Dean Soyeon Shim speaks in front of a presentation reading "Job Negotiation Strategy and Skills" to a room full of graduate students

One SoHE Professional Development Seminar

This seminar series is focused on professional development topics for SoHE graduate students (across all degree levels and named options). These sessions are on critical topics for being successful in graduate school and one’s future career. Reporting on attendance to these sessions occurs through the Annual Review of Graduate Students each spring. During PhD students’ final years of their program, they are required to attend six seminars.

Spring 2024 Schedule

PDS sessions are held on Fridays from 1:30 – 2:30pm in 1135 Nancy Nicholas Hall. An optional community lunch precedes each session from 1 – 1:30 to provide students with a chance to network across programs and talk informally with presenters. Light refreshments are provided, but attendees should plan to bring their own meal.

Topic Series Presenter(s) Session Objective Date Session Recording(s) Materials
The Hidden Curriculum of Graduate School: Navigating academic jargon and unspoken rules Creating Purpose in Grad School Assistant Professor Maggie Kerr, Human Development & Family Studies; Lauri Luosta, Consumer Behavior & Family Economics PhD; Sarah Braaten, Human Development & Family Studies PhD Uncover and understand hidden cultural expectations within academia, and confer with your colleagues about how to navigate and change them. Rescheduled for January 26th Recording
Marketing Yourself: LinkedIn, Resumes & Professional Social Media Making Career Moves Michelle Holland, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs; Cadin Tonkovic-Capin, Graduate Program Specialist; Professor Alvin Thomas, Human Development & Family Studies Utilize your social media presence and work history documents to compellingly communicate your values and expertise as a student, researcher, and professional. February 2nd Recording Slides
Intentional Language Workshop Peer Expert Sessions Laura Evans, PhD Candidate, Human Development & Family Studies Dive deeper into how we use language around identity and communities in research, teaching, and application; make connections on how language plays a role in the different aspects of our work including how other fields and disciplines are approaching language around identity and communities in their research. February 16th Recording Slides
Informational Interviews Making Career Moves Associate Professor Kristin Litzelman, Human Development & Family Studies Learn about why and how to conduct informational interviews to bolster your network. February 23rd Recording
Faculty Panel: Navigating the Academic Job Market Making Career Moves Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick, Consumer Science; Assistant Professor Quentin Riser, Human Development & Family Studies; Assistant Professor Uchita Vaid, Design Studies Learn how to navigate the academic job market from recently hired faculty. March 15th Recording will be posted following the session
Beyond Academia: SoHE Alumni Career Panel Making Career Moves Troy Williams (CSCR PhD), Chief Impact Officer, The Greater Sacramento Urban League; Olivia Little (HDFS PhD), Evaluation Scientist & Translational Researcher, UW Population Health Institute Learn about what you can do with a graduate degree outside of academia from SoHE alumni in the field. April 5th Recording will be posted following the session
Dean Shim's Job Negotiation Workshop Making Career Moves Soyeon Shim, Elizabeth Holloway Schar Dean, School of Human Ecology & Ted Kellner Bascom Professor, Consumer Science Practice advocating for your needs and value in job negotiations. April 12th Recording will be posted following the session

Fall 2023 Schedule

Topic Series Presenter(s) Session Objective Date Session Recordings Materials
Purpose and Resilience in Graduate Education: What matters most and how to make it happen Creating Purpose in Grad School Christine Whelan, Consumer Science Teaching Faculty Become grounded in your purpose for pursuing graduate education and contextualize day-to-day work within that purpose. September 22nd Recording
Individual Development Plans: A tool for every stage of your graduate career Creating Purpose in Grad School Graduate School Office of Professional Development Map the trajectory of your professional and academic growth throughout your program. October 6th Recording
Design Principles for Research Posters & Data Visualization Leveling Up Your Research Skills Hande Burcu Deniz, Aybüke Geyik, & Tu-Nguyen Nikki Phan, Design Lab Teaching Assistants Learn and apply design principles to make your research more accessible and understandable for your audience. October 27th Recording
Faculty Panel: Getting your research published Leveling Up Your Research Skills Professor Melissa Bublitz, Consumer Science; Assistant Professor Kasey Keeler, Civil Society & Community Studies; Professor Marina Moskowitz, Design Studies Learn the research publication process and gain insights for troubleshooting publishing roadblocks from faculty. November 10th Recording
Dissertation Grant Overview & Peer Advice Panel Leveling Up Your Research Skills Sarah Marcotte, Pre-award Research Manager; Professor Lauren Papp, Associate Dean for Research; Linnea Helm, Civil Society & Community Research Discuss the process of applying for and receiving dissertation grants with research experts and peers. December 1st Recording Slides
The Hidden Curriculum of Graduate School: Navigating academic jargon and unspoken rules Creating Purpose in Grad School Assistant Professor Maggie Kerr, Human Development & Family Studies; Lauri Luosta, Consumer Behavior & Family Economics PhD; Sarah Braaten, Human Development & Family Studies PhD Uncover and understand hidden cultural expectations within academia, and confer with your colleagues about how to navigate and change them. Rescheduled for January 26th Recording will be posted following the session
Co-Creating a Great Mentoring Relationship Leveling Up Your Research Skills Professor Carolee Dodge Francis, Civil Society & Community Research; Professor Sarah Halpern Meekin, MS Human Ecology Apply the advice of expert faculty mentors to contribute to a strong mentor-mentee relationship. December 15th Session not recorded