Professional Development Seminar Series

The Graduate Student Council strives to provide seminars, workshops, and forums that support graduate student professional development by enriching graduate students' education beyond their own disciplines. Events are coordinated by the GSC Professional Development Committee and in partnership with other K-State units and external organizations.

 

Spring 2022 events

 

Creating Your Individual Development Plan

February 1
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Zoom

More details coming soon!

 

Leading with Your Strengths

February 23
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Zoom

Change requires awareness of self and others. In this session, participants will learn a strengths-based approach that supports personal well-being, building positive relationships, improving engagement and fostering a positive workplace culture.

Presented by:

  • Dr. Mike Finnegan, assistant professor, Staley School of Leadership Studies
  • N'Zoret Innocent Assoman, Leadership Communication doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant, Staley School of Leadership Studies

This session is part of the Leading Change Workshop Series. Participation in this session will count toward the GSC Professional Development Certificate.

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Leadership Coaching: Opening Up Possibilities

March 1, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

To lead change requires us to see new possibilities. Coaching is a strategy for continual learning and courageous action. Participants will develop a coach-like stance, and learn how to ask powerful questions to support their own and others’ learning and development, and make progress on personal and professional challenges.

Presented by:

  • Dr. Andy Wefald, associate professor, Staley School of Leadership Studies
  • R.J. Youngblood, assistant director, K-State Academic Achievement Center

This session is part of the Leading Change Workshop Series. Participation in this session will count toward the GSC Professional Development Certificate.

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Leadership in Complex Adaptive Systems

March 11, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
This interactive virtual session is designed to help graduate students gain insight and tools for navigating tough challenges in their academic, work, or community contexts. Using a systems lens, we will explore how to diagnose problems and take action in the midst of complexity and uncertainty.

Presented by: 

  • Dr. Mary Kay Siefers, teaching professor and Global Foods Systems Leadership program director
  • Chibuzor Azubuike, Leadership Communication doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant, Staley School of Leadership Studies

This session is part of the Leading Change Workshop Series. Participation in this session will count toward the GSC Professional Development Certificate.

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Intercultural Leadership

March 23, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Leading change across cultures requires us to intentionally recognize and address inequity in order to build a more socially just world. In this session, we will explore interpersonal and systemic elements of culture, power, and privilege and how these impact the practice of leadership and the creation of inclusive classrooms, labs, and workplaces.

Presented by:

  • Tamara Bauer, Intercultural Learning Program director, Staley School of Leadership Studies
  • Shukeyla Harrison, Leadership Communication doctoral student and instructor, Staley School of Leadership Studies

This session is part of the Leading Change Workshop Series. Participation in this session will count toward the GSC Professional Development Certificate.

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Becoming a Civically Engaged Scholar

April 11, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Scholars are agents of change. As members of the K-State academic community, our studies and work are situated – physically and virtually – within local and global communities facing complex challenges. We all play a role in the civic mission of our institution, to generate knowledge and talent to advance the well-being of those communities. This session will help participants explore their present and future work, and consider how to be a civically engaged scholar.

Presented by:

  • Dr. Tim Steffensmeier, Director, K-State Office of Engagement
  • Keyhan Shams, Leadership Communication doctoral student and graduate research assistant

This session is part of the Leading Change Workshop Series. Participation in this session will count toward the GSC Professional Development Certificate.

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Fall 2021 events

Career Center Connections

Attend one of these virtual information sessions to meaningfully network with company representatives, learn about different industries, and explore potential jobs. Click on a company name to learn more about their careers.

Sept. 7, 5:30-6:30pm – Altec
Sept. 7, 7:00-8:00pm – Garmin
Sept. 8, 4:00-5:00pm – Cintas
Sept. 15, 4:00-5:00pm – Conoco Phillips
Sept. 15, 5:30-6:30pm – Seaboard Foods

Professional Development Credit!

If you participated in the Career Center Connections, you will earn one credit toward the GSC Professional Development Certificate. You may participate in more than one session, but will receive only one credit toward the certificate if you participate in multiple sessions.

 

Writing Teaching, Research, and Diversity Statements

September 23
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Wildcat Chamber, Union
Zoom

teaching research diversity statements

Graduate students and post-docs going on the market for academic jobs are encouraged to attend this session to learn effective strategies for preparing three key documents of your job application: a teaching philosophy, research statement, and diversity statement.

Watch a recording of this session

Resources from the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)

Below are videos from Dr. Don Saucier’s YouTube channel, Engage the Sage, that you may find particularly helpful with preparing academic job applications.

  • Statements of teaching philosophy are often used when we apply for teaching jobs, tenure and promotion, and/or teaching awards. Our Writing Excellent Statements of Your Teaching Philosophy video provides five specific recommendations for how you can do this well.
  • In academia, we are often asked to provide evidence of our teaching excellence. Our “Demonstrating Your Teaching Excellence” videos (Part One and Part Two) provide several concrete recommendations for how you can demonstrate your teaching excellence. We are striving to demonstrate teaching excellence, not effectiveness!
  • In addition to our Statement of Teaching Philosophy video provided above, our Writing an Excellent Personal Statement video provides specific recommendations for how you can enhance your personal essays in your application package.
  • We are in the application phase for many schools and jobs! One important piece of an application package is letters of recommendation. Our Requesting a Letter of Recommendation video provides five specific recommendations for how you should do this, including who to ask and when.

Explore other useful resources and events from the Teaching and Learning Center to support your teaching excellence and preparation for a teaching career!

 

Time management strategies and tools for graduate student success

October 5
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Wildcat Chamber, Union
Zoom

time management

As a graduate student, it's not uncommon to have a long to-do list, and determining how to allocate time to your various responsibilities can be challenging or even overwhelming. Strong time management skills can facilitate productivity and contribute to a more positive graduate student experience. In this session, learn from K-State's Academic Achievement Center about strategies and tools to help you manage your time.

Resources for graduate students
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CV and Resume Building Workshop

October 15
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Zoom

CV and Resume

Are you a graduate student or post-doc going on the job market soon? In this session, you will learn effective strategies for building your CV for academic careers or resume for industry and government positions. Different types of jobs require different types of resumes. Presenters in this session share how to best summarize your skills, experiences, and abilities for each job opportunity. The session also includes formatting guidance to make your document professional and easy to read.

 

Stories in Action: Developing a change narrative to navigate your uncertain and complex world

November 5
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Zoom

stories in action

In this session, participants will engage in a narrative process to identify opportunity and possibility in the midst of complexity. You will develop a change narrative—a story that guides present actions in pursuit of future personal and professional goals.

Presenters

  • Dr. Kerry Priest, Associate professor, Staley School of Leadership Studies, Leadership Communication
  • Michaela Saunders, doctoral student in Leadership Communication
Watch a recording of this session


Direct questions about GSC Professional Development events to the Graduate Student Council at egsc@ksu.edu.