Graduate Workshop from 2016

UAA has an organizational philosophy that graduate students are future colleagues in training. As such, we make efforts to support their development. Each year, on a day prior to the start of the annual Spring conference sessions, we offer a set of academic and professional development workshops designed to address the needs of current students and recent graduates. As an interdisciplinary organization, UAA recognizes that students come from different academic fields of study. Our workshops are not field-specific but rather focus on common issues and strategies.

A general description of the workshops and the application procedure is provided below. Please note that workshop participants are not required to make a presentation at the conference. However, all workshop participants are required to register for the conference. Students pay special discounted registration fees.

 Workshop Descriptions

8:00am – 9:30 am                   Workshop A: The Dissertation Process

Targeted Audience: Doctoral students who are early on in the dissertation process. Topics to be covered include:

  • Nuts and bolts of the dissertation proposal stage
    • (i.e. choosing research topic, managing dissertation committee, conducting literature review and writing a synthesis, documents and notes management)
  • Methodology
    • (i.e. gaining expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approach; things to consider in choosing one versus another)
  • Time and life management
    • (i.e. time management, stress management, balancing life and research responsibilities)

Martine August, Ph.D.                              University of Waterloo
Susan Clarke, Ph.D.                                   University of Colorado
Jesseca Lightbourne, Ph.D.                     University of North Texas

Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.                          North Carolina State University

9:30am – 9:45am                   Break

9:45am – 11:45am                 Workshop B: Publishing

Journal editors and authors will share extensively on preparing your research for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Manuscript preparation and submission for peer-reviewed journal
    • (e.g. constructing articles out of your dissertation)
  • Understanding other publication opportunities
    • Example: online journals, book review, open access journal and other digital media
  • Lessons from an early-career faculty
  • Lessons from an advanced-career faculty             

Martine August, Ph.D.                             University of Waterloo
Michael Leo Owens, Ph.D.                      Emory University   
Ali Modarres, Ph.D.                                  University of Washington Tacoma/Cities:
                                                                      The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning
Igor Vojnovic, Ph.D.                                 Michigan State University/Journal of Urban Affairs

Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.                          North Carolina State University

12:00pm – 1:30pm                  Lunch and Program

  • Professional Organizations and Conferences—How to Get the Most Out of Them
  • Mapping Conference Participation
  • Developing an Academic Career Plan

Maria Martinez-Cosio, Ph.D.                  University of Texas Arlington
Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.                          North Carolina State University
Margaret Wilder, Ph.D.                            Urban Affairs Association, Executive Director


Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.                          North Carolina State University

1:45pm – 5:00pm                    Workshop C:  Part One:  Preparing your Package for Your First Job

Facilitators will discuss job search strategies. Learn about job search strategies for:

  • Non-academic Positions
  • Differences between faculty positions at a liberal arts universities and research institution
  • A research position at non-academic non-profit institution
  • Process of searching and applying for academic positions
    • the difference between a CV and resume as well as how to transform one into the other
    • From the posting to a job announcement, to developing dossier, to the first day of starting your job
  • Tailoring your cover letters to make sure that you clearly communicate how your skills, experiences, and research area are a good fit for potential employers Basics of a job talk
  • Writing Teaching Philosophy and Research Statements

Prentiss Dantzler, Ph.D.                           Colorado College
William Holt, Ph.D.                                   Birmingham-Southern College
Maria Martinez-Cosio, Ph.D.                   University of Texas Arlington
Bethany Welch, Ph.D.                               Aquinas Center-Philadelphia

Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.                          North Carolina State University

3:30pm – 3:45pm                    Break

3:45pm – 5:00pm                    Workshop C:  Part Two:  The Interview/Job Talk

Facilitators will discuss job search strategies.

  • Tips to successfully getting through conference, telephone, and campus interviews
  • Interviewing and following-up

Maria Martinez-Cosio, Ph.D.                   University of Texas Arlington
Prentiss Dantzler, Ph.D.                            Colorado College
William Holt, Ph.D.                                    Birmingham-Southern College
Bethany Welch, Ph.D.                                Aquinas Center-Philadelphia

Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.                          North Carolina State University

Participation Requirements

Times and room locations to be determined

Participation Requirements

  1. To participate in the Graduate Student Workshop, you must submit an application using our online form by the established application deadline AND be accepted to participate. A review decision email will be sent to all applicants.
  2. All accepted workshop participants must register for the UAA conference by paying the appropriate registration fee by the registration deadline. Note: One-day conference registration is not available.

Important Dates:

January 11, 2018 — Application deadline (Late applications are NOT accepted)

January 23, 2018 — Review decisions (Acceptance/Rejection notices will be sent to the email address provided in your online application form.)

February 1, 2018 — Conference registration deadline for ALL workshop participants

Questions? Contact us at

Step 1

Review the application checklist and gather the required information for your online application

Step 2

Submit your workshop application