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.

Spring Workshops

Early Career

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

Available online.

Ever felt "behind" before you even got started? It is a common feeling for graduate students in the busy world of academe. 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.

Setting Up Your Semester for Success

January 24th - 12:30-1:30Pm, Location E.234, BSB

A collaboration with Women in Science & Engineering (WISE). Do you start every semester thinking you will get so much accomplished, only to have the semester end in overwhelm and chaos? If you’re like us, the answer is yes. Come learn how to design a semester plan that is right for you and ensure your plans stay on track (most of the time!). This workshop is intended to help graduate students and faculty move past merely surviving the semester to thriving and owning their success! From the talented trio, Grace Aquino, Zach Winfield, and Brooke Morris.

Cultivating Your Professional Identity

January 30th - 12:30-1:45PM, Location Visualization Studio, GRC

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. Free lunch provided.

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Mid Career

Mentoring and Sponsorship: How to curate your support team (STEM)

February 26th - 12:15-1:30PM, Location E.234, BSB

Progressing in your academic career requires a lot of help from others in the form of training or an introduction to a beneficial connection or job. To be successful, you need mentors and sponsors, but what is the difference? Join us as we discuss the differences, benefits, as well as the ways of finding mentors. Brooke Morris and Zach Winfield will help distinguish differences between mentoring and sponsorship.

Finding Funding (HUM/SS)

March 2nd - 12:15-1:45PM, Location Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library

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. Dr. Beth Allison Barr and Skylar Ray 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. We recommend bringing your own laptop or tablet to this event.

Compose Yourself: Preparing Your Curriculum Vitae Workshop

April 8th - 12:15-1:30PM, Location Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library

This two-part workshop has an online component and quiz followed by an in-person workshop and lunch. View the video and take the quiz on Canvas. View the video and take a quiz, then register here for the workshop. At the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with faculty in your discipline to review your CV. 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. Bring your CV, because most of this workshop will consist of personal consultation with faculty.

Late Career

Primed for Success: Becoming a "Quick Starter" in Your First Academic Job (with Dr. Lenore Wright)

Location and Time: TBA

Some new faculty enter their work situations and soon their careers are energizing and productive. Others become frustrated, unproductive, and burn out quickly, leaving behind a trail of effort without success and ill feelings toward institutions or even the whole idea of a profession in higher education. This session draws upon research and reflection on these two diverging experiences. What differences lie behind them? There are skills and working styles evident in quick starters that you can use to help yourself as new faculty.

Sealing the Deal: Negotiating the Job Offer

Location and Time: April 18th - 11am, in conjunction with WITA

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.

How to Interview Well

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.

Practice Makes Perfect: Mock Interviews

Location and Time: TBA

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 "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 Skylar Ray with to register for this event. 


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