Development Series

The Graduate School offers Development Series, non-credit course-style workshop series that provide sustained support, practice, and feedback on key aspects of teaching, communication, writing, and career management. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at any stage of their careers and in any discipline should enroll in these Development Series to improve their teaching, writing, speaking, and presentation skills, and preparation for industry. Development Series are non-credit bearing and free of charge (although some may require materials or refundable deposits).

Development Series that count toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate are indicated by an asterisk (*). Development series that count toward the Writing Certificate are indicated by a plus sign (+). Development series require compliance with the attendance policy. Email questions about Development Series to the instructor listed.

Spring 2019


Mondays 1:15-4:15 p.m.
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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Mondays (February 4 through February 25) 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Shannon Madden

Participants in this 4-week, non-credit development series will learn and practice the conventions for writing strong grant proposals, including strategies for locating funding sources, aligning your proposed research project with the needs and values of the funding organization, articulating the broader impact of your work, and developing budgets, among other strategies. Come to the development series with a grant you would like to apply for and leave with a strong, persuasive proposal.

You can apply up to 24 hours from this development series toward the Writing Certificate.

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Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 p.m. (blended)
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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Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Katie Homar

This 6-week professional development 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 presenting their
research at conferences. We will also pay special attention to how academic writers use style, grammar, and vocabulary to communicate their research findings to audiences in their field and beyond. This course is open to masters, PhD students, or postdocs who would like to improve their
academic English vocabulary and writing skills.

Section A: January 16-February 20 Register for Section A

Section B: March 20-April 14 Register for Section B

You may apply up to 24 hours from this development series towards the Writing Certificate.


Wednesdays (January 23 through March 20) 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Shannon Madden

Participants in this 8-week, non-credit development series will revise a seminar paper, dissertation chapter, or conference talk into a publishable journal article. Open to graduate students and postdocs in any discipline and at any stage of their graduate career. Counts toward the *new* non-credit certificate in Writing. Registration requires a $50 motivational deposit to hold your seat, which includes textbook rental from the Graduate School. Motivational deposits will be returned to participants upon return of the textbook at the end of the series.

You may apply up to 48 hours from this development series toward the Writing Certificate.

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