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Events for Graduate Students

Spring 2015

In order to ensure that the Center for Teaching Excellence provides sufficient materials and refreshments for all participants, registration is required for all workshops listed below. To Register, please call 412-396-5177 or email CTE (cte@duq.edu).  Online registration will be available soon.

For Fall 2014 archived events, click here.

Article Study

She Needs a Haircut and a New Pair of Shoes: Handling Those Pesky Course Evaluations, by Connie Buskist and Jan Hogan

Host: Michael McGravey (CTE)
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 3:00-4:30PM
Location: 613 Union

From the abstract: "Student evaluations of faculty are used in most universities to determine teaching effectiveness and inform decisions about tenure, promotion, pay raises, and awards.  For novice and experienced faculty, course evaluations can be intimidating.  Leanring how to approach course evaluation results systematically can help prevent faculty members from becoming overwhelmed by negative feedback and lead to better teaching.  This paper offers suggestions on making sense of course evaluation data and using them to inform future practice."

Buskist and Hogan's article will be the focus of a conversation dedicated to the review of evaluations for graduate students.  Copies will be provided prior to the session.
[Registration closed]

Spring Workshops: Landing an Academic Job

Peer Review of Your Teaching Philosophy

Facilitator: Rachel Luckenbill (CTE)
Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Center for Teaching Excellence; 20 Chatham Sq.

It's time to revisit your teaching philosophy you began developing last semester! Getting a second set of eyes on this important document could increase your chances of rising to the top of the interview pile! Graduate students are invited to bring a copy of their latest teaching philosophy to a peer review session and get feedback from CTE staff and peers.

[Registration closed]

Elevator Talks for the Academic Interview

Presenters: Dr. Alexandra Gregory (Associate Provost for Academic Affairs), Dr. Laurel Willingham-McLain (Director, Center for Teaching Excellence), Dr. Maureen O'Brien (Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Theology) and Dr. Philip Reeder (Dean and Professor, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences)
Facilitated by Rachel Luckenbill and Michael McGravey (CTE)
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm
Location: Union 119

Prepare for informal interviews at academic conferences or other networking events. This workshop invites graduate students to prepare and practice "elevator talks" addressing their research, teaching, and connection to Duquesne University's mission and identity in a non-intimidating environment. A panel of faculty and administrators will provide large-group feedback and strategies for navigating the interview process. Graduate participants will develop 30-60 second snapshots describing who they are as teacher-scholars. Participants will be asked to focus on three areas common to the interview: (1) research, (2) teaching, and (3) connection to the mission.

[Registration closed]

Spring Workshop

Grant Opportunities in the Humanities: Tips for Researching, Writing, and Submitting

Facilitators: Ms. Christine Pollock (Director of Foundation Relations, Office of Research) and Michael McGravey (CTE)

This is a two-part workshop, which will provide information for humanities graduate students interested in pursuing funding for research, theses, dissertations, and post-doc programs.

Part 1: The hands-on workshop will have interested students review grant, fellowship, and post-doctoral opportunities with staff from the Office of Research.  It will also provide advice on how graduate students may begin to develop their applications, assembling portfolios of work, etc.

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 4:30PM
Location: Union 608

Part 2: Faculty and graduate students who have gone through the grant application process will offer commentary and suggestion on the process.  Student participants will be able to ask questions related to finding appropriate sources of funding, fellowship opportunities, etc.

Date: April 16, 2015
Time: 3 - 4:00pm
Location: 108 Canevin 

Register for Part 2

For events open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students,
click here.

Duquesne University Counseling and Wellness Center

Each semester the Counseling and Wellness Center offers group sessions and personal sessions at no cost to graduate students.

Graduate Student Support Group:

Students must contact the Counseling and Wellbeing Center (x.6204) to arrange an individual meeting with Dr. Laura Kessler before they are able to join the group.

Connections Group:
"The University Counseling and Wellbeing Center is offering a Connections group for the Spring 2015 semester, which will meet weekly on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., or Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This free and confidential group is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. This group will provide members an opportunity to give and receive support, while specifically focusing on how members relate with each other. This group will be led from the group microcosm theory that states that the conscious and unconscious ways members relate with each other in a group is representative of how they relate with others in their real lives. As members patterns of relating emerge in group, members will gain insight into their typical ways of relating with others, and have opportunities to practice relating in new, effective ways with other group members. This type of experience can then help members have more fulfilling and authentic relationships (e.g., with friends, family, peers, romantic partners) in their real lives as well. This group would be beneficial for any student feeling generally anxious, unfulfilled or dissatisfied in their relationships, or who may sometimes experience distress such as depressive or anxiety symptoms due to unfulfilling relationships. This group will be co-facilitated by two therapists, and requires confidentiality among all participants. If interested in talking with the facilitators to see if this group may be helpful to you, please call the University Counseling and Wellbeing Center at 412-396-6204."

For more information on this semester's support groups, anxiety management sessions, and other available resources, please visit the Counseling and Wellness Center's website or call: 412-396-6204.