The world offers opportunities and challenges today that were unimaginable even 10 years ago. The nature of work is changing and creating the need for people with vision, creativity, empathy, critical thinking, and the ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary lines and traditional skill sets. Consequently, contemporary graduate student professionalization must adapt to meet these changes. CGU’s Academic Professional Development collaboration provides the complementary curriculum you need to excel in your career. In addition to our individual program opportunities, our innovative collaborations complement and extend your academic program to integrate professional development into the core of your graduate education. We prepare you to be an agile and resilient graduate: better able to imagine and create a future of your own design.

The Academic Professional Development events and projects are provided by the Career Development Office (CDO), the Center for Writing and Rhetoric (CWR), the Preparing Future Faculty program (PFF), and the Transdisciplinary Studies program (TNDY).

Academic Professional Development (APD) Events

It can be difficult to understand what employers are looking for. This workshop will allow you a peek behind the recruiting curtain. Join us as we discuss topics like: Skills that employers desire most, how to interact with employers and more! Visit Handshake for more information and to register for this online event.

CDO – What Employers Want webinar

Tuesday, July 21, 12:00pm – 12:45pm (PDT)
Michael Sacoto, CDO Assistant Director
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It can be difficult to understand what employers are looking for. This workshop will allow you a peek behind the recruiting curtain. Join us as we discuss topics like: Skills that employers desire most, how to interact with employers and more! Visit Handshake for more information and to register for this online event.

PFF – Understanding Issues of Engagement

Thursday, July 9, 1:00-2:00 pm (PDT)
Facilitator: Sarah Eckert, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, we examine issues surrounding student engagement. We will explore possible reasons for student disengagement as well as how we might address such situations to promote learning and engagement.

PFF – Academic Integrity in Online Classes

Tuesday, July 14, 4:00-5:00 pm
Facilitator: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, we will discuss taking a proactive approach to academic integrity and explore the strategies and tools you can use to develop a classroom culture that fosters honesty, integrity, and accountability.

PFF – Promoting Active Learning Online

Thursday, July 16, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
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As many classes have moved online, both students and professors have struggled to maintain class engagement. This should come as no surprise as teaching courses online is relatively new for many and requires a different set of skills. Accordingly, this webinar reviews specific strategies to facilitate student engagement online including a flipped classroom, group discussions, and problem-based learning.

PFF – Managing Writing in Online Classes

Tuesday, July 21, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, we will discuss some of the challenges of teaching writing online and how you can help students engage with writing in meaningful ways, synchronously or asynchronously. We will also explore assessment and feedback options.

PFF – Reflexivity in Crisis and Beyond: Strategies for Your Class

Thursday, July 23, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Cristal Almonte, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, educators will examine why practicing reflexivity during a time of crisis is important and how they may use reflexivity to inform their teaching to improve their communication with students and their assessments.

PFF – Assignments and Assessments Online

Tuesday, July 28, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Facilitator: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
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Inclusive assignments and assessments support students in learning and mastery. How do we do this effectively in online spaces? In this webinar, we explore how to design online assignments and assessments that are formative and support students’ learning autonomy and self-efficacy.

PFF – Building Community in Online Courses

Thursday, July 30, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Facilitator: Shelby Lamar, PFF Asst. Director 
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Building a sense of community in our courses increases student achievement, learning, and retention. Yet, it often seems difficult to build and sustain a classroom community in an online environment. This webinar will explore research-backed principles and practices that can help you build community in synchronous and asynchronous online courses.

ISP – Continuing Advanced ESL Workshop Series – Workshops 1 & 2: Online Learning & Success Strategies for International Students

Workshop 1: Friday, August 28, and Friday, October 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Workshop 2: Friday, September 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Facilitators: SheriAnn Simpson, ISP Director & Kristen Brownell

Providing international students with strategies they can use to improve their online learning experience, participation, listening, speaking and “presence” in an online or hybrid class. Topics include: Strategies for Success in an Online or Hybrid Class, Online Class Etiquette, Self-Advocacy in a Virtual Context, Listening and Speaking in a Virtual Context, Interacting with Professors and Classmates Online, Group Work Online, Speaking Under Pressure in Online Class Sessions.

PFF – Using Productive Struggle to Build Learner Persistence

Thursday, October 1, 4:00-5:00 pm
Facilitator: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
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Often, struggling in the classroom can present barriers to learning and can leave students feeling defeated. But can productive struggle be a factor in active learning, self-efficacy, and resiliency? In this webinar, we will explore this concept and think more about ways to balance support with scaffolding to help students sharpen their higher-order skills and content knowledge.

PFF – Facilitating Well-being in Your Classes: Aligning Academic and Health Outcomes

Tuesday, October 6, 1:00-2:00 pm
Facilitator: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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The research shows that when well-being improves so does academic performance. This webinar will provide you with guidance on facilitating well-being through your implicit teaching and provide you with some takeaway tools you can start using today.  

ISP – Continuing Advanced ESL Workshop Series – Workshops 3 & 5: How to Deliver a Pitch or New Idea in a Class or for a Research Project (pairs with CGU’s Big Pitch contest)

Friday, October 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Friday, October 30 7:00 – 9:00 pm
*(Please note that workshop 4 occurs in between these on October 16, 2020)
Facilitators: SheriAnn Simpson, ISP Director & Kristen Brownell

Facilitating understanding the concepts of a “pitch”, and to practice the delivery of it. By “pitch”, we are referring to a process in which a student succinctly describes and delivers a new idea in a class or for a research topic. This pairs with The Big Pitch, a 3-minute, campus-wide contest. Even international students who do not plan on entering the contest should attend to practice delivering ideas to advisors, professors, and classmates.

CWR – Effective Reading in Graduate School

Monday, October 12, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
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One of the most challenging parts of grad school is the amount of reading that you have to keep up with. Whether it is several articles a week, or several books, the material that you will be (and are) engaging with is dense and seldom lends itself to a breezy page-by-page readthrough. In this workshop, we will practice the skill of reading for argument rather than for content—that is, reading with an eye towards how different materials fit together in the context of your class (or your program or your field) instead of trying to keep track of every little detail. We will also look at and compare different ways to focus on your readings so that you can begin to develop a more purposeful approach to reading as you make your way through your program.

PFF – Value-Based Teaching: How to Align Your Values to Your Practice

Tuesday, October 13, 10:00-11:00 am
r: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow

It is common to teach both how and what we were taught. By doing this, we can unknowingly perpetuate unjust policies and learning environments that are not aligned with our values. This webinar will discuss the process of identifying your values and the reflexive processes needed to turn those values into actionable policies and assignments to help all your students succeed in a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

PFF – Coping with the Load: Reference Management Software

Tuesday, October 13, 12:00-1:00 pm
Shelby Lamar, PFF Assistant Director
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Reference management software is a scholar’s best friend! This workshop gives you tools to thrive during graduate school by showing how the free reference management software Zotero can save time and prevent citation frustrations. Organizing all your sources, reading notes, and entering citations manually can be overwhelming and cost precious time, especially when working on a long-term project like a thesis or dissertation. When working on a project, you may find that you forget what you have read, don’t remember where your notes are located, or can’t find the source of that amazing quote! The earlier you start using a reference management system, the easier it will be to take notes, write papers, make bibliographies, and organize your research. Come learn how to use Zotero and make grad life easier!

CDO – Career Pathways Conversation with Victor Rose

Tuesday, October 13, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
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Strategic Planning Manager, Amazon Web Services: During this session you will learn about Amazon’s job process and networking opportunities during the COVID era. The speaker will also touch on how to properly negotiate your salary, how to build credibility within your organization, strategies to identify transferable skills and more. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity! Victor Rose is a CGU alumni and would like to continue making connections with current students.

ISP – Continuing Advanced ESL Workshop Series – Workshop 4: Practical, Everyday Writing in English for Graduate School

Friday, October 16, 7:00 – 9:00 pm 
 SheriAnn Simpson, ISP Director & Kristen Brownell

Facilitating international students’ successful completion of basic but crucial writing tasks that they will engage in during their time at CGU and the workplace. Topics include: Writing Emails to Professors and Other Authority Figures, Messages and Exchanges Between Group Members in an Online and In-Person Format, Requests, Petitions, and Self-Advocacy, Asking for Information, Filling Out Documents for Government and Other Agencies, Meaningful Responses & Peer Feedback in the Discussion Area of Online Classes.

CWR – Qualifying Exams Preparation Weekend

Friday – Sunday, October 16-18, 8:15 am – 4:40 pm
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For most doctoral degrees, qualifying exams are the first major milestone that must be completed after coursework. The challenge of demonstrating breadth of knowledge in a field as well as preparedness for a culminating project is complicated by the shift in structure of the post-coursework phase. One proven method of maintaining productivity and motivation during this transition is to participate in community events that are designed to reduce distraction, facilitate peer engagement, and provide a source of accountability.

The Center for Writing & Rhetoric is happy to announce that in addition to our dissertation boot camps, writing retreats, and writing groups, we will now also be offering an event just for students at the qualifying exam stage. Designed for students doing timed exams, written assignments, dissertation chapter drafts, and portfolios, the event will provide the options of either dedicated work time with peers or a combination of work time and facilitated sessions on exam preparation topics.

The inaugural event in Fall 2020 will be entirely online on Friday, October 16th to Sunday, October 18th from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm each day. The deadline to register is October 11th at midnight!

PFF – Inclusive, Future–Focused Scholarship: Using 3 Tech Tools to Publish Inclusive Scholarly Works

Tuesday, October 20, 1:00-2:00 pm
Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar I will demonstrate how to harness the potential of modern technology to produce inclusive and engaging scholarly works. By the end of this webinar I will provide templates you can use to get started today.

CDO – Unlocking the Mysteries of the U.S. Workplace

Thursday, October 22, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
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 It’s easy to understand and follow the written rules of the workplace. However, the challenge is figuring out and following the unwritten rules. This webinar will help you understand some of the unwritten rules common to most US work environments, including tips for navigating office politics. You’ll also have the chance to ask any questions you have to prepare you for success while working in the US.