Past Workshops & Events

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  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
202 Lafferty Hall
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Lisa Maatz: The Political Road Ahead for Women's Rights in the Trump Era

Thursday, April 6th at 4:00 p.m.
Lexmark Room, Main Building

The 2016 election was one for the books--notable for its historic candidates, polling blunders, and punditry gone awry. It was an election that spurred an uptick
in voter engagement, but saw a decline in voter turnout. And it was an election that generated high levels of anxiety and controversy. In the end American voters
did indeed make history--not by electing the nation’s first woman president, as many had anticipated, but rather by electing political outsider Donald J. Trump to the White House. Now what?

Lisa Maatz is the Vice President for Government Relations at the American Association of University Women. She will be meeting with graduate students to discuss careers in public policy and advocacy. Co-sponsored with the Department of Gender and Women's Studies.

Karen Kelsky: The Professor is In

Karen Kelsky, author of The Professor is In, will be coming to campus on Friday, April 7th to give three workshops (sponsored by The Graduate School Office of Professional Development, Careers Beyond the Professoriate, and The Graduate Student Congress). Pre-Register at

Hacking the Academic Job market
10:00 a.m. -- 106 Classroom Building: Open to all students, post-docs, faculty & staff

Advising for Advisors: How to Help Your Ph.D.s in a Time of Turmoil
1:00 p.m. -- B108C Young Library: Open to graduate faculty and staff

Going Post-Ac: The Non-Academic Job Search
3:00 p.m. -- B108C Young Library: Open to all students, post-docs, faculty, and staff

Elizabeth Meadows: Practicing Public Humanities in Graduate School and Beyond

DATE/TIME:        3:30 p.m. on 2/22/17
LOCATION:        Niles Gallery

Elizabeth Meadows (PhD in English, Vanderbilt University) is the Assistant Director of The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. The Curb Center is a national policy center committed to research and teaching that challenges leaders to rethink the place of art and creativity in our world. In this talk, Meadows will detail how the Curb Center facilitates public scholarship and offer an overview of how some graduate programs have begun to reshape their curricula in order to support student interest in public humanities and work beyond academia.

Felicia LeClere: Why I Hate to Hire Ph.D.s: Tales from the Applied Side of Social and Behavioral Science Research

DATE/TIME:           2:00-3:30 on 2/10/17
LOCATION:           18th Floor Patterson Office Tower

In this talk, Felicia LeClere (PhD in Rural Sociology and Demography, Penn State), Senior Fellow in the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, will describe how applied research environments including the government, not-for profits, and research units within universities pose both special challenges and opportunities for social scientists looking for non-traditional careers. She will explore how to prepare for a non-traditional career path and identify opportunities as well as how to succeed once you make the choice and find the job. LeClere works as a research coordinator at NORC on multiple projects including the National Immunization Survey and the National Children's Study. She has 20 years of experience in survey design and practice as well as public health research. She is a frequent contributor to Inside Higher Ed, writing about issues related to research methods, data collection, and applied social science work.

Melissa Bokovoy: Graduate Seminars and the Next Generation

DATE/TIME:          11:00-12:30 on 1/27/17
LOCATION:           18th Floor Patterson Office Tower

This workshop will bring together faculty to discuss ways to sharpen and add additional competencies within the most traditional training ground for humanities and social science PhDs, the graduate seminar.  In this workshop, we will explore how departments and individual faculty can rethink their seminars to include discussions, content, and assignments that address the versatility of the Humanities and Social Science PhD, the development of digital and quantitative literacy, working collaboratively toward common goals with others, and the development of intellectual self-confidence.    No one seminar or faculty member can provide these skills and competencies; thus the workshop will address strategies for departments and faculty to implement these changes in small and possibly large ways. Dr. Bokovoy is chair of the history department at University of New Mexico which is participating in a pilot program funded by the American Historical Association-Mellon Foundation Initiative on Career Diversity and the History PhD.

From CV to Résumé: Looking for Work Outside the Academy

DATE/TIME:            12/5/16 at 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION:             Lafferty Hall 104

Are you a Masters or PhD student who is considering transitioning out of academia and wondering how to translate your academic CV into an impactful non-academic résumé? This interactive workshop will describe the different uses and formats of these two documents, and will provide you with strategies to highlight the transferable skills gained from your own personal teaching and research experience. You will also learn how to organize, frame and format your document to maximize your impact. Participants are encouraged to bring their most recent academic CV and will leave with a draft outline of their résumé. The workshop will be led by Sarah Lyon and Beth Hanneman (Stuckert Career Center). Students should feel free to come late or leave early if needed.

Ain't No Shame In It: How to Land Outside the Academy and Love It

DATE/TIME:            11/14/16 at 9:00 a.m.
LOCATION:             Lafferty Hall 108

Erin Ricci, Ph.D. earned her degree in anthropology from the University of Kentucky in 2008. She has extensive experience in the field of international development and has worked for the NGO Heifer International and in foreign service with the United States Agency for International Development. She currently manages Bohemian Foundation's global grant making portfolio to support organizations that address some of the world's most serious global challenges in health, poverty, and the environment. Dr. Ricci will discuss her own career path and her diverse experiences working in NGO, federal, and private spheres. She will also advise students on how to develop transferable skills in graduate school that will help them succeed outside the academy.

You Don’t Know the Power of the Dark Side: How to Leverage Your PhD to Become a Consultant or Administrator

DATE/TIME:            11/4/16 at 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION:            18th Floor Patterson Office Tower

Leslee Gilbert and Dan Crowe both earned Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Kentucky in 1998. Gilbert is now the vice-president of Van Scoyoc Associates, an independent lobbying company in Washington, D.C. Crowe is the Director of Student Affairs in the School of Advanced International Relations at The Johns Hopkins University. There are many opportunities for professional fulfillment, intellectual engagement, and financial enrichment in non-traditional fields for PhD graduates. Having the skill set and prestige of a doctoral degree can open doors for you in government, higher education administration, and consulting--fields you might not have considered for your post-graduate school life. Come and talk with two UK grads who went on non-traditioinal PhD career paths and lived to tell the tale!

The Art of Networking: Brown Bag Workshop

DATE/TIME:            10/24/16 at 11:30
LOCATION:             Lafferty Hall 104

Graduate students often describe networking as uncomfortable, intimidating, and inauthentic. However, your ability to build and maintain productive relationships with a variety of people is a key component of future career success in both academic and non-academic settings. In this highly interactive workshop you will learn networking norms and strategies and how to get started developing and maintaining contacts. You will practice how to create conversation with people you don't know and identify effective ways to follow up with contacts in order to sustain mutually beneficial professional relationships.

Navigating Your PhD: Ensuring Success in Grad School and Beyond

DATE/TIME:              9/22/16 at 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION:               Classroom Building 333

Are you just beginning your graduate program and want to learn how to be successful or are you on your way toward your PhD and looking for ideas about how to sustain your progress and plan for the future? This workshop will introduce the important skills and concrete steps you can take to help you excel in graduate school and in your future career. Dr. Betty Lorch, the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Dr. Carrie Oser, Associate Professor of Sociology and the 2016 winner of the College of Arts and Science's Outstanding Graduate Student Mentoring Award will help you develop strategies for:

  • identifying degree, career, and personal goals
  • constructing a sustainable roadmap for your graduate education
  • preparing for your future career
  • implementing effective time management and writing habits
  • locating resources to help you manage your life as a graduate student
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