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.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 1:00 - 2:30 pm CT

The Art of Saying No

This webinar offered by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity outlines the biggest mistakes faculty make in responding to requests; how to identify and disrupt problematic patterns; and their favorite strategies that you can implement immediately so you can add "no" to your vocabulary.

 

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CT

How to Navigate the Academic Job Market, Week One

This three week course by Dr. Karen Kelsky from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity will walk participants through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways to maximize your chances of success while looking for a tenure-track job.  Part One will cover the big-picture conditions of the U.S. tenure track job market, how to think like a search committee, why you need a five year plan of productivity, and the four core qualities of a successful tenure track job candidate. 

 

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CT

How to Navigate the Academic Job Market, Week Two

This three week course by Dr. Karen Kelsky from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity will walk participants through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways to maximize your chances of success while looking for a tenure-track job.  Part Two will focus on job applications, with a focus on how to write the cover letter and CV. 

 

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CT

How to Navigate the Academic Job Market, Week Three

This three week course by Dr. Karen Kelsky from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity will walk participants through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways to maximize your chances of success while looking for a tenure-track job.  Part Three will focus on interviews, covering the major types of questions you can expect in an academic interview, how to prepare answers, and how to overcome the most common pitfalls, like rambling and hyper-emotionalism. 

 

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 1:00 - 2:30 pm CT

Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, & Collaborators

This webinar offered by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity will help you map your current mentoring network, identify your unmet needs, and plan how to expand your existing network to meet your current needs.