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.
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. 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 (first half term) only. This course is being offered online for Summer 2020 due to COVID-19.
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
· 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.