Ohio University

Professional Development for Graduate Students

Professional Development Opportunities

Ohio University offers many different professional development opportunities. The information below is divided into three categories. To navigate to the beginning of each category, please click the links listed below.


Ohio University Orientations

  • Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is scheduled once a year. Planning for 2019 GSO is underway. It is scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019. Save the date. For more information, click Graduate Student Orientation.
  • International Student Orientation occurs before each term. For more information, click 
    International Student Orientation.
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation is an annual event scheduled the Tuesday before fall term begins. For more information, click Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation.
  • Program/Department/College Orientation - Please consult with your program/department/college about upcoming orientation activities.

Ohio University Campus in the Spring

Professional Development - 
by Role
 

For All Ohio University Graduate Students

  • Thesis and Dissertation Services (TAD) Workshops: Thesis and Dissertation Services offers the following workshops to assist students in preparing and filing theses and dissertations. For more information, click Thesis and Dissertation Services Workshops.
     
  • Ohio University Libraries Research Workshop Series: The Ohio University Libraries offers a variety of research workshops to assist graduate students in the development of their research skills. These skills range from how to conduct research and capture your references to designing a research poster and publishing your graduate work. These skills are necessary for any level of research including a thesis or dissertation. For more information, click Research Workshop Series.
     
  • Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students (Online Training)
    This online training is offered through a partnership between the Graduate College and the Campus Involvement Center. Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students includes Title IX and Clery Act training which equips graduate students with the tools needed to navigate new and complex relationships including how to identify and respond to harassment from a faculty member or advisor, other workplace-based harassment, how to respectfully engage with undergraduate students, and how to respond to student disclosures.

    Target Audience
    : All graduate and professional students

    Structure: This training is offered in a two part format.
    Part one takes approximately 45 minutes. Part two includes a survey and requires 5-10 minutes (ideally after a 30 day intersession).
    Requirements for training completion: You will need a computer with access to the internet and audio capabilities. You will use your entire OHIO ID (e.g., ab000000@ohio.edu).  and password to create your account.
    Content Access: To access the Sexual Misconduct Policy, resources and the training, please click here.

For Graduate Students with Assistantships

Students who have assistantships generally fulfill academic responsibilities and serve as prescribed by the school, department, or administrative office. These duties are usually specified in the job description or in a memo attached to the letter of appointment. There are three types: Graduate Assistants (GAs), Research Assistants (RAs), and Teaching Assistants (TAs).

  • Ohio University Three Minute Thesis Competition 
    The Ohio University Graduate College is now accepting registrations of the 2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition. The semi-final rounds will be held Monday, February 11, 2019 AND Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The final round is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
    3 Minute Thesis Competition


    Competitors have three (3) minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. Competitors must consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

    For more information or to register: Click Three Minute Thesis Competition.
     
  • Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students (Online Training)
    This online training is offered through a partnership between the Graduate College and the Campus Involvement Center. Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students includes Title IX and Clery Act training which equips graduate students with the tools needed to navigate new and complex relationships including how to identify and respond to harassment from a faculty member or advisor, other workplace-based harassment, how to respectfully engage with undergraduate students, and how to respond to student disclosures.

    Target Audience
    : All graduate and professional students

    Structure: This training is offered in a two part format.
    Part one takes approximately 45 minutes. Part two includes a survey and requires 5-10 minutes (ideally after a 30 day intersession).
    Requirements for training completion: You will need a computer with access to the internet and audio capabilities. You will use your entire OHIO ID (e.g., ab000000@ohio.edu).  and password to create your account.
    Content Access: To access the Sexual Misconduct Policy, resources and the training, please click here.

For Teaching Assistants (TAs)

This designation is used for students receiving stipend support when their duties primarily involve an interaction with students, that could have an impact on their learning, such as in a class or class support settings (e.g., grading, recitation or office hours). All Teaching Assistants must meet oral English proficiency requirements as outlined in the Application and Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog, see “Post-Admission Procedures and Requirements”.  

  • College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Teaching Programs
     
  • Creating a Teaching Portfolio for Future Faculty
    This workshop is an introduction to teaching portfolios including a description of the materials that comprise a portfolio, and the systematic steps taken to create an effective and professional teaching portfolio. The facilitator will provide an overview of analyzing and presenting evidence in the portfolio. In addition, participants will connect the artifacts that comprise the portfolio with the teaching philosophy statement and/or teaching responsibilities statement, along with the other portfolio artifacts. 

    Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
    Time: 2-4 P.M.
    Location: Research and Technology Center (RTEC) Room #214
    Questions: Should you have questions about this workshop, please contact the director of the OHIO Center for Teaching & Learning, Tim Vickers at vickerst@ohio.edu
    To register: Teaching Portfolio - Spring 2019

  • Grading and Assessment: Providing Effective Feedback to Help Student Learn
    This session is designed to introduce and discuss various techniques to addressing students’ comprehension and resultant work. Creative evaluative techniques, including the One-Minute Paper, the Punctuated Lecture, and Exit Slips will be explored.

    Date: Friday, March 29, 2019
    Time: 2-4 P.M.
    Location: Research and Technology Center (RTEC) Room #214
    Questions: Should you have questions about this workshop, please contact the director of the OHIO Center for Teaching & Learning, Tim Vickers at vickerst@ohio.edu
    To register: Grading Assessment - Spring 2019

  • Increasing Student Engagement in Learning
    There is ample evidence that shows engaging students in the learning process increases their attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills and promotes more meaningful learning experiences. This workshop will explore ways to engage our students more deeply in their learning, and ways to create a lively, dynamic classroom in which students are excited to learn and have the drive to keep exploring until they succeed.

    This workshop is not available this term. Should you have questions about this topic, please contact Dr. Becky Bushey-Miller via email at millerb3@ohio.edu or call 740.593.2800.

  • Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students (Online Training)
    This online training is offered through a partnership between the Graduate College and the Campus Involvement Center. Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students includes Title IX and Clery Act training which equips graduate students with the tools needed to navigate new and complex relationships including how to identify and respond to harassment from a faculty member or advisor, other workplace-based harassment, how to respectfully engage with undergraduate students, and how to respond to student disclosures.

    Target Audience
    : All graduate and professional students

    Structure: This training is offered in a two part format.
    Part one takes approximately 45 minutes. Part two includes a survey and requires 5-10 minutes (ideally after a 30 day intersession).
    Requirements for training completion: You will need a computer with access to the internet and audio capabilities. You will use your entire OHIO ID (e.g., ab000000@ohio.edu).  and password to create your account.
    Content Access: To access the Sexual Misconduct Policy, resources and the training, please click here.


Ohio University Gateway in the Spring

Professional Development - 
by Subject

Communication Skills

  • Ohio University Three Minute Thesis Competition
    The Ohio University Graduate College is now accepting registrations of the 2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition. The semi-final rounds will be held Monday, February 11, 2019 AND Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The final round is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

    Competitors have three (3) minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. Competitors must consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

    For more information or to register: Click Three Minute Thesis Competition.
     
  • Graduate Research Series Application
    Graduate students at Ohio University conduct new research and develop creative projects each semester as they move toward the completion of their degree. But once the paper is presented or the creative work shared, the journey to project completion is often obscured. At the same time, OHIO students continue to ask new questions and develop new creative works in a wide range of media. In order to better illuminate these processes, the Libraries is once again partnering with the Graduate Student and Faculty Senates on the Graduate Research Series (GRS).

    Each semester, the GRS committee selects a student or group of students to discuss their research process in a public presentation at Alden Library. Previous presenters have hailed from a wide-range of disciplines and Ohio University departments. Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2019 GRS presentation, and must be submitted by Monday, February 18, 2019 at 12 p.m. (noon).

    For more information or to apply: Click Graduate Research Series Application.

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    2019 Student Expo
    For the past fifteen years, hundreds of undergraduate, graduate and medical students have gathered at the Convo to present their original work at Ohio University’s annual Student Research and Creative Activity Expo. Projects have included documentary film making, robotic lawn mowers, innovative theater costumes and presentations on the latest findings from medicine, astrophysics, education, and environmental science. Last spring, more than 800 students participated in the event. The atmosphere and success of the expo continue to bring students and faculty judges back for more, year after year.

    Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11;59 P.M.

    For more information or to register: Click Student Expo.

Salary Negotiation

  • American Association of University Women Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop 
    This American Association of University Women Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop is
    co-sponsored with the Graduate College and the Career and Leadership Development Center.

    AAUW Start Smart Logo

    This two-hour AAUW workshop provides students with the skills needed to negotiate their first salary. We appreciate you registering for which workshop you will attend so that we can be sure to provide enough materials for all participants.

    Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
    Time: 4-6 P.M.
    Location: Baker University Center 230
    To register: AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop Registration

    OR

    Date:
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    Time: 11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.
    Location: Baker University Center 230
    To register: AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop Registration

Sexual Assault Prevention

  • Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students (Online Training)
    This online training is offered through a partnership between the Graduate College and the Campus Involvement Center. Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students includes Title IX and Clery Act training which equips graduate students with the tools needed to navigate new and complex relationships including how to identify and respond to harassment from a faculty member or advisor, other workplace-based harassment, how to respectfully engage with undergraduate students, and how to respond to student disclosures.

    Target Audience
    : All graduate and professional students

    Structure: This training is offered in a two part format.
    Part one takes approximately 45 minutes. Part two includes a survey and requires 5-10 minutes (ideally after a 30 day intersession).
    Requirements for training completion: You will need a computer with access to the internet and audio capabilities. You will use your entire OHIO ID (e.g., ab000000@ohio.edu).  and password to create your account.
    Content Access: To access the Sexual Misconduct Policy, resources and the training, please click here.

Teaching Portfolio Creation - For Future Faculty

  • Creating a Teaching Portfolio for Future Faculty
    This workshop is an introduction to teaching portfolios including a description of the materials that comprise a portfolio, and the systematic steps taken to create an effective and professional teaching portfolio. The facilitator will provide an overview of analyzing and presenting evidence in the portfolio. In addition, participants will connect the artifacts that comprise the portfolio with the teaching philosophy statement and/or teaching responsibilities statement, along with the other portfolio artifacts. 
    Ohio University - Cherry Blossoms

    Date: Friday, March 22, 2019 
    Time: 2-4 P.M.
    Location: Research and Technology Center (RTEC) Room #214
    Questions: Should you have questions about this workshop, please contact the director of the OHIO Center for Teaching & Learning, Tim Vickers at vickerst@ohio.edu.
    To register: Teaching Portfolio - Spring 2019

Teaching Strategies

  • Grading and Assessment: Providing Effective Feedback to Help Student Learn
    This session is designed to introduce and discuss various techniques to addressing students’ comprehension and resultant work. Creative evaluative techniques, including the One-Minute Paper, the Punctuated Lecture, and Exit Slips will be explored.

    Date: Friday, March 29, 2019
    Time: 2-4 P.M.
    Location: Research and Technology Center (RTEC) Room #214
    Questions: Should you have questions about this workshop, please contact the director of the OHIO Center for Teaching & Learning, Tim Vickers at vickerst@ohio.edu
    To register: Grading Assessment - Spring 2019

  • Increasing Student Engagement in Learning
    There is ample evidence that shows engaging students in the learning process increases their attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills and promotes more meaningful learning experiences. This workshop will explore ways to engage our students more deeply in their learning, and ways to create a lively, dynamic classroom in which students are excited to learn and have the drive to keep exploring until they succeed.

    This workshop is not available this term. Should you have questions about this topic, please contact Dr. Becky Bushey-Miller via email at millerb3@ohio.edu or call 740.593.2800.