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Professional Development Initiative

September 2019

LEARNING TO THRIVE, NOT JUST SURVIVE: DEVELOPING RESILIENCY IN GRAD SCHOOL

September 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

With the many demands and challenges of graduate school, most students find themselves trying to survive.  What if this chapter could be more than just surviving?  In this workshop, we offer you valuable tools and skills that acknowledge the demands and challenges of graduate school and help you to shift your perspective to address them in a more productive, empowering, and compassionate way.  Learning and practicing resiliency skills will support you in becoming the student and professional you want to be…

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WRITING LOCK-IN I

September 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Are you writing your dissertation, thesis, a journal article, or other writing project? This event offers a quiet space for writers to work without distractions. Consultants from the Graduate Writing Center will be on hand to help with goal setting, accountability, writing habits, grammar, and structure in writing. Bring your laptop! More information? Visit the event website

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Work and Wellness Discussion Series: The Slow Professor

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Work and Wellness Discussion Series is hosted by the Professional Development Initiative (PDI) in partnership with the Association for Faculty Women (AFW) as a means for students, faculty and staff to read a book for pleasure, rather than what is assigned for classes. This series contributes to the promotion of a diverse and vibrant intellectual community on campus for those interested in world issues. It is designed to create a space for women and men to gather and talk about…

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Industry Resumes & Linked In Presence

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In the first section of this workshop, we will detail how to tailor an industry resume, for industry jobs. We will highlight the main mistakes that are made on a resume and how to overcome them. We will show job-seekers the right transferable skills that hiring managers and recruiters are looking for industry. In addition, the layout of a resume must allow the reader to gather information within 7 seconds. We will show career professionals what that layout looks like,…

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Professional Headshot Photoshoot

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Make a great first impression with your profile picture on LinkedIn, ResearchGate, or any other career network platform. The PDI is offering FREE professional headshots. Meet us at CUB 204 at 2:00 pm to take your professional headshots. Make Sure You Are Dressed Appropriately for your industry. More information? Visit the event website

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One-on-One Resume and LinkedIn Reviews with The Cheeky Scientist

September 27 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Dr. Isaiah Hankel will be offering private Resume and LinkedIn Reviews on September 27th.  If you would like some feedback and assistance with your Resume and LinkedIn profile, complete the survey by clicking the link below. We will do our best to select the participants based on your answers to this survey. More information? Visit the event website

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October 2019

Alumni Panel Discussion: A view of Work in Non-Academic Jobs for Humanities Grads

October 3 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The PDI is hosting a great graduate alumni panel who will talk about their experiences in non-academic jobs. The panelists will share their pathways to their current occupations, as well as their advice and experiences in graduate school. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to interact and ask questions to the panelists. Following the panel discussion, attendees will be welcome to join our networking reception. More information? Visit the event website

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Submitting Your Thesis and Dissertation

October 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You’ve spent years on your dissertation and it’s time to turn it into the Graduate School. What happens then? Daniel Vickoren and Kelly Caraher from the Graduate School will teach students how to understand and navigate WSU’s thesis and dissertation formatting requirements. Daniel will also debut a new thesis/dissertation template and give additional tips on the title page, abstract, chapter headings, using previously-published work, and much more. The WSU librarians Debra Spidal and Talea Anderson will discuss how your dissertation…

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Activate your teaching with small steps

October 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Interviewing and Negotiating for Industry Careers -Spokane Campus

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TBA Vancouver, WA 98686 + Google Map

This topic discusses the strategy of interviewing beyond just answering questions. There is an entire process of preparation for an interview, besides learning how to answer interview questions. We will detail the entire interview preparation that is required for professionals to demonstrate they are invaluable to a company; from the research to the categories of interview questions, and the best ways to respond. Most jobseekers don’t negotiate even though companies expect them to negotiate. We will cover how companies start negotiations long before the candidate realizes, to condition the candidate for…

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One-on-One Mock Hiring Interviews with the Cheeky Scientist- Spokane Campus

October 18 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TBA Vancouver, WA 98686 + Google Map

Dr. Isaiah Hankel will be offering private sessions on Hiring Interviews on October 18th.  If you would like some feedback and assistance with your interviewing skills, complete the survey by clicking the link below. We will do our best to select the participants based on your answers to this survey. More information? Visit the event website

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Alumni Panel Discussion: A view of Work in Industry (Session I)

October 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The PDI and the Office of Research are hosting a great graduate alumni panel who will talk about their experiences in industry. The panelists will share their pathways to their current occupations, as well as their advice and experiences in graduate school. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to interact and ask questions to the panelists. Following the panel discussion, attendees will be welcome to join our networking reception. More information? Visit the event website

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Writing Workshop Series: Project Management

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Project Management seminar, led by Lorena O’English from the WSU Libraries , will cover strategies for setting and meeting research, writing, and revision goals and will provide tips and suggestions for maintaining control of a project throughout the entire process. More information? Visit the event website

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November 2019

Alumni Panel Discussion: A view of Work in Industry (Session II)

November 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The PDI and the Office of Research are hosting a great graduate alumni panel who will talk about their experiences in industry. The panelists will share their pathways to their current occupations, as well as their advice and experiences in graduate school. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to interact and ask questions to the panelists. Following the panel discussion, attendees will be welcome to join our networking reception. More information? Visit the event website

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December 2019

Writing Lock-In II

December 5 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Are you writing your dissertation, thesis, a journal article, or other writing project? This event offers a quiet space for writers to work without distractions. Consultants from the Graduate Writing Center will be on hand to help with goal setting, accountability, writing habits, grammar, and structure in writing. Bring your laptop! More information? Visit the event website

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January 2020

Tax Help for Graduate and Professional Students

January 27, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

This workshop will look at the basics of federal income taxation as it applies to graduate and professional students who file a 1040 (not a 1040 NR) and who are not claimed by a parent on the parent’s tax return. Some of the topics to be covered are the tax treatment of revenue sources such as grants, student loans, scholarships, and assistantships.  Other likely topics are the standard deduction amounts under the new law, the difference between a refundable tax…

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February 2020

Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data Part 1

February 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this workshop we will focus on learning about the what, when, how and whys of data.  Data is pervasive these days and like it or not we have to use data to make decisions or others will make them for us.  In this workshop we will start from the basics and talk about types of data and we can say and cannot say about the different types of data.  We will keep it flexible and cover topics that attendees…

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Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data Part 2

February 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this workshop we will focus on learning about the what, when, how and whys of data.  Data is pervasive these days and like it or not we have to use data to make decisions or others will make them for us.  In this workshop we will start from the basics and talk about types of data and we can say and cannot say about the different types of data.  We will keep it flexible and cover topics that attendees…

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Understanding Diversity in the Workplace and in Academia

February 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

The Office of Civil Rights Compliance & Investigation will provide an introduction to various federal civil rights regulations that impact faculty, staff, and students at universities. This workshop will include information about accessibility, discrimination, Title IX, and affirmative action, and specifically, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of…

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Green Dot Training: Reducing Gender-Based Violence

February 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

What is Green Dot? Green Dot is a violence prevention program that focuses on making our campus safer by empowering bystanders, like you, to become active members in reducing gender-based violence (intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual assault). Green Dot will equip you with tools and strategies for taking action to help someone at risk of experiencing gender-based violence. During this workshop, we’ll also talk about how you can overcome personal barriers to take action and help your fellow Cougs.…

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Creating Assessment

February 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Writing Lock-In I

February 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Are you writing your dissertation, thesis, a journal article, or other writing project? This event offers a quiet space for writers to work without distractions. Consultants from the Graduate Writing Center will be on hand to help with goal setting, accountability, writing habits, grammar, and structure in writing. Bring your laptop!\ More information? Visit the event website

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Workshop and Panel Discussion: The Academic Job Application

February 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

With recent government budget cuts throughout the United States and limited funds going to higher education, the availability of faculty positions have been few and far between. When a faculty position does open up, competition is high. Although many applicants are qualified, many applicants do not succeed in their search for a faculty position because they are simply not prepared well enough when they enter the job market. Preparation of a faculty application package goes well beyond sending a resume…

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Submitting Your Thesis and Dissertation

February 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You’ve spent years on your dissertation and it’s time to turn it into the Graduate School. What happens then? Daniel Vickoren and Kelly Caraher from the Graduate School will teach students how to understand and navigate WSU’s thesis and dissertation formatting requirements. Daniel will also debut a new thesis/dissertation template and give additional tips on the title page, abstract, chapter headings, using previously-published work, and much more. The WSU librarians Debra Spidal and Talea Anderson will discuss how your dissertation…

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March 2020

Building A Publishing Pipeline

March 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

As academics, we have been told to write often and as much as we can, but no one teaches us how to keep track of the many different projects that we may be working on at any given time. As a result, we are pulled in multiple directions, and incremental progress made on multiple manuscripts can make it feel like our productivity – and our motivation – is at a standstill. By conceptualizing all of your writing projects as moving…

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Writing Workshop Series: Writing Strategies & Writer’s Block

March 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

For this highly hands-on workshop, expect to learn strategies to employ while pre-writing, writing, and revising documents, such as journal articles, your thesis, or even a short email. This workshop is intended for students who know what they need to write and have done the necessary research but may be struggling with getting words on paper or making sure the words on the paper are the ones they really want. Particular focus will be given to practicing the strategies, so…

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Event and Online Networking

March 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This section is created based on the networking strategies of some of the most strategic networkers in the world and also goes into the science of building rapport and why this is important for the job seeking professional. While this topic tends to be popular, it seems people are still not using it effectively and thus we have detailed specific action steps job seekers can take, and specific scripts to use while networking. More information? Visit the event website

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Imposter Syndrome

March 9, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Data Privacy and Security

March 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Teaching Philosophy

March 24, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Writing Workshop Series: Reference Management Software

March 30, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Reference management software enables users to collect, organize, manage, and cite sources in a methodical and sustainable process. This workshop will focus on the free, open source Zotero reference management tool, but will briefly discuss alternatives such as EndNote and Mendeley. More information? Visit the event website

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April 2020

Writing Lock-In II

April 27, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Are you writing your dissertation, thesis, a journal article, or other writing project? This event offers a quiet space for writers to work without distractions. Consultants from the Graduate Writing Center will be on hand to help with goal setting, accountability, writing habits, grammar, and structure in writing. Bring your laptop! More information? Visit the event website

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