Professional Development

Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals (PFFP)
Workshop Series

The UWM Graduate School organizes 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: Introduction to Academic Life.

All events will be live streamed via Microsoft Teams live events. Click on the link below each program description to join, UWM log-in required.

Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals topics

▪ September ▪

Online Learning

Thursday, September 17, 11am-12pm (virtual)
Presenters: Patricia Apanasewicz, Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Candidate; Dylan Barth, PhD, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; Roshi Lawrence, Master of Education (M.Ed.) Candidate, Admissions Advisor, UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions

As UWM shifts to a large number of online courses in Fall 2020, join our discussion about tips and tricks for online learning from graduate students and online education specialists. The graduate students gathered have experience managing online coursework and careers over the last few years. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning excels at helping faculty and students create best online practices. Topics include staying focused, time management, and overcoming remote learning challenges.
Watch the September “Online Learning” livestream here.

▪ October ▪

Family Life in Graduate School

Monday, October 19, 1pm-2pm (virtual)
Presenters: Katie Hamm, MSW; Instructor, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare; Jason Katte, MA, LPC; Assistant Director, University Counseling Services; Milika Miller, MPA; Instructor, Non-Profit Management; PhD Candidate, Urban Studies Program.

Many graduate students juggle academic work with the needs of their household, a challenge exacerbated by shifting demands during the pandemic. Instructors and students discuss how they manage their own work obligations while supporting themselves and their families. UWM’s University Counseling Services will review ideas for coping with the potential stressors of family needs, and provide information on UWM resources available to support students.
Watch the October “Family Life” livestream here.
Here is a PDF of the Powerpoint presentation: UWM University Counseling Services

▪ November ▪

Intellectual Property in University Research (rescheduled from Spring 2020)

Wednesday, November 18, 9-10am (virtual)
Presenters: Mark Harris, Vice Provost for Research, Professor, Geosciences; Kris O’Connor, Associate Vice Provost for Research, Professor, Kinesiology; Jessica Silvaggi, Director of Technology Commercialization, UWM Research Foundation

University research creates complex issues related to intellectual property. Who owns the data when students and advisors collaborate? What can visitors to a lab take away or use later? What rights does the university have over intellectual property created on campus? Experts from UWM’s Office of Research and the Research Foundation will help graduate students think through the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in university research.
Watch the November “Intellectual Property” livestream here.

PLEASE NOTE: All Fall 2020 events will be live streamed via Microsoft Teams live events. UWM log-in required. Watching from a tablet or phone may require you to download the Microsoft Teams app. You may watch directly in your computer’s web browser. Captions are available in Teams live events. For more information please email Renee Scampini (

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