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Health Science Campus Professional Development Programs 2014-2015
The College of Graduate Studies is committed to providing students with a variety of opportunities to enhance their education and to prepare them for professional success. Our professional development program provides workshops and resources in the four primary areas. If you have suggestions for events, workshops, speakers or other feedback, please contact us at GradCollegeProgramming@utoledo.edu. We would love to hear from you!
TAs, GAs, and faculty who create course materials and/or website content in particular are strongly encouraged to attend.
This program will be an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We will define accessibility and give examples of what accessible documents and programs look like. There will be hands-on training in the computer lab on how to create accessible Microsoft Word and PDF documents, along with a review of the accessibility features in Blackboard. Resources and reference guides will be provided to all participants. This knowledge is in high demand and is also a valuable transferable skill. .
Learners who will benefit include any graduate student, faculty member, or staff person who is responsible for selecting or creating course materials utilizing third party online instruction/homework/testing software platforms, or Blackboard.
- Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 8:15 – 12:00PM on HSC - Mulford Library Building Room 140
- Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 8:15 - 12:00PM on HSC Room TBA
The Competitive Edge – Professional Development Series by iCare University
Students are encouraged to complete all seven modules of this valuable series and attend The Competitive Edge: What Can I Do to Stand Out? event on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 2 – 4pm in the Student Union Auditorium for an opportunity to speak with and hear from experts on how to set yourself apart in a competitive market. Students who complete the entire series will be recognized during this final event. We offer multiple times and locations per module to accommodate varying schedules. All training will be held in the iCare University room in the Mulford Library basement on Health Science Campus (HSC) and in the iCare University room in 1101 Ottawa House East on Main Campus (MC). Students may register for and attend any session.
Module I: Identifying You – Building Your Professional Skill Set
To identify your most suitable role you will need to identify your transferable skills set. A skill might be defined as an action (or set of actions) that achieve results. Transferable skills are core skills that we use most of the time to achieve the best results.
Learning Objectives: Identifying your transferable skills
Understanding marketable traits
Finding your skill set from your traits
Module II: The Elevator Pitch – Presenting Yourself
If you’re looking for a job, one of the first tasks on your to-do list should be crafting an ideal “elevator pitch.” It’s the 30-second speech that summarizes who you are, what you do and why you’d be a perfect candidate. In this training, we will help you build that ideal pitch with confidence.
Learning Objectives: Do’s and Don’ts of an effective elevator speech
Writing an effective elevator speech
How to hook your listener
Module III: Preparing for Your Moment
Every single thing you do is in preparation for your moment that is yet to come. The question is, are you ready for your moment? With this module, we will discuss how we can be ready and the steps necessary.
Learning Objectives: Social Media
Creating a Plan of Action
Importance of everyday tasks
Meeting your goals
- Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 12 – 1pm in the iCare University room in Mulford Library basement
Module IV: Handling Conflict in the Workplace
Resilience, flexibility and the ability to deal effectively with adversity are the hallmarks of a successful person. During this module, we will discuss tips and techniques to help you tackle the challenges you may face in your career with grace.
Learning Objectives: Handling your emotions
Defining acceptable behavior
How to hit conflict head-on
- Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 12 – 1pm in the iCare University room in Mulford Library basement
Module V: Meeting the Employer’s Expectations
Today’s corporate world is highly competitive and moves fast. If you don’t want to get left behind you have to do everything you can to keep yourself valuable and attractive to your employer. That means viewing the world as one big classroom and gaining as much knowledge, experience, and skills as you can along the way will only help sharpen your ability to stay competitive.
Learning Objectives: Manage expectations
- Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 12 – 1pm in the iCare University room in Mulford Library basement
Module VI: Ethics in the Workplace
One of the most important responsibilities that we place on the leaders of organizations is upholding the highest standards of ethical behavior. In a nutshell, this comes down to doing the right thing even when the wrong thing might also have some attraction. Work-place ethics are most often related to decision-making processes. We discuss the process of decision making during this module.
Learning Objectives: Key components of workplace ethics
The value of commitment
- Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 12 – 1pm in the iCare University room in Mulford Library basement
Module VII: Leader for Life
Successful leaders don’t rest on their successes. Leadership must be a living process, not a title on a business card, and life means growth. The path to increased influence, impact, and leadership effectiveness is paved with personal growth.… Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It’s really that simple.
Learning Objectives: Laws of leadership
Share in creating vision and values
Influence and responsibility
- Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 12 – 1pm in the iCare University room in Mulford Library basement
How can you stand apart from your competition in a market saturated with college degrees? This program will provide an avenue for you to talk directly to the experts! We have invited a panel of career experts and employers to share their own experiences and advice. Our panelists will explain how to thrive in today’s competitive market and what applicants can do specifically to and develop a professional edge. Come prepared with your questions! Free food will be provided – mark your calendars for this awesome event! Presented in cooperation with the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development. and iCare University
- Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00pm in Student Union Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the College of Medicine, and presented by Dr. Kandace Williams and Mary Jo Borden, M.Ed., this interactive workshop will provide valuable information on skills necessary for writing a professional resume or curriculum vitae, the importance of electronic databases, and creating a profile and using the networking advantages of LinkedIn. Additionally, you can have your own resume/CV critiqued by our experts and have your questions answered.
- Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 5 – 6pm in Collier Building Room 1035 (HSC)
- Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 5 - 6pm in Collier Building Room 1035 (HSC)
Strategies for Success: Meeting the Challenges of Graduate Student Life
Co-sponsored by the Academic Enrichment Center; 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Collier Building, Room 1220
Webinar available via Blackboard.
These brown-bag (bring your own lunch) and webinar, interactive sessions will offer graduate students tips and strategies for achieving success at the graduate level. Sessions include:
- Wednesday, September 10, 2014: How to Survive and Thrive in Graduate School
- Feeling overwhelmed? discover simple strategies to overcome that feeling of panic and re-learn how to learn
- Watch the Session Recording:
- Wednesday, September 17, 2014: How Do I Know What I Know?
- Don't wait for the exam to find out what you don't know. Learn methods to assess your knowledge before the exam!
- Watch the Session Recording
- Wednesday, September 24, 2014: Critical Thinking and Analyzing Test Questions
- Go beyond the memorization level of knowledge and learn how to think like the health professional and succeed on exams.
- Webinar Link:
The Graduation Clearance Process: From Graduation Application to Diploma!
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Collier Building, Room 1230
Webinar available via Blackboard (web link to be announced)
- Thursday, September 18, 2014 RESCHEDULED - DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Additional dates will be posted. Please check the Graduate Studies website for additional dates/locations.
Learn the vital information to get you from graduation application to diploma. What is the graduation process and what tips can a graduation applicant do to ensure a smooth graduation clearance process? Open to all students planning on graduating within the next academic year.
Co-sponsored by the Writing Center
The Writes and Wrongs of Writing a Thesis NEW DATE and LOCATION
(Please bring any part of your thesis you may be working on and our tutors will be available for questions!)
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; Collier Building, Room 1200
- Tuesday, October 9, 2014
- Webinar link: http://tinyurl.com/WritesAndWrongsofWritingThesis
This interactive workshop will introduce students to the Main Campus Writing Center. The session will also give students advice on how to draft a thesis and include everything from getting started to having correct citations. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and work with a professional writing tutor on their individual thesis papers.
This program will cover how copyright law and "Fair Use" applies to the graduate student's own writing and to the use of copyrighted material in his/her document. We will also discuss authoring issues such as multiple authors and the types of publishing agreements a student may be asked to sign (for their ETD and/or journal articles) as well as how they are related to copyright ownership. Handouts will include a Fair Use checklist and case studies that will be worked on during the session. Appropriate for all disciplines and graduate degree levels.
- Monday, September 15, 2014 from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Collier Building Room 1030
This program will cover the basics of conducting a literature review, from uncovering its rhetorical purpose to using library resources efficiently and effectively. Handouts will include annotated sample literature reviews and lists of questions to ask and answer as you write, which will help provide focus and structure to your writing. General and broad in scope, introductory in nature. To enter the webinar, click on the title above, enter your first and last name, and then press SUBMIT.
- Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 3:30 – 5:00pm via Blackboard Connect
- Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 3:30 - 5:00pm via Blackboard Connect Note New Date
This program will present generic conventions and expectations of conference participation. Various examples from different disciplines and types of conferences will be referenced and guest speakers will be invited to share their own experiences at conferences. A representative from GSA will also speak about the upcoming Midwestern Graduate Research Symposium. Appropriate for all disciplines and graduate degree levels.
- Monday, February 2, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Collier Building Room 1220
This workshop features a panel discussion with two doctoral students and two editors. The student panelists will share their experiences with the process of getting an article published in a refereed journal – including finding and developing an article, submitting and revising, encountering setbacks, and what they learned from participating. The editorial panelists will share their experiences serving as reviewers and editors of article submissions for an academic journal – including common pitfalls to avoid and advice as to what editors are looking for in article submissions. Appropriate for all disciplines and graduate degree levels.
- Monday, March 23, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Collier Building Room 1220
This program provides an overview of the preparation and submission process for graduate Electronic Theses or Dissertations (ETD) within the context of graduation requirements for the Graduate College Office on the Health Science Campus. A "live" navigation through our ETD resource website and the OhioLINK ETD Center is included.
- Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 12 – 1 pm in Collier Building Room 1220
- Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 12 – 1 pm in Collier Building Room 1220
- Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 12 – 1 pm in Collier Building Room 1220
This program provides an overview of the preparation and submission process for graduate Electronic Theses or Dissertations (ETD) within the context of graduation requirements for the Graduate College Office (both campuses). A "live" navigation through our ETD resource website and the OhioLINK ETD Center is included. To enter the session, simply click the link above, enter your first and last name, and press SUBMIT.
- Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 12 – 1 pm via Blackboard Connect
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 4 – 5 pm via Blackboard Connect NOTE DATE CHANGE!
- Monday, March 16, 2015 from 4 – 5 pm via Blackboard Connect
- Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 12 – 1 pm via Blackboard Connect
- Monday, May 11, 2015 from 12 – 1 pm via Blackboard Connect
This program provides one-on-one assistance with formatting issues and uploading your ETD to OhioLINK ETD Center and ProQuest UMI. This is not a lecture or a presentation. Please save your document to Dropbox (or similar program) or to a thumb drive and bring it with you to the lab. There will be one or two facilitators circulating to provide assistance.
- Monday, November 17, 2014 from 3 - 5 pm in Collier Building Room 1030
- Monday, April 6, 2015 from 3 - 5 pm in Collier Building Room 1030
- Monday, July 6, 2015 from 3 - 5 pm in Collier Building Room 1220