Graduate School Spring 2018 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.

Spring events are eligible for credit to students enrolled in GRAD 801: Introduction to Academic Life.

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

Engaging in Interdisciplinary Work

February 1, 2018, 2:30-4pm., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
Scott Graham, English; Jenny Kehl, School of Freshwater Science; Bernie Perley, Anthropology; Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, Physics
What is interdisciplinary work? This panel will share their own experiences, successes, challenges, and how they became engaged in interdisciplinary research. The panelists will also reflect on their specific projects.

Searching for Balance

February 8, 2018, 2:30-4pm., Lubar S250
UWM Norris Counseling Services
Graduate students face unique challenges in combating feelings of isolation, imposter syndrome, and navigating department expectations and relationships with advisers. The staff at Norris Counseling will discuss these issues and strategies to create resiliency and support groups.

Data Visualization 101

February 15, 2018, 2:30-4pm., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian
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.

Developing a (Writing) Habit

February 22, 2018, 2:30-4pm., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
UWM Writing Center
All grad students are concerned with writing, but we seldom talk about how we write or, how we go about developing effective writing habits. Learn tips and tools, and explore specific strategies for building a writing habit – including accountability measures, writing groups, and time management.

Finding Your Voice

March 1, 2018, 2:30-4pm., Greene Hall
You have something to say! Breathe and be confident. Come to this workshop and learn a few basic principles of public speaking for academics. Registration required. Greene Hall.

STEM Career Paths Outside Academia

March 8, 2:30-4pm., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
UWM Research Foundation
A conversation about innovating, engineering, entrepreneurship, hacking, creating, tinkering, and other opportunities for student engagement in STEM.

The Life of the Assistant Professor

March 29, 2018, 2:30-4pm., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
Tatiana Joseph, School of Education; Julie Bowles, Geosciences; Ermitte St Jacques, Africology; Christopher Cantwell, History
The panel will discuss their experiences transitioning from graduate student to faculty member, what their expectations for a tenure-track faculty were and how the realities of the tenure process have shaped your work. Panel members will talk about integrating into a new department or university and what the position entails in the day-to-day: for research, teaching, mentoring, and service.

The Hidden World of Faculty

April 5, 2018, 2:30-4pm, Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
John Reisel, Engineering; Mike Brondino, Social Work; Trudy Turner, Secretary of the University, Anthropology; Jasmine Alinder Interim Associate Dean of the Humanities
Why do hiring committees care about choosing “good colleagues” who will contribute their share of work to build the department, the university and the discipline or profession? What kinds of service are there, and why does it matter? How do you show off service on your cv? Participation in the shared governance of colleges and universities is part of normal workload of faculty and staff at academic institutions, but many are also committed to it as a guarantee of academic quality and freedom. This panel will explore the interface between faculty life and university administration, as well as aspects of professional service to the discipline, and the community.

Introduction to Peer Review

April 12, 2018, 2:30-4pm, Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
Tracey Heatherington, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Anthropology
A discussion of the peer review process in publishing, and what it looks like from the reviewers’ side.

Hot Topics in Academic Publishing

April 19, 2018, 2:30-4pm., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
UWM Libraries User Services Librarians
Aimed at researchers new to academic publishing, this session will cover options for finding the best journal match for a topic, author rights, the right way to publish with Open Access, copyright basics, finding UWM experts available to assist, and more.

Managing Media for Professionalism

April 26, 2018, 2:30-4pm., Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
Jean Salzer, Career Planning & Resource Center; Jason Puskar, English; Arijit Sen, SARUP; Ionel Popa, Physics
The panel will begin with a presentation from Jean Salzer (from the Career Resource Center) about creating your professional brand, followed by comments from Jason Puskar (English) about the difference between academic and non-academic self-representation online (LinkedIn vs Two faculty members (Arijit Sen, SARUP; Ionel Popa, Physics) will speak about their personal experiences using various media as part of their academic career – how they use it, the challenges and successes, and their advice to graduate students.