Graduate School Fall 2017 Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals Workshop Series

The UWM Graduate School organizes cross-cutting seminars, workshops, and discussion forums to help you get acquainted with the expectations associated with graduate studies, move successfully through degree milestones, acquire a variety of transferable core skills, and also understand the "big picture" of higher education and academic life. Faculty and staff from units across campus contribute to this ongoing series, supporting graduate student success as you envision and pursue your own future in and beyond the university. All students enrolled in a UWM graduate program are invited to attend these events on campus, free of charge.

Fall events are eligible for credit to students enrolled in GRAD-801: Core Academic & Transferable Skills.

Live streaming available for this event = Events with live streaming available. Pre-registration required; please email Dani DeVasto (

Opening Doors: Mastering the Informational Interview

Sept. 22, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
Career Planning and Resource Center
Making the jump to employment outside of academia can be difficult without knowing what to expect next. One useful tool that graduate students can utilize is informational interviewing, an approach to career exploration and job hunting where you build relationships with people in targeted fields. Representatives from the Career Planning and Resource Center will discuss the whats, hows, and whys for successful informational interviewing.

You Are Versatile: Career Diversity for the Next Generation of Scholars

Sept. 29, 10:00-11:30 A.M., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
Jason Puskar, English
Are you interested in jobs outside the university after graduation? Wondering what career paths might be open to someone with your academic training? Not sure how to look or where to start? This presentation will outline how to go about pursuing non-academic jobs, including how to talk about careers with your advisor, manage differences in terminology between academic and non-academic settings, and UWM’s newest career diversity resource—Versatile PhD. UWM’s institutional subscription to this online community gives graduate students access to premium content, including job listings, networking with non-academic contacts, and an interactive career finder with real life examples and materials from people who have actually obtained those positions.

The Changing Face of Higher Education

Oct. 4, 9:30-11 A.M., MIT 195
Nelida Cortes, Office of Equity and Diversity Services
Colleges and universities are more diverse than ever before, as record numbers of first-generation, international, female, and minority students show. Despite existing diversity and inclusion initiatives, many campuses (and their cities and states) continue to face barriers to enacting them. As student leaders and future faculty, graduate students can play a key role in shaping campus climate. In this presentation, Nelida Cortes will explore how addressing implicit biases can help us create more diverse and inclusive campuses.

Data Management 101

Oct. 6, Noon-1:00 p.m., Digital Humanities Lab, GML, E272
Does your research data need a little love? Come to this session to learn how to manage it better with good backups, documentation, and much more!

Beyond the Save Function: Document Management, Review, and Version Tracking for Today’s Scholars

Oct. 12, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
Geoff Gimse, English
Graduate scholars create a lot documents—seminar papers, proposals, articles, abstracts, theses, that ever-looming dissertation —that are critical to our research. Effective document management can not only help keep these documents organized and safe but also make writing projects easier to handle. In this presentation, we will look at different strategies for managing documents and writing projects. Beginning with the all-but-ubiquitous Microsoft Word, we will step through methods for document planning, creation, change tracking, storage, and management—for the lone scholar and for collaborative groups. We will then move on from Microsoft Word and look at different change management and version tracking tools on a variety of different platforms that you can start using today.

Getting Published

Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m.-Noon, Digital Humanities Lab GML E272
9:30-10:00: Registration and light breakfast (pastries, fruit, yogurt parfaits, coffee)
10:00-11:45: Experts from Springer Nature will speak about getting published. Library staff will speak about Open Access fund support and tools for identifying the best places to publish. There will also be a faculty panel on publishing recommendations and tips, followed by Q&A.

Watch the Library’s Upcoming Events page for more event and registration information.

STEM and Arts Student Involvement and Networking Group

Oct. 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Digital Humanities Lab GML E272
A conversation about innovating, engineering, entrepreneurship, hacking, creating, tinkering, and other opportunities for student engagement in STEM, Arts, Innovation, and Design.

Just Visiting: Evaluating Post-Doctoral Opportunities

Oct. 26, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to pursue a postdoc or visiting professor position after graduation. Come learn about what it means to hold one of these positions. Our panel of current visiting professors and post-doctoral researchers will share their experiences as well as their journeys to their current positions.

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting and Submission

Nov. 2, 3:00-5 p.m., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
Cristi Bergles & Shane Haensgen, Graduate School
Think you’re ready to submit your final thesis or dissertation? The Graduate School, the UWM Libraries, and the graduate faculty of UWM have established formal standards that a thesis or dissertation must meet before receiving final approval as fulfillment of a graduate requirement. Representatives from the Graduate School will review UWM formatting requirements and the electronic submission process for the formal Masters’ Thesis and the PhD Dissertation..

Academic Entrepreneurship: Impacting Society from Inside the University

Nov. 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m., MIT 195
Carol Hirschmugl, Physics • Dave Clark, English • Ilya Avdeev, Engineering • Anne Basting, Theatre
Academics have long sought to engage the world outside the university. Academic entrepreneurship—converting academic research into new cures, technologies, and practices that have real consequences for people—is one such avenue for engagement. This interdisciplinary panel will share their own experiences, successes, challenges, strategies for, and reflections on becoming academic entrepreneurs and how such work shapes their understanding of what they do as academics..

Academic Integrity: What It Is, Why Have It, How to Foster It

Nov. 14, 1:00-2:30 P.M., LUB S250
Marija Gajdarziska-Josefovska, Physics • Amy Harley, Public Health • Michael Liston, Philosophy • Martin Kozon, History
As emerging scholars who are conducting research, publishing results, and working collaboratively, graduate students are beginning to navigate some of the complex ethical situations encountered in advanced academic settings. This faculty-student panel will discuss how they handle the complicated nuances we all face in our research and writing as well as what academic integrity is and why it matters. Topics of discussion will include responsible authorship, allocation of credit, collaborative work, peer review, self-citation and repurposing one’s own material, conflicts of interest, responsible data management, and publishing pressures..

Data Visualization 101

Dec.1, Noon-1:00 p.m., Digital Humanities Lab, GML, E272
With the trend toward collecting ever more data, it’s increasingly important to present that data effectively. Often, that means with a chart. This session reviews how to pick the right chart for your data and how to streamline that chart to best tell your story.