Professional Development

Workshops & Events

Date Time Event Registration
Thursday, July 15 12:00 – 1:00 pm An Overview of the Academic Job Search Register Here
Thursday, July 15 5:00 – 6:00 pm GRAD 411: Demystifying Graduate School - Session 2 Join Here
Thursday, July 22 12:00 – 1:00 pm Developing Teaching Philosophy Statements and Teaching Portfolios Register Here
Thursday, July 22 12:00 – 1:00 pm GRAD 411: Demystifying Graduate School - Session 3 Join Here
Thursday, July 29 12:00 – 1:00 pm Writing a Compelling Diversity Statement Register Here
Thursday, July 29 5:00 – 6:00 pm GRAD 411: Demystifying Graduate School - Session 4 Join Here
Thursday, August 5 12:00 – 1:00 pm Research Statement Basics Register Here
Thursday, August 12 12:00 – 1:00 pm Designing Effective Academic CVs and Cover Letters Register Here
Thursday, August 19 12:00 – 1:00 pm Faculty Insights on the Academic Job Market Register Here

Click here to view our previously recorded professional development webinars and workshops.

Summer 2021 Workshops & EventS

GRAD 411: Demystifying Graduate School

Interested in attending graduate school but not sure where to start? Virtual GRAD 411 will provide participants practical, straight forward information about graduate school in a virtual format through Microsoft Teams Live Events. Additional information will also be shared on the benefits of obtaining a master’s or doctoral degree, the general application process, and sources of financial support. For more information contact Gary Oliver at oliverg@usf.edu.

To access Virtual GRAD 411 sessions, click the provided link at the time of the event and log into Microsoft Teams with your @usf.edu email address.

Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Join us at: GRAD 411: SUM Session 2

Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Join us at: GRAD 411: SUM Session 3

Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Join us at: GRAD 411: Sum Session 4


Preparing Faculty Job Applications Webinar Series

Delivered on Thursdays, July 15 – August 19, 2021
Online on Teams 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Register at https://bit.ly/USFAcademicJobPrep

Are you interested in faculty positions or preparing for the academic job market? This webinar series focuses on navigating the academic job search process, preparing an academic job application packet, and strategies for strengthening your application during graduate school and postdoctoral training.

Schedule: Sessions will be held virtually on Teams, Thursdays at 12 pm ET, July 15 - August 19, 2021. Plan to attend all six sessions or pick the sessions that interest you the most. Detailed descriptions of each session are provided below.

An Overview of the Academic Job Search

Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 12 – 1 pm
Presenter: Kiri Kilpatrick, Ph.D., Associate Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Interested in landing a faculty position? This workshop will provide an overview of the academic job search process. We will discuss the general application timeline, types of faculty positions and institutions, and tips for strengthening your candidacy during your graduate studies and postdoctoral training.

Developing Teaching Philosophy Statements and Teaching Portfolios

Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 12 – 1 pm
Presenter: Sara Friedman and Oana Cimpean, Ph.D., Learning and Development Coordinators, Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning
This session will provide an overview of what you may want to consider when crafting a statement of your teaching philosophy, including possible ways to format and tips for setting yourself apart. Additionally, we will also explore the most pertinent elements of a teaching portfolio.

Writing a Compelling Diversity Statement

Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 12 – 1 pm
Presenter: Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Ph.D., Interim Vice President of Institutional Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Equal Opportunity
Institutions are seeking candidates that are committed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion on their campuses. In this session, Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Interim Vice President of Institutional Equity, will discuss the purpose of the diversity statement, guidelines for writing your statement, and share ways one can contribute to institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion through their research, teaching, and mentoring.

Research Statement Basics

Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 12 – 1 pm
Presenter: Kiri Kilpatrick, Ph.D., Associate Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
The goal of the research statement is to effectively communicate your research and scholarly experience, interests, and plans. This session will provide a high-level overview of the purpose and organization of a research statement and highlight considerations for developing a convincing research statement.

Designing Effective Academic CVs and Cover Letters

Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 12 – 1 pm
Presenter: Kiri Kilpatrick, Ph.D., Associate Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
The CV and cover letter is your chance to showcase your academic and professional history and accomplishments. In this session, we will discuss how to build a well-organized CV, components of an academic cover letter, and tips for tailoring your CV and cover letter for different kinds of positions.

Faculty Insights on the Academic Job Market

Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 12 – 1 pm
Discussion Panel with Drs. Michelle Arnold (Communication Sciences & Disorders, CBCS), Evan Dart (School Psychology, CoEDU), Prahathees Eswara (CMMB, CAS)
Join us for a virtual panel discussion featuring faculty from a variety of fields who will discuss their experience on the academic job market. The panelist will share their advice on approaching the academic job search, crafting the application package, scholarly networking, and more.

Details: Open to USF graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from any USF campus, college, or department. All workshops are FREE to attend and are facilitated through Teams. Teams meeting links are provided after registration. Recordings and materials from the series will be available online after the series concludes.

This series hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, with guest speakers from the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (CITL) and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity (DIEO).

Register at https://bit.ly/USFAcademicJobPrep