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

Preparing your Job Search for Master of Education Students

Feeling uncertain about what you want to do next or unclear about how to get there? Taking some time to explore the employment options open to individuals with graduate degrees in education, and to learn strategies for making yourself competitive for those options, might help ease your mind.


When: January 22, 2013 7 p.m.

Where: Miller 112

Presenter: Norah Fisher

Your First Year in a Ph.D. Program Article

Typically articles focus on the end stages of the doctoral-student career as soon-to-be Ph.D.’s prepare for the job market. But this article takes a step back and offers advice to those just starting out in a doctoral programs.

Your First Year in a P.h.D. Program Article
By By Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong

30th Pacific NW Institute on Special Education and the Law will be held October 7-9

This popular conference on Special Education and the Law is held annually in the fall at various sites in the region. The Institute includes featured keynote speakers at three general sessions and twenty workshops over two days. The Institute is preceded by a full day of optional mini-courses providing formal instruction in various special education law topics, including empirical and practical studies of special education and general education law. Washington clock hours and Washington and Oregon CLE credits are available at no additional cost.

For more information, see or email

Why register?

  • Build professional relationships and network with colleagues
  • Expand your knowledge on emerging legal issues and trends
  • Learn from special education law experts from around the country
  • Stay current on recent legal decisions and interpretations of special education law and litigation

Professional and Career Development Workshop throught the Summer

 Please join the UW Alumni Association and the UW Career Center for a series of career development events this summer!

Whether you’re just starting out or looking to make a career change, there is something for you. Attend one program—or all—and take a step towards finding a career you’ll love.

Career Center Calendar


Forces of Change:Law, Policy and Equity in Washington State Education

Friday, October 11, 2013
(Seattle Public Schools Professional Development Day)

9:00am – 3:15pm

University of Washington, School of Law

Join the University of Washington School of Law and the Education Law & Policy Society for a day of lively discussions, debate, and learning about school reform in Washington State.

Engage with policy makers, educators, public education lawyers, and scholars through panel discussions, lightning talks, two inspiration keynote addresses and Q &A sessions.

Be a part of the solution!

Clock hours available; CLE credits pending


More information forthcoming!

From Dissertation to Book: Writing for the Real WorldSession with University of Washington Press Editors

June 4, 1:30–3:30 p.m.,
Odegaard, Room 220
Many graduate students imagine eventually turning their dissertation into a book but are unsure of what may be involved or how to begin. Join UW Press editors for an overview of academic book publishing and a discussion of how successful books differ from dissertations; what presses do; how to identify and approach an academic press; and emerging topics such as e-books and open access. Graduate students, junior faculty, and other interested members of the UW community are welcome. The session will be recorded for those who are interested but unable to attend. Seating is limited, so reserve a seat today →

EPortfolios Suggestions- From the Graduate School

Another innovative set of tools are ePortfolios, which are a great way to visually represent yourself, whether you are at the beginning of your graduate education or getting ready to transition into the workforce. If you’re interested in creating your own ePortfolio, there are a variety of platforms that you can choose, such as

Or you may choose to just enhance your LinkedIn page, or clean up your Facebook and Twitter presence, but regardless of how you represent yourself online, it’s worth putting some thought and energy into the online identity you’re putting out into the world (to your future career and colleagues!).