Graduate Alumni Career Panel
Connect with SFU alumni who have created interesting, non-linear careers that took them beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. Unique career possibilities that exist for advanced degree holders will be highlighted, helping you envision possibilities for yourself you may never have considered. Attend this event and be inspired to start carving your own career niche, compatible with your goals and lifestyle! This event is offered in partnership with Alumni Relations and Career Services.
- Date: Tuesday, February 20
- Time: 5-8pm
- Location: Harbour Centre, SFU Vancouver
- Tickets: $12 - Early Bird, $15 - Regular, available through Eventbrite
The APEX 4-Part Workshop Series provides structure and support in building your professional development plans as an advanced degree holder. It will help you expand your professional network, build confidence, and translate your knowledge, skills and abilities to various audiences. Registration for Spring 2018 sessions is available on myInvolvement.
Three Minute Thesis
One slide. Three minutes. Cash prizes. Give voice to your thesis in SFU's annual 3 Minute Thesis competition. Register for your faculty heat or for a wildcard/open heat (for students who can't make their faculty heat or whose faculty does not have a heat) on myInvolvement.
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The Mitacs Training workshops provide grad students and postdocs with career-ready skills. These full one and two-day workshops are facilitated by professionals in the field and are free to current grad students and postdocs. This term, Mitacs is offering the following workshops at SFU:
- Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills, February 9-10
- Practice Your Presentation Skills I, February 15
- Foundations of Project Management I, March 9-10
- Career Professionalism, March 16
- Essentials of Productive Teams, March 23
Managing Project Timelines, February 28-March 14
This online workshop is perfect for those who are nearing the end of their graduate degree and are finding it hard to schedule in time to work on their thesis. It provides a great overview of some of the modules in the popular Foundations of Project Management workshops. The workshop runs for 2 weeks and can be accessed and completed at any time during the two-week window.
Mitacs Business Development Specialist for SFU
Dr. Allison Brennan works exclusively with SFU faculty, students, and staff on all Mitacs internships and fellowships. She's available to you and your supervisor by appointment, Tuesday through Friday, and she's able to travel to all three campuses. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
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Teaching and Learning Centre Programs
Teaching Matters, February 20, March 6 & 13, and April 3
The Teaching Matters Seminar Series is a forum for faculty and instructional staff to discuss literature, share experiences and demonstrate practices related to teaching and learning. It runs every second week in the spring and fall semesters.
Breath Power, Posture and Pauses, February 22
This two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles will introduce techniques to increase your confidence, vocal power and ability to communicate in a relaxed way. Registration is open until all seats are filled.
Mic Check: Microphone Setup, Usage and Technique, March 1
In this workshop, you will receive step-by-step instructions on how to use microphones, software and devices to achieve quality recordings for voiceovers, interviews, podcasting, smartphone recordings and other audio pieces.
Bring Yourself to Work Dialogues, March 5 and April 9
These sessions provide a place where instructors can gather and focus on the passion and purpose that drive their teaching practice. Join your teaching colleagues on the first Monday of every month to catch your breath, reconnect with your values, build community, and prepare for meaningful encounters with students. Light refreshments will be provided. There’s no need to register; please RSVP to email@example.com to let them know you plan to come.
Teaching Dossiers for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, March 6
Are you planning to pursue a career as a tenure-track faculty member? If so, then you will need to prepare a teaching dossier at some point in order to document your teaching approaches, experience and effectiveness in the classroom. This session will guide participants through the components of a teaching dossier, review examples, discuss commonalities and differences across the disciplines and help them get started in their work on their own dossiers. Registration is open until all seats are filled.
Expressive Speech: Vocal Dynamism in the Classroom, March 8
Are you ready to trade your sleep-inducing monotone for a richer and more exciting sound? In this two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles, you will learn to apply the musician’s tools of melody and rhythm to become a more confident, colourful and dynamic speaker. Registration is open until all seats are filled.
Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connections, March 22
Do you struggle to connect with your listeners? Do audiences seem like an intimidating sea of faces? This two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles will show you how to build confidence, warm up your audience, and create an inclusive and open atmosphere for learning. Registration is open until all seats are filled.
Going Visual I: Cut Through Complexity with Drawing Basics, April 18
In a world of information overload, visual communication can be a powerful means of making your course content more accessible and engaging to learners. In this workshop, TLC interaction specialist Jason Toal will guide you through some basic drawing exercises and explore strategies for applying them to your teaching.
Instructional Skills Workshop, April 18-20 or April 23-25
For instructors, staff and graduate students in an instructional role who wish to strengthen their teaching skills. This workshop is designed to strengthen novice to expert instructors' skills through intensive, yet practical, exercises in learning-centred teaching. Apply by March 16.
Going Visual II: Convey Visual Content with Media, April 25
In this workshop, TLC interaction specialist Jason Toal will guide you through a selection of visual tools and help you identify which ones are best suited to your material. Please bring content that you want to communicate to learners to this session.
Body-Voice-Space: An Intensive Two-Day Voice and Presentation Skills Boot Camp, May 16-17
Through individual feedback and small and large group sessions, participants will acquire a range of tools, resources and skills along with a clear understanding of when and how to apply them. Register to attend by April 20.
Fall 2018 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning, September 14 - December 7
Are you a graduate student intending to apply for a teaching position? If so, reflecting on your teaching, improving your skills, and developing your practice may give you an advantage. This is a four-month, 120-hour, Senate-approved non-credit certificate for SFU graduate students who are aiming for employment in post-secondary institutions. The program is offered in the spring and fall terms of each school year. Register to attend by May 25.
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About the Research Commons
The Research Commons space on the 7th floor of SFU Burnaby's W.A.C. Bennett Library is exclusively accessible to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows by a door access punch-code which is regularly changed. The space is equipped with wireless internet access, PC and Mac workstations, bookable group rooms, and areas for discussion and relaxation. Several free workshops and services specific to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are offered throughout the term.
Upcoming workshops include:
Thesis Boot Camp, February 13-15
Here's your opportunity to dedicate three days to making serious progress on your dissertation or master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, snacks and lunches, you will benefit from structured time, a dedicated space, professional advising and peer support—all motivating factors in that final push towards completion of your dissertation or thesis.
SFU's Data Love-In 2018, February 14
Graduate Open Writing Lab
A day-long celebration of data! The morning keynote on Big Data and History will inspire you to engage in a life long romance with your data. Then take a workshop on a series of Twitter and Web Archive analysis tools that researchers can use to study the vast amounts of cultural information generated online.
For all graduate students who want the time and a quiet dedicated space to work on their writing. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be available for consultations and to answer questions. This space operates weekly at the Burnaby and Vancouver Campus. Find out more about options and times on the Graduate Open Writing Lab webpage.
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New & Young Worker Health & Safety Orientation
The New & Young Worker Health & Safety Orientation is a mandatory workshop for all new employees hired to perform work at SFU. This includes TAs, TMs, RAs, postdocs, and event staff. Topics such as hazard and incident reporting, roles & responsibilities, worker rights, health & safety committees, emergency response, working alone and workplace bullying & harassment will be covered. Online version available.
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