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: Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals: Core Academic & Transferable Skills

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.

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

▪ October ▪

Navigating Conflict

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 3:00pm – 4:00pm (virtual-Microsoft Teams)
Panelist: Nadya Fouad & Ben Schneider, Office of Conflict Resolution; Adam Jussel, Dean of Students

Nobody likes conflict, but sometimes it is a workplace reality. Graduate students must balance many different types of relationships and personalities throughout their grad school career and beyond. This session will focus on giving graduate students skills in conflict resolution that will help them navigate conflicts with peers, professors, and advisors.
Watch the recorded Navigating Conflict presentation.
View the accompanying PowerPoint presentation

▪ November ▪

Intro to Evidence Synthesis Reviews

Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 3:00pm – 4:00pm (virtual-Microsoft Teams)
Speaker: Stephanie Surach, UWM Social Sciences Librarian

This workshop will provide an overview of evidence synthesis review types, question frameworks across disciplines, and how to develop a well-formulated research question for each review type.
Watch the recorded November Intro to Evidence Synthesis Reviews presentation.

Conducting Systematic Reviews

Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 3:00pm – 4:00pm (virtual-Microsoft Teams)
Speaker: Stephanie Surach, UWM Social Sciences Librarian

This workshop will help attendees conduct systematic reviews, including developing research questions and identifying inclusion/exclusion criteria, determining reporting guidelines, registering protocols, and working with a librarian to identify databases and develop a search strategy.
Join the November Conducting Systematic Reviews presentation.

PLEASE NOTE: All Fall 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 Mollie Boutell (

Past 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

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