

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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November 2018

Friday, November 2 / 9:30-11:30 am

Professional Portfolios are a great way to highlight skills and experiences that don’t fit on your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.

For example –

  • Key graphics and messages from your publications or research presentations
  • Pictures and interesting finds from field campaigns or laboratory work
  • Samples of your course materials, e.g. syllabus, lessons, handouts
  • Student reviews, both qualitative and quantitative

A Portfolio can be a useful tool for job applications, and it can also be a good way to get your name and work noticed by others in your field. In Creating a Professional Portfolio workshop, we will walk you through what items to include and how to develop them. Then we will start setting up your own Portfolio online. We will look at examples of professional portfolio websites and discuss details on how to build one using wix.com. Bring your own laptop or borrow one from the library. Feel free to bring any digital content you want to add as well, there will be time for you to get help at the end.

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Monday, November 5 / 10:00-11:00 am

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Monday, November 12 / 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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Monday, November 5, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

OR

Friday, November 9, 10:00 am-12:00 pm (Engineering students only)

So you presented your research findings . . . now what? The Discussion section of an article explains the significance of your findings and provides readers with an interpretation of your results. Participants in this workshop will learn strategies that are appropriate for writing discussion and conclusion sections for individual journal articles and for dissertations/theses. Participants should bring at least two articles from their own discipline that include a “Discussion” section as well as a laptop and their own original research results to get the most out of this workshop.

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Wednesday, November 7, 3:30 pm-4:30pm

In this workshop, we will discuss two formats in which academics and professionals are frequently called to present their scholarship: research posters and oral conference presentations. Although the research you are presenting in each format may be the same, audiences’ needs and what is possible in each presentational medium are not. This interactive workshop will offer participants strategies for crafting two key types of presentations—research posters and oral talks—in ways that effectively, memorably, and cohesively communicate your research for particular audiences.

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Thursday, November 8 / 10:00-11:00 am

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Thursday, November 15 / 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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Friday, November 9 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

A growing number of students on college campuses are first-generation college students, meaning neither of their parents have earned a four-year degree. First-gen students face academic, financial, and sociocultural challenges at college, including knowledge of how to navigate university bureaucracy or financial resources to pursue unpaid internships and study abroad. It is critical for instructors to understand the challenges these students face in order to better support them.

During this workshop we will review the prevalence of first-gen students on college campuses, some of the challenges they face, and how instructors can better support them. A panel of student affairs professionals will join us to discuss best practices for working with this population.

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Wednesday, November 14/ 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Revise and Resubmit! (Committee Edition) In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for responding to feedback, focusing on feedback from faculty members on your thesis or dissertation committee. Participants will discuss how to synthesize, interpret, and process feedback from multiple readers; suggested practices for revising in response to divergent or conflicting feedback; and how to use “alpha” and “beta” readers to get targeted feedback at different stages of your writing process. This workshop is designed for graduate students who have feedback from their committees in hand but is open to anyone wishing to learn more about the process of responding to advisory committee feedback.

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Wednesday, November 14, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Revise and Resubmit! (Journal Peer Review Edition) In this workshop, you will practice strategies for responding to reviewers’ comments on article drafts such as how to synthesize feedback suggestions from multiple readers, how to communicate with journal editors, and how to revise your article. To get the most out of this workshop, you should bring comments that you have received and a draft of the article that you are working on. We will spend some time discussing sample reviewer comments from different disciplines; you will then use the strategies you’ve learned to interpret the comments you’ve received and revise your own article. This workshop is designed for graduate students who have feedback from journal reviewers in hand but is open to anyone wishing to learn more about the process of journal peer review.

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Monday, November 19 / 10:00-11:00 am / ONLINE

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Monday, November 26 / 10:00 am-12:00 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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December 2018

Monday, December 3 / 10:00-11:00 am

AND

Monday, December 10 / 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 professional-development@ncsu.edu.

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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Wednesdays 12:30-2:30 pm, August 29-October 17
Instructor: Colleen McKearney

This 8-week series will introduce international graduate students to academic writing in the United States. Among other topics, students will practice strategies for writing research papers, communicating with colleagues and professors, and using writing to apply for research funding. This series will also review English grammar and connect students to additional resources.

This series may count for up to 16 hours towards the Teaching and Communication Certificate.
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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.