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.

Spring 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.

Spring 2022 Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals Workshop (PFFP) Topics

▪ February ▪

Plagiarism: What Every Academic Needs to Know About Detecting, Documenting and Preventing Plagiarism

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022, 1:00pm – 2:00pm (virtual)
Speaker: Amanda Seligman, Professor, Department of History

The last two years of the covid pandemic have changed the ways that universities teach and the environments in which students learn. As the pandemic forced the move to online education, it also increased stress levels for students, staff, and faculty–all of which can lead to a spike in plagiarism and academic dishonesty. What’s a teaching assistant or new faculty member to do? In this PFFP workshop, Prof. Seligman will discuss what plagiarism is, why students commit academic integrity violations, how to document and respond to it, and some strategies for preventing it in the first place. This presentation should be especially helpful not only to graduate students working as Teaching Assistants or running their own classes as the instructor of record, but anyone who would like to understand research ethics and academic integrity is welcome to participate. This Teams Live event will be recorded.
Watch the recorded February What Every Academic Needs to Know About Detecting, Documenting and Preventing Plagiarism video.

Here is the accompanying Powerpoint presentation to the video.

▪ March ▪

The Ins and Outs of Shared Governance

Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, 9:00am – 10:00am (virtual)
Speakers: Lane Hall, Professor and Department Chair, Department of English; Zen Johnston, Chairperson of the Student Association Oversight and Appeals Commission and graduate student in the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health; Amillia Heredia, UWM Inclusive Excellence Center

By mapping power structures that regulate institutional governance we are more able to be effective advocates for the kinds of change we want to see. Lane Hall will share with you a bit of the map he has been able to discern in his many governance roles at UWM. This will include a brief history of governance in the UW System, top down hierarchies and nested cabinet structures, specifics of UWM’s shared governance, and access points for advocacy. Amillia Heredia and Zen Johnston will share inside information about the Student Association.
Watch the recorded March 2022 Ins and Outs of Shared Governance video

▪ April ▪

Trauma-Informed and Inclusive Instruction

Friday, April 1st, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (virtual)
Speakers: Adam B. Jussel, Dean of Students; Sarah E. MacDonald, Teaching, Learning and Technology Consultant, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; Dimitri Topitzes, Professor, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and Clinical Director, Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing, Children’s Wisconsin

Trauma experiences are widespread in our society –related to racism, pandemic experiences, interpersonal violence, food insecurity, and countless other stressors. Within higher education, there is increasing commitment to incorporating trauma-informed practices into instruction and mentoring to best support students. To support graduate students in development for future instructional roles, in this session, the panelists will address best practices in trauma-informed and inclusive instruction.
Watch the recorded April 2022 event: Trauma-Informed and Inclusive Instruction

PLEASE NOTE: All Spring 2022 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 Cary Suneja (

Past Fall 2021 Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals Workshop (PFFP) Topics

▪ September 2021 ▪

Navigating Life After Coursework

Tuesday, September 21, 2021: 3pm – 4pm (virtual)
Alumni Panelists: Jeremy Carnes, Telashay Swope Farr, Jennifer Woo

Join recent UWM graduates discussing how they made the tough transition from coursework to the later stages of the doctoral degree. If you’re struggling with not having short-term deadlines and the regular structure of classes, you’re not alone. It can be tough to plan your work productively when there’s no syllabus to follow. Many students also find this time more isolating and lonely, because they spend less time in class with other graduate students. The students on this panel will share their own struggles with and successful strategies for adjusting to life after coursework.
Watch the recorded September “Navigating Life After Coursework” video.

▪ October 2021 ▪

Building Professional Connections

Thursday, October 28th from 9am – 10am (virtual)
Panelists: Nan Kim, Associate Professor, Director of Public History; Ilya V Avdeev, Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering; Director of Innovation UWM’s Lubar Entrepreneurship Center; Ava J Udvadia, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Biological Sciences

How do graduate students develop the professional networks they’ll need later in their careers? Many students find it daunting even to try, especially when they aren’t established in their own fields yet. This panel will help students understand the value of professional networking and the best ways to go about it. It turns out that being a graduate student can be beneficial! This panel of experts will talk us through some of the most common options, from organizing conference panels to recruiting outside advisors to making full use of online resources. They’ll also reflect on the long-term benefits of networking for their own careers.
Watch the recorded October “Building Professional Connections Fall 2021” video.

▪ November 2021 ▪

Advising for International Students

Co-Produced with the Center for International Education
Monday November 15 2:00pm – 3:00pm (virtual)
Panelists: Tobiah Deutsch, Senior Advisor, SOIS; Jennifer Gruenewald, Director, International Student and Scholar Services; Brooke Haley, Interim Director, English Language Academy; Ethan Munson, Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs CEAS

International graduate students play a key role in campus research and teaching, but they also face a range of unique challenges. Graduate advising relationships can sometimes feel especially hard to navigate. Educational structures differ across cultures, but so do styles of interaction and the expectations of both advisors and advisees. And because advising relationships involve such close collaboration over long periods of time, relationships involving international students and faculty sometimes require a little extra effort. This panel of experts will help both students and faculty learn how to build strong advising relationships, and how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls.
Watch the recorded November “Advising for International Students” video.

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