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Professional Development Initiative

February 2020

Stress Relief and Mindfulness

February 18 @ 5:10 pm - 6:00 pm

The Professional Development Initiative and University Recreation present: STRESS RELIEF AND MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP   Presentation by: Dr. Cecilia Richards Professor School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering & UREC Group Fitness Instructor   Graduate school can be stressful, competitive, and extremely demanding. Graduate students experience high rates of burnout and mental health problems from unrelenting workloads and pressure. It takes time and practice to learn to slow down, do less, and take care of yourself. Learn the basics of mindfulness and meditation training…

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From Class Projects to Programs: Developing and Using Assessments to Measure Student Progress

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   From Class Projects to Programs: Developing and Using Assessments to Measure Student Progress Dr. Donelle Posey, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychology   In this workshop, participants will discover the purpose and types of assessments and rubrics, how to develop rubrics to assess student learning, and how to use these as feedback to students and instructors. We will discuss how assessment can be used in the classroom and beyond. Participants are encouraged to bring…

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Writing Lock-In I

February 20 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: WRITING LOCK-IN I   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!   Coffee, tea, and water will be available while you write. Lunch will be provided from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.…

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Workshop and Panel Discussion: The Academic Job Application

February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   WORKSHOP AND PANEL DISCUSSION: THE ACADEMIC JOB APPLICATION Dr. Zach Heiden, Department of Chemistry   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…

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Implicit Bias Awareness Training

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:    Implicit Bias Awareness Training  Dr. Jaime Nolan, Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence   The Implicit Bias Awareness Training is available to provide participants with a greater understanding of how their actions and decisions may be unconsciously affecting how we perceive candidates.  Awareness that implicit bias can occur during the search and hiring process is an important step in WSU’s commitment to hiring and cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce.  …

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Submitting Your Thesis and Dissertation

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

Submitting Your Thesis and Dissertation THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:  SUBMITTING YOUR THESIS AND DISSERTATION   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 talk about the thesis/dissertation template and give additional tips on the title page, abstract, chapter headings, using previously-published work, and…

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March 2020

Building A Publishing Pipeline

March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

The Professional Development Initiative and ADVANCE present:   BUILDING A PUBLISHING PIPELINE Erin Furtak, PhD from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity   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…

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Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data Part 1

March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   DATA LITERACY: BUSTING MYTHS OF BIG DATA -PART 1 Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor in Mathematics and Statistics 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…

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Writing Workshop Series: Writing Strategies & Writer’s Block

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

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   WRITING WORKSHOP SERIES: WRITERS BLOCK AND WRITING STRATEGIES Consultants from the Graduate Writing Center   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…

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Event and Online Networking

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   Event and Online Networking Dr. Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist) Attendees will learn how to use LinkedIn algorithms and other online platforms to support their job search, network effectively, and sell themselves to prospective employers. Attendees will also learn the key strategic concepts of networking, including crucial in person networking strategies, video meeting etiquette, how to set up and execute informational interview, and how to generate job referrals that lead to interviews and job…

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Professional Headshot Photoshoot

March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CUB 204, Glenn Terrell Mall
Pullman , WA 99163 United States

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   Professional Headshot Photoshoot   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.   ***Participants are highly encouraged to attend the workshop Event and Online Networking on March 6th at 12:00 pm

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One-on-One Event & Online Networking with The Cheeky Scientist

March 6 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
CUB 208 WA 99163 United States

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   One-on-One Event & Online Networking with The Cheeky Scientist Dr. Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist) Dr. Isaiah Hankel will be offering private sessions on March 6th.  If you would like some feedback and assistance with event & online networking, and/or 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. ***Participants SHOULD bring a hard…

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Imposter Syndrome in Academia

March 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   Imposter Syndrome in Academia Dr. Wipawee "Joy" Winuthayanon, Professor School of Molecular Biosciences What is Imposter Syndrome? How does it affect our career in the academic field? How can we overcome this? In this seminar, Dr. Winuthayanon will share her personal experience regarding the topics.   **Appetizers will be provided Please register for this event by clicking the link below: Event Live-streaming: Please make sure to register using the link above. The PDI will…

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Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data Part 2

March 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   DATA LITERACY: BUSTING MYTHS OF BIG DATA -PART 2 Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor in Mathematics and Statistics 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…

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Writing Workshop Series: Goal Setting and Project Management – Tri-Cities Campus

March 11 @ 5:10 pm - 7:00 pm

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: WRITING WORKSHOP SERIES: GOAL SETTING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT Lorena O'English, WSU Librarian and Tenured Faculty   The Goal Setting/Project Management seminar 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.   **Appetizers will be provided** **If possible, bring a laptop**   Please register for this event by clicking the link below: This event won't be live-streamed…

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“Data Privacy and Security” vs. “Personal and Research Data Management”

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   “Data Privacy and Security” vs. “Personal and Research Data Management” Tom Ambrosi, Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer & Mike Kluzik, Director, Office of Research Assurances   A general overview of what every person, including graduate students, need to be aware of regarding data privacy and security will be presented.  Examples of information technology threats WSU typically sees and addresses will be given along with practical scenarios exemplifying the risks or challenges…

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Writing Workshop Series: Reference Management Software – Tri-Cities Campus

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   WRITING WORKSHOP SERIES: REFERENCE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE Lorena O’English (WSU Librarian and Tenured Faculty)    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/mium, open source Zotero reference management tool but will briefly discuss alternatives such as EndNote and Mendeley.   **Lunch will be provided** **If possible, bring a laptop**     Please register for this event by clicking…

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How to Craft a Teaching Philosophy

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:            How to Craft a Teaching Philosophy        Erika G. Offerdahl, Associate Professor School of Molecular Biosciences, Associate Director for Undergraduate Education & Steve Hines, Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning; Professor Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology   In this workshop, you will learn how to communicate your scholarly approach to teaching and commitment to student learning (including inclusion and diversity) in a teaching philosophy suitable for academic job applications.     **Lunch will be…

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Panel Discussion: A view of Work in Non-Academic Jobs (Vancouver Campus)

March 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Professional Development Initiative Presents:   Panel Discussion: A view of Work in Non-Academic Jobs (Vancouver Campus)   The PDI is hosting a great graduate 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…

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Alumni Panel Discussion: A view of Work in Non-Academic Jobs for Social Sciences

March 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

The Professional Development Initiative Presents:   Alumni Panel Discussion: A view of Work in Non-Academic Jobs for Social Sciences   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…

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Writing Workshop Series: Reference Management Software

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

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS:   WRITING WORKSHOP SERIES: REFERENCE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE      Lorena O’English & Chelsea Leachman (WSU Libraries) and Troy Rowden (Graduate Writing Center Staff)   Reference management software enables users to collect, organize, manage, and cite sources in a methodical and sustainable process. Attendees of this workshop will be able to choose between a session on: Zotero (free/mium and open source)  - Live-streaming available for this session EndNote (been around a long time; widely used, especially in the…

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April 2020

Work and Wellness Discussion Series: Outliers

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

The Professional Development Initiative and the Association for Faculty Women present: WORK AND WELLNESS DISCUSSION SERIES A discussion on: Outliers: The Story of Success  by Malcolm Gladwell   A Special Discussion with: Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Associate Professor-Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Inclusive Excellence   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…

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Panel Discussion: A view of Entrepreneurship & Patents Outside Academia

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

The Professional Development Initiative Presents:   Panel Discussion: A view of Entrepreneurship & Patents outside Academia   The PDI and the Office of Research are hosting a great panel who will talk about their experiences in entrepreneurship and patents. The panelists will share their pathways to their current occupations, as well as their advice during their journey. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to interact and ask questions to the panelists. Following the panel discussion, attendees will be welcome to…

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Writing Lock-In II

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: WRITING LOCK-IN II   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!   Coffee, tea, and water will be available while you write. Lunch will be provided from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.…

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Stress Relief and Mindfulness

April 28 @ 5:10 pm - 6:00 pm

The Professional Development Initiative and University Recreation present: STRESS RELIEF AND MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP   Presentation by: Dr. Cecilia Richards Professor School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering & UREC Group Fitness Instructor   Graduate school can be stressful, competitive, and extremely demanding. Graduate students experience high rates of burnout and mental health problems from unrelenting workloads and pressure. It takes time and practice to learn to slow down, do less, and take care of yourself. Learn the basics of mindfulness and meditation training…

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