Presentation Materials

Career Development

Employment Search Stratgies Using linkedin

Worried about creating and managing another social media presence? Unsure of how to use LinkedIn for research and expanding your network? Discover how to get the most out of your LinkedIn account and connect with KSU alumni and other professionals

Interviews Do's and Don'ts

In this session, you will learn about different types of interviews and interviewing tips.  Additionally, recommendations will be shared on evaluating a job offer and negotiating salary and responsibilities with confidence.

Interviewing and Negotiating Presentation (PDF)
Interview Preparation and Etiquette Handbook (PDF)
Interview Questions Handout (PDF)
Job Offers and Salary Handout (PDF)

Networking: It’s Easier than You Think

Networking is the process of collecting and evaluating a list of contacts and developing a professional relationship with them. A majority of positions are found via word of mouth and networking helps build solid foundations to these relationships. It is important to remember that only about 3.5 percent of employment postings ever make it to job boards. This Career Exploration and Development workshop will discuss how to network, both in-person, and online

Networking Presentation (PDF)

Overview of LaunchNET Kent State

LaunchNET Kent State is a co-curricular, cross-campus program that serves students, alumni, staff and faculty to promote entrepreneurial thinking, innovative mindset, creative collaboration, and venture creation. Located on the first floor of the Student Center, LaunchNET advisors help clients bring new ideas to the world through presentations, projects, research, and businesses. Explore ways that your academic career can translate into “real-world” success! 

LaunchNET Presentation (PDF)

Résumés, CVs, and Cover Letters

This session conducted by Career Services will focus on writing Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters. Learn how to gauge when each document is appropriate and how to get the attention of the reader.   Free online as well as in-person resources will be discussed.

Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters Presentation (PDF)
Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters Handout (PDF)

Utilizing Social Media in your Job Search

As the use of social networking skyrockets, finding jobs in the traditional way is now obsolete.  Employers now view your online presence to assess the kind of person you are, who you’re connected to, and how you present yourself.  Through the lenses of Facebook and LinkedIn, we'll discover how your web presence impacts your job search!

Social Media Presentation (PDF)

Personal and Professional Development

Ally Training

This workshop is a modified (shortened) version of Ally Training and will focus on challenging your understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) issues and common misconceptions.  The workshop will center on advancing the knowledge of the KSU community on the lives of people who identify as LGBTQ.  The ultimate goal of Ally Training is to create a group of trained allies to facilitate the transformation of the campus environment to a more welcoming community for all people regardless of sexual identity.

Ways to be an Ally Handout (PDF)
LGBTQ: Beyond the Alphabet Soup Handout (PDF)

Communicating in the Academy

This workshop will provide useful insights into common communication practices within academic departments, universities, as well as the respective disciplines at large. The session is designed to provide tips for communicating with your academic advisor and department, networking within the discipline, and will discuss presentational tips for conference presentations, along with professional etiquette. Feel free to bring any questions you may have, as this will be an interactive workshop.

Communicating in the Academy Presentation (PDF)

Personal Branding: The Quest for Digital Identity 

This session focuses on defining personal branding and how it can be applied to the graduate student experience. As an extension of personal branding, digital identity will be emphasized with examples of how to establish a digital presence appropriate to the academic community.  Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on possible ways to brand themselves.

Personal Branding Presentation (PDF) 

Technology Tools for Academic Success

This workshop will introduce you to various technology tools to help you improve your productivity and increase work efficiency. These tools are handpicked to support graduate students in their diverse roles as students, assistants, teachers, and researchers. Participants are introduced to resources that will improve their skills in: time management, collaborative projects, presentations, academic support, and writing.

Technology Tools Presentation

Transitioning to the American University

This workshop is designed to answer a range of questions international students may have about scheduling classes, connecting with advisors, professors, types of assignments, university guidelines, and academic honesty. It will also introduce international students to various university and community resources such as: career services, assistantships, internship opportunities, student organizations, and tutoring and writing services. The overall goal of this workshop is to help international students adjust to their new environment by introducing them to the expectations of their host institution.

Transitioning Presentation (PDF)


Conferences and Publications

The goal of the Conferences and Publications breakout session is to provide new graduate students with advice for navigating two important aspects of graduate student life. Understanding conference attendance and publications are vital steps for building a graduate student’s professional reputation and future employment. This session offers students an introduction to preparing for success in both of these areas.

Conferences and Publications Presentation (PDF)
Conferences and Publications Handout (PDF)

Exploring and Conducting Academic Research

Deciding where and how to begin a research endeavor can sometimes be overwhelming. This workshop will provide some useful tips regarding how to get started, where to go for assistance, the role academic honesty plays, and some search-savvy strategies that will aid you in maximizing your results. A question-and-answer session at the end of the workshop will be available to address specific questions and concerns students may have about exploring and conducting academic research.

Academic Research Presentation (PDF)
Resources, Strategies, and Tips for Research Success Handout (PDF)

Graduate Research Symposium

The Graduate Research Symposium is the largest annual research event at KSU. This year’s event will be held on April 22, 2016.  This Symposium offers graduate students the opportunity to present their research as an oral or poster presentation in a multidisciplinary environment.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of the Symposium, answer student’s questions about the event, and provide presentation tips.

Abstract Handout (PDF)

Grant Writing

This workshop will provide an introduction to grant writing, including looking for possible funding sources, writing your application, working with collaborators, among other topics.

Grant Writing Presentation (PDF)

How to Prepare a Literature Review

Literature reviews are completed for many purposes: papers, articles, grants, theses, dissertations, etc. This session will explain and show you resources and steps for developing, managing, and completing literature reviews.

Literature Review Guide

Overview of research management tools 

This workshop will show four of the most popular systems out there, Zotero, Refworks, EndNote, and Mendeley.  See how they capture references or full-text articles (pdfs) from databases, generate bibliographies quickly, and work within Word as you write. Laptop not needed, but bring it if you already use the Flashzone-WPA on campus.

RefWorks: Basic

RefWorks is a tool for managing library research and helping with citations and references as you write papers, theses, dissertations, etc. This hands-on session will show you how to get started.

RefWorks Guide

RefWorks: Advanced

RefWorks helps you manage the research you do for papers, theses, dissertations, etc.  This hands-on session will show you how to use RefWorks when you are writing to automatically insert citations and references according to styles such as APA and MLA.  Other advanced functions for managing research will also be shown.

RefWorks Guide

Research Ethics and the IRB Application

This workshop will cover research ethics and will provide you with information about the IRB submission and review processes at Kent State.  Topics include an overview of the IRB process, how to develop an informed consent document, and common submission mistakes.

Research Ethics Presentation (PDF)

Searching for Grant Funding Opportunities

A critical first step in obtaining research or project funding is finding the right grant opportunities. This session focuses on how to do so using COS Pivot, a funding opportunity database that is freely available to Kent State students, faculty, and staff. The session also provides information about KSU's Office of Sponsored Programs and how it assists students with grant application and management. Participants are encouraged to bring an Internet-capable device to set up a COS Pivot account and get hands-on experience.

Grant Funding Presentation (PDF)
Grant Funding Handout (PDF)

Statistical Consulting and Research Software Support

This session will describe what software and services are available to graduate students working on their dissertation or thesis, and how graduate students can access or obtain research software for their personal computers (including SAS, SPSS, JMP, NVivo, Qualtrics, Stata, and R). University Libraries will talk about the library's statistical consulting program, which offers free statistical consulting to Kent State faculty, staff, and student researchers.

Resources Handout (PDF)

Three Minute Thesis: Tips for Communicating your Research

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) research competition that is hosted in the fall at Kent State.  The competition helps graduate students develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills by crafting a presentation that explains their research in an engaging and concise manner.  Graduate students are given just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide as tools to explain their research.

This workshop will explain more about the competition and provide tips for creating a successful 3MT presentation.  All graduate students are eligible to participate and compete for cash prizes of up to $500.  Learn more about Three Minute Thesis.

Three Minute Thesis Tips Presentation


Being a Teaching Assistant (TA) in a Science Lab

This session focuses on the format and structuring of TAs in different science departments at the university and various duties that are associated. Presenters will discuss teaching in traditional and non-traditional science lab settings and the resources that are available to new TAs.

Becoming a TA in a Science Lab Narrated Presentation (PPTX)

Best Practices for New Teaching Assistants

This workshop provides information and advice for new teaching assistants in developing course material and assessing student progress. The session covers topics such as writing a syllabus, designing course lectures or discussions, and grading and evaluating student work.

Best Practices for New TAs Presentation (PDF)

Best Practices for Online Teaching

Are you interested in creating an online course but unsure where to begin? Or maybe you're ready to teach online, but would like to know how the online environment might impact your pedagogical choices? This presentation will give you the foundational knowledge you need to begin rethinking your course for the online environment. Join us to learn why the online environment is different and how to begin strategically thinking about the design and teaching of your course to meet the challenges of this new environment. You will gain a deeper understanding of how course design can impact student learning, as well as best practices for delivering an online course.

Best Practices for Online Teaching Presentation (PDF)

The Center for Teaching and Learning: Helping with your Students’ Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has a primary mission to provide opportunities, leadership, and support for all faculty to grow in their scholarly and professional endeavors. The long term aim is to support community members in the process of creating, transforming, and/or maintaining Kent State University’s environments for learning as spaces where all students can succeed.  Learn more CTL and the resource and services that can assist you as a teaching assistant.

Complex Conversations in Academia

This workshop will continue the conversation started in the Ballroom.  We will focus on working together to navigate complex situations that you may face as a graduate student.  We will also discuss possible ways of effectively handling complex academic interactions.

Videos and Resource Guide

First Time Teaching Assistant

The first part of this session will focus on pedagogical concerns of new TA's, including classroom management, lesson planning, and lesson preparation. In the second part, participants will discuss logistical concerns such as where to locate teaching materials or technical support.

First Time TA Presentation (PDF)

Managing Large Classrooms as a TA

This workshop offers resources and advice for teaching assistants with large classrooms—both in-person and online. Teaching large classes is a unique experience with specific challenges, especially for teaching assistants. We will cover best practices for developing course discussions, classroom management, and assessments and for evaluating student work.

Managing Large Classrooms Presentation (PDF)

Syllabus and Scheduling

Syllabus and Scheduling is designed to guide graduate teaching assistants in creating a syllabus and course outline while managing graduate study.  The goal of this workshop is to help graduate teaching assistants to create their syllabus, craft learning objectives, develop course policies, produce assessment tools and their descriptions, schedule their office hours, and ensure their syllabus adheres to university policy.  The workshop draws on graduate teaching assistants’ own knowledge about and experience with syllabi and course planning in previous classes.  Graduate teaching assistants will also have the opportunity to ask experienced graduate teaching assistants about their experience planning their own courses.

Syllabus and Scheduling Narrated Presentation (PPTX)

Using Blackboard Learn as a Teaching Tool

Blackboard is a learning management system which provides online course delivery and management for institutions like Kent State University.  This session provides an overview of Blackboard Learn and covers layouts, customization, course settings, and different tools, including grading capabilities.

Using Blackboard Presentation (PDF)

The Virtual Student: Teaching in the Online Environment

The online learning environment differs in many ways from the traditional, face-to-face classroom environment.  This workshop will present five strategies for succeeding in this environment, as well as some useful technology tools to help you manage your online teaching experience.

Virtual Student Presentation (PDF)
Virtual Student Handout (PDF)