Professional Development Courses

Sharing Science Experience

HUM/SOSC/NSCI 7000: 1-credit workshop including hands-on experience in Cincinnati Museum Center STEM Lab.

This 1 credit, 2-day workshop series will be offered at two different times, firstly on 9/17 and 9/14 (Thursdays), as well as 11/18 and 11/19 (weekend). View the Public Engagement for Science (PEWS) webpage for more info. 

This course will be offered in Fall 2023.

Special Topics in Ed Leadership - The Professoriate

EDLD 8093: This 3-credit semester-long course provides insights into the responsibilities of faculty members (tenure track and non-tenure track), academic freedom and tenure, current issues within the academic profession, as well as strategies and information about navigating the academic job market, among other things. 

This course is great for doctoral students who are considering careers as faculty members or for those planning to work in a postsecondary setting. 

This course will be offered in Fall 2023. 

Public Engagement with Science

HUM/SOSC/NSCI 7030: 3-credit semester-long seminar including team project about science for a community organization (prereq 7000- see above). 

This course will be offered in Spring 2024. 

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.

Career Professionalism for Graduate Students

Looking for professional development support? Want to explore career options and learn how to translate your academic skills and knowledge to the professional world? The Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education is offering the two-week Maymester course Career Professionalism for Graduate Students.

This one credit hour course is intended to support graduate students in identifying and communicating transferable skills for post-graduate career success. Course content will assist doctoral students in understanding the job search process, utilizing career resources, and exploring professional possibilities. This course was developed out of a National Endowment for the Humanities planning grant intended to explore strategies to provide quality professional development for doctoral students who may want to pursue careers in or outside of the academy.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Communicate the value of your doctoral degree in the professional world.
  • Implement strategies to increase self-awareness and enhance personal and professional relationships through your professional development action plan.
  • Identify the key components of a full-time job search in and outside of the academy.
  • Demonstrate the skills required to navigate a full-time job search by utilizing professional development and job search resources.

Offered summer semester during the Maymester term. This course is being offered remote/aynchronous for Summer 2020 due to COVID-19.

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. Available summer (Maymester term) and fall semester (first half term) 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.

Teaching at the Postsecondary Level

PD 7030: This 3-credit, semester-long course prepares masters and doctoral students for teaching assignments at the postsecondary level. The course focuses on foundational concepts and best practices. Participants will discuss issues common to postsecondary teaching across disciplines, refine their individual teaching philosophies, and leave with a practical toolkit of teaching techniques and strategies to implement in their next teaching assignment. Students with prior teaching experience are welcome, but no experience is necessary.

Course Topics Include:

·    Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racist Teaching Strategies

·    Educational Technology

·    Student Motivation

·    Metacognitive Strategies

·    Assessment

·    Documenting Effective Teaching

The course is taught in a hybrid format and includes face-to-face class meetings on Tuesdays from 12:30 pm-1:50 pm EST combined with an asynchronous online component.