50th Annual UAA Conference | Washington, DC
April 2, 2020 | 8:00 am– 3:30 pm

 

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, one 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. Read more about the workshop facilitators here:

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 by February 28, 2020. IMPORTANT: If making a presentation at the conference you must register by December 13, 2019. Students pay special discounted registration fees.

Workshop Coordinator:
Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D. (North Carolina State University)


8:00 am – 9:15 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 verses another)
  • Time and life management
    (i.e. time management, stress management, balancing life and research responsibilities)

Facilitators:
Susan Clarke, Ph.D.                         University of Colorado
Jesseca Lightbourne, Ph.D.            University of North Texas at Dallas
Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.                 North Carolina State University
Vince Wang, Ph.D.                            Grounded Solutions Network

Moderator:
Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.                 North Carolina State University


9:15 am – 9:30 am       Break


9:30 am – 11:00 am     Workshop B:  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

Facilitators:
Prentiss Dantzler, Ph.D.                Georgia State University
William Holt, Ph.D./J.D.                 Birmingham-Southern College
Christina Stacy, Ph.D.                    The Urban Institute
Bethany Welch, Ph.D.                    Rutgers University
Lin Ye, Ph.D.                                    Sun Yat-Sen University

Moderator:
Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.               North Carolina State University


11:00 am – 11:15 am    Break


11:15 am – 12:45 pm       Workshop C:     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

Facilitators:
Martine August, Ph.D.                 University of Waterloo
Yasminah Beebeejaun, Ph.D.     University College London/Journal of
                                                         Race, Ethnicity and the City, Editor
Ali Modarres, Ph.D.                      University of Washington, Tacoma/
                                                          Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City,
                                                          Editor
Igor Vojnovic, Ph.D.                     Michigan State University/Journal of
                                                         Urban Affairs, Editor    

Moderator:
Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.             North Carolina State University


12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and Program

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

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

Introduction/Moderator:
Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.                North Carolina State University


1:45 pm – 3:00 pm         Workshop B: Part Two: The Interview/Job Talk 

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

Facilitators:
Prentiss Dantzler, Ph.D.                Georgia State University
William Holt, Ph.D.                         Birmingham-Southern College
Christina Stacy, Ph.D.                    The Urban Institute
Bethany Welch, Ph.D.                    Rutgers University
Lin Ye, Ph.D.                                    Sun Yat-Sen University

Moderator:
Jocelyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.               North Carolina State University


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm         Evaluation

Participants will have the opportunity to complete workshop evaluations.


Participation Requirements

Times and room locations to be determined.

  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:

December 13, 2019 — Conference registration deadline for ALL individuals who have been accepted to make a formal presentation at the UAA Conference

EXTENSION: February 7, 2020 — Application deadline (Late applications are NOT accepted)

NEW: February 19, 2020 — Review decisions (Acceptance/Rejection notices will be sent to the email address provided in your online application form.)

NEW: February 28, 2020 — Conference registration deadline for ALL workshop participants


Questions? Contact us at gradws@uaamail.org


Apply Now!

Step 1
Review the application checklist and gather the required information for your online application

Step 2
Submit your workshop application