Thriving in Graduate School Workshop Series

Graduate Student Life is currently working on this page and will have updated information for the 2017-2018 academic year by October 2017.

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence and Graduate Student Life present “Thriving in Graduate School,” a professional development workshop series designed for Mason graduate students to explore the opportunities and challenges of graduate school with an eye toward facilitating your success in graduate education and in your career. Join Dr. Laura Lukes, Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence, and invited guest facilitators to learn strategies for making the most of your graduate program at Mason.

These workshops are offered in conjunction with PROV 601: “Thriving in Your Graduate Program: Fostering Graduate Student Success,” a seminar offered by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence. The application process for PROV 601 opens each fall.

All workshops will be held on Friday afternoons (times may vary) at the Fairfax campus. Registration is required; spaces are limited.

Workshop 1: Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me? Planning Now for the Career You Want Later

Friday, January 27, 2017, 1:30-2:50pm

Robinson B108

Congrats! You made it into graduate school, now what? It takes more than required coursework and a thesis/dissertation (a graduate degree) to build the career of your dreams.

The purpose of this workshop is to help you identify and communicate the career goal you have for your graduate degree and help you to develop a professional development plan that will help you reach that goal.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll first outline the general career paths that graduate degrees afford. Next, we’ll identify the major components of a typical graduate program timeline. Finally, we’ll explore some resources, opportunities, and activities beyond your graduate program requirements that you may want to include in your graduate student experience plan to help you reach your career goals.

Register now for the Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me? Planning Now for the Career You Want Later workshop.


Workshop 2: Creating a Publication Plan and How to Write a Lot

Friday, February 10, 2017, 1:30-2:50pm

Robinson B108

Wondering what’s involved with writing and submitting a paper for publication? Looking for ways to improve your writing and increase your writing productivity? This workshop will discuss some strategies and provide an outline of resources available to support graduate student writing (dissertations, papers, etc.) at Mason.

Register for the Creating a Publication Plan workshop now.

Workshop 3: How Do People Learn? Implications for Teaching

Friday, February 24, 2017, 3:00-4:15pm

Robinson B108

In this interactive workshop on learner-centered teaching, graduate students interested in developing their teaching and presentations skills will gain a basic understanding of how the brain works to learn information and several strategies to facilitate learning in the classes they teach and in their own learning. This workshop is for anyone interested in developing teaching skills: teaching assistants, teaching volunteers, conference presenters, and guest speakers. We will introduce you to practical skills you can use right away while also offering you resources and ideas for expanding your teaching repertoire.

Register for the How Do People Learn workshop now.


Workshop 4: Becoming a College Instructor

Friday, March 10, 2017, 3:00-4:15pm (NOTE DATE CHANGE)

Robinson B108

Interested in teaching in the future? Teaching currently and thinking about making some changes to your course? In this workshop, we will first explore your teaching values and how to talk about your teaching. Then, we’ll identify different opportunities to gain teaching experience. Finally, we’ll discuss an overview of how to effectively document your teaching experiences to get hired (syllabi, portfolios, and philosophies).

Register for the Becoming a College Instructor workshop now.


Workshop 5: Creating an Academic Brand and Strategies for Networking

Friday, March 24, 2017, 1:30-2:50pm

Robinson B108

Looking for ways to start getting recognized in your field? Want to boost the visibility of your research? In this workshop, we’ll discuss what an academic brand is and outline steps to identify and create your own academic brand plan. We will also identify resources and strategies for networking and developing professional relationships in your field both in person and virtually. There will also be an opportunity to practice your elevator pitch!

Register for the Creating an Academic Brand workshop now.


Workshop 6: Communicating Your Research

Friday, April 7, 2017, 1:30-2:50pm

Fenwick Library, Room 1014B

Looking for ways to communicate your research to a broader audience or colleagues or potential employers? Does your 30-second elevator pitch last 5 minutes? In this workshop, we’ll identify communication strategies and ways to think about your research with a general audience in mind. GMU TV will also share strategies, tools, and tips for presenting yourself on camera to virtual audiences (e.g., recording lectures, presentations and webinars via Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.). As time allows, we will also practice some of these strategies in small groups.

Register for the Communicating Your Research workshop now.


Workshop 7: Planning for the Academic Job Search

Friday, April 21, 2017, 1:30-2:50pm

Robinson B108

Interested in a career in academia or exploring the alt-ac track? The nature of higher education is constantly shifting, and in this workshop we will explore some recent trends, discuss types of institutions and academic career paths, and outline key components of the academic job search process. Tips and resources for the academic job search will also be highlighted.

Register for the Planning for the Academic Job Search workshop now.