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There was a time when graduate students only had to have an impressive CV or resume 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 Graduate School Professional Development Program offers one-day workshops and 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:

Faculty and Contacts

Kellie R. Carter, PhD

Kellie R. Carter, PhD

Director of Professional Development Program
Director of Mentoring and Leadership Certificate Program

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(205) 975-8724

Jeff D. Walker, Ph.D.

Jeff D. Walker, Ph.D.

Director of Research Communication Certificate Program

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(205) 934-8227
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Adjunct Faculty

Jami K. Armbrester, MS

Jami K. Armbrester, MS

Career Development/ Adjunct

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(205) 934-4324

Julia S. Austin, PhD

Julia S. Austin, PhD

Adjunct

Lisa M. Schwiebert, PhD

Lisa M. Schwiebert, PhD

Associate Dean/Adjunct

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(205) 934-3970

Jasmine Hodges, MA

Jasmine Hodges, MA

Adjunct

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Janice Utley, PhD

Janice Utley, PhD

Adjunct

UAB EXPERIENtial Learning for Career Enhancement in the Sciences (EXPERIENCES) Program

What

A professional development initiative that introduces UAB graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to emerging career options in the sciences.

Why

Workforce reports show that pre- and post-doctoral trainees need to be informed and educated about careers within and outside traditional academic research to be job-ready in today’s economy. Because experiential learning is a critical element of career awareness, the purpose of the UAB EXPERIENCES Program is to test the feasibility of varied experiential learning approaches in five strategic career areas:

  • business and entrepreneurship;
  • public policy, government, and non-profit organizations;
  • research administration;
  • science communication; and
  • science education.

Who & When

The UAB EXPERIENCES Program is open to all UAB graduate students and post-doctoral fellows upon written approval from their mentors. It will be conducted from September 2018 - April 2019.

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Details

IDP and Self-Assessments

  • All interested trainees are encouraged to update their IDPs and perform self-assessments
  • Each trainee has the opportunity to review these materials with a career advisor

Boot-camp Informational Sessions

  • Separate sessions will be held for each of the aforementioned career path areas
  • Sessions will provide information on employment trends, educational requirements, and job skills specific to that career area
  • Trainees may then opt to perform a job simulation, shadowing, or immersion experience with the same career partner; alternatively, the trainee may choose no additional activity

Job Simulations

  • These will provide true-to-life job simulation exercises to help trainees explore potential careers in the biomedical science field.
  • A partnership between Wash U and UCSF, they designed the job simulations to be self-guided. Each simulation contains background and directions for you to complete a task that is related to the career of interest.

Shadowing Experiences

  • Shadowing experiences will be comprised of two, day-long sessions with a career community partner
  • In these sessions, trainees will visit the partner’s office, meet with staff, and observe daily activities

Immersion Experiences

  • Immersion experiences will be comprised of the equivalent of four weeks’ time at the partner’s office
  • In these sessions, trainees will work with the partner on a focused project toward a defined goal

Questions?

For any questions, please contact Lisa Schwiebert, PhD, Assoc. Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jami Armbrester, MS, Director of Career Services, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Registration

The Professional Development Program offers courses and workshops designed to improve the academic and professional communication skills of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and to help prepare them for independent careers.

The Professional Development courses are open to all UAB graduate students. Postdoctoral fellows should contact the Office of Postdoctoral Education. Other interested persons should contact the program director for information on registration procedure and course availability. These courses are listed each semester in the UAB Class Schedule under Graduate School. All Professional Development courses are Pass/No Pass credit-bearing graduate courses.

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Graduate Students

To register for any GRD courses or workshops, follow normal registration procedures as listed in the UAB Class Schedule. If you need additional information, contact Dr. Kellie Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Postdocs, Faculty, and Staff

Postdoctoral fellows should contact the Office of Postdoctoral Education at (205) 975-7020 for registration procedures.

For UAB faculty or staff to receive Educational Assistance reimbursement for tuition, they must first apply to the Graduate School as a nondegree-seeking student and then register for the course or workshop through normal registration procedures. A nondegree application is valid for three semesters (1 year) following the date of application. The deadlines listed in the UAB Class Schedule apply.

Questions?

If you need further information, contact Dr. Kellie Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Certificates

  • Mentoring and Leadership Certificate

    Take these required courses for 5 credit hours:

    • GRD 719 Introduction to Mentoring & Leadership (3 credit hours) Online section beginning Fall 2017
    • GRD 735 Leadership 101 Seminar (1 credit hour)
    • GRD 713 Mentoring 101 Seminar (1 credit hour)

    Choose from the following options for 10 credit hours:

    • GRD 701 Presentation & Discussion Skills (3 credit hours)
    • GRD 711-VT Improv(ing) Leadership, Teaching & Research Communication Workshop (1 credit hour) NEW
    • GRD 711-VT1 Leadership Survival Skills Workshop (1 credit hour) NEW
    • GRD 745 Communication & Diversity Leadership (3 credit hours)
    • GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research (3 credit hours) OR 728 Professional Writing & Publishing (3 credit hours)
    • GRD 730 Developing & Managing Your Professional Image (3 credit hours)
    • GRD 705 Teaching at the College Level and Beyond (3 credit hours) OR GRD 715 Preparing TAs to be Effective Teachers (2-3 credit hours)
    • GRD 734 Ethical Leadership Development (3 credit hours)
    • GRD 746 Critical Decisions in Mentoring & Leadership (3 credit hours) NEW beginning Fall 2017!
    • GRD 747 Navigating the Job Market (3 credit hours) NEW beginning Fall 2017!
    • GRD 733 Managing & Leading Teams Workshop (1 credit hour)
    • GRD 706 Grants & Fellowships 101 Workshop (1 credit hour)
    • GRD 707 Presenting Effectively Workshop (1 credit hour)
    • GRD 708 Writing Successfully Workshop (1 credit Hour)
    • GRD 748 Faculty Mentoring in Higher Education Workshop (1 credit hour) NEW beginning Fall 2017!

    Instructional Delivery includes both face-to-face and online options. Students must satisfactorally complete a total of 15 credit hours to receive a level-A certificate and credit on their transcripts.

    For details, contact Dr. Kellie R. Carter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Educational Services, UAB Graduate School.

  • Professional Development Certificate

    Do you want to earn a graduate-level certificate in Mentoring & Leadership, Research Communication, or Teaching? Just follow these steps.

    1. Apply for admission to the certificate program.
      • If you are a current UAB graduate student:
        Submit the "Intent to Pursue a Professional Development Certificate" form. For Area of Study, choose Mentoring & Leadership, CIRTL Practitioner, or CIRTL Scholar.
      • If you are not a current UAB graduate student:
        Complete and submit a certificate application here. You will select Mentoring & Leadership or CIRTL as your intended program of study. If selecting CIRTL, you will also select Practitioner or Scholar as your concentration.
      • If you are a post-doctoral fellow at UAB and have already been admitted as a post-doctoral non-degree seeking graduate student:
        Submit the "Intent to Pursue a Professional Development Certificate" form. For Area of Study, choose Mentoring & Leadership, CIRTL Practitioner, or CIRTL Scholar.
      • If you are a post-doctoral fellow at UAB but have not already been admitted as a post-doctoral non-degree seeking graduate student:
        Complete and submit a non-degree seeking application here. You will select Post-doctoral Fellow as your intended program of study. Contact the Office of Post-doctoral Education (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) regarding your intent to take graduate coursework. After admission, submit the "Intent to Pursue a Professional Development Certificate" form. For Area of Study, choose Mentoring & Leadership, CIRTL Practitioner, or CIRTL Scholar..
    2. Meet with a Professional Development adviser regarding required coursework and complete your required classes
    3. Submit the Application for Graduate Degree/Certificate
  • Other Certifcates

    The Professional Development Program offers graduate certificates in College Teaching, Mentoring & Leadership, and Research Communication. There are three levels of college teaching certificates through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) at UAB: Associate—Category B, Practitioner—Category A, and Scholar—Category A. As the student progresses through the different levels of CIRTL, the major products completed include a teaching portfolio and teaching-as-research (TAR) project. Mentoring & Leadership is a Category A graduate certificate focusing on building mentoring and leadership skill sets while creating mentoring and leadership philosophies. The major product of the M&L certificate program is a mentoring and leadership portfolio. The Research Communication Certificate (Category B) program focuses on helping graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and employees in science fields learn how to effectively communicate research to other scientists and non-scientists.