GPS Workshops: Grad Pathways for Success
The Graduate School offers several free, interrelated workshops each academic year designed to help our students succeed throughout their academic journey at Baylor and even beyond graduation. The workshops are branded as GPS Workshops: Grad Pathways for Success under the auspices of the Baylor University Graduate School.
Publicity and administration of the workshops, including participant registration and recruiting instructors and supporting presenters, is handled through the office of Dr. Beth Allison Barr, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professional Development.
Graduate Writing Center
Baylor’s Graduate Writing Center is a resource housed within the Graduate School. Staffed by advanced stage doctoral students from various disciplines, the GWC offers one-on-one consultations, workshops, and writing group placements. Our resources are available to all graduate students, and we can help with any writing project at any stage. All GWC resources will continue in a virtual capacity for the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester. Visit our blog for more info.
In preparation for consultations, consultants spend at least one hour reading and compiling feedback on your document based on your concerns; they will then discuss this feedback during your scheduled meeting. To schedule: Send your document to GWC@baylor.edu. Along with your document, tell us your program, degree, and your primary concerns with the document. The GWC coordinator will let you know they’ve received your email and pair you with a consultant who will reach out to schedule an appointment directly. Please try to give us several days’ notice before you would like to meet.
Fall 2021 GPS Workshops (Virtual with in-person components)
Starting Well: The First Year with Your Advisor/PI
Asynchronous Workshop: must be watched before joining us for a Synchronous Q & A on September 17th @ 10:45 am
Clearly establish with your mentor a set of expectations and essential commitments. Problems in mentoring relationships most often occur because of misunderstandings and lack of explicit communication. Some people find it helpful to specify a mutual agreement about their respective roles and responsibilities. One method of doing this is the use of a written mentoring plan or set of core expectations. Mentor and student can use the written agreement as the basis of a discussion to acknowledge they have established a mentoring relationship and to review the responsibilities of both mentor and mentee.
Course opens on Monday September 13 through Friday September 17. Those who complete the online workshop are invited to join us for a Q&A with Dr. Beth Allison Barr and another Graduate Faculty mentor. 10:45 am - 11:45 am in Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library. We will provide pizza and drinks for those who come.
Cultivating Your Professional Identity
Asynchronous Workshop: October 11th - October 15th. Register by October 7th
In a job marketplace that is increasingly competitive, what can you do to set yourself apart? In this virtual recorded workshop, Dr. Beth Allison Barr will share how you can best cultivate a professional identity and strategically engage with those inside and outside your discipline. It will focus specifically on leveraging social media to expand your professional opportunities.
Beginning the Job Search
Asynchronous Workshop: must be watched before joining us for a Synchronous Q & A on November 12th @ 12:30 pm
This asynchronous workshop session will introduce you to the most active phase of the academic job search process: finding potential positions, parts of the application packet, the academic job search “season,” common practices, networking, hints for procuring good reference letters, and other tips for job searches.
Course opens on Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 12. Those who complete the online workshop are invited to join us for a Q&A with Amy Ames, Assistant Director of the Baylor Career Center. 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the Visualization Lab, Graduate Research Center. We will provide pizza and drinks for those who come.
Continuing Asynchronous GPS Workshops
Begin with the End in Mind: Envisioning Your Academic Career Throughout Your Graduate Career
AVAILABLE asynchronous online
Ever felt "behind" before you even got started? It is a common feeling for graduate students in the busy world of academia. Finishing your degree and moving on in your career are challenging enough without the added anxiety of wishing you had done more and known more about those next steps during your graduate studies. This session will address the development of a personal "career curriculum" to coincide with your graduate school curriculum. Come get warnings about potential pitfalls as well as advice and encouragement, and hear what Baylor has to offer to help, including an overview of the rest of the GPS workshop series, with our recommended order.
Sneak Peek: Finishing your degree and moving on in your career are challenging enough without the added anxiety of wishing you had done more and known more about those next steps during your graduate studies.
Includes: Warnings, advice, encouragement, and what Baylor has to offer.
We recommend downloading our GPS (Grad Pathways for Success) integrated planning guide to go along with this workshop.
Alt Ac Careers
Are you a doctoral student who isn’t sure a faculty position is for you? “Alternative academic” or "Alt Ac" careers refer to careers entirely outside of the academy or jobs outside the professoriate but within other spheres of higher education. Learn more about whether an Alt Ac career is something you should consider and how to begin discerning what those career options might look like given your skillsets, talents, and passions in this podcast by Dr. Julia Daniel (geared more toward humanities students.)
Episode One addresses some of the historical and economic reasons for the state of the job market and what teaching positions really entail in 2021. In Episode Two, Dr. Daniel addresses some of the mental stumbling blocks that we must overcome to even allow ourselves to consider Alt Ac careers, offers some brainstorming exercises, and discusses what some of those options are. (If you already have a general understanding of the job market, feel free to skip to Episode Two!)
Step Up Your Scientific Writing
Sneak Peek: Join the Graduate Writing Center and the Graduate School as they discuss the best ways to improve your scientific writing.
Compose Yourself Workshop
Asynchronous video: The curriculum vitae (CV) has for years been the basic "unit of currency" in academic hiring and career development. At its most fundamental, the CV establishes your credentials, qualifications and experience. But can a CV do more? How can your CV and cover letter work together? This workshop video teaches the considerations of both content and structure in CVs and cover letters that apply in different situations. Learn more about ideal content, customization, pitfalls to avoid, and tips to improve both documents. We’ve also included the documents below: CV and cover letter templates—as well as examples of real graduate student CVs and cover letters—on which you might model your own.
Synchronous Workshop: Look for this in Spring 2022
- We recommend downloading the following documents appropriate to your field to go along with this workshop.
How to Interview
Registration is required by November 18th for participation in Mock Interviews
ONLINE: must be watched before participating in Mock Interviews
Eventually, paperwork gives way to people work, and the academic job search turns to interviews and campus visits. This workshop focuses on the interviewing phase of the academic job search. You will learn about different types of interviews, multiple rounds of interviews, on-site visits, employer/applicant expectations, and protocol. What can you do to avoid common pitfalls and put your best foot forward? The session closes with a word on what to wear, and serves as a springboard for the next session, the mock interviews.
Sneak Peek: Interviewing is a skill, especially now in our new virtual world. Learn the basics of how to interview well in any format (virtual, in person) and tips to perform your best.
Includes: Different types of interviews, format of interviews, how to prepare for interviews (including what to bring with you), ideas about how to dress, and even social interaction suggestions.
We recommend downloading the following documents to go along with this workshop.
- Bloopers to Avoid
- How Would You Teach This Class
- Job Talks and Teaching Demonstrations
- Potential Questions
- Tips for Interviews
- Interview Prep Checklist
Mock Interviews: December 10, 2021
ONLINE: TBD ~ Synchronous Virtual Mock Interviews with special times assigned on an individual basis
Enhance your job search preparation by participating in a simulated committee interview. You choose the position (hopefully one you are actually applying for), and we gather a mock hiring committee made up of volunteer faculty and administrators who will interview you for it. The interview lasts 40 minutes, immediately followed by a 20-minute debriefing between 'candidate' and 'committee' to discuss strengths and areas for improvement. The entire session (interview and debriefing) lasts one hour and a video recording of the session is provided to the participant for further review. (Note: Participants must watch the "How to Interview" workshop online prior to the mock interview event.) Please note: These mock interviews are for people pursuing faculty positions only. Those interested in non-faculty positions should contact the Office of Career and Professional Development to set up a mock interview.
Please email Anna Beaudry (Anna_Beaudry1@baylor.edu) to register for this event.
Sneak Peek: Discover the steps required for graduation for students drafting their dissertation or thesis. Along the way you will also learn how to format your dissertation and thesis properly, as well as ensuring that you have all the necessary paperwork.
Includes: Process of filing for graduation, Dissertation and thesis formatting instructions, Signature page instructions, Helpful tips for the preliminary review. See more information on Completing Your Degree, Forms for Degree Completion, and Dissertation and Thesis Resources.