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Room: 3240
Phone: 419.530.GRAD (4723)
Fax: 419.530.4724

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Mulford Library
Reception Desk Room 113
Phone: 419.530.GRAD (4723)

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 We would love to hear from you!

Providing Accommodations: Learning the Basics of Accessibility and How to Create Accessible Documents

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 MC - Field House Room 1060 

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

Thursday, September 25, 12 – 1pm in the iCare University room in Mulford Library basement

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

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

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
                                 Communicate effectively
                                 Differentiate yourself

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
                                 Acceptable behavior

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


The Competitive Edge: What Can I Do to Stand Out?

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

Resumes and Curriculum Vitas (HSC)

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. Session not available as a streaming webinar, but PowerPoint presentations are available below!

  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 5 – 6pm in Collier Building Room 1035 (HSC)
  • Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 5 - 6pm in Collier Building Room 1220 (HSC)
Handouts:   CV Handout     CV Example     Interview Handout    Interview Tips    Resume Example    Cover Letter Example     LinkedIn Tips   Resume and CV PowerPoint Presentation  LinkedIn PowerPoint Presentation


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:

Graduation--Your Questions, Answered!

Overview of the steps to preparing for graduation.  This session is designed to provide students with important information to keep you on track with plans for earning your degree and to help you navigate the graduation process.

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 12-1pm in COB Room 1210
  • Tuesday, June 09, 2015 from 12-1pm in COB Room 1210

Co-sponsored by the Writing Center

The Writes and Wrongs of Writing a Thesis  

(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:

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.

Copyright and Authoring 101: Vital Information for Graduate Student Creators and Consumers 

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

Literature Reviews: The Foundation for Focused Research WEBINAR

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, November 13, 2014 from 3:30 - 5:00pm via Blackboard Connect 

Conference Participation: Proposals, Papers, Panels, Posters

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.

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Carlson Library Room 2010 

ETD Preparation and Submission Overview Workshop

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

ETD Preparation and Submission Overview WEBINAR

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 
  • 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

ETD Open Labs: Formatting and Submission

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  1030  
  • Monday, July 6, 2015 from 3 - 5 pm in Collier Building Room 1220
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