Professional Development

GEOG 695B: Professional Development

Fridays 1:30–3:00
Online via Zoom unless otherwise indicated

Dr. Connie Woodhouse
Office: ENR2 S526

Seminar Description

This course is designed to support SGDE and MDP graduate students in their current work and as they move towards future careers. It is offered through a series of workshops scheduled approximately 4 times a semester (schedule varies to accommodate conferences, SAGA meetings, and other key events). Some sessions are designed for graduate students at any level. Others are specifically addressed to students at different stages in their programs.  Sessions are led by a variety of different faculty members.  They are interactive and discussion-oriented.

Session topics include:

  • Proposal writing
  • Publishing (submitting manuscripts and the review process)
  • Presentation practice (and conference participation strategies)
  • Finding a job (academic and non-academic, including interview skills)
  • Writing a CV

Other topics will be in response to student needs (e.g., TA and RA issues, ethics in the classroom or in research, work/family life balance). SAGA meetings will be one venue for determining student needs each semester.  Graduate students are also asked to provide feedback on topics of interest at the start of the fall semester via a survey.

Registration & Credit

Credit is optional, but students who participate in at least six sessions are eligible for 1 unit of graduate credit for 695B. You may register on completion of six sessions. See Elizabeth Cordova ( for registration procedures.

Spring 2021 Schedule

January 29: Co-convened with MDP: Careers in Development (with a short introduction to the Grad Center) with Ray Smith

February 19: Writing and Updating your CV with Greg Barron-Gafford, Jason Jurjevich, and Lise Nelson

March 26 - April 2: AAG Practice talks (dates and times variable depending on interest: a survey will be sent out early March for scheduling these)

April 16: Publishing (selecting a publication, submitting manuscripts, the review process) with Jeff Banister and Andrea Gerlak

Reminders will be sent out to students before each seminar, along with instructions for joining the Zoom session.