Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals (PFFP)
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: Introduction to Academic Life.

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

Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals topics

▪ September ▪

Community Engagement

Thursday, September 19, 2:30-3:30 pm, Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event
Nan Kim, Director, Public History; Timothy Ehlinger, Director of Sustainable Peacebuilding
Find out why and how professors at UW-Milwaukee create community-engagement projects, and learn more about how community engagement can be an exciting part of faculty and graduate student research across disciplines. The guest speakers will discuss the methods, challenges, and rewards of developing their own community-engaged projects, and can advise students on how to pursue their own community-engaged initiatives.

▪ November ▪

Data Management 101

Thursday, November 14, 1:00-2:00 pm, Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event
Chris Cho, Associate Researcher, College of Health Sciences
Graduate scholars create a lot of documents—from research to seminar papers and articles—that are critical to our work. Effective document management can not only help keep these documents organized but also make writing projects easier to handle. In this presentation, we look at different strategies for managing documents for the lone scholar and for collaborative groups.

▪ December ▪

Investing in Graduate Education: Understanding Financial Concerns in Graduate School

Tuesday, December 3, 1:00-2:00 pm, Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event
Stephanie Zylka, Financial Aid Advisor
Topics covered: personal finances of student loans, debt management, working with the financial aid office, fellowship opportunities, and employment options during school.

▪ February – March ▪

Teaching and Cultural Competence

A series of three workshops designed to expose participants to the concepts of culturally responsive pedagogy. Space is limited, registration required.

Wednesday, February 5, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm, Kenwood 1180
Session 1: “Becoming Self-aware: An Exploration of Culture to Support Students,” Presenters: Alanna Malloy and Sarah Harris

Wednesday, February 19, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm, Kenwood 1180
Session 2: “Exploring Cultural Knowledge to Support Students,” Presenters: John Knap, Calvin Lewis, and Molly Wolk

Wednesday, March 4, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm, Kenwood 1180
Session 3: “Applying Culturally-based Teaching Practices to Support Students,” Presenters: Kelly Allen, Crystasany Turner, and Xinzhi Wu

▪ April ▪

Intellectual Property in University Research

NOTE: This originally scheduled program for April has been postponed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Please check back later for rescheduling and other professional development offerings.
Mark Harris, Vice Provost for Research, Professor Geoscience
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.
For more information please email Susan Wade (