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Professional Development Curriculum

Professional Development Workshops 2018-2019

Professional development workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 5pm to 5:50pm in English 106. 

All MA and PhD students who do not have their dissertation or thesis proposal approved are required to attend 4 meetings per academic year.

MA and PhD students who have passed exams and had their dissertation or thesis proposal approved are required to attend 3 meetings per academic year.

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Fall 2018 

Date Group Seminar Topic
Sept. 5th New Grad Students (MA & PhD) Making Grad School Work for You
Sept. 12th ABD Designing your CV; Finding Potential Jobs in Academia; Writing Cover Letters
Sept. 26th MA Building your CV/Resume; Road-Mapping Your Time in Grad School; Researching PhD Programs
Oct. 10th PhD Building your CV; Road-Mapping Your PhD Timeline
Oct. 24th ABD Job Docs & the Application Process; Teaching Statement; Research Agenda; Letters of Rec; Interviewing
Nov. 7th MA Thesis/Portfolio: From Initiation to Completion
Nov. 14th PhD Conferencing 101: Applying, Organizing, Presenting, Traveling, and Networking


Spring 2019

Date Group Seminar Topic
Jan. 23rd MA Conferencing, Networking, Publishing, and other things MAs might want to do
Jan. 30th PhD Researching, Planning, and Applying for Grants, Fellowships, and/or Residencies
Feb. 13th ABD Professional Balancing Act: Publishing, Conferencing, and Finishing the Dissertation (while teaching); Applying for Grants, Fellowships, and/or Residencies
Feb. 27th MA Alternatives to Academia (Alt-Ac) for MAs
Mar. 20th PhD Publishing 101: How? When? Where?
Apr. 3rd ABD Alt-Ac for PhDs: Other (viable) options


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Dr. Julie Nelson Couch
Director / Advisor
Graduate Studies in Literature, Creative Writing and Linguistics

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