Professional development

The Professional Development Series provides the Wayne State community with learning opportunities ideal for graduate students and postdocs. Every event covers one or more of the following areas of development: 

  • Research (e.g. statistical analysis, grant writing)
  • Instructional Development (e.g. Graduate Teaching Assistants orientation)
  • Career Readiness (e.g. building your brand)

To submit your professional development event to our calendar, please fill out this form. Submitted events must be applicable to graduate students and have a unique registration link. 

To watch past events, check out the archive. '

Check back later to see more events for the Fall 2021 semester. 

  • Sept. 21: The Importance of Personal Finance and Budgeting

    Date: Sept. 21, 2021
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

    Register here

    You don't need to have a background in accounting to take control of your finances. In this session, Matt Roling from the Mike Ilitch School of Business will provide an overview of personal finance basics and budgeting. These basics will help you better understand your income stream, expenses, and investments. 

  • Sept. 28: How to Implement the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

    Date: Sept. 28, 2021
    Time: 3 - 5 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

    Register here

    One of the best-selling self-help and business books of all time comes to life in this brand new event. Attendees will learn all about Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and tips to implement them in their daily lives. Hosted by Sondra Jenkins, this event will include breakout sessions and hands-on discussion. 

  • Oct. 5: How do I know I am an effective instructor?

    1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 

    This is one of seven campus-wide virtual workshops available to graduate teaching assistants for the fall semester. Click here to see the full list of workshops

    Getting feedback about your teaching is one avenue to improve your effectiveness as an instructor. We will identify the steps involved that help you reflect on your own teaching practices and discuss two approaches to actively seek feedback from students and peers. We will also discuss how to interpret already existing feedback, such as SET scores or unsolicited feedback from students.

    Hosted by the Office for Teaching and Learning. 

    Register

  • Oct. 5: Stock Market 101

    Date: Oct. 5, 2021
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

    Register here

    The stock market is more accessible than ever, as anybody can now invest in stocks, funds, and bonds. Former Wall Street investor Josh Kaufman will provide an overview of the stock market and how to make an informed decision in investing your hard-earned money.

  • Oct. 12: So, You're Thinking of Grad School

    Date: Oct. 12, 2021
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

    Register here

    This session will provide tips and resources to prepare prospective students for graduate school. The following questions will be addressed:

    • What should you keep in mind when thinking about graduate school?
    • What tools will you need to be successful?
    • Why should you consider Wayne State University?
  • Oct. 19: Individual Development Plan for STEM

    Date: Oct. 19, 2021
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

    Register here

    The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a highly important tool to help you plan your future. It helps bring you and your mentor together on your current needs, future endeavors, and to help you organize your plan of attack. This session is targeted toward STEM trainees.

    A non-STEM version of this event will be offered in the winter 2022 semester.

  • Oct. 22: Writing Clear Assignments: Transparency in Teaching

    1 - 2 p.m.

    This is one of seven campus-wide virtual workshops available to graduate teaching assistants for the fall semester. Click here to see the full list of workshops

    By creating clear and authentic assessments, students will have a better understanding of the steps and criteria for success. We will discuss how to write comprehensive assignment instructions using the TILT framework (Transparency in Learning and Teaching). At the end of this session, graduate assistants will be able to create meaningful assignments that align with class learning.

    Hosted by the Office for Teaching and Learning. 

    Register

  • Oct. 26: Welcome to Grad School

    Date: Oct. 26, 2021
    Time: 3 - 5 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

    Register here

    Just starting your stint in graduate school? Hear from Graduate School Dean Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich who will provide an overview of services and share what you can expect as a master's or Ph.D. student. You will also hear presentations from the Academic Success Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Career Services, and Campus Health Center. 

  • Nov. 5: Bridging Academia and Industry

    Dr. Grant Blouse, Ph.D. '03, will discuss his journey after the Wayne State University School of Medicine, which transcends academic appointments overseas to the transition to industry and working as an expat. His industrial journey spans working in a pre-IPO start-up biotech to working in Big Pharma, and most recently being chief scientific officer of a public biotech firm. 

    Hosted by the Department of Pharmacology and the Medical Alumni Association.

    Register

    This session is geared toward those in STEM

  • Nov. 10: Class Activities Smorgasbord!

    Noon - 1 p.m.

    This is one of seven campus-wide virtual workshops available to graduate teaching assistants for the fall semester. Click here to see the full list of workshops

    In this session, we discuss how to select activities that align with the learning outcomes of the course and prepare students for their assessments. At the end of this session, graduate assistants will be able to select active learning activities that can be implemented right away.

    Hosted by the Office for Teaching and Learning. 

    Register

  • Nov. 16: The Basics of Research Writing

    Date: Nov. 16, 2021
    Time: 2 - 4 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

    Register here

    Pre-requisite: Attend the Citation Management event, or view its recording before attending this session.

    Learn the basics of how to write a research paper, regardless of your field of research. Attendees will learn how to form a thesis, how to organize a paragraph, how to shape the results and discussion sections, and how to organize figure legends. Plus, learn tips on how to avoid common pitfalls in writing research papers.

  • Dec. 2: How to Grade: Quick and Consistent Techniques

    3 - 4 p.m.

    This is one of seven campus-wide virtual workshops available to graduate teaching assistants for the fall semester. Click here to see the full list of workshops

    Grading takes time, but it does not have to drag on for forever! In this session, we discuss techniques for grading assignments quickly and consistently. We will review different grading approaches, review some best practices for grading, and review building fair and applicable rubrics which support classroom goals.

    Hosted by the Office for Teaching and Learning. 

    Register

  • Recurring: Pedagogy Journal Club

    Held virtually, the Pedagogy Journal Club is an opportunity to learn about evidence-based teaching methods with fellow Graduate Assistants and Postdocs. We engage in synchronous discussions about research-based articles and books related to university teaching, explore new teaching strategies, and consider how best to apply teaching concepts when designing student-centered courses. 

    Hosted by the Office for Teaching and Learning.

    Register

  • Recurring: Micro-Teaching Observations

    By appointment. 

    Graduate assistants come to WSU with a variety of teaching experiences. For those who are beginning their careers as university instructors, we offer one-on-one microteaching observations. These observations provide graduate assistants an opportunity to receive both verbal and written feedback on their teaching. Participating graduate students will be given best practices for micro-teaching demonstrations to help them prepare. Please reach out to otl@wayne.edu to schedule a micro-teaching observation.

    Hosted by the Office for Teaching and Learning. 

  • Recurring: Graduate Writing Days

    Date: Second Friday of each month
    Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
    Location: Microsoft Teams

    The Graduate Student Writing Retreat is an online place where graduate students can foster professional friendships while maintaining personal accountability for research goals. Use the link above to self-enroll.

    You can visit the Graduate Writing channel in the OTL-Graduate Corner MS Teams on the second Friday of every month between 10 am-3 pm to join our live working meetings. Share your research goals in our channel and work either on or off-camera as you are comfortable. There is no obligation to stay the entire day and you are welcome to come and go as needed! Snacks are highly encouraged.

    Hosted by the Office for Teaching and Learning.