There was a time when graduate students only had to have an impressive CV to land a job interview. Not anymore.  To be competitive, today’s job applicants must possess essential workplace communication skills and experiences prior to graduation. To help students get a head start on their careers, the UAB Graduate School is offering two one-day workshops and three elective courses focused on upgrading professional survival skills.  The offerings cover grant writing, presenting effectively, developing a professional image, and writing for publication (offered online). All courses are for-credit electives, pass no-pass. Details include the following:

Academic & Professional Writing

GRD 727 Writing Reviewing Research
3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at kcarter@uab.edu.

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 728 Professional Writing & Publishing
(12-week class) online
3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at kcarter@uab.edu.

Designed for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers seeking to write and publish professionally. Writers select their own topics. Course 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
Thursdays 11am to 1pm
3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Lisa Schwiebert at lschwieb@uab.edu.

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.

College Teaching

GRD 705 Teaching at the College Level and Beyond
3 credit hours; Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu.

This course provides an overview of many important aspects of teaching at the college level and beyond. Topics include designing a course and writing an effective syllabus, writing learning objectives, enhancing lectures, testing and grading, dealing with challenging students and difficult situations, learning and the brain, and accessing appropriate active learning strategies. Core CIRTL@UAB course for Teaching Practitioner Certificate.

GRD 716 Developing a Teaching Portfolio                                              
2 credit hours; Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu.

This hybrid course guides participants in developing a Teaching Portfolio for improving teaching practices and enhancing job search potential.  The web-based curriculum introduces essential elements of the portfolio, provides tools for gathering necessary documentation, and through individual feedback from the instructor, assists participants in drafting a personal Philosophy of Teaching, upon which the Portfolio is built. Core CIRTL@UAB course for Teaching Associate Certificate.

GRD 750 CIRTL Teaching & Learning Seminar I                                                
1 credit hour; Contact Nancy Abney nabney@uab.edu.

Seminar discussion about How People Learn. Participants lead discussions on current topics in teaching and learning. Core CIRTL@UAB course for Teaching Associate Certificate.


GRD 751 CIRTL Teaching and Learning Seminar II                                
1 credit hour; Contact Nancy Abney nabney@uab.edu.

This seminar prepares students at the CIRTL Practitioner level to conduct classroom research and design a Teaching-As-Research proposal, including IRB processes. Students engage in advanced topics related to teaching and learning at the university level, particularly in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) classes. Core CIRTL@UAB course for Teaching Practitioner Certificate.

GRD 752 Introduction to Evidence-based STEM Teaching                   
Online;  2 credit hours; Contact Nancy Abney nabney@uab.edu.

This online course is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who plan to teach undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses. Topics include Principles of Learning, Assessment, Active learning, and Inclusive Teaching. Core CIRTL@UAB course for Teaching Associate Certificate.

GRD 753 CIRTL STEM Teaching Careers
Online; 1 credit. Contact Nancy Abney nabney@uab.edu

This CIRTL Network seminar provides special topics on STEM teaching & Careers.

GRD 754 CIRTL Advancing Learning through Evidence-based STEM Teaching
Online;  2 credit hours; Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu
Note: CIRTL Network registration required (www.cirt.net)

This CIRTL Network course explores effective research-based teaching approaches 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. Additional course information available at http://www.cirtl.net/upcomingcourses


GRD 755 CIRTL Teaching Practicum
3 credit hours; Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu
Note: Permission of instructor 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. Core CIRTL @UAB course for Teaching Practitioner Certificate.


GRD 756 CIRTL The College Classroom
Online;  2 credit hours; Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu

Note: CIRTL Network registration required (www.cirt.net) This CIRTL Network seminar provides students with the basics of effective teaching with an emphasis on the learning-centered classroom and the interconnected cycle of teaching, assessment, and learning. Core CIRTL@UAB course for Teaching Associate Certificate.


GRD 757 CIRTL Basics of Online Teaching & Learning
Online; 2 credit hours; Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu
Note: CIRTL Network registration required (www.cirt.net)

This CIRTL Network seminar provides students with the basics of effective online teaching with an emphasis on the learning-centered classroom and the interconnected cycle of teaching, assessment, and learning.


GRD 759 CIRTL TAR in STEM Courses
3 credit hours; Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu
Note: Permission of instructor required.

This CIRTL course introduces Teaching-as-Research project design and guides students through the TAR planning process. Project design and data collection. Required course for CIRTL Scholar Certificate.

GRD 760 CIRTL TAR Project   
Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu
Note: Permission of instructor required

This CIRTL course is designed for students who are conducting a Teaching-as-Research project. Mentored experience to analyze your data and produce a poster or manuscript. Required course for CIRTL Scholar Certificate.


GRD 761 CIRTL Special Topics   
Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu
Note: Permission of instructor required.

This CIRTL course addresses topics of current interest related to college teaching. See current schedule for details.

GRD 762 CIRTL Individualized Seminar
Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu

Note: Permission of instructor required.
This CIRTL course addresses topics of current interest related to college teaching.

Mentoring & Leadership

GRD 713 Mentoring 101
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at kcarter@uab.edu.

This seminar will cover the science and theory on mentoring, including the mentor-mentee relationship, issues of gender, culture, age, and other power differentials; contemporary mentoring strategies as they relate generally and specifically to situations and fields; applying different mentoring models to real life/workplace. />

GRD 719 Intro Mentoring & Leadership
Thursdays, 5:30pm to 8pm
3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at kcarter@uab.edu.

This course will cover the principles of mentoring and leadership, focusing on the student’s ability to demonstrate, analyze, and evaluate contemporary mentoring and leadership practices.

GRD 733 Managing & Leading Teams     
Saturday Workshop
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at kcarter@uab.edu

This course will cover the latest science in managing and leading teams across disciplines, focusing on the student’s development of team presentations, peer discussion and review.

Speaking & Presentation

GRD 701 Presentation & Discussion Skills
Wednesdays, 5:30 to 8pm
Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at kcarter@uab.edu
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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 707 Presenting Effectively
Saturday Workshop
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at kcarter@uab.edu.

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 730 Developing and Managing Your Professional Image
Tuesdays 5:30 to 8pm
3 credit hours; Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at kcarter@uab.edu.

Designed to give students a chance to analyze, self-assess and apply best practices in developing a professional personae for academia and the workplace, with a focus on interpersonal communication, persuasion skills, social media and reputation management. Students will prepare a Professional Image Portfolio for use via the web.

Workshops/Seminars


GRD 706 Grants and Fellowships 101: How to Obtain Funding
Saturday workshop;
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Lisa Schwiebert at lschwieb@uab.edu.

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 Workshop
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at kcarter@uab.edu.

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 708 Writing Successfully
Saturday workshop
1 credit hour;  Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at kcarter@uab.edu.

This workshop provides an introduction to various aspects of writing in a variety of professional settings. Topics include strategies for efficient composing, overcoming writer’s block, avoiding plagiarism, adjusting for audience, writing for PowerPoint, and editing your own writing.

GRD 710 Career Workshop for Graduate Students
Saturday workshop
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Kellie Carter at kcarter@uab.edu.

This workshop introduces a variety of career choices for students working on advanced degrees in the life sciences. Topics may include sources of career information, self-assessment, resume’ construction, interviewing, using technologies in job searches, career choices, the hidden job market, networking, and negotiating

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