Community College Careers Panel & Networking Reception

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2015, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Interested in teaching or being an administrator at a community college?  Come listen to faculty and administrators describe their positions—the work environment, responsibilities, students, and more. They’ll also provide tips on how you can make yourself marketable for community college jobs. After the panel, make meaningful connections with the panelists and enjoy refreshments during the networking reception. This quarter’s event includes panelists from Everett Community College and the Seattle Colleges District.

No registration required.


Location:Student Union Building 332

Presenting at National Conference Video

This panel presentation was intended for those who are  planning on presenting at a conference in the near future.  Faculty and current students will share their experiences and tips on how to best prepare and perform to make a lasting impression. If you were unable to attend this panel discussion, we encourage you to watch recording of it.

Presenting at a National Conference

Making a Brief Presentation of Qualitative Research (ppt)- by Michael S. Knapp

Career Symposium for Graduate Students & Postdocs

Thursday, January 22, 2015  |  4:00–7:00 p.m.

The Graduate School, the Career Center, and the Alumni Association are pleased to present the eleventh annual Career Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdocs.

This event is designed to be an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to:

  • Explore various career paths
  • Learn how to enhance their job marketability
  • Develop connections with employers and successful graduate-level alumni

The symposium will also provide an opportunity for faculty and advisers to gain information that will be useful in mentoring students about career paths.


Getting Hired with a Graduate Degree: Tips from Employers
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Kane 210

Feeling uncertain about what you want to do next or unclear about how to get there? Taking some time to explore the myriad employment options open to individuals with graduate degrees, and to learn strategies for making yourself competitive for those options, might help ease your mind. You’re invited to come listen to employer representatives discuss tips for landing interesting positions in large corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and universities. The event is free.

Networking Reception: Grad Students, Postdocs, & Alumni
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Kane Hall – Walker Ames Room

Want to meet some people who don’t work in your lab? Want to develop your network but don’t know how to get started? This is a unique opportunity for grad students and postdocs to chat with interesting graduate-level alumni in a safe and semi-structured environment. Attendees will have the chance to practice their networking skills and create new connections with 12-15 friendly graduate-degree holders who’ve found meaningful work and are eager to help others do the same by sharing tips, contacts, and maybe even some job leads. All grad students and postdocs are encouraged to attend because ’you just never know’ if you’ll meet the person who leads you on a path to professional success! And, best of all, the event will include food, beer, and wine for FREE! No registration required.

For networking tips, download the Working the Room handout.


The Career Symposium is sponsored by the Career Center, the Graduate School, and the University of Washington Alumni Association.

Informal Academic Writing

Different situations call for different ways of putting words together. The way we write in academics differs greatly from the way we write a quick email to peers or colleagues. The tone, vocabulary, and syntax, all change as the occasion changes. This difference in the styles of writing is the difference between formal and informal writing.

In this 60 minute session, the COE Writing Center will help understand the difference in academic writing and what informal writing looks like in English and when it’s appropriate to use informal writing.  This session is open to all COE students, but might be most beneficial to first year, international graduate students.


When:  Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – 15:30 to 16:30
Where:  Miller 423A

First Fridays for Graduate Students: Close Encounters of the Disciplinary Kind – Introducing Threshold Concepts to Majors and Non-majors

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Gerberding Hall (GRB)Suite 100

The term threshold concepts refers to knowledge, skills, and practices at the foundation of a given discipline. While threshold concepts may present a challenge for both instructors and learners, once grasped, these core ideas can unlock disciplinary thinking for students. We will help you identify threshold concepts in your course or discipline and suggest a range of strategies for translating disciplinary concepts to both major and non-major students. We’ll also discuss how to help students tap into their prior knowledge and make cross-disciplinary connections. These strategies are applicable for courses in any discipline.

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching and Learning

Facilitated by: Misty Anne Winzenried, PhD Candidate in Education

UW Career Center- Professional and Career Development Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Career Center offers numerous resources to graduate students. Learn more about unique programming and resources by exploring their website!

  • Workshops and Events Calendar
    The events and workshops are offered by The Career Center and our campus partners for students, grad students and alumni. Events labeled “All” are open to all UW students and alumni unless otherwise noted in the description.
  • Personal Development
    Planning for a rewarding career while managing the responsibilities of an advanced degree program may seem daunting but making time to learn more about your preferences and explore the wide variety of careers available to graduate students is a smart idea.
  • Strategies for Success
    Resources on this page will help you maximize your graduate education, strengthen your network, enhance your level of professionalism, and prepare for your career – inside or outside academia.
  • Academic Careers
    The resources on this page were designed to help graduate students explore and apply for an array of teaching, research, and administrative careers in academia.
  • Beyond Academia
    The corporate, non-profit, and government sectors offer a diverse set of career opportunities. Use the information on this page to excel in careers beyond academia.

  • Grad Student Newsletter
    The Career Center puts together a printable newsletter and calendar featuring and discussing upcoming events and workshops.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity!

The NCFDD provides a 12-month external mentoring community program designed to support the success of University of Washington faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. The NCFDD teaches concrete, empirically-tested strategies for increasing productivity through, for example, online training workshops facilitated by faculty development experts, monthly mentor matches, and the “Monday Motivator” weekly newsletter.

Benefits include:

• Intensive online training & mentorship

•Tips and techniques on securing external funding for your research

• Professional development online workshops

Activate your University of
Washington membership account!

Please direct inquiries to:
Norma Rodriguez, Director
Office for Faculty Advancement


Scholarly Publishing: Open Access Comes of Age

Tuesday, Oct. 7 – Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Location: Allen Library, North Lobby

Sharing ideas and expanding knowledge are two of the guiding principles of academia.  HOW we do that – the future of communicating scholarship – is the focus of this exhibit. Scholarly publishing is in a state of flux.  While the book and journal remain the primary vehicles for communicating published scholarship, how their content is reviewed, packaged, paid for, distributed, discovered, accessed, and preserved has changed over the last few years and continues to change rapidly.
Many traditions of scholarly publishing remain, but new options, driven by new technologies and changing economic models, are now available and are becoming increasingly accepted in the scholarly community. We invite you to explore some of those options in this exhibit. We hope this content is informative, that it answers some questions while raising others, and that it brings to light some of the problems that the academic community faces in the current scholarly publishing environment.
We intend that it makes you question some long-established traditions, and that it helps you to understand and embrace some of the new publishing options available.
We welcome your questions and comments


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