Spring 2020 - GSWS 812 G100

Professional Development Colloquium II (3)

Class Number: 3894

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Helen Leung
    1 778 782-5688



Workshop designed to support professional development, networking and foster mutuality of research interests. Includes topics on research skill development, academic and public dissemination of work, practical tips for career advancement and presentations of works in progress.


The Professional Development Seminar Series is designed to help students identify their academic/professional interests and career paths, explore and develop relevant skills, and support each other in navigating the challenges of graduate school and beyond.  

Students will:
• develop awareness of professional goals and personal values
• practice networking skills, mental resilience, and adaptability
• identify professional interests and research relevant job markets
• explore ways to connect academic research with professional aspirations
• complete a professional portfolio that serves as the basis for a future job, PhD, professional school, or grant/fellowship/internship application


For more detailed information please see the GSWS website: http://www.sfu.ca/gsws/courses/Educational_Goals.html



This course is graded on an in-progress/complete basis.  To achieve a COMPLETE grade, students are expected to attend and participate in all seminar sessions and complete a professional portfolio (details below). In addition, students are encouraged to attend relevant seminars and workshops offered by Graduate Studies and Career Services, as well as consult one-on-one with the Graduate Chair about their professional development.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html