Fall 2012 Schedule

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     Professional Development Program

                         Fall 2012

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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  • 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 2012
* Designed specifically for internationals   **Sept. 10 to Nov. 15 (unless otherwise indicated)

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Workshops

GRD 706 Grants and Fellowships 101: How to Obtain Funding
Saturday, Sept. 15, 9am to 5pm                                                                                  Location: CH 204
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Julia Austin 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, Nov. 17, 9am to 5pm                                                                                   Location: CH 204
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Julia Austin 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.

GRD 736 Dissertation Strategies               
One SectionSaturday, Sept. 8, 9am to 5pm
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Susan Olmstead-Wang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
A 1-day workshop for graduate students who are preparing to start a dissertation within the next year.  Seminar topics include creating a dissertation committee, crafting the proposal, outlining the text, and managing the writing and reviewing process. Designed to help doctoral students map out a strategic plan for managing the dissertation writing process.  GRD 736 is the pre-requisite for GRD 737 Successful Dissertation Process (offered Spring Semester).

Speaking & Presentation

GRD 701 Presentation & Discussion Skills
Wednesdays, Aug. 15 to Dec. 12, 5:30 to 8pm                                                           Location: BBRB 263
3 credit hours;  Contact Alan Corbin 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
**Sept. 11 to Nov. 15
One Section: Tu/Th 3:30 to 5pm                                                                                 Location: TBA
(Prerequisite: OPI advanced-level placement, GRD 720, or permission of instructor)  3 credit hours
Contact Alan Corbin 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 they need 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. 

GRD 730 Developing Your Professional Image
**Sept. 10 to Nov. 12
One Section: Mondays 5:30 to 8pm                                                                            Location: TBA
3 credit hours
Contact Alan Corbin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Build communication skills and learning strategies while exploring cultural values. Through small-group interaction, students learn to effectively discuss their opinions, organize effective talks, and analyze complex problems. This Level 3 course prepares students for the kinds of communication expected in graduate school – participating in academic discussions; debating scholarly projects with colleagues; and delivering formal talks at professional meetings.

Pronunciation and Accent Improvement

*GRD 714: Individualized Pronunciation & Intelligibility Instruction                                                 
Aug. 15 to Dec. 14
(Prerequisite: GRD 724 or permission of instructor) 3 to 5 credit hours per semester  
Contact Jonghee Shadix at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Students in Individualized Instruction have acquired basic speaking skills in group instruction and are now ready for fine-tuning their language abilities with an experienced instructor, who tailors lessons to their particular pronunciation needs. The course includes a thorough diagnostic and goal-setting session, followed by one-to-one instruction in the sounds and rhythms of English, including computer-assisted language mapping and techniques used by professional actors.

*GRD 724: Pronunciation and Intelligibility Workshop                                      
Class meets Aug. 16 to Dec. 13                                                                            Location: TBA
One Section: Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:00pm
(Permission of instructor required)  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 Writing

GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
**Sept. 10 to Nov. 15                                                                                                   Location: TBA
Four Sections: 01A—Tuesdays 6 to 9pm, 01B—Wednesdays 6 to 9pm, 01I—Mondays 6 to 9pm (designed specifically for International Students), and one Online section – QL
(Prerequisite for multilingual writers: English Language Writing Assessment minimum score of 3 or permission of instructor)  
3 credit hours; Contact 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.  Offers instruction in 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 728 Professional Writing & Publishing
**Sept. 10 to Dec. 7 (12-week class)                                                                           Location: TBA
One Section:  QL (online)
(Prerequisite for multilingual writers: English Language Writing Assessment minimum score of 3 or permission of instructor)  
3 credit hours; Contact Jennifer L. Greer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Designed for researchers seeking to write and publish professionally.  Includes writing in field, peer review, self-editing, and coaching.  Instructor approval required for second-language writers. 

GRD 729 Writing a Journal Article in 12 Weeks
**Sept. 10 to Dec. 7 (12-week class)                                                                           Location: TBA
One Section:  Thursdays 6 to 9pm
3 credit hours; Contact Jennifer L. Greer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
For students and scholars with a working paper to revise and target for article publication.  Spring and Fall. 3 credit hours. Pass/Fail.

GRD 736 Dissertation Strategies               
One SectionSaturday, Sept. 8, 9am to 5pm
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Susan Olmstead-Wang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
A 1-day workshop for graduate students who are preparing to start a dissertation within the next year.  Seminar topics include creating a dissertation committee, crafting the proposal, outlining the text, and managing the writing and reviewing process. Designed to help doctoral students map out a strategic plan for managing the dissertation writing process.  GRD 736 is the pre-requisite for GRD 737 Successful Dissertation Process (offered Spring Semester).

GRD 717 Principles of Scientific Integrity
Fridays, Aug. 17 to Dec. 14, 2 to 4:30pm                                                                    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.

 

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