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.

PFFP events are eligible for credit to students enrolled in GRAD 801.

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

Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals topics


Succeeding in Graduate Seminars

Wednesday, September 12, 4-5:30 pm, Physics 152
Panel discussion with Dr. Janis Eells, BioMedical Science; Dr. Arijit Sen, School of Architecture and Urban Planning; Dr. Joe Austin, History.
Graduate seminars are important venues for cultivating professional dispositions, skills and relationships. Discussion will focus on how students can make the most of these opportunities to practice being a scholar. This includes strategies for preparing for and performing in these unique learning formats, as well as how to make them productive beyond the context of the course itself.

Data Visualization 101: Make Better Charts

Friday, September 21, 12-1pm, Library DH Lab (2nd floor East Wing)
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 visual format for your data, and how to streamline that data to best tell your story. Focus on quantitative data.

Reproducing the Academy: Graduate Research and the Future of the Wisconsin Idea

Thursday, September 27, 3:30-5:00pm, Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
A panel with special guest speaker Susan B. Hyatt, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Liberal Arts, and UWM faculty Jasmine Alinder, History and Kristin Sziarto, Geography
What kinds of pressures must public universities contend with, and how do they affect the career development of students and faculty? This panel will address the implications of the transformations we see in Wisconsin and other state systems, and what it means to the next generation of scholars, researchers, and professors. How are institutional mandates, professional norms and ethics, and potential directions of research affected by ongoing academic restructuring? And how do we shape the university we want to be part of? This discussion is a rare opportunity to reflect on the “bigger picture” of graduate studies and the vision of the academy.

Data Visualization 201: Qualitative Data Visualization

Friday, September 28, 12-1pm, Library DH Lab (2nd floor East Wing)
Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian
Making better charts and visuals is an increasingly important skill for humanities scholars too! In our second presentation from the UWM libraries, a data specialist outlines strategies for visualizing qualitative information in novel and memorable ways.


Dissertation Milestones

Wednesday, October 3, 2-3:30 pm, Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
A panel with Brooke Slavens, Occupational Science and Technology, Bettina Arnold, Anthropology; Shane Haensgen, Graduate School; Susan Wade, Dissertator, History and Sabrin Rizk, Dissertator, College of Health Sciences
The many milestones graduate students must attain before they graduate: completing coursework, passing preliminary examinations, defending thesis or dissertation proposals to name a few. Find out all about milestones: the UWM system that tracks them, the act of achieving them, and why faculty value them. This panel consists of faculty, staff and peers.
See the recorded session here

Fall into Research (three sessions)

Friday, October 12, 4th Floor Conference Center. (Registration required) Elevate your scholarly output – 8:30-10:30; Optimize your scholarly efforts – 11:30-1:30; Discover your scholarly community – 2:30-3:30
Linda Kopecky, Head, Research Services, UWM Libraries

Session 1 (8:30- 10:30)– Elevate your scholarly output with Clarivate Analytics and Web of Science. (For Faculty Teaching Academic Staff and Doctoral students who are also instructors) Tips for effective topic searching; identifying potential collaborates; discover sources of funding in your field; and more.

Session 2 – (11:00-1:30) – Optimize your scholarly efforts with Clarivate Analytics and Web of Science. (For Graduate Students) Learning the basics of citation indexing; Setting up search alerts; identifying experts and potential collaborators; discover sources of funding in your field; and more.

Session 3 – (2:30- 3:30) –Discover your scholarly community with Clarivate Analytics and Web of Science. (Graduates unable to attend Session 2 and Undergraduates) How Web of Science fits into the larger research landscape; Tips for effective topic searching; setting up search alerts; and more.

Investing in Graduate Education

Tuesday, October 16, 3-4:30 pm, Bolton B87
Financial Aid Office Staff
A graduate education is a serious investment of time and money, and strong fiscal acumen is important to make the most of it. Topics include fellowship opportunities, working with the financial aid office, debt management and employment options during school.

The State of the Academic Job Market

Wednesday, October 17, 2-3:30 pm, Union 240
A faculty panel with Elana Levine, Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies; Dean Nardelli, BioMedical Sciences; Emily Middleton, Anthropology
The panel will provide advice on successfully navigating the rigorous and stressful academic job search process. By interacting with the panelists, graduate students will gain valuable insights on topics such as finishing their degree, managing a tight job market, the development of personal research agendas, weighing postdoctoral opportunities, and preparing for their first academic position.


Hidden Gems: Library Services and Resources

Thursday, November 8, 4- 5:30, Lubar S250  Live streaming available for this event
Linda Kopecky, Head, Research Services, UWM Libraries
The UWM Libraries offers many services and resources that can save graduate students time, effort, and money. Learn how to set up data base and article research alerts; manage your research citation. Uncover the UWM Master’s theses and dissertation collections. Borrow equipment to enhance your projects. Get one-on-one assistance with GIS projects, data management, prelim literature lists, and more.

Preparing Application Materials

Tuesday, November 13, 4-5:30pm, Lubar N146
Jean Salzer, Director, Career Planning and Resource Center
Are you beginning a job search, or planning ahead? How do you know if you need a c.v. or a résumé, and what should it look like? What is the best way to present your professional qualifications, based on the job description? Whether you are looking for an academic career, or a professional opportunity beyond the academy, this presentation offers helpful tips on adapting your interest letters and other materials to submit for job applications.