Professionalization Seminar
2 credit course (SOCY 6851, PSCI 6851, PSYC 6831, and GEOG) or drop-in

Begins Wednesday, August 31st (12-1pm), IBS 155-B
Instructor: Dr. Morteza Karimzadeh (

This seminar helps graduate students develop and refine a wide range of professional skills essential to success in their graduate training and careers. The seminar meets approximately weekly and covers topics related to conducting research, grant seeking, navigating the politics of graduate life, how to be a productive writer, teaching, and many others. Seminars often feature a guest speaker and there are also opportunities for participants to workshop their own work and materials. The seminar may be taken for credit and every session is also open to any graduate student or postdoc on a drop-in basis.

August 31

Introductions and Career Trajectories

September 7

Giving Presentations Prof. Lori Hunter (Sociology)

September 14

Strategies for Efficient Teaching Prof. Terra McKinnish (Economics)

September 21

The Revise and Resubmit Process Prof. John O'Loughlin (Geography)

September 28

Reviewing for Journals Prof. Colleen Reid (Geography)

October 5

Different Kinds of Academic Jobs Prof. Sarah Sokhey (Political Science)

October 12


October 26


November 9


November 16


November 30