Professional Development Courses

The Academic Job Search

PD 8042: The Academic Job Search provides a broad and diverse view of the academic job market, as well as practical insight into assessing, applying and interviewing for academic jobs.

This two-credit course is part of the two-course sequence required for students completing the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) certificate, but it is open to all grads and post-docs. 

Available Spring Semester Only.

Interdisciplinary Dissertation Workshop

ENGL 9010: This class is an intensive pass/fail workshop for doctoral students in any discipline. It revolves around three basic ideas: writers benefit from an environment in which writing is prioritized; peer accountability sustains motivation and progress; and a structured schedule and set of flexible writing strategies can together contribute to successful writing sessions. Participants spend the majority of their time writing in a shared space. The group breaks periodically for discussions on topics of common interest, such as motivation, goal setting, time management and successful writing habits and rituals, as well as brief movement exercises and writing activities drawn from the required text. Assessment is based on consistent participation and a written reflection describing progress made during the workshop, strategies learned that will affect subsequent writing activities and projected writing goals for the next three months.

This one-credit course is extremely beneficial to students in all stages of thesis or dissertation writing. For the Maymester term only, the Graduate School will cover the tuition cost for graduate students taking this course for the first time. 

Available Summer (Maymester term) and Fall Semester only. 

Teaching Effectiveness

PD 8041: Teaching Effectiveness covers the theory and practice of effective, learning-focused teaching at the college level, including how to establish student learning outcomes, develop a syllabus, use diverse approaches to teaching and assessing student learning. All participants will develop an electronic teaching portfolio.

This three-credit course is part of the two-course sequence required for students completing the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) certificate, but it is open to all grad students and post-docs. 

Available Fall Semester only.