Archived Presentation Materials

Career Development

Interviewing and Negotiating Your Job Offer

In this session, you will learn about different types of interviews and interviewing tips.  Additionally, recommendations will be shared on evaluating a job offer and negotiating salary and responsibilities with confidence.

Interview Preparation and Etiquette Handbook
Interview Questions Handout
Job Offers and Salary Handout

Launching Your Projects Professionally

Blackstone LaunchPad is a resource on campus that assists students, faculty/staff and alumni with business ideas and current businesses. Despite this, entrepreneurial thought doesn't stop with a business. Learn how to discover and take your projects, passions, and hobbies to the next level.


Résumés, CVs, and Cover Letters

This session conducted by Career Services will focus on writing Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters. Learn how to gauge when each document is appropriate and how to get the attention of the reader.   Free online as well as in-person resources will be discussed.


Using Your Online Presence to Get a Job

As the use of social networking skyrockets, finding jobs in the traditional way is now obsolete.  Employers now view your online presence to assess the kind of person you are, who you’re connected to, and how you present yourself.  Through the lenses of Facebook and LinkedIn, we'll discover how your web presence impacts your job search!


Personal and Professional Development

Ally Training

This workshop is a modified (shortened) version of Ally Training and will focus on challenging your understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) issues and common misconceptions.  The workshop will center on advancing the knowledge of the KSU community on the lives of people who identify as LGBTQ.  The ultimate goal of Ally Training is to create a group of trained allies to facilitate the transformation of the campus environment to a more welcoming community for all people regardless of sexual identity.

Ways to be an Ally Handout
LGBTQ: Beyond the Alphabet Soup Handout

Communicating in the Academy

This workshop will provide useful insights into common communication practices within academic departments, universities, as well as the respective disciplines at large. The session is designed to provide tips for communicating with your academic advisor and department, networking within the discipline, and will discuss presentational tips for conference presentations, along with professional etiquette. Feel free to bring any questions you may have, as this will be an interactive workshop.


Technology Tools for Academic Success

This workshop will introduce you to various technology tools to help you improve your productivity and increase work efficiency. These tools are handpicked to support graduate students in their diverse roles as students, assistants, teachers, and researchers. Participants are introduced to resources that will improve their skills in: time management, collaborative projects, presentations, academic support, and writing.


Transitioning to the American University

This workshop is designed to answer a range of questions international students may have about scheduling classes, connecting with advisors, professors, types of assignments, university guidelines, and academic honesty. It will also introduce international students to various university and community resources such as: career services, assistantships, internship opportunities, student organizations, and tutoring and writing services. The overall goal of this workshop is to help international students adjust to their new environment by introducing them to the expectations of their host institution.



Conferences and Publications

Designed to meet the needs of all graduate students, irrespective of funding status or assistantship type, this session will provide a general overview of conferences, presentations, and the publication process. We will discuss presentation strategies, as well as offer suggestions about how to get involved in a conference, from presenting or moderating to some of the behind-the-scenes opportunities. We also hope to motivate you with ideas and suggestions about submitting your work and research for publication. And of course, feel free to share your own experiences in these areas and come with questions!


Exploring and Conducting Academic Research

Deciding where and how to begin a research endeavor can sometimes be overwhelming. This workshop will provide some useful tips regarding how to get started, where to go for assistance, the role academic honesty plays, and some search-savvy strategies that will aid you in maximizing your results. A question-and-answer session at the end of the workshop will be available to address specific questions and concerns students may have about exploring and conducting academic research.

Resources, Strategies, and Tips for Research Success Handout

Grant Writing

This workshop will provide an introduction to grant writing, including looking for possible funding sources, writing your application, working with collaborators, among other topics.


How to Do a Literature Review

Literature reviews are completed for many purposes: papers, articles, grants, theses, dissertations, etc. This session will explain and show you resources and steps for developing, managing, and completing literature reviews.

Literature Review Guide

RefWorks: Basic

RefWorks is a tool for managing library research and helping with citations and references as you write papers, theses, dissertations, etc. This hands-on session will show you how to get started.

RefWorks Guide

RefWorks: Advanced

RefWorks helps you manage the research you do for papers, theses, dissertations, etc.  This hands-on session will show you how to use RefWorks when you are writing to automatically insert citations and references according to styles such as APA and MLA.  Other advanced functions for managing research will also be shown.   

RefWorks Guide

Research Ethics and the IRB Application

This workshop will cover research ethics and will provide you with information about the IRB submission and review processes at Kent State.  Topics include an overview of the IRB process, how to develop an informed consent document, and common submission mistakes.


Searching for Grant Funding Opportunities

A critical step in obtaining grant funding is searching for and finding funding opportunities that will work for your topic. This session is a tutorial on how to best utilize COS, a funding opportunity database, to extract the most helpful and relevant information to you. The session also includes information about KSU's sponsored programs office and how it assists students in the grant process.

Grant Funding Contact Info and Links

Statistical Consulting and Research Software Support

This session will describe what software and services are available to graduate students working on their dissertation or thesis, and how graduate students can obtain research software (including SAS, SPSS, JMP, NVivo, Qualtrics, Stata, and R).  Information Services will share how graduate students can access or obtain statistical software for their personal computers.  University Libraries will talk about the library's statistical consulting program, which offers free statistical consulting to Kent State faculty, staff, and student researchers.   

Resources Handout


Being a Teaching Assistant (TA) in a Science Lab

This session focuses on the format and structuring of TAs in different science departments at the university and various duties that are associated. Presenters will discuss teaching in traditional and non-traditional science lab settings and the resources that are available to new TAs.

Narrated Presentation

Best Practices for New Teaching Assistants

This workshop provides information and advice for new teaching assistants in developing course material and assessing student progress. The session covers topics such as writing a syllabus, designing course lectures or discussions, and grading and evaluating student work.


Best Practices for the Online Classroom

Are you interested in creating an online course but unsure where to begin? Or maybe you're ready to teach online, but would like to know how the online environment might impact your pedagogical choices? This presentation will give you the foundational knowledge you need to begin rethinking your course for the online environment. Join us to learn why the online environment is different and how to begin strategically thinking about the design and teaching of your course to meet the challenges of this new environment. You will gain a deeper understanding of how course design can impact student learning, as well as best practices for delivering an online course. 


Complex Conversations in Academia

This workshop will continue the conversation started in the Ballroom.  We will focus on working together to navigate complex situations that you may face as a graduate student.  We will also discuss possible ways of effectively handling complex academic interactions.

Videos and Resource Guide

Syllabus and Scheduling

Syllabus and Scheduling is designed to guide graduate teaching assistants in creating a syllabus and course outline while managing graduate study.  The goal of this workshop is to help graduate teaching assistants to create their syllabus, craft learning objectives, develop course policies, produce assessment tools and their descriptions, schedule their office hours, and ensure their syllabus adheres to university policy.  The workshop draws on graduate teaching assistants’ own knowledge about and experience with syllabi and course planning in previous classes.  Graduate teaching assistants will also have the opportunity to ask experienced graduate teaching assistants about their experience planning their own courses.

Narrated Presentation

Using Blackboard Learn as a Teaching Tool

Blackboard is a learning management system which provides online course delivery and management for institutions like Kent State University.  This session provides an overview of Blackboard Learn and covers layouts, customization, course settings, and different tools, including grading capabilities.


The Virtual Student: Teaching in the Online Environment

The online learning environment differs in many ways from the traditional, face-to-face classroom environment.  This workshop will present five strategies for succeeding in this environment, as well as some useful technology tools to help you manage your online teaching experience.


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