Graduate Student Life
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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.
with the Graduate School deans and officers of the Graduate Student Association
November 1, 2013; 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.
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.
To Borrow or Not To Borrow? Student Loans and You
Panel discussion with:
Dora Gicheva (Economics, UNC Greensboro) – email@example.com
William Harden (Accounting and Finance, UNC Greensboro) – firstname.lastname@example.org
John Lucas (Financial Aid Office, UNC Greensboro) – email@example.com
Ken Snowden (Economics, UNC Greensboro) – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 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.
Peer-to-Peer Mentoring for Professional Development
November 15, 2013; 3-4pm
This workshop offers productive, non-slimy approaches to forging a professional identity you can feel comfortable with. Our hour-long, interactive workshop will include discussion of:
* networking for people who hate networking
* taking an active role in shaping your professional opportunities
* crafting horizontal relationships with peer mentors
* and forming and sustaining a writing group.
This workshop is intended for graduate students still planning to enter their academic fields.
To register to attend, visit
The Job Search and LinkedIN for Graduate Students
November 19, 2013; 12-1pm (updated time)
Career Services Center Large Conference Room, Elliott University Center, UNCG
Whether you are seeking your next graduate assistantship or whether you are looking for that first job after receiving your graduate degree, it is important that you be strategic in your job search. In this presentation, we will share tips and tools that will help you in your search. We will discuss how to use online resources, networking opportunities as well as strategic follow up techniques to make your job search productive and successful.
No registration required.
Conflict and Leadership
November 20, 2013; 5pm-6pm
Strengthen your leadership capacities and strengthen your resume with a workshop designed specifically for leaders in the UNCG Graduate School community! In one short hour, you will learn you will learn to detect, manage, and address conflicts without fear, and leave the workshop energized and equipped for the challenges you do and will face in your professional and personal life. Participants will leave the seminar with a handy reference guide for future use in areas of conflict and leadership.
To register to attend, please visit:
- Human Subjects Research Training for Graduate Students and Faculty
November 20, 2013; 5pm-7pm
Location: EUC Dogwood Room, UNCG
The Office of Research Integrity would like to announce their fall training sessions in Human Subjects Research for graduate students and faculty. Two training session dates/times are available for the fall 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.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion following their attendance.
Questions regarding these sessions can be directed to Melissa Beck (email@example.com/336-256-0253)
To register, visit:
-Search “Human Subjects Research Training” under “Graduate School Workshops”.
Seminar on Work/Life Balance
January 24, 2014; 1:15-2:30pm
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/
Additional info TBA
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Feel free to contact Kristin Medlin (email@example.com) or Kathleen Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.