Past Workshops & Events

Building Your Digital Portfolio as Scholars and Teachers
Friday March 1, 2019, 502 King Library

This session aims to demystify how early-career scholars can employ digital methods and platforms to bolster their portfolios in ways that align with their overall projects and increase their marketability within and beyond the academy. Whether it’s coding archival documents or crowdsourcing oral histories (and anything between and beyond), we’ll apply a heuristic (a) to locate areas of our scholarship and teaching that digital inquiries and production might enhance, (b) to identify the necessary skills, tools, resources, and collaborators, and (c) to ensure the sustainability and accessibility of our digital work. With Trey Conaster of CELT.


Public Scholarship and Graduate Education with Dr. Teresa Mangum
Monday February 18, 2019, 3:30 Gatton Student Center 330AB

Faculty members often advise students—“just say no”—to opportunities that may be a distraction from completing coursework and dissertations expeditiously. But is that still good advice? Each
January, the Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy encourages 15-18 competitively selected graduate students from across the University of Iowa to explore ways to build engaged practice into their teaching, creative work, and research. Students consider a range of engaged practices, develop skills necessary for collaboration, explore the challenges community partners face when they partner with universities, and develop projects of their own. After thirteen years and over 200 participants, our alumni, those who sought careers both inside and outside higher education, are now teaching us when and why it’s wise to “just say yes” to publicly engaged arts,
research, and scholarship.
 
Teresa Mangum is a professor in the departments of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and English at the University of Iowa. She directs the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, which supports individual faculty, but also encourages creative collaborations that connect artists, scholars, and researchers in interdisciplinary areas such as health humanities and information design.

 

Project Management for Graduate School and Beyond
Friday February 8, 2019 RSVP to cabr223@uky.edu

Effective project management is a critical component of grad school success. It is also a skill in high demand outside of academia. This interactive workshop will introduce graduate students to the process of managing projects and the suite of tools that can help you to plan and track your progress. The workshop, led by Ashley Sorrell (CELT) and Sarah Lyon (Careers Beyond the Professoriate) will helpl you identify:

  • The forms of project management experience you are gaining in grad school
  • The specific project management techniques and tools that will enable you to successfully complete your dissertation research and writing
  • Concrete ideas for how to further develop and expand your project management skillset as you work towards degree completion
  • Ways to discuss and transfer your project management skills within alt-academic and non-academic careers

Lunch will be provided by The Graduate School's Office of Professional Development. Please RSVP with Catherine Brereto

From CV to Resume: Looking for Work Outside the Academy

Monday November 5, 2018 12:00-1:30 p.m. WT Young Library, Alumni Gallery (please RSVP to cabr223@uky.edu for lunch reservation)

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 resume? 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 you've developed through your teaching and research experiences. 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. The workshop is led by Sarah Lyon and Beth Hanneman (Stuckert Career Center). 


Collaborative Teamwork and Conflict Resolution: Transferable Skills Deep Dive

Tuesday October 23, 2018 12:00-1:30 p.m., Gatton Student Center Room 331 (please RSVP to cabr223@uky.edu for lunch reservation)

Collaborative innovation, transdisciplinarity, teamwork, strategic partnerships: the ability to work productively with others is rapidly becoming a hallmark of successful academic careers. Collaboration is also a transferable skill that is in high demand outside academia as well: The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that the ability to work in a team is at the top of the list of attributes employers most frequently look for when hiring. This workshop will help graduate students to develop strategies for successful collaboration with their advisors, supervisors, and graduate student peers. This workshop is co-led by Sarah Lyon and Ashley Sorrell. In this workshop you will:

  • Discover the various ways in which you are already honing your collaborative teamwork skills in graduate school and identify concrete steps you can take at each stage in your training to further develop them
  • Ascertain and assess your own approach to conflict
  • Explore potential situations of conflict that may arise as you engage in collaborative projects related to teaching, research, and service
  • Learn various conflict resolution strategies to enhance collaborative success

Navigating Your Graduate School Journey

Thursday September 13, 2018 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Lafferty Hall, Room 104 (please RSVP to cabr223@uky.edu for lunch reservation)

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 important skills and the concrete steps you can take to help you excel in graduate school and your career. We will discuss strategies for:

  • Identifying degree, career, and personal goals
  • Constructing a sustainable roadmap for your graduate education
  • Preparing for your future career
  • Developing and maintaining a network of mentors to help you achieve your goals
  • Implementing effective time management and writing habits
  • Locating resources to help you manage your life as a graduate student

Project Management for Grad School and Beyond

11:30-1:00 p.m. on April 18, 2018 in B108C, Young Library

Effective project management is a critical component of grad school success. It is also a skill in high demand outside of academia. This interactive workshop will introduce graduate students to the process of managing projects and the suite of tools that can help you to plan and track your progress. The workshop, led by Ashley Sorrell (CELT) and Sarah Lyon (Careers Beyond the Professoriate) will helpl you identify:

  • The forms of project management experience you are gaining in grad school
  • The specific project management techniques and tools that will enable you to successfully complete your dissertation research and writing
  • Concrete ideas for how to further develop and expand your project management skillset as you work towards degree completion
  • Ways to discuss and transfer your project management skills within alt-academic and non-academic careers

Lunch will be provided by The Graduate School's Office of Professional Development. Please RSVP with Catherine Brereton (cabr223@uky.edu). Co-sponsored by Careers Beyond the Professoriate and CELT.

 

Talents Advertised: How to Sell Your TA Skills in the Non-Academic Job

11:30-1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 in the Alumni Gallery, Young Library

Please join us for a workshop led by Ashley Sorrell from CELT. As a graduate teaching assistant, you have mastered a number of dynamic skills that have made you an effective classroom instructor. But what you may not realize is that the same skills you have cultivated as a teaching assistant are transferrable to careers outside of academia. In this interactive workshop, we will identify specific transferable skills you have developed as a teaching assistant and discuss how you can best market these skills for post-academic careers.

Lunch will be provided by The Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development. Please RSVP with Catherine Brereton (cabr223@uky.edu).

Humanities without Walls: Academic Careers beyond the Tenure Track

Co-sponsored with the Gaines Center for the Humanities
4:30-6:00 p.m. On Thursday October 19, ,2017 in 245 Patterson Office Tower

How do we best prepare Humanities graduate students for diverse careers? Graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to join a panel of alumni and U.K. employees using theis Humanities training both inside and outside the academy.

 

Navigating Your Graduate School Journey

Co-Sponsored with the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives (CGPDI)
September 19, 2017 from 11:30-1:00 JSB 161 (lunch provided by CGPDI)

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. We will discuss strategies for: 

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

Lisa Maatz: The Political Road Ahead for Women's Rights in the Trump Era

Thursday, April 6, 2017 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 7, 2017 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 bit.ly/lifeaftergradschool

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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