Professional Development

Professional Development

Graduate school is a holistic experience designed to prepare students to succeed in school and in their careers.  To further those goals, SMU offers a series of workshops designed to help students in all phases of their graduate school tenure.  

Graduate Writing Center

Graduate Studies is excited to introduce our new Graduate Writing Center!  Read more about it here.  

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Southern Methodist University is a member institution of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD).  NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, mentoring organization that offers support, resources, and forums to its members.  The NCFDD provides training, mentoring, and supportive communities for faculty, graduate students or professional students at colleges and universities across America.  As a graduate/professional student of SMU, you can access the NCFDD resources at any time.  Click here to create a login or to obtain detailed information. 

Upcoming Workshops

Please be sure to check the list regularly for additions or updates.  Register through the links below to attend any session.

Tuesday, September 24, 12-1pm CT, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center Classroom 121

From TA to Faculty Teacher: Making the Leap

How can you make yourself competitive with teaching evidence?  How can you show your instructional experience?  In this session, featuring Adeline Tolliver, Instructional Designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence, participants will learn about the different strategies that can help them stand out when searching for a faculty position. Additionally, participants will learn how to draft a teaching philosophy that will help them stand out in their faculty search.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP by clicking the link above.

 

Thursday, October 3, 12-1:30pm CT, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center Classroom 121

American English Pronunciation for International Students

Are you an international graduate student looking to refine your pronunciation of American English for your academics or as you go out on the job market?  Join Linda Evans, Interim Director of SMU's English as a Second Language Program, for a workshop on taking your verbal skills to the next level.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP by clicking the link above.

 

Thursday, October 10, 12-1pm CT, Hughes Trigg Student Center Atrium CD

Versatile Ph.D.: A Career-Building Tool for Graduate Students

Join Kristin Smart, Career Counselor at the Hegi Career Center, and Alan Itkin, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, as we teach you how to use this powerful tool to develop your post-graduate school career and expand your career options.  Versatile Ph.D. provides unique and instructive content, networks, job analytics, and readiness tools, to help you move into a career you want.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP by clicking the link above.

 

Wednesday, October 23, 11am-12pm CT, Hughes Trigg Student Center Atrium CD

Career-Building with Versatile Ph.D.

Due to popular demand, we are offering this workshop for the second time this semester.  Join Kristin Smart, Career Counselor at the Hegi Career Center, and Alan Itkin, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, as we teach you how to use this powerful tool to develop your post-graduate school career and expand your career options. Versatile Ph.D. provides unique and instructive content, networks, job analytics, and readiness tools, to help you move into a career you want. Coffee and pastries will be served.  Please note:  If possible, you should bring a laptop or other web-browsing device with you to the workshop.  Before the workshop:  Please follow the instructions here to log into Handshake and create an account on Versatile Ph.D.: https://www.smu.edu/graduate/CurrentStudents/VersatilePhD.  This should take you about 10 minutes.  Please RSVP by clicking the link above.

 

Friday, October 25, 12:00-1:00 pm CT, Hughes Trigg Student Center Atrium CD

Technical Writing for Doctoral Students (Early Career)

Technical writing is unlike typical writing, and this can be a difficult skill to master.  Join Dr. Carie King, Clinical Professor and Associate Director of Rhetoric at UT Dallas, to learn about these special skills.  The workshop will cover citations, transitions between sentences to allow the flow of narrative in paragraphs and to improve and follow the writer's logic, and concision in sentence structure.  To be eligible for this workshop, you must be (1) a doctoral student, (2) currently in coursework, and (3) in a field that uses technical writing.  Lunch will be served.  Please register by clicking the link above.  In addition to registering, you will be asked to submit a brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to smugrad@smu.edu.

 

Friday, November 8, 12:00-1:00 pm CT, Hughes Trigg Student Center Atrium CD

Technical Writing for Doctoral Students (Later Career)

Technical writing is unlike typical writing, and this can be a difficult skill to master.  Join Dr. Carie King, Clinical Professor and Associate Director of Rhetoric at UT Dallas, to learn about these special skills.  The workshop will cover citations, transitions between sentences to allow the flow of narrative in paragraphs and to improve and follow the writer's logic, and concision in sentence structure.  To be eligible for this workshop, you must be (1) a doctoral student, (2) finished with coursework, and (3) in a field that uses technical writing.  Lunch will be served.  Please register by clicking the link above.  In addition to registering, you will be asked to submit a brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to smugrad@smu.edu.

 

Thursday, November 14, 12-1:30pm CT, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center Classroom 121

Body Language and Non-Verbal Communication for International Students

As with verbal language, there are particular habits and styles that are common among Americans in body language and non-verbal communication.  This workshop with Linda Evans, Interim Director of SMU's English as a Second Language program, helps international students become more familiar with American styles, and can help your prepare for presentations and interactions in the United States.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP by clicking the link above.