GPS Workshops: Grad Pathways for Success

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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.

The Graduate School offers several free, interrelated workshops each academic year designed to help our students succeed throughout their academic journey and 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.

Fall 2020 Virtual Workshops (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

 

All Career Stages

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 2020 semester. Visit our blog for more info.

  • Consultations

    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.

  • To access GWC resources click here

 

Early Career

Begin with the End in Mind: Envisioning Your Academic Career throughout Your Graduate Career

Graduate Student Orientation, August 10, and 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 your warning, but also 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.

 

Starting Well: Building a Good Relationship with your Adviser/PI

August 26, 12-1 PM ~ Synchronous Virtual Presentation & Discussion

A good relationship with your adviser and/or PI is crucial for success in graduate school. This workshop offers a roadmap to help you build a strong relationship with your graduate adviser and/or PI—including tips to help you navigate difficult situations and handle conflict resolution. It will teach you how to help your adviser and/or PI become a better mentor, and it will make sure that you are equipped to be a good mentee. 

RSVP HERE

 

Finding Funding  
September TBA, Synchronous Virtual Presentation & Discussion ~ External Grant Funding Specialist Workshop with OVPR

The ability to secure grant funding for research is more important than ever. This workshop will review ways to find available opportunities from a wide range of funding agencies and professional societies. Our External Grant Funding Specialists along with our STEM GPS coordinator Brooke Morris will guide participants through a Baylor provided grant search databases and explain how to customize grant searches as well as how to set up weekly alerts for grants specific to your interest of study and qualifications. At the end we will discuss how to pick grants from those databases. 

RSVP HERE

 
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.


 

 


Mid Career

Cultivating Your Professional Identity

September TBA, Synchronous Virtual Presentation & Discussion

In a job marketplace that is increasingly competitive, what can you do to set yourself apart? In this discussion, Dr. Beth Allison Barr will share how you can best cultivate a professional identity and strategically engage with those inside and outside your discipline.

RSVP HERE

 

Beginning the Job Search

October 29, 12:30-1:45 PM ~ Synchronous Virtual Presentation & Discussion

This session will explore some of the varied career paths of Baylor alumni and introduce some of the online resources available to help you learn about opportunities both inside and outside of the academy. It will also 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, hints for procuring good reference letters, and other tips for job searches.  

RSVP HERE

 

Compose Yourself Workshop

Sneak Peek: 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 teaches the considerations of both content and structure in CVs and cover letters that apply in different situations. 

Includes: Learn more about ideal content, customization, pitfalls to avoid, and tips to improve both documents. After you’ve completed the video portion of the virtual workshop, browse through the documents below to see CV and cover letter template—as well as examples of real graduate student CVs and cover letters—on which you might model your own. 

  • We recommend downloading the following documents appropriate to your field to go along with this workshop. 
  • Humanities 

  • Social Sciences 

  • STEM

 

 

 


Late Career

How to Interview

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. 

 

 

Mock Interviews 

ONLINE: November 23, 1-4 PM ~ Synchronous Virtual Mock Interviews

Stimulate 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 pursing 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 Becca Cassady (Becca_Cassady@baylor.edu) to register for this event. 

 

Formatting Workshop

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 DegreeForms for Degree Completion, and Dissertation and Thesis Resources.

 
Sealing the Deal: Negotiating the Job Offer,

TBA ~ Synchronous Virtual Presentation & Discussion

You have finally received an offer. Now what? The tables have turned, and it's time for you to ask some critical questions. Before accepting the offer you need to clarify and negotiate the terms of the position. What is an appropriate salary? What is the expected teaching load? What are the tenure requirements? What are the benefits? This workshop covers what questions to ask, how to ask them respectfully, whom to ask, when to ask them, and how to evaluate the offer in terms of your priorities.

RSVP HERE

 

Please note: Enrollment is limited for Synchronous Presentations. Please email Becca Cassady (Becca_Cassady@baylor.edu) with questions.

 

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