CAREER DECISION MAKING: LEARNING HOW TO BE ADAPTABLE WITH AN ADVANCED DEGREE
Think for a moment about your response to this question: “What do I want to do after completing my graduate program?” During this interactive session, you will not only discover useful career resources to help guide you towards career goals, but also additional discussions on what is means to get involved in and out of academia and being part of an always changing world of work.
Employment Search Strategies 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)
Interviewing Abbreviated 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
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!
Résumés, CVs, and Cover Letters
This session conducted by Career Exploration and Development 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.
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!
Personal and Professional Development
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.
Avoiding burnout: Self-care and wellness
This session will focus on the importance of mindfulness, self-assessment of stressors, reflection on coping mechanisms, and striving for a healthy balance between academic and personal responsibilities. Students will be provided with useful resources, both on- and off-campus. Students will have the opportunity to participate in stress-relieving exercises, including having access to KSU therapy dogs.
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.
By the end of this session, participants will understand ways to save money and savings options to save toward their goals. Topics include the importance of saving; determining saving goals; determine savings options that can help reach these goals; understanding the difference between investment options; and ways to save for large expensive goals like retirement, car purchase, home purchase or college tuition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FIELD RESEARCH ON A BUDGET
Many graduate students wish to travel abroad to conduct field research or present their research but never do so because of financial constraints. This workshop, facilitated by the chairs of Graduate Student Senate’s International Travel and Research Award committees, presents both best practiced and innovative methods for acquiring funding, securing accommodation and transportation, and living abroad.
Graduate Research Symposium
The Graduate Research Symposium is the largest annual research event at KSU. This year’s event will be held on April 21, 2017. 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.
This workshop will provide an introduction to grant writing, including looking for possible funding sources, writing your application, working with collaborators, among other topics.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
SURVEYING TO SUCCESS: USING QUALTRICS IN YOUR RESEARCH
If you are thinking about doing online surveys as part of your thesis or dissertation research, this session is for you! Qualtrics is a professional-grade online survey software that all Kent State faculty and students can use at no charge. In this session, we’ll show you how to build a basic Qualtrics survey with an informed consent statement and a demographic section.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
THE ONLINE ADVANTAGE: EXPANDING YOUR SKILLS IN ONLINE LEARNING
If your future includes K-12 or higher ed teaching, chances are you'll be asked to teach a hybrid or online class at some point–would you know where to begin? Give yourself an advantage now by starting to learn more about online learning, including how designing and teaching online courses are fundamentally different than in-classroom teaching. In this session, we'll provide an overview of the challenges and strategies to becoming a great online instructor, including a basic instructional design method that will enhance your face-to-face classes as well! You'll leave with information on how to connect with more online learning resources, including suggestions for next steps.
PEDAGOGICAL TIPS AND BLACKBOARD TRICKS FOR ONLINE INSTRUCTORS
In this session, you'll learn ways to engage, motivate, and guide students in those first few weeks of an online course. We'll combine teaching and technology tips to present the "why and how" of things such as targeted announcements, initial feedback, and student success coaching. Each tip will be accompanied by a how-to demonstration in Blackboard, so that you can utilize this information easily in your own online course. We'll also cover crucial University and federal policies regarding accessibility, online attendance, and instructor interaction. You'll leave with an annotated checklist of tips that span the entire length of your course delivery, so session information can be applied at any time during your teaching. This session is best suited for those who are currently teaching an online course, or who are scheduled to teach one in an upcoming semester.
RESPECTING OUR DIFFERENCES: HOW TO FACILITATE DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS IN THE CLASSROOMS
Our classrooms are communities made of individuals with diverse experiences and perspectives. Creating and maintaining a classroom community where these differences are respected is challenging, particularly when talking about controversial subjects. This interactive workshop will provide participants with practical guidance on: setting a positive tone, learning from “hot” moments, and specific exercises to use when teaching controversial topics.
SMALL TEACHING STRATEGIES
The term “small teaching” is one used by Dr. James Lang (author of the book by the same name) to describe small, but powerful modifications to our teaching practices that spark positive change. In this workshop, we will learn about successful implementation of small, but powerful changes that work in classes of all shapes and sizes.
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.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHIES: A GLIMPSE INTO YOUR CLASSROOM TO “HOOK” AN INTERVIEW
The teaching philosophy provides insight beyond your CV and cover letter. It is a glimpse of who you are as an instructor, your beliefs about teaching and learning, and what your classroom does/would look like. We all have one but articulating this in a clear and concise yet “catchy” way can be difficult. This interactive workshop will not only go through suggested do’s and don’ts from hiring committees but also provide tools for reflecting, preparing and revising your teaching philosophy.
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.
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.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STUDENTS AND PLAGIARISM
This session is designed to introduce you to the basics of plagiarism education. We will cover the KSU policy on plagiarism, plagiarism school, and how to design assignments to help prevent plagiarism.