Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development Star Icon

The Graduate School partners with the Career Center, the Office of Graduate Fellowships & Awards, the University Libraries, the Office of Distance Learning, the Center for Global Engagement, the Center for Intensive English Studies, and the Center for Leadership and Social Change  in offering professional development workshops during the academic year and summer terms as well.


The University Libraries offers many research-oriented workshops that may be used to meet requirements of the Preparing Future Faculty and Preparing Future Professionals Certificates. Workshops are intended to provide opportunities for graduate students and postdocs to develop the following five core competencies: Communication, Teaching, Scholarly Development (advanced knowledge and skills), Professionalism (leadership, ethics, transferable skills), and Career Development. Each workshop listed below has one or more competency labels. Workshops are also intended to be appropriate at one or more stages of graduate study or postdoctoral experience: Early stage, Middle stage, Late stage, or All stages. Students and postdoctoral scholars may attend workshops more than once and during any stage. The labels simply provide suggested attendance time-frames and core competencies. Some of our workshops are conducted every other year.

For a matrix of recurring professional development opportunities grouped by core competency and labeled by stage of study, click here.

For a catalog of professional development opportunities that recur on a regular basis, during the fall, spring, and/or summer semesters, every other semester or every other academic year, and may be appropriate for one or more of the five competencies described above, click here.

For an Individual Development Plan (IDP) template that facilitates specific, attainable and measurable goal setting, click here.


September 2017 Professional Development Workshops


You want me to describe my dissertation topic in three minutes? Really? [Late stage, PFF, PFP, PIE]

September 7, 2017, 10:00 AM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

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

Description: The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a doctoral research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. The competition supports the development of doctoral students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate for an intelligent but non-specialist audience—using only one slide. In preparation for the fall 2017 competition, this workshop will demonstrate effective and ineffective techniques for 3MT slide development. Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bODMet2JkO8l0uV


Trigger Warning! Preparing to Teach Sensitive Topics [PIE, PFP, PFF]

September 8, 2017, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters:  Haley Gentile, Sociology, PIE Associate, and OTAA Recipient, and Kate Pierson, School of Theatre, PIE Associate

Description: At times the content we teach can trigger “hot moments” in the classroom. Come learn strategies to guide you & your class through these moments!

Free PIE and Coffee Included!

*Click here to register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_23vLev8hGloKRq5


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

September 11, 2017, 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Strozier Library 5A 

Presenters: Pamela Brown, Manuscript Clearance Advisor; Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Manuscript Clearance Advisor

Description: Do you have questions about the Graduate School’s requirements on formatting, the submission process or being cleared for graduation? This workshop addresses questions of proper formatting, along with helpful tips for formatting properly in Word, and how and when to submit your manuscript. It also addresses issues of copyright, IRB/ACUC approvals and other questions that may arise during the process. This workshop is recommended for all thesis/dissertation/treatise-track students at least one semester prior to intended defense, but is open to all students at any stage in their manuscript process. Students are encouraged to bring their manuscript draft on a laptop or flash drive.

Registration is not required. Does not qualify for PFF, PFP or PIE credit.


Preparing Cover Letters & Application Packets for Academic Positions [PFF/PIE]

September 14, 2017, 2:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenter: Dr. Brad Gomez, Associate Professor and Placement Director, Political Science

Description: Do you know how to craft a cover letter and application packet for an academic position? What can you do to convince a search committee to interview you after reviewing your application materials? Participate in this workshop for a discussion of effective cover letters and application packets Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dg0qpEDfGH7Kmrj


Improving E-mail Communication 

September 18, 2017,  3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

311 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 email writing such as levels of formality and politeness.

Register online at https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Ywj3VS2AKLfsH3


Reflections from a First Time Teacher [PIE, PFP, PFF]

September 21, 2017, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters:  PIE Associates

Description: Join us for suggestions, reflections, and support from TAs and instructors who’ve just recently completed their first semester of teaching.

Free PIE and Coffee Included!

*Click here to register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3vBDVWsMZILR8e9


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

September 21, 2017, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Strozier Library 5A 

Presenters: Pamela Brown, Manuscript Clearance Advisor; Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Manuscript Clearance Advisor

Description: Do you have questions about the Graduate School’s requirements on formatting, the submission process or being cleared for graduation? This workshop addresses questions of proper formatting, along with helpful tips for formatting properly in Word, and how and when to submit your manuscript. It also addresses issues of copyright, IRB/ACUC approvals and other questions that may arise during the process. This workshop is recommended for all thesis/dissertation/treatise-track students at least one semester prior to intended defense, but is open to all students at any stage in their manuscript process. Students are encouraged to bring their manuscript draft on a laptop or flash drive.

Registration is not required. Does not qualify for PFF, PFP or PIE credit.


Avoiding Plagiarism

September 27, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

311 Hecht House

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

Description: International students often struggle when including information from various sources in an essay or research paper.  In this workshop, participants learn the difference between quoting, phrasing and summarizing information for a paper. Practical suggestions for helping international students understand and avoid plagiarism will be offered.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDaT1OXudOIH8kR


Reducing Financial Stress: Managing Student Loan Debt Before You Graduate

September 27, 2017, 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters: FSU Office of Financial Aid

Description: This workshop will provide the various repayment options available to you upon graduation.  We will discuss the pros and cons of the major repayment programs.  Learn key terms and what you should inquire about when beginning the repayment stages.  You will also gain exposure to various resources available to you from FSU and the Federal Department of Education.  So come and learn how to save money, while you repay your loans! Refreshments will be provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0SzuDlGDi4oSsfP


October 2017 Professional Development Workshops


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

October 3, 2017, 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM

Strozier Library 5A 

Presenters: Pamela Brown, Manuscript Clearance Advisor; Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Manuscript Clearance Advisor

Description: Do you have questions about the Graduate School’s requirements on formatting, the submission process or being cleared for graduation? This workshop addresses questions of proper formatting, along with helpful tips for formatting properly in Word, and how and when to submit your manuscript. It also addresses issues of copyright, IRB/ACUC approvals and other questions that may arise during the process. This workshop is recommended for all thesis/dissertation/treatise-track students at least one semester prior to intended defense, but is open to all students at any stage in their manuscript process. Students are encouraged to bring their manuscript draft on a laptop or flash drive.

Registration is not required. Does not qualify for PFF, PFP or PIE credit.


Part 1, Data Management: Best Practices in Research Data Management

October 6, 2017, 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters: Renaine Julian, Associate Director, FSU STEM Libraries, Dr. Jesse Klein, Social Sciences Research & Data Librarian

Description: In 2013, The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a policy memorandum to Federal agencies, such as the NIH and NSF, to develop plans to make the results of federally funded research freely available to the public. Researchers who apply for funding with these agencies are expected to make their research data publicly available, whenever possible, as a condition of funding. In a two-part series, this first workshop will focus on exploring federal funder mandates and best practices in research data management. Refreshments will be served.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08wOoX9g39NxE9v


Insider English:  Reduced Speech

October 9, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

311 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Grill, International TA Program

Description: What's the difference between the stress pattern in photograph and photographer? How can you clear up the difference between numbers like thirteen and thirty? In this presentation, we will learn about some common stress pattern rules that will help you with your spoken English.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b9JqzW00IAXilUh


Exploring Your Diversity and Inclusivity Lens: An Interactive Workshop on Teaching [PIE, PFP, PFF]

October 9, 2017, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters:  Special Guest Presenter: Rhonda Baynes Jeffries, PhD, Associate Professor, Instruction & Teacher Education, College of Education, University of South Carolina

Description: This interactive workshop provides an opportunity for teaching assistants to explore ways to create culturally inclusive and academically rigorous learning environments. Participants will collaborate to role play various scenarios that assist instructors to develop and sustain equity pedagogies.

Free PIE and Coffee Included!

*Click here to register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0wD3UOVenmvpc0Z


Do you know how to protect your designs, inventions, writing, and even your unique packaging?

October 12, 2017, 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters: Abby Queale, Office of Commercialization; Devin Soper, University Libraries

Description: Attend this workshop to learn how patents, trademarks, and copyrights are essential when you hope to sell your work. There is also another form of protection —“trade dresses”— as decided in a 1992 Supreme Court decision that found the a chain of Mexican restaurants’ interior design was unique and protected. Refreshments will be served by the Congress of Graduate Students.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3w6rheihmvqEBLv


Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

October 13, 2017, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Strozier Library 5A 

Presenters: Pamela Brown, Manuscript Clearance Advisor; Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Manuscript Clearance Advisor

Description: Do you have questions about the Graduate School’s requirements on formatting, the submission process or being cleared for graduation? This workshop addresses questions of proper formatting, along with helpful tips for formatting properly in Word, and how and when to submit your manuscript. It also addresses issues of copyright, IRB/ACUC approvals and other questions that may arise during the process. This workshop is recommended for all thesis/dissertation/treatise-track students at least one semester prior to intended defense, but is open to all students at any stage in their manuscript process. Students are encouraged to bring their manuscript draft on a laptop or flash drive.

Registration is not required. Does not qualify for PFF, PFP or PIE credit.


Connecting Skills with Options: Putting Your Degree to Work

October 19, 2017, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenter: Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, FSU Career Center

Description: You know that your education has given you important and valuable skills, but how does this translate into the world of work? In this presentation, learn how to acquire quality occupational information, identify transferable skills, and articulate your value to future employers.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8v9ZpvK6rJPx7hj


November 2017 Professional Development Workshops


Planning Ahead- Designing Classes to Promote Engagement  [PIE, PFP, PFF]

November 1, 2017, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters:  PIE Associates

Description: Drawing from the book Teaching Naked Techniques, this workshop will explore ways to create massively better classrooms and incorporate surprises into your lesson plans. 

Free PIE and Coffee Included!

*Click here to register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_29rhBAm3Br972fP


SPEAK Test Information Session 

November 2, 2017,  3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

310 Hecht House

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

Description: This session will include a discussion of the test format and scoring procedures.   The presenter will go over the practice test questions and discuss the different competencies taken into account when grading. The standards for teaching assistants will also be discussed. This session is open to faculty and staff who want to learn about the test.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3pXMhm94YN2HyXr


Part 2, Data Management: Best Practices in Data Documentation

November 2, 2017, 3:30 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters: Renaine Julian, Associate Director, FSU STEM Libraries, Dr. Jesse Klein, Social Sciences Research & Data Librarian

Description: In 2013, The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a policy memorandum to Federal agencies, such as the NIH and NSF, to develop plans to make the results of federally funded research freely available to the public. Researchers who apply for funding with these agencies are expected to make their research data publicly available, whenever possible, as a condition of funding. In a two-part series, this second workshop will focus on best practices in data documentation will include a discussion on the reasons for proper data documentation as well as issues associated with poor documentation. Methods for organizing and documentation will also be explored including: file naming conventions, documenting research methods, as well as a gentle introduction to metadata.

To register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2n4h7Ufx5tb58bz


Making Grading Manageable With Canvas  [PIE, PFP, PFF]

November 16, 2017, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters:  PIE Associates

Description: Grading can be a time consuming task, whether your role is grader or instructor of record. Save time & come find out best practices for the Canvas grading system.

Free PIE and Coffee Included!

*Click here to register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1FGT4K8EEdh8NQ9


December 2017 Professional Development Workshops


A Post- Mortem on the Fall Semester  [PIE, PFP, PFF]

December 5, 2017, 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Great Hall (fourth floor)

Presenters:  PIE Associates

Description: We know the end of the semester is a chaotic time, but it’s also a great time to take a moment and reflect. Join us for a panel discussion on the successes and failures from the fall.

Free PIE and Coffee Included!

*Click here to register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0erb6V8ZivtTXa5