Professional Development Workshop Series

Each academic year, The Graduate School conducts a series of professional development workshops. These free workshops, led by FSU faculty and administrators, are designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Many professional development workshops listed below are approved for credit towards the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Graduate Certificate or the Preparing Future Professionals (PFP) Graduate Certificate.  The Graduate School also partners with the FSU Libraries , the FSU Career Center , and the Center for Leadership & Social Change to provide a wide range of workshops for graduate students at every stage of their studies, and postdoctoral fellows as well. Click here for a list of other campus-wide professional development opportunities.

Fall 2014 Upcoming Workshops:

Funding Your Research in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Asia

September 3rd; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: Do you have an external collaboration? Are the resources you need to complete your studies outside of FSU/Tallahassee? Come to this workshop to learn about potential awards to cover your research and creative activities away from FSU.

 

Dissertation Research and Completion Fellowships

September 4th; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: Are you within a year of preparing your prospectus? Or are you just concerned about where you will receive the funding to complete your degree? Come to this workshop to learn about various dissertation funding opportunities and resources at FSU to help you complete your application.

 

Do you know how to use the wide range of multi-media in FSU’s Technology Enhanced Classrooms (TEC) effectively?

September 5, 2014, 3:30 PM

Bellamy, 021

Presenter: Wayne Wilson, TEC Trainer

Description: The TEC classrooms are outfitted with LCD projectors, document cameras, wireless microphones, VCRs, PC, MAC, touchscreens, DVD players, CD players, remote mouse, often two screens, overhead projectors and more.  Using multi-media properly can enhance teaching, therefore the emphasis of this workshop is selecting and using multi-media optimally.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cHosuHIuOR1CCZn

 

General Funding Opportunities

September 8th; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: The first in the fellowship application preparation series – learn what to include and what not to include on your application resume and CV and ensure you match the needs of the sponsoring agency. Yes, these are very different from the documents you used for your graduate school application or jobs.

 

Are you ready for the new Blackboard? This major upgrade includes new and faster servers.

September 9th; 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Scholars Commons, 5A, Strozier Library

Presenter: Mr. John Braswell, Instructional Technology Administrator, FSU Office of Distance Learning

Description: This workshop will familiarize instructors, graduate students, and postdocs with many enhanced features of Blackboard, such as:

  • An integrated calendar system, which lets users see all course events in a singular calendar
  • Inline grading, which allows for assignment grading outside of the Grade Center
  • Grade Center improvements, including workflow enhancements
  • Simplified navigation, which allows faster access to course content

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5bzwtCsh7Z1oUyF

 

Opportunities for Women and Minority Students

September 9th 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: This workshop will feature prestigious awards that support women and minority graduate students. We will highlight the Ford Foundation, AAUW, and PEO awards among many others.

 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

September 10th; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: We will discuss NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Learn tips on writing for NSF as well as details about the application and program changes.

 

Are you prepared to use Netiquette in your online communication?

September 11th; 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Scholars Commons, 5A, Strozier Library

Presenter: Dr. Joe Clark, Assistant Director for Instructional Development, FSU Office of Distance Learning

Description: Do you use netiquette when you communicate online as a graduate student, instructor or postdoc? During this workshop you will gain an understanding of both positive and negative online etiquette, also known as “netiquette.” Are you aware that words “once on the web” will always “remain on the web” somewhere? What is the best length of messages? How much should you share online?  Attend this workshop to improve your online presence.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0d0z4RtE5Ifi0Bv

 

Improving your English with Native Accent

September 11th; 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

102 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Grill, International TA Program

Description: In this information session, you will learn about “Native Accent”, an online pronunciation program developed by Carnegie Speech and designed for self-study.  The Center for Intensive English Studies has a “School Partnership Agreement” with Carnegie Speech that allows FSU students, faculty and staff to purchase an 18-week license for $75.00 (normally $300.00).

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_42cVwZ3aW8kAOAl

 

I can use the Office of Distance Learning’s Instructor Training Modules for four of the teaching workshops required for the Preparing Future Faculty Certificate? Really?

September 19th; 1:00 PM -2:00 PM

Scholars Commons, 5A, Strozier Library

Presenter: Dr. Tami Im, Instructional Development Faculty, FSU Office of Distance Learning

Description: Are you interested in teaching an online course but unsure where to begin? Or maybe you're ready to teach online, but would like to know how the online environment might impact your pedagogical choices? Join us to learn why the online environment is different and how to begin strategically thinking about the design and teaching of your course in this new environment. You will gain a deeper understanding of how course design can impact student learning, as well as best practices for delivering an online course. Dr. Im will demonstrate the Office of Distance Learning’s Instructor Training Modules. At the end of the presentation, there will be time for Q&A. Successful completion of the modules (a score of 80% on the assessments) will allow you to count the modules as four of the five required teaching workshops for the Preparing Future Faculty Certificate.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7225eL4aq4ggRsp

 

Preparing your Fellowship Application (Series)

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

CV and Resume: September 25th, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: The first in the fellowship application preparation series – learn what to include and what not to include on your application resume and CV and ensure you match the needs of the sponsoring agency. Yes, these are very different from the documents you used for your graduate school application or jobs.

 

Communicating In English: Overcoming Challenges 

September 30th; 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

310 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, International TA Program

Description: As an international student, you may have faced some challenges when speaking with faculty, staff and other students.  In this workshop, we will discuss some of those challenges as well as strategies to improve your ability to communicate in English, including small talk, polite requests, and negotiation of meaning. 

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aWQ8VnTatJojt9b

 

Preparing your Fellowship Application (Series)

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Personal Statement: October 2nd; 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: Writing about yourself can be difficult, but we are here to help. In this session, you will receive more than the generic dos and don’ts list and leave with at least the outline for your personal statement if not a rough draft.

 

Improving E-mail Communication 

October 3rd; 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

315 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Grill, International TA Program

Description: Does writing emails in English cause you anxiety? Do you feel unsure of how to communicate politely and professionally? If so, this workshop will benefit you! We will cover language aspects of emailing such as how to open and close an email, phrases used for making requests, and language needed for discussing difficult situations. We'll also cover cultural aspects of e-mail writing such as levels of formality and politeness.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8eoFI5vji8F0S3j

 

Do you know how to put your audience to sleep? This is also known as “death by PowerPoint.”

October 3rd; 3:00 PM

Scholars Commons, 5A, Strozier Library

Presenter: Dr. Judith Devine, Senior Associate Dean, FSU Graduate School

Description: Did you know that your PowerPoint is not your presentation? This workshop will clarify the reasons to use PowerPoint, and how to develop PowerPoint slides with compelling headlines or titles, enhancing colors, informative images, readable fonts, and effective backgrounds.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3rUR7kSLzuCK5Ux

 

Preparing your Fellowship Application (Series)

Room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, 127 Honors Way

Research Statements and Proposals: October 9th; 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean and Director of OGFA

Description: Join us in this hands-on writing workshop that will focus on persuasive writing techniques for proposals. Topics include: essential points to address in the application, writing strategies for the interdisciplinary review committee, and participants will also experience being a member of a review committee.

 

Interviewing for positions outside of academia: How to prepare

October 23, 2014, 3:00-4:30 PM

Dunlap Career Center, 1006

Presenter: Dr. Janet Lenz, Associate Director, FSU Career Center

Description: Interviewing is the most widely accepted method of selecting employees.The goal of an interview is to find out ifyou fit with the organization, if you havethe skills you say you have, and if you can do the job. Based on your resume,they already have a good idea of your skill set. So the primary reason for the interview is to assess your personality and to fact check your skills. This workshop will clarify your role as the interviewee and how to prepare.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_42TA9Qva2msy5Ux   

 

SPEAK Test Information Session 

October 30; 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

310 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, International TA Program

Description: If you are not familiar with the test, this session will include a discussion of the test format and scoring procedures.   The presenters will go over the practice test. The standards for teaching assistants will also be discussed.This session is open to faculty and staff.

Please register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8eoFI5vji8F0S3j

 

Nervous about your conference/seminar presentation? Feeling unprepared? Thinking about cancelling? [PFF/PFP/PIE]

November 6, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Scholars Commons, 05A, Strozier

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Proffitt, Associate Professor, School of Communication

Description: When the workshop ends, you will replace your nervousness with confidence that you will present your research with clarity, succinctly, and calmly.  Among other points, Dr. Profitt will discuss your presentation’s structure and delivery, the use of visual aids, and how to prepare for questions from the audience.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cOY2RlU4pOFNvnv   

 

Negotiating Job Offers

November 13, 2014, 3:00-4:30 PM

Dunlap Career Center, 1006

Presenter: Dr. Janet Lenz, Associate Director, FSU Career Center

Description: Did you know that you can prepare to negotiate job offers? This workshop will include discussion of the uniqueness of each negotiation, factors that may be negotiated, what is involved in making the best decision, how to negotiate from a point of power, and the final steps.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eD4CVD5KGhJfpNX   

 

*PFF = Preparing Future Faculty Certificate Program

*PFP = Preparing Future Professionals Certificate Program

*PIE = Program for Instructional Excellence Advanced Certificate