Spring 2019 Professional Development Series

Events are open to everyone, including postdocs, faculty, and staff. Only graduate students can register through GIMS, all others can register in person on the day of the event.

Click on this link to download this semester’s schedule: Professional Development Series Workshops.

January 23rd - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission
Stacy Wallace, Graduate Editorial Office
Turlington Hall L007
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  • Submission time is here again, and we want to help you graduate! Stacy Wallace, Associate Director of the Graduate Editorial Office will help you walk through exactly what you need to do to make sure that your submissions pass through our office as smoothly as possible. 

January 30th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Who is Getting Hired and How to Be that Person
Dr. James Estrada, Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture
Turlington Hall L007
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  • Dr. James Estrada is faculty in the Agronomy Department and the Director of Academic Programs for the UF Center of Stress Resilient Agriculture (CSRA). James has extensive experience coordinating professional development activities for graduate students and will focus his talk on industry-identified skills that are essential for a successful transition to non-academic positions. Additionally, James will highlight key differences between academic and industry skillsets and how to best prepare yourself for a competitive job market.

February 6th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Pathways to Teaching Excellence
Alexandra Bitton-Bailey, Office of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence
Turlington Hall L007
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  • In this workshop, we will explore the 7 Principles of Great Teaching and we will try out some activities and strategies you can use in your courses now. This workshop will offer a quick look at UF’s Teaching Excellence Resources and the pathways to teaching excellence. Learn about:

February 13th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
How to Become an Expert in Your Field
Dr. David Schwieder, Library West
Turlington Hall L007

  • The heart of a graduate education involves developing expertise in your particular field. This is a long process—as you undoubtedly know—requiring years of study and work. This session will help you to accelerate this process. Drawing on a wide range of scholarly literatures, and research on the nature of expertise, it offers practical approaches designed to help you more efficiently and effectively build knowledge and become an expert in your subject field.

February 27th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Gen X to Gen Z: Navigating Generational Differences in the Workplace
Dr. Lindsay Lynch, Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
Turlington Hall L007
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March 20th
Crafting an Appropriate Thesis for Your Research
Dr. Vernetta Williams, Special Presenter and Writing Coach
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March 13th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Scholars Speaking to the Public in the Age of Internet Noise
Dr. Kevin Folta, Horticultural Sciences
Turlington Hall L007
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March 20th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Effective Poster Presentation
Dr. Diana Nagy, Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication
Turlington Hall L007
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March 27th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Leading from the Middle: Leadership Style and Strategy for Young Professionals
Dr. Lindsay Lynch, Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
Turlington Hall L007
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  • Change is a part of the American workplace, yet it seems we are always resistant to change. Join us for an engaging discussion of strategies young professionals can use to successfully lead change from the middle.

April 3rd - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Opportunities for International Engagement
Dr. Emilia Hodge, Office of Graduate International Outreach
Turlington Hall L007
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April 10th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
The Non-Academic Job Search
Lindsay Day, InfoTech
Turlington Hall L007
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April 17th - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Networking and Building Professional Connections for Graduate Students
Allie Simon, UF Career Connections Center
Turlington Hall L007
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  • Networking is one of the top ways that graduate students can grow professionally, but it can be daunting- especially at conferences, academic meetings, and other professional events. Take some of the pressure off by learning ways to communicate effectively and create connections. During this seminar, presenters will discuss communication styles, strategies for developing professional contacts, and ways to practice before your next big professional development event or job search.

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May 17th
Writing a Comprehensive Literature Review
Dr. Vernetta Williams, Special Presenter and Writing Coach
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To register, log into GIMS and follow the steps below:

Registration Instructions

  1. Login to GIMS using your GatorLink ID and Password
  2. Once you login, on the top of the page click on the “Workshops” tab
  3. Under “Register” click the box and then “Submit”
  4. After you complete this process, you will receive an email confirmation.

If your schedule changes and you are unable to attend the event, repeat the steps above to remove yourself from the list of workshop attendees.