Fall 2014 Schedule

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     Professional Development Program
                         Fall 2014

    Prepared for Success?

Position yourself for a career in research, academia, or science with the support of the UAB Graduate School.

Acquire Research Writing Strategies

Explore Ethics in Science

Participate in Scholarly Debate

Write for Grants & Fellowships

Develop Effective Presentations

Discover the Teacher in You

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  • Under the direction of Dr. Julia Austin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , the Professional Development Program’s courses offer graduate, academic credit, and are designed to support students through master’s and Ph.D. programs, as well as careers as research or post-doctoral fellows at UAB.
  • GRD courses are ideal for students and employees in looking to enhance their professional and work skills beyond their specialty with an eye toward presenting, publishing, teaching, and working on inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams.
  • GRD courses are Pass/Fail, and strategically scheduled to begin after the start of the regular semester and finish before finals so as not to interfere with students’ core curriculum.
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 See details on course offerings below.

Professional Development Offerings Fall 2014
* Designed specifically for internationals **Sept. 8 to Nov. 13 (unless otherwise indicated)
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 Workshops
GRD 706 Grants and Fellowships 101: How to Obtain Funding
Saturday, Sept. 6, 9am to 5pm                                                                             Location: CH 204
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Engler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
This workshop provides an introduction to writing grant proposals and fellowship applications. Topics include funding sources, electronic databases, organization and format of proposals and applications, submission and review processes, use of secondary sources, and guidelines for effective proposal writing.

GRD 707 Presenting Effectively
Saturday, Sept. 27, 9am to 5pm                                                                           Location: CH 204
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
This workshop examines elements necessary for giving effective professional presentations. Topics include analyzing audience and purpose, assessing environment, language choices, differences between speaking and writing, nonverbal communication, characteristics of effective delivery, controlling nervousness, poster presentations, visual aids, and handling questions.

Speaking & Presentation
GRD 701 Presentation & Discussion Skills
Wednesdays, Aug. 27 to Dec. 3, 5:30 to 8pm                                                Location: BBRB 263
3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
This course is designed to develop professional communication skills through individual presentations and group evaluations. Topics include the basics of oral presentation, content, organization, and delivery of formal presentations; use of voice and nonverbal communication; and speaking to different audiences. Students’ presentations are videotaped and critiqued by their classmates and the instructor.

*GRD 721 Academic Interactions
Class runs Aug. 25 to Dec. 10
One Section: M/W 11:00am to 12:30pm                                                                 Location: TBA
3 credit hours; Contact Jonghee Shadix at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Speaking and listening course for international graduate students, postdocs, and employees who wish to master the English language skills necessary to interact confidently and effectively whether speaking to one person or to a group! Discover strategies for handling speaking tasks ranging from simple to complex – from one-on-one conversations, to small group discussions and departmental meetings, to presenting at conferences. Learn how to “hold your own” in sometimes challenging interactions such as expressing your opinion, agreeing and disagreeing or at departmental social events or job interviews. Interesting, up-to-date online materials promote the development of vocabulary, grammatical accuracy, and pronunciation.

Pronunciation and Accent Improvement
*GRD 724: Pronunciation & Intelligibility Workshop                                           
One Section: Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:00pm                                                                  Location: TBA
Class begins on Aug. 28       
3 credit hours;Contact Jonghee Shadix at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pronunciation and Intelligibility Workshop is for those students who have never been exposed to English phonology classes. In this class, students will be introduced to the American intonation patterns, pronunciation of English sounds, and culture related to the language.

Academic & Professional Writing
GRD 726 Research Writing and Style                                                   
**Sept. 10 to Nov. 12                                                                                                  Location: TBA
One Section: Wednesdays 3 to 6pm
3 credit hrs. Contact Dr. Jennifer L. Greer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Designed for those who are new to research communications, including 5th year master’s students and international students. Writers select their own topics. Course offers instruction, practice, and feedback in essential writing structures and skills, plus small-group interaction, instructor review, and self-editing.

GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
**Sept. 8 to Nov. 13                                                                                                    Location: TBA
Two Sections: 01B—Wednesdays 5 to 8pm, and one Online section – QL
3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Jennifer L. Greer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Designed for individuals writing research and review papers. Writers select their own topics. Course offers instruction in essential strategies and techniques, practice, peer review, and instructor feedback.  Instructor approval required for second-language writers. Note: Self motivated? Working from home? Take GRD 727 online.

GRD 729 How to Write a Journal Article in 12 Weeks
**Sept. 11 to Dec. 4 (12-week class)                                                                         Location: TBA
One Section: 01—Thursdays 11am to 1pm
3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Jennifer L. Greer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Designed for researchers and scholars with a working paper to revise and target for publication. GRD 729 is hands-on and focuses on a different aspect of revising and publishing each week. Activities include guided discussion, writing, peer review, and editing with instructor feedback. Interdisciplinary.

GRD 717 Principles of Scientific Integrity
Fridays, Aug. 29 to Dec. 12, 2 to 4pm                                                                  Meets in CEC 140
3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Jeffrey Engler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
This course surveys ethical issues and principles in the practice of science. Among the topics discussed are the nature, extent, and causes of fraud in the sciences; UAB policies on fraud; ideals of good science; the responsibilities of authorship and peer review; potential problems raised by the commercialization of research; scientists as public policy advisors; and ethical issues involved in animal experimentation and in clinical trials.

College Teaching
GRD 750-01A CIRTL Seminar – Teaching & Learning                                          Location: TBA
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Jeffrey Engler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Wednesdays 4 to 5pm (class meets                       )
Note: Permission of instructor and CIRTL Network registration required.

GRD 751 CIRTL Teaching and Learning Seminar II                                                    Location: TBA
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Jeffrey Engler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Wednesdays 5:30-6:45pm (class meets                )
Note: Permission of instructor and CIRTL Network registration required.
This seminar is designed to engage students in advanced topics related to teaching and learning at the university level, particularly as these topics relate to or are implemented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) classes.

GRD 752 CIRTL Seminar on STEM Teaching
1 to 3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Jeffrey Engler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Note: Permission of instructor and CIRTL Network registration required.
Designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who plan to teach undergraduate STEM courses, this seminar addresses a range of topics focused on enhancing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teaching.

 GRD 754 CIRTL Effective STEM Teaching Approaches
1 to 3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Jeffrey Engler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Note: Permission of instructor and CIRTL Network registration required.
This course explores effective research-based teaching approaches to for enhancing learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses. Approaches such as collaborative learning, team-based learning, flipped classrooms, inquiry science, case studies, and problem-based learning will be considered.

GRD 755 CIRTL Teaching Practicum
3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Jeffrey Engler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Note: Permission of instructor and CIRTL Network registration required.
This course provides students a structured observation and practicum experience in which they shadow a STEM faculty member as s/he teaches a semester-long course and engage in a variety of guided teaching activities.

GRD 758 CIRTL Diversity in the College Classroom
1 to 3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Jeffrey Engler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Note: Permission of instructor and CIRTL Network registration required.
This course addresses different aspects of diversity, particularly in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, with the underlying principle of equitable access and enhanced learning of all students. Topics include gender, race, culture, disability, first-generation college students, ethnically diverse students (men of color, Latino/as, and international students), and learning style/environment.

GRD 761 CIRTL Special Topics Course
1 to 5 credit hours; Contact Dr. Jeffrey Engler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Note: Permission of instructor and CIRTL Network registration required.
This course addresses topics of current interest related to college teaching. See UAB Class Schedule for offerings.
 

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