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 25, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 pm CT

American English Pronunciation for International Graduate 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 from SMU's ESL office for a workshop on taking your verbal skills to the next level.  

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CT

Writing for a Broader Audience: How to Convey Complex Ideas in Clear, Accessible Prose

Sarah Grey will be hosting this webinar for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.  This workshop helps researchers think about how to adapt their writing style from their specialized researcher into a book, magazine article, or essay.  In the webinar, participants will learn about authorial voice and how to vary it; using basic principles of plain language without losing meaning; integrating creativity, humor, and passion into your writing; crediting sources without burdening the text; and avoiding common "academese" pitfalls.  

 

Friday, October 26, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 pm CT

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 from 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. Eligible students, please email smugrad@smu.edu for a copy of the application.  Applications are due October 12, 2018. 

 

Monday, November 5, 2018, 1:00  - 2:30 pm CT

Networking for Introverts (and Extroverts, Too!): How to Make the Most of Your Next Conference

Robbie Samuels will be hosting this webinar for the the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Career progression often depends on fostering a strong and supportive professional network, but how do you make new connections?  This webinar will help you learn how to be more strategic, effective, and inclusive while building great relationships.  

 

Friday, November 9, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 pm CT

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 from 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.  Eligible students, please email smugrad@smu.edu for a copy of the application.  Applications are due October 12, 2018. 

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 pm CT

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 from the ESL Office helps international students become more familiar with American styles, and can help your prepare for presentations and interactions in the United States.