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

Workshop A: The Dissertation Process

Experienced PhD program mentors and a recent PhD graduate, provide insights and advice on the most common challenges in the dissertation process. Target 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)

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

Lunch and Program: Professional Organizations and Conferences—How to Get the Most Out of Them

Talk given during lunch by UAA’s Executive Director, Dr. Margaret Wilder

Workshop C: Getting Your First Job

Part 1. General Job Search Strategies & Issues
Facilitators will discuss job search strategies.

Learn about job search strategies for:

  • A faculty position at a liberal arts university
  • A research position at non-academic non-profit institution
  • A faculty at a research academic institution
  • Any type of position

Part 2. Academic Job Search Intensive: Job Ads, CVs, Job Talks & Interview Process
Workshop facilitator will include faculty members who have participated in and lead successful searches for new junior faculty members at their institutions.  Topics to be discussed include:

  • Before you go on the job market
  • Process of searching and applying for academic positions
    • From the posting to a job announcement, to developing dossier, to the first day of starting your job
  • Basics of a job talk
  • Tips to successfully getting through conference, telephone, and campus interviews

Part 3. Non-Academic Job Search Intensive from A-Z

Discuss the materials you need to prepare for the job market.

  • Before you go on the job market
  • Learn the difference between a CV and resume as well as how to transform one into the other
  • Receive tips on 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
  • Interviewing and following-up 

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 16, 2017 — Application deadline (Late applications are NOT accepted)

January 30, 2017 — Review decisions (Acceptance/Rejection notices will be sent to the email address provided in your online application form.)

February 13, 2017 — 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