Professional Development Series

The Professional Development Series provides the Wayne State community with learning opportunities ideal for graduate students and postdocs.

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.

2021-2022 schedule

  • Jan. 18: How to Interview: Phone, Zoom, and In Person

    Date: January 18, 2022
    Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

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    Speakers
    Shawn Pewitt, Wayne State University Career Services
    Nicole Smith, City of Detroit

    Are you currently job hunting? Looking for a career move? The interview process has become a complex situation to navigate, with interviews often happening over the phone, via Zoom, in-person, or a combination of all the above. Shawn Pewitt from Wayne State's Career Services team will interview the City of Detroit's Nicole Smith on current recruiting experiences and interviewing techniques. 

     

  • Jan. 25: Public Speaking Part 1: Speaking In Person

    Date: January 25, 2022
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
    Location: Zoom

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    One of the most common fears among working professionals is public speaking. However, it is also a necessary skill required for professional success. In this session, Dr. Anita Mixon will share best practices, tips and tricks for speaking at in-person events.

  • Feb. 1: Public Speaking Part 2: Speaking Online

    Date: February 1, 2022
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

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    While public speaking online has existed for decades, it has never been as relevant and necessary as it is today. In this second part of the public speaking event series, attendees will learn the basics techniques for successfully speaking to large groups in online environments. Learn how to engage with virtual attendees, how to deliver an attention-grabbing presentation, and how to create an overall memorable experience.

    Speaker: Anita Mixon, Department of Communication

  • Feb. 8: Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Preparation

    Date: February 8, 2022
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
    Location: Zoom

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    When presenting research, speakers must simplify their findings and pack months of work into a few minutes. This session will show you how to package your research or other work into a concise, visually appealing presentation that resonates with any audience. 

    Speaker: Dr. Nisansala S. Thilakarathne Muthunayake, postdoc in biological sciences and previous 3MT People's Choice Award winner

  • Feb. 15: Conflict Management Part 1: Peers

    Date: February 15, 2022
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

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    Conflicts with peers are some of the most common problems in professional settings. How do you resolve them or avoid them altogether? In this session, attendees will learn the typical conflicts that arise, their antecedents, and consequences. You will also be able to identify situations where avoidance may actually lead to greater conflict.

    Speaker: Dr. Loraleigh Keashly, associate dean and professor in the Department of Communication and expert on conflict and conflict resolution

  • Feb. 22: How to Complete Your Individual Development Plan (IDP)

    Date: February 22, 2022
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

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    The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a highly important tool to help you plan your future. It also 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 ideal for both STEM and non-STEM trainees, as best practices will be applicable to all disciplines. 

    Speaker: Dr. Tracy Neumann, associate professor in the Department of History

  • March 8-10: 2022 Graduate Research Symposium

    Date: March 8-10, 2022
    Time: 9 a.m. - Noon
    Location: Online (via Whova app)

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    The Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) is the Graduate School's signature event dedicated to the research achievements of Wayne State's Ph.D. students and postdoc community. The GRS showcases a wide variety of research, from Astronomy and Physics to English and Nursing.

    Themes for the 2022 GRS will include: 

    • COVID-19 and related issues
    • Urban social disparities
    • Climate crisis and environmental sustainability
  • March 22: Conflict Management Part 2: Instructors and Mentors

    Date: March 22, 2022
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

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    Some of the most difficult conflicts arise between instructors or mentors and their students. In this session, Dr. Loraleigh Keashly will examine both sides of these conflicts and how they first arise. From there, attendees will learn how to address these issues and how to resolve conflict from both sides. This session will also include breakout sessions and an anonymous Q&A.

  • March 29: Your Credit Score and Credit Cards: Why They Matter

    Date: March 29, 2022
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
    Location: Zoom

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    Why is your credit score important? What is the difference between the major credit cards? What’s an APR? Get answers to all these questions and more as Julie Hollinshead from the Mike Ilitch School of Business leads this new event focused on all things credit. Learn about the factors that impact your credit score, when you will need it, and more.

  • April 5: Securing Your Financial Future

    Date: April 5, 2022
    Time: 3 - 4 p.m. 
    Location: Zoom

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    Preparing yourself for retirement starts earlier than you think. And having a 401(k) or 403(b) does not necessarily mean you are set for retirement. In this session, Julie Hollinshead from the Mike Ilitch School of Business will share tips and tricks on securing your financial future, including how to build wealth rather than saving a few bucks per paycheck.