What is Re-Orientation?

A day of hands-on programs focused on academic and career planning to complete your dissertation and strategically launch into your career in a timely manner. The idea behind the name came after talking to many doctoral students who felt isolated and lost when the familiar structure of coursework was completed and they looked ahead to quals, proposal, and dissertation research. Re-Orientation is designed to re-engage doctoral students at this pivotal point in their academic careers at CGU, moving from student to scholar and professional.

Reorient: /ˌrēˈōrēənt/
1. change the focus or direction of
2. find one’s position again in relation to one’s surroundings

Watch videos from past Re-Orientations:

  1. Strategies for Moving from Coursework to Completion (1:30:34 minutes)
  2. Smart Thinking With Financial Aid (45:08 minutes)
  3. Strategies for Managing the Writing Process (57:02 minutes)
  4. Managing the Post Coursework Process (56:35 minutes)
  5. The Mentor Effect: Working With Your Advisor and Others to Optimize Your Grad School Experience (59:32 minutes)
  6. Preparing for Your Proposal (1:01:30 minutes)
  7. Managing Your Scholarly Process (1:29:32 minutes)
  8. Preparing to Teach (30:16 minutes)
  9. Faculty Panel: Moving From Coursework to Completion (48:46 minutes)
  10. Dissertation Panel (59:12 minutes)
  11. Creating a Career Roadmap (1:06:10 minutes)

Questions about Re-Orientation

Why is Re-Orientation needed?

New graduate students enter CGU through an Orientation that helps then navigate coursework. But once coursework is over, and the familiar process of being taking classes is behind them, they enter the new experience of becoming a scholar and professional. Without coursework helpful structures are gone. The processes of quals and proposal writing, conducting research, completing a dissertation, while strategically designing their career trajectory are new and complex. Add to that the complications of balancing work, life, and academic process. Research shows that many experience disorientation and a sense of isolation. Re-Orientation brings you together for resourcing, finding community, and planning strategically to move from coursework to completion effectively.

Why should I participate?

Our goal is to help you find strategies for successfully completing the next phases of your graduate studies after coursework (quals, proposal, and dissertation) and to help you create a plan for your career beyond CGU.

What should I wear?

The dress is business casual.

What should I bring?

Something to takes notes on/with and your questions.

Will there be food?

Yes, we will provide a Continental breakfast, lunch, and a reception at the end of the event.

Can I come for just part of the day?

No. This event is hands-on resourcing and building a work plan. It thus requires your presence at all of the sessions for you to get the best outcomes from the experience.

What if the RSVP is closed?

Send an email to Christine.Kelly@cgu.edu asking to be put on the waitlist. We will let you know within 36 hours of the program if space opens up.

What if I RSVP-ed and cannot come?

Please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the place to someone else on the wail-list. At the very latest, you should let us know 48 hours ahead of the event.

Will this event be recorded?

Some of the sessions will be recording and they will be available on our Professional Development YouTube at a later date.

What if I have a question not answered here?

Please email the Director Career Development, Christine Kelly, at Christine.Kelly@cgu.edu.