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Graduate Student Workshops

The Graduate School offers the Graduate Student Workshop Series, which is designed to supplement a student's academic training by providing brief, specific skill-building sessions that focus on professional and personal development. UC faculty, alumni, staff and community partners act as topical experts presenting on such topics as oral presentation, credit and budgeting, and nonacademic career development. UC academic departments and offices also provide workshops of relevance to graduate students. UC workshops provides a collegial forum in which students can sharpen skills now while they prepare for their futures.

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CET&L) offers an array of experiential workshops and learning modules tailored to the needs of graduate teaching assistants, faculty, and others interested in improving their teaching.

University Libraries offer workshops on both East and West Campus that provide tools to support graduate students in their research.

You can download powerpoint presentations, handouts and other materials from previous workshops by going to the Past Workshops page.

Upcoming Workshops

Leveraging Pop Culture in the Classroom: How Captain America, Bilbo Baggins, Austin Powers, and Spock Can Help Students Understand Academic Concepts

Thursday, Sept. 17, 1-3:30 p.m.
Langsam Library 480C

In this highly interactive session, Dr. Michael Urick (a UC alumnus) will discuss why popular culture is an important teaching tool. In doing so, he will suggest a variety of approaches to incorporating pop culture in the classroom including using movies, fictional literature, television, music, and current events. As a teacher in the discipline of organizational behavior/management, Urick will highlight examples from his own pedagogy including using films such as The Avengers, The Hobbit, Austin Powers, and Star Trek to illustrate concepts related to team building, leadership, and ethics. In doing so, best practices in leveraging pop culture will be discussed such as utilizing the “movie sandwich” in which a film excerpt is shown with limited in-depth discussion among students following the clip. Attendees will be asked to discuss their own approaches to using pop culture and brainstorm ways in which they can add pop culture into their courses.

Register at Faculty Development OneStop,

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Information Session

Friday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
AACRC (African American Cultural and Resource Center, 60 W. Charlton St.), Harambee Room

Calling all graduate students, postdocs and newly admitted students of PFF:  if it’s your goal to be a professor one day, then please join us for the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Information Session.

The UC PFF program provides instruction in modern teaching and learning and offers rich mentoring experiences that strengthen these career skills. The PFF program: prepares graduate students for academic careers at postsecondary institutions; helps graduate students conduct productive job searches and achieve early career success; and provides professional development that does not extend time-to-degree.

Staff and faculty will be on hand at the info session to review program requirements, talk about the courses, and answer your questions, including how PFF can fit into your busy school schedule. 

Please register at If you are not able to attend the session, but you would like to learn about the PFF program, please contact Karen Cornelissen, PFF coordinator, at

Fall semester workshops, dates and times TBD:

  • Graduate Student Career Development Resources
  • $mart $tart
  • Thriving in Graduate School – Stress, Anxiety and Mental Health Resources

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