Navigating the PhD
Friday, April 14th, 2017, 300 Bessey Hall (The Writing Center)
Managing Time and Academic Relationships: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Writing Processes and Strategies for Academic Writing: 1:00pm-4:00pm
In the morning session, participants will create academic timelines for their PhD work at MSU and discuss technologies and habits that can help them stay on task. Participants will also discuss how to manage the stress that often pervades the life of PhD students and share strategies for overcoming writer’s block and procrastination. Additionally, discussion about selecting and working with committees will provide a space for sharing about and learning how to communicate with faculty members about participants’ research and writing. This workshop is better suited to students in the first 2 or 3 years of PhD work.
In the afternoon session, participants will explore and share their current writing practices and be given practical writing and revision strategies. We will also focus on developing a plan for approaching comprehensive exams or the dissertation (depending on the student’s current needs). Such a plan will help students develop goals, ask questions, and address writing strengths and limitations to successfully complete their degrees. This workshop is better suited for students who are working on their dissertations or preparing for comprehensive exams.
Write-In at The Graduate School
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 9:00am to 1:00pm, Chittenden Hall
Are you working on a thesis or dissertation chapter, a proposal, or an article? Do you need a quiet place to write, or a space to collaborate with your peers on a piece of writing? Come to the Graduate School in Chittenden Hall for a Friday dedicated to writing. Participants must come with a specific writing goal and be prepared to write until noon! Graduate writing consultants from the Writing Center will be on hand to help with goal setting and accountability after you leave the session, and to help facilitate the formation of writing groups that can keep you moving toward your goal. Coffee and tea will be available while you write, and lunch will be provided at the end of the writing session. During lunch we will debrief and set future writing goals.
Certification in College Teaching
Thursday, May 11th and Friday, May 12th, 2017, MSU Union Ballroom
The Graduate School invites you to an intensive program that will help fulfill the workshop portion of the requirements for the MSU Certification in College Teaching (CCTP). Over the course of two days, featured speakers will focus on teaching with technology, assessing student learning outcomes, creating effective learning environments through writing, and developing teaching portfolios for different kinds of academic institutions. Through a combination of interactive group sessions and focused breakouts, you will gain skills in core competency areas of the Certification, plan a mentored teaching project, and develop the template for your final portfolio.
The Certification is designed for doctoral students and postdocs preparing to become faculty members in a college or university. The CCTP culminates in an e-portfolio that will help students prepare for academic job interviews and plan for their professional development as early career faculty. Doctoral students who successfully complete all requirements will receive a designation of the Certification on their MSU transcript.