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

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


The Center for Teaching and Learning- Summer Quarter Workshops:

Summer Quarter Workshops:

July 5th: Establishing  a Classroom Culture that is Accountable

August 2nd: Designing Your Own Course


Locations: TBD

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 →

Workshop Your Presentation

May 30 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Suzzallo & Allen Libraries (Allen South – ground floor), Research Commons – Room Red C

We have heard from graduate students who are looking for opportunities to present informally and get feedback on their presentation design, style, and content. Are you preparing for a conference or an interview? Do you need feedback on your final presentation? Our drop-in presentation support will be your chance to practice and workshop your presentation, at any stage.

Portfolio 101 Workshop Handouts and Websites

Unfortunately, our video recorder’s batteries died, so there will not be a video of this session. But here are the handouts and topics that were covered during the session.

Attached you will find the some of the handouts given out during the workshop.

Culminating Portfolios for M.Ed. in Higher Education Handout 
Using Your Portfolios during the Interview (PPT)

Here is an example of an online portfolio from a current COE doctoral student.

Also, here are a few online tools to help build your online portfolio:






Meet, Greet, Teach (MGT): How Big is Your Data?-Tuesday, February 26, 2013

An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental IssuesRegister Now Tuesday, February 26, 2013
5:00-6:30 PM
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012

Free to attend.  Please register by Thursday, February 24, 2013.

How big is your data? And can your students grok it? In an era when datasets are mushrooming, the cloud is ever expanding, and environmental science is in dire need of multidisciplinary, real world information to document and address global change; how do we bring students to the party? Can “big data” make them more aware, make them care more?  Or is an onslaught of information more likely to create overload?  Where is the balance between ownership and understanding? Join us for MGT: How Big is Your Data? where we’ll hear from 4 faculty members who are convincing their students to dive headfirst into datasets larger than any one student could ever collect.


  • Andrew Connolly, Professor, Astronomy
  • Miles Logsdon, Senior Lecturer, Oceanography
  • James Lutz, Research Scientist, Environmental & Forest Sciences
  • Daniela Witten, Associate Professor, Biostatistics; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Statistics; Affiliate Investigator, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

Social Media: (find) jobs & (explore) careers

Accelerate your job search or expand your career exploration through social media. This online workshop to learn how to best use Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn to begin or advance your career. Tips & how-to videos & success-stories will be shared in this workshop. All students & alumni are welcome! View Workshop – Social Media: Find Jobs & Explore careers

This online resources is provided by the Career Center at the University of Washington. Additionaly online workshops can be found here: