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.

 


Starting Well: The First Year with Your Advisor/PI

Dates:  next session Fall 2022
Structure:  Asynchronous Workshop 
Recommended for:  All degree levels, first year or early career students, students seeking to improve relationship with mentor
Registration:  TBA

Problems in mentoring relationships most often occur because of misunderstandings and lack of explicit communication. Learn how to clearly establish with your mentor a set of expectations and essential commitments. One method of doing this is the use of a written mentoring plan or set of core expectations, specifying respective roles and responsibilities. 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.

 


Sciencing 101: Surviving the First Few Weeks of Grad School

Dates:  next session Fall 2022
Structure:  Asynchronous Workshop 
Recommended for:  MS or PhD first year STEM students associated with a lab
Registration:  TBA

Join us as we help you navigate the ins and outs of a new lab in grad school.  Learn some of the unspoken rules and tips on how to start out well.  Starting graduate school is an exciting time, but there is a lot of information coming at you all at once.  Initially, it is overwhelming as there are no written instructions on anything -- except specialized experiments.  Learn about types of science, department and lab structure, who's who in a lab, and lab courtesy.

 


Cultivating Your Professional Identity

Dates:  next session Fall 2022
Structure:  Asynchronous Workshop 
Recommended for:  All degree levels, any stage
Registration:  TBA

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

Dates:  next session Fall 2022
Structure:  Asynchronous Workshop with last session in person.  Online videos must be watched before joining us for the Part II session with a representative from the Baylor Career Center.
Recommended for:  PhD level student, mid- to late career, interested in a career in academia. 
Registration:  TBA

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.  We recommend those interested in working outside of academia contact the Baylor University Career Center for relevant resources.

 


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

Dates:  Available Continuously
Structure:  Asynchronous Workshop 
Recommended for:  All degree levels, any stage, but especially relevant to first year and early career graduate students
Registration:  No registration required. Click video below for content.
Additional Resources We recommend downloading our GPS (Grad Pathways for Success) integrated planning guide to go along with this workshop. 

Ever felt "behind" before you even got started? It is a common feeling for graduate students in the busy world of academia. We don't want you to find yourself finishing your degree, wishing you had done more and known more during your graduate studies to prepare for moving on in your career. This session will address the development of a personal "career curriculum" to coincide with your graduate school curriculum. Get forewarned 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.

 

 


How to Have a Successful Career in Academic Administration

Dates:  Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 4:00-5:15 PM
Structure:  In-Person Workshop in Visualization Lab, Graduate Research Center
Recommended for:  Graduate students at any stage, for those considering careers in higher education administration
Registration:  Click here to register.  Deadline to register is 12 PM, April 26.  Maximum 30 attendees.

Listen to Baylor University Provost Dr. Nancy Brickhouse discuss how to have a successful career in academic administration, including her own personal story, the difference between a faculty role versus an administrative role, perspectives from a female experience, the daily work of an administrator, and career advice. This will be done in an interview format with Dr. Beth Allison Barr, with a Q&A period at the end if time allows.

 


Alt Ac Careers

Dates:  Available Continuously
Structure:  Asynchronous Workshop 
Recommended for:  PhD students at any stage, for those considering careers outside of academia
Registration:  No registration required. Click podcast episodes below for content.

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!)

Alt Ac Podcast Episode 1

Alt Ac Podcast Episode 2


Panel for Academic Jobs

Dates:   Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 12:30-1:30 PM
Structure:  In-Person Workshop in Visualization Lab, Graduate Research Center
Recommended forPhD students in their final years pursuing faculty positions in academia 
Registration:  Click here to register.  Deadline to register is 10 PM, January 30.  Maximum 20 attendees.

Finishing your graduate work while trying to find a job can be overwhelming.  Add in negative messages about the job market, especially in the Academy, and the prospect can be daunting.   Come join a panel of academics, some who have been on hiring committees and some fresh out of the job market, to learn what to expect, how to prepare, and how to set yourself ahead of the pack.
How To Write A Lot

Dates:  Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 9-10 AM
Structure:  In-Person Workshop in Visualization Lab, Graduate Research Center
Recommended for:  All degree levels, especially relevant to research doctoral students. 
Registration:  Click here to register.  Deadline to register is 12 PM, March 14.  Maximum 20 attendees.

Writing is a constant in Graduate School. Regardless of department or degree field, writing is required for degree completion—a LOT of writing, in fact.  Evidence suggests that graduate students are not well-equipped for the writing stages of their degree. One 2017 study even indicated that up to 50% of doctoral students dropped out of their program during the dissertation (writing) stage. While there is no magic bullet, there are strategies to help you be a better and more consistent writer. Come join Beth Allison Barr (who wrote her bestselling book The Making of Biblical Womanhood while working full-time as an administrator in the Graduate School) as she combines her own experience in learning how to write a lot with recent scholarship to help you get your dissertation (or thesis) done. 

 


Step Up Your Scientific Writing

Dates:  Available Continuously
Structure:  Asynchronous Workshop 
Recommended for:  All degree levels, STEM fields, especially relevant to research doctoral students. 
Registration:  No registration required. Click video below for content.

 Join the Graduate Writing Center and the Graduate School as they discuss the best ways to improve your scientific writing.

 


Compose Yourself Workshop

Dates:  Available Continuously, with an in-person workshop Friday, February 25, 2022, 10-11 AM, in the Visualization Lab, Graduate Research Center
Structure:  Asynchronous Workshop ; one in-person session Spring 2022
Recommended for:  Mid-career MS and PhD students pursuing careers in academia 
Registration:  For asynchronous, no registration required. Click video below for content.  For in-person, click here to register.  Deadline to register is 12 PM, February 23.  Maximum 20 attendees.
Additional Resources:  We recommend downloading the following documents appropriate to your field to go along with this workshop:  

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.   We recommend those interested in working outside of academia contact the Baylor University Career Center for relevant resources.

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How to Interview

Dates:  Available Continuously.  To participate in Mock Interviews (see below), you must register for a Mock Interview by April 14 and complete these online videos before May 6.
Structure:  Asynchronous Workshop 
Recommended for:  PhD students in their final years pursuing faculty positions in academia
Registration:  
No registration required. Click video below for content.

Additional Resources:  We recommend downloading the following documents to go along with this workshop:

Eventually, paperwork gives way to people work, and the academic job search turns to interviews and campus visits. What can you do to avoid common pitfalls and put your best foot forward? 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, how to prepare for interviews (including what to bring with you), ideas about how to dress, and even social interaction suggestions. The session serves as a springboard for the next session, the mock interview.  We recommend those interested in working outside of academia contact the Baylor University Career Center for relevant resources.

 


Mock Interviews:  May 6, 2022

Dates:  May 6, 2022 with specific times assigned on an individual basis.  Register by April 14. 
Structure:  Synchronous Virtual Mock Interviews 
Recommended for:  PhD level students nearing graduation and pursuing a faculty position at an academic institution.  Prerequisite:  How to Interview workshop.
Registration:  Please email Anna Beaudry (Anna_Beaudry1@baylor.edu) to register for this event.  

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 Baylor University Career Center to set up a mock interview.

 


Formatting Workshop

Dates:  Available Continuously
Structure: Asynchronous Workshop 
Recommended for: Masters and PhD students working on their dissertation
Registration: No registration required. Click video below for content.

Additional Resources:  We recommend accessing the following web pages to go along with this workshop:

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.  Topics include:   Process of filing for graduation, Dissertation and thesis formatting instructions, Signature page instructions, and Helpful tips for the preliminary review.


Publicity and administration of the workshops, including participant registration, recruiting instructors, and supporting presenters is handled through the office of Dr. Beth Allison Barr, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professional Development.

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