Professional Development

GEOG 695B: Professional Development

Fridays 1:30–3:00
ENR2 #S-495, unless otherwise indicated

Dr. Connie Woodhouse
Office: ENR2 S526

Seminar Description

This course is designed to support graduate students in their current work and as they move towards future careers. It is offered through a series of workshops scheduled approximately once every two weeks (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 lead 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.

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 2020 Schedule

Friday, January 24:  Teaching Strategies for Engaged Learning

Panel discussion with Jill Williams (SGD affiliate, Associate Research Professor), Jenny Mason (SGD Assistant Professor of Practice), and Dugan Meyer (SGD Grad); moderated by Lauren Fritzsche (SGD Grad) and Connie Woodhouse (SGD Professor) 

This seminar will be a panel discussion on teaching strategies for facilitating discussions in a diverse classroom, different approaches to teaching, and different “spaces” for learning (especially anything besides lecture!). 

Friday, February 28:  CV Workshop

Led by SGD faculty: Lise Nelson, Jason Jurjevich, and Greg Barron-Gafford 

This will be a faculty-led workshop on creating, improving, and maintaining your CV. We will cover topics such as: what should be included on a CV (particularly for early graduate students), tailoring your CV for academic vs. non-academic jobs, successful strategies for CV management, and more! The last part of the workshop will be hands-on, allowing students to edit, reorganize or draft a new section of their CVs. 

Other seminars planned for Spring 2020

  • Practicing Presentations for AAG (April 2-3)
  • Preparing for Fieldwork (tentatively April 17)