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.

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 (

Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals topics


Surviving Your Dissertation

Thursday, February 7, 2:30-4:00 pm, Union 260
Lia Wolock, Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies; Sarah Riforgiate, Communication; Matthew Hanks, Biomedical Engineering; Omid Jahanian, Department of Occupational Science & Technology.
This panel discussion will provide advice on why community is so important, and the organizations, groups, and activities that help to create balance and support in the stressful life of a dissertator.

Finding Your Voice

Wednesday, February 20, 2:30-4pm, Greene Hall.
Pre-registration required; please email Susan Wade (
Liam Callanan, English
You have something to say! Breathe and be confident. Come to this workshop and learn a few basic principles of public speaking for academics.


Women in Academia and Allies

Thursday, March 7, 2:30-4pm, Union 260
Kathryn Olson, Communication; Rebecca Klaper, School of Freshwater Sciences; Wilkistar Otieno, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; Kristian O’Connor, Ph.D., Dept. of Kinesiology.
Female academics sometimes face unique challenges to their entry and advancement in academia. Come listen to a panel of women from across the disciplines speak about their experiences, challenges, successes and strategies deployed as women in the academic profession and how male allies can foster change in the system.

Writing Teaching, Research, and Diversity Statements

Wednesday, March 13, 2:30-4:00 pm, Lubar S231
Jean Salzer, Head, Career Planning and Resource Center
This workshop will provide advice on how to write the important statements needed for successful tenure track position packages.


Alternative Careers – AHSS/STEM

Many graduate students that earn a PhD opt for careers outside of academia. Explore some of the different opportunities that might be available to you. Each panel (one for STEM fields, one for Humanities/Social Sciences) will provide a range of different experiences and possibilities for a graduate degree.

The panels will reflect on their path from graduate student to their careers outside of academia. By interacting with the panelists, graduate students will gain valuable insights on the different opportunities that are available to them.

Alternative Careers – AHSS

Wednesday, April 3, 2:30-4pm, Lubar N130
Ramona Tenorio, Director, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion; Susie Seidelman, Director and Principal, Victura Communications; Ryan Covington, Technical Program Director,

Alternative Careers – STEM

Thursday, April 4, 2:30-4pm, Union 280
Jessica Silvaggi, Director of Technology Commercialization, UWM Research Foundation; Guest Alumni panelists – Jean Baker, Ph.D., J.D. Attorney and Partner, Quarles and Brady; – Sheldon Garrison, Ph.D.; Research Scientist, Aurora Healthcare; – Joseph Hamman, Ph.D.; Director of Advanced Engineering, Rexnord Corporation; – Christopher Seekamp, Ph.D.; Associate Director Process Research & Development, Alcami Corporation


Tuesday, April 16, 11-12:30 in Lubar S250
Carrie Wade, Health Sciences Librarian, UWM Libraries
RefWorks is a web-based research tool available to UWM students. Learn how to manage your citations and organize your references.

For more information please email Susan Wade (