Professional Development

Past Professional Development Workshops

Spring 2019

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 1:00 - 2:30 pm CT

Daily Writing for Academic Scientists and Engineers

Alice Pawley will be hosting this webinar for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.  The webinar will explore experimenting with some new tools or ways of thinking about making daily writing work in a science or engineering context, including writing grant applications and reports.

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm CT, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall 208

Research Grant Application Information Session

Graduate student research grants provide essential funding for field and archival research and are an important qualification for academic jobs.  Join us as Rachel Ball-Phillips, Director of the National Student Fellowships and President's Scholars Programs, shares information and answers questions about the application process and selection criteria for research grants, including the Fulbright and Boren Fellowships among others.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP.

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm CT, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall 208

Dissertation Completion Fellowship Information Session

Dissertation completion fellowships provide essential funding for finishing the Ph.D. degree and are an important qualification for academic jobs.  Join us as Rachel Ball-Phillips, Director of the National Student Fellowships and President's Scholars Programs, shares information and answers questions about the application process and selection criteria for dissertation completion fellowships offered by external funding organizations.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP.

 

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm CT, Hughes Trigg Student Center Atrium CD

Job Search Interview Skills and Language for International Students

International Grad Students, join Linda Evans from the ESL Office to learn more about what to expect in a job interview! Bring any questions you may have on the topic as well! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP.

 

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 3:00-4:30 pm CT, Bob Smith Health Center Classroom 121

End-of-the-Semester Stress Buster

Graduate students, join Juli Hobdy, Ph.D. for an informative and practical session on stress management! The practical stress management session will be from 3-4PM followed by a Q&A from 4-4:30pm. Please RSVP.


Fall 2018

 

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.