Welcome to our new graduate students – and welcome back to all of our nearly 7,000 graduate students at UofSC! We hope you had a chance to recharge over the winter break, and your spring semester is off to a great start.
We are back too – with a lot to offer this spring semester!
Each Friday during the academic year, starting TODAY for spring 2018, we will post content related to professional development. On “Professional Development Fridays,” we hope that you will check out our posts on Facebook and Instagram, tweets on Twitter, videos on our YouTube channel, Linked In, and our blog posts written by UofSC faculty, staff, and graduate students as well as alumni – like this one! (Shameless plug to take a look at the ones posted last year, which were great!)
Here is our line-up – so far – for spring 2018:
- Graduate Civic Scholars Program: Information Webinar on January 19 and In-person Information Session on January 25. Applications are due on February 9.
- Writing Your Teaching Philosophy: Part 1 is on January 26 and Part 2 is on February 23, organized with the Center for Teaching Excellence.
- Carolina Leadership Week: January 29-February 3, check out Graduate School social media for perspectives on leadership from graduate students, organized with the Graduate Student Association.
- Shut Up and Write!: This was a very popular offering in the fall. We will have two dates for Shut Up and Write! in the spring – February 9 and March 9, organized with the Writing Center
- Prepare for Success with Goal Setting and Time Management Skills: Fatimah Williams Castro, PhD of Beyond the Tenure Track will deliver what is sure to be an informative webinar on February 16.
- Start Smart: The financial literacy and salary negotiation workshops will be offered on February 21 and April 23, organized with the Student Success Center.
- Resume and CV Workshop: This workshop with Claudia Benitez-Nelson, PhD and Alan White, PhD will be on March 2.
- Professional Journeys: This webinar was rescheduled from the fall semester and will feature graduate alumni of UofSC on March 23.
- 6th Annual Graduate Career Consortium Master’s and Doctoral Virtual Career Fair: This online career fair is on March 28 and will link graduate students with prospective employers, organized with the Career Center.
- Graduate Student Appreciation Week is April 2-6. Stay tuned for more details on daily programming.
- Discover USC is on April 20. Stay tuned for more details on being a part of the University’s research day.
- Navigating the Academic Publishing World: This seminar with Robert McKeown, PhD will be in-person and available via Facebook Live.
Registration is required for all events. Check the Graduate School’s online calendar for registration links. Space is limited for many in-person events. All #GRADprofdev webinars are recorded; register to receive the link to view the recording if you are unable to attend. Please remember to be a good neighbor. If you have registered for a #GRADprofdev event and are unable to attend, please change your RSVP to allow another graduate student the opportunity to participate.
In addition to our professional development programming, I want to share additional professional development resources available to you as a graduate student at UofSC. UofSC has institutional memberships to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity and National Postdoctoral Association. Both of these organizations feature professional development resources for graduate students, and you can capitalize on UofSC’s memberships by signing up using your UofSC email address. Imagine PhD, a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences, launched in fall 2017 and offers a wide-range of resources for graduate students. Lastly, through the Cornell Graduate School, the Productive Writer listserv is designed for graduate students who are writing their proposal, thesis, dissertation, fellowship applications, or other manuscripts. Subscribers receive email messages every other week with writing tips, strategies and encouragement to help you start, persist (and endure), and complete your academic writing projects.
Because it is important for us to hear from you, the week of January 29, you will receive a link to complete a brief survey on current professional development offerings as well as your professional development needs. Your participation will be very helpful as we plan for the future and to best meet the needs of our graduate students.
As always, I welcome your feedback on how we can improve professional development offerings for graduate students. And, I hope to see you this semester at one of our events!
Dr. Heather Brandt is associate dean for professional development in the Graduate School and associate professor in the department of health promotion, education, and behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Brandt received a PhD (public health), MSPH, and graduate certificates in gerontology and women’s studies from the University of South Carolina – a four-time alumna. However, she also is always a Hawkeye too, born and raised in Iowa and a graduate of the University of Iowa.
Questions? Comments? Ideas? Contact us at GRADprofdev@sc.edu.