UNCG Graduate Student Life & Professional Development


Graduate Student Life

GradShare — Where graduate students help each other succeed.
Phinished — A discussion and support group for people trying to finish their dissertations or theses, and those who have been there.

GradHacker – A blog featured on Inside Higher Ed – Inside Higher Ed is the free daily news Web site for people who work in higher education. Breaking news, lively commentary and thousands of job postings bring more than 800,000 people to the site each month. See GradHacker’s latest entry on Thriving in a Pressure Cooker: Building Strong Support Networks (Nov. 6, 2012).

Productive Writer - Do you have writing goals for your thesis or dissertation in the new year? Have you resolved to be a more productive writer in 2013? If so, join our community of writers by subscribing to the Productive Writer listserv to receive emails twice a month with advice and strategies for becoming a more productive writer.  Sponsored by the Cornell Graduate School, the Productive Writer is free and open to all, especially graduate students writing papers, proposals, theses, and dissertations. It’s easy to join; just click on this link.

Later this month you will begin receiving messages, every other week, about managing your time for greater writing productivity, reducing distractions, staying motivated, revising and editing, binge writing, communicating with your advisor, dealing with writer’s block , and managing procrastination and perfectionistic tendencies.

We hope you will join us to become a more productive writer in 2013.



 “First Friday”

with the Graduate School deans and officers of the Graduate Student Association

February 7, 2014; 2pm-4pm

Location: 500 Forest Building Lounge

The Graduate School deans and the Graduate Student Association  invite enrolled UNCG graduate students to mix and mingle with your fellow graduate students, the officers of the GSA, and the leadership of The Graduate School. Come with any questions or bright ideas you have for the Graduate School deans and the GSA.





Professional Development

for UNCG Graduate Students



Graduate School Workshops


Registration information for most workshops (unless otherwise specified below) can be found by visiting:


To view descriptions of previously offered professional development workshops for graduate students, click here.



 Recorded Workshops

  •   To Borrow or Not To Borrow? Student Loans and You

Panel discussion with:

Dora Gicheva     (Economics, UNC Greensboro) – d_gichev@uncg.edu

William Harden (Accounting and Finance, UNC Greensboro) – bill_harden@uncg.edu

John Lucas         (Financial Aid Office, UNC Greensboro) – jslucas@uncg.edu

Ken Snowden     (Economics, UNC Greensboro) – snowden@uncg.edu

 Earlier this year total student loan debt grew to more than $1 trillion in the U.S. and is now larger than the nation’s total credit card debt!  With tuition rising and family finances strained, the volume of debt is likely to continue growing.  This panel discussion will cover several basic themes graduate students should consider when using student loans, including:

  • How does student loan debt affect future income, employment and marriage prospects? (for an example of this, read NPR’s July 16th story here)
  • How should a student assess the “true cost” of a student loan?
  • How are student loans different from other types of debt?
  • Is it possible to take out “too little” as well as “too much” student loan debt?

The panel is composed of faculty and staff who teach, do research, and lecture on topics related to debt in general and student loan debt in particular.  The session is not designed to provide individual counseling, but to inform all students about the questions and issues you need to confront before taking out a student loan with a counselor or on your own.

Recorded Session

The recorded session may be downloaded here. Please note that you will need to download the Oracle program in order to open this recorded session to hear audio and view the presentation. The session will open in Blackboard Collaborate.



  • Practical Strategies for Writing a Thesis or Dissertation

The Graduate School organized a panel discussion with three faculty writing experts to discuss writing a thesis or dissertation. Topics include: qualities of effective advisors and how to select helpful, qualified advisors; the role and importance of an effective mentoring relationship; the value of academic peers and social networks; knowing what good writing and scholarly habits are and learning how to develop them; distinguishing a good academic topic of research or inquiry from a less fruitful one; deciding what to include in your writing and what to leave out; how not to get bogged down, etc.

The panelists for this workshop were Dr. Kelly Ritter, Department of English; Dr. Paul Silvia, Department of Psychology; and Dr. Carol Mullen, Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations.

Practical Strategies panel

Practical Strategies for Writing a Thesis or Dissertation – audio recording

Kelly Ritter:

At the time of recording, Kelly Ritter was an associate professor of English at UNCG, where she also directed the first-year composition program. She has been the editor for College English, the flagship journal of the National Council of Teachers of English. Kelly’s books include Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960 (SIU Press, 2009), Who Owns School? Authority, Students, and Online Discourse (Hampton Press, 2010) and To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman’s College, 1943-1963 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012). Currently she administers the Writing Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Carol A. Mullen:

At the time of recording, Carol A. Mullen was professor and chair of Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations at UNCG. She specializes in mentoring, diversity, and innovations in learning and professional development within the leadership field across higher education and K–12 settings. Her doctoral courses focus on academic writing using a studio approach. Carol was editor of the Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning journal. She has authored more than 200 refereed journal articles and book chapters and 15 books. Her edited and authored books include Write to the Top and The SAGE Handbook of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.  Currently she directs the School of Education at Virginia Tech and is the associate dean for professional education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Paul Silvia:

Paul Silvia is an associate professor of Psychology. He received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Kansas and taught at the University of Hamburg in Germany before joining UNCG. He is the author of How to Write A Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing, published in 2007 by the American Psychological Association, as well as four other books.


 Spring 2014

Seminar on Work/Life Balance

January 31, 2014; 1:30-2:30pm

Location: School of Education Building, Room 104

This workshop will focus on the subject of work/life balance. For more information on the speaker’s and their book, “Academic Motherhood”, visit http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/10/09/authors-discuss-new-book-academic-motherhood.

To register to attend, visit http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77000580

How to Develop a Business Plan Webinar/Workshop

February 19, 2-4pm

JSNN Auditorium – 2907 E. Lee Street

Mr. Joe Erba, lecturer/professor of practice at UNCG’s Bryan School of Business & Economics, has served as a corporate entrepreneur for much of his business career, starting and leading new venture firms. He will lead an overview of coming up with an idea and how to design a business plan.

Ms. Kathy F. Elliott is the Vice President for Entrepreneurship at Greensboro Partnership, where she focuses on supporting entrepreneurs to secure mentoring and coaching as well as investment capital. She has been in the field of entrepreneurship and small business development for over 25 years and will discuss networking and connections to resources.

To register to attend either in person or online via webinar, complete the registration form.

GSA Research Talk

February 27, 2014; 4:30-5:30pm

EUC Kirkland

Topic: Qualitative Research. View Flyer

Spring Training Sessions in Human Subjects Research

The Office of Research Integrity would like to announce their spring training sessions in Human Subjects Research for graduate students and faculty. Two training session dates/times are available for the spring semester.

This training is conducted to meet the federal requirements for research with human subjects and to fulfill the requirement to submit an IRB application to the UNCG IRB.

The session details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Location: EUC Azalea Room


Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: EUC Dogwood Room

Participants will receive a certificate of completion following their attendance.

Questions regarding these sessions can be directed to Melissa Beck (mdbeck@uncg.edu/336-256-0253)

Register to attend at https://workshops.uncg.edu – Just click “”View all workshops offered”" and search for “”Human Subjects Research Training”" – Note: Once you have clicked “view all workshops offered”, you may need to change the “show scheduled workshops” to 3 months. ”

The CV v. Resume: How to develop these documents for the right purpose and the right audience:

NOTE DATE CHANGE: Thursday, March 6, 2014 – ONLINE  – 12NOON-1pm

Have you ever wondered what is the difference between the resume and the curriculum vitae or wondered when to use each of these documents? It is important to know the documents’ purposes and know what certain audiences prefer. Learn how to develop these documents and discuss their proper usage.

No registration required, simply cut and paste this link into your browser to enter the webinar: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?password=M.78293825C85AC1ADC8C50B8008806C&sid=315

The date change is due to our Career Fair being rescheduled for March 5th, from 10-2pm. You are invited to attend the fair on Wednesday in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom. Professional Dress is required.


Professional Development Series: Attitudes of Networking

March 24th, 5:30-6:30pm, Online Webinar

Hosted by Patrick Madsen, Director of the Career Services Center at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Your professional image can be developed or hindered by the networking that you do. In a world in which the high majority of jobs are not posted, getting people to know you is ultra-important. This webinar is about learning some of the techniques and strategies to make sure that you are creating a strong brand for yourself, effectively marketing it out to the targets you have, and maintaining this image even during a recession. Session’s presentation will last 40 minutes with the remaining 20 minutes available for questions from participants.

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If you are a participant in the Preparing Future Leaders program and would like more information on workshops that may pertain to the PFL program, please visit http://grs.uncg.edu/pfl/workshops/


Graduate School – Upcoming Workshops in calendar format


Career Services for Graduate Students

Marketable, Practiced, Networked

We help all UNCG students, including graduate students, make critical decisions about their academic and life path and prepare students to translate their UNCG success to post-graduation success.   We do this by providing services and resources that will help them create a strong career brand and develop a plan of action to reach those career goals.  These services and resources help develop job search skills that can be used throughout one’s lifetime. In addition, the office maintains a robust series of events and connections to employers from a variety of industries, as well as graduate programs, for our students to build strong professional networks.

Career Team Access: we have a group of 14 Career Team members who are available Mondays – Fridays, 9am – 4pm, to assist you with career readiness topics such as resume development, industry information, cover letters, interview skills, job and internship search planning, and more.  STARTING IN JANUARY - No appointment needed – just walk in! We also have an electronic resume drop box. You can now send your resume to resumedb@uncg.edu. Please allow 5-7 days for revision and feedback. The resume drop box is for basic resume review only, not CVs or other lengthy documents.

Individual Career Advising:  as a UNCG student you are entitled to 1:1 career advising sessions to provide more personalized assistance in defining your personal brand and developing the appropriate marketing materials to support it. Our professionally trained career staff members have specific educational background in career development processes and strategies, have over 40+ years of combined experience in the field, and are in constant contact with employers. Feel free to call the front desk (334-5454) to set up an appointment with a career counselor.  

Career Branding: we work with you on this concept to guide you in defining and managing your career goals by assisting you to articulate your personal brand, and then translate your brand into all facets of professional life, including job search strategies.

Special Programming: Throughout the semester, our office sponsors a number of special workshops and events that are for all students including:

  • Career Fairs: targeting employers with internships and jobs
  • Theme Weeks: providing students with more concentrated exposure to select topics and industries.
  • Webinars: seminars conducted online throughout the year to provide more career assistance for those with busy calendars
  • Please visit our newly revised website for events and other helpful information:  www.uncg.edu/csc/

Opportunities for Graduate Students

  • Public Scholarship Graduate Network

What is the PSGN?
The PSGN is an informal, interdisciplinary group of graduate students interested in public scholarship as it relates to our  current work as students scholars and our future professional roles.

PSGN offers graduate students:

  • Professional development for public scholarship and community engagement
  • An interdisciplinary support network of graduate students with similar interests
  • Funding for projects involving the community
  • Updates on opportunities with local, national, and international organizations/associations
  • Opportunities to engage with speakers and scholars committed to promoting and developing this work

The PSGN is a great opportunity for students from EVERY discipline to find a space to discuss engaged scholarship across the university, find FUNDING for their research projects, and get professional development. It can be especially helpful to new grad students looking for resources and friends!

What is Community Engagement?
As an institution, UNCG is using the term Community Engagement. Community engagement (sometimes referred to as civic engagement) is the “collaboration (among) institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.” this definition can be found at http://communityengagement.uncg.edu. Information on current engagement, service-learning, and community service at UNCG can be found at http://olsl.uncg.edu. Please visit these links to learn more about what the University is doing in terms of imagining what excellence in community engagement might look like in the future at UNCG.

Feel free to contact Kristin Medlin (kdbuchne@uncg.edu) or Kathleen Edwards (keedwar2@uncg.edu) with questions.