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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 — 9:00 AM to Wednesday, October 2, 2019 — 5:00 PM EDT to Wed, 10/02/2019 - 17:00

This 2-day course provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to integrate the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics and leadership that participants can apply immediately and in their future careers and lives. Participants experience the processes of collaborative planning and management and can see the benefits firsthand. 

Additional information: Registration required through the Mitacs EDGE platform.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Professional Skills Foundations logo

This introductory workshop is a requirement for participating in the Professional Skills Foundations program, a new professional skills credential for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT

Successful teachers make it a priority to critically reflect on their teaching by tapping into the many evaluation tools available to us. In this workshop, we'll explore how teaching assistants can get evaluations of their teaching from supervisors, peers, students, and others. We'll talk about whom to ask for feedback, when to ask, and how. You'll work in groups to analyze both formal and informal feedback tools, discuss how to incorporate them into your teaching, and consider how to interpret and make use of evaluations you receive.

Additional Information

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 10:00 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Academic integrity requires that you paraphrase and summarize other people’s work. Through hands-on practice, you will learn these skills and how to integrate your supporting research for improved credibility.

Additional information: Registration required

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 12:00 to 14:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

This workshop will guide you through a step-by-step process to plan and conduct effective conversations around difficult issues that you may experience with your supervisor. We will cover scenarios that you might encounter during grad school such as: the level or effectiveness of research supervision, the need for accommodations or additional supports, advice about career paths, or expectations about workload or work-life balance.

This is a specialized workshop for graduate students and postdocs.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

This workshop is intended for international TAs who have just arrived at Waterloo. The workshop will introduce you to teaching environments at Waterloo, challenges that international TAs might face, and provide resources that can help improve your teaching.

Additional Information

Registration: Registration is required. Registration will open mid-September

Monday, October 7, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

You already know about the Matrix Method from Literature Review Part A and have completed one.  Now in Part B, learn to situate your research within the body of existing related scholarship.  Bring your completed matrix and your ideas for how best to organize and present the research so that it meshes with your own contribution to the field.

Additional information: Registration is required

Friday, October 11, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

Planning tutorials, labs, and guest lectures requires careful attention to goals, content, activities, and timing. In this workshop, you'll learn to streamline your lesson preparations and strengthen your teaching.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 (all day) to Friday, October 18, 2019 (all day) to Fri, 10/18/2019 (All day)

Whether you are giving a conference presentation, a job talk, or defending your dissertation, as a graduate student you need to be able to speak with authority and knowledge about your research area, respond to questions, and engage in scholarly debate.

Speak like a Scholar is designed to help doctoral students develop their professional scholarly voices and give effective academic presentations with confidence.

The Writing and Communication Centre will be accepting applications to participate in Speak Like a Scholar from until September 14, 2019.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

This interactive workshop will provide teaching assistants with the techniques and confidence to effectively deliver an engaging lesson in the classroom. Topics covered in this workshop include: (i) methods for structuring your delivery, (ii) developing visual aids, (ii) strategies for preparation, (iv) dealing with nerves and anxiety and (iv) tips for engaging your students throughout the lesson.

Additional Information

Registration: Registration is required. Registration will open mid-September

Thursday, October 17, 2019 — 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM EDT

Are you a PhD student or Postdoctoral Fellow considering an academic career? Register for the Free full-day Academic Career Conference to learn more about academic work search including document and interview preparation, tips on managing your academic career, and advice and insights from faculty members. Sessions will also highlight the importance of negotiating job offers in academia, and the challenges associated with maintaining work-life balance when building your academic career.

Friday, October 18, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT

Are you worried that active learning is incompatible with lecture-style instruction? That you have to choose between one and the other?  In this workshop, we address these concerns, investigating a variety of "lecture breaks" that can be easily integrated between lecture segments without significant cost in instructional time.  Along the way, we will examine the benefits of making lectures more interactive, in terms of student attention and recall.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 — 10:30 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Postings for tenure—track academic positions often require a “research statement” or a “statement of research interests” in addition to a CV, cover letter and teaching dossier. In this interactive workshop, you‘ll learn and apply strategies for developing a compelling, cohesive research statement that is also realistic and written in an accessible style. Led by Nadine Fladd, Writing and Multimodal Communication Specialist, at the Writing and Communication Centre.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 — 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT

Turn your research into a startup! Why not?

At this panel discussion with local founders and University of Waterloo professors, learn how the skills and research gained through your graduate studies can enable you to be a great entrepreneur. Meet other graduate students and build your network with other aspiring entrepreneurs.

Register now to reserve your spot at the event and enjoy snacks, refreshments, and a great experience!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

In this one-day course, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback. The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

Additional information: Registration required through the Mitacs EDGE platform.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 — 10:00 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Student mental health and well-being is a crucial dimension of the academic environment. In this workshop, you will learn about your role and responsibilities as a Teaching Assistant in supporting student mental health on campus. The focus will be on explaining relevant University policies and identifying the resources and services that both you and your students can draw upon. Together, we will explore how to proactively promote mental well-being in the classroom, as well as how to respond to specific mental health needs that come to your attention.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 — 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

Through this interactive workshop, you’ll become better prepared for a campus interview. In addition to learning about a typical campus interview schedule, you’ll learn to analyze interview questions and evaluate and develop effective responses to these questions.

Additional information: Registration required through WaterlooWorks.

To browse and register for Centre for Career Action (CCA) workshops and events, follow these steps:

Thursday, October 24, 2019 — 10:00 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to finish your thesis, dissertation, or other writing project? In this workshop, you’ll learn what writing experts have discovered about how to set up a writing schedule, avoid procrastination, and set goals in order to make consistent, sustainable progress. This workshop is only for grad students. Remember to bring a laptop, your agenda or schedule, and a writing project you are currently working on to this interactive workshop.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Literature reviews are a keystone of academic writing. This workshop explores using the Matrix Method to manage your literature review.  Bring a laptop or mobile device so that you can begin applying this method to your own work. 

Additional information: Registration required.

Friday, October 25, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT

Have you ever had to deal with disruptions in your classroom, like talkative, confrontational and interruptive students, or students who arrive late and leave early? Most instructors face at least occasional classroom disruptions, with new faculty and teaching assistants being primary targets. Such challenges can be unpleasant and disturbing, but you can help to minimize their frequency and impact.

Friday, October 25, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

Through discussion and hands-on activities in this half-day workshop, you will learn how to prepare an effective résumé and cover letter by analyzing job descriptions, assessing the relevance of your transferable skills and articulating these transferable skills in an action-oriented way.

Additional information: Registration required through WaterlooWorks.

To browse and register for Centre for Career Action (CCA) workshops and events, follow these steps:

Friday, October 25, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

Bring your laptop or pen and paper and get drafting or improving your résumé and cover letter. Career Advisors and your peers will be available for feedback and guidance. 

NOTE: To attend this writing session, you must attend the morning workshop Résumé and Cover Letter Writing for PhDs and Postdocs.

Additional information: Registration required through WaterlooWorks.

Monday, October 28, 2019 — 10:00 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Most instructors teach the way they were taught, which may or may not be a good thing. This interactive workshop will provide participants with a toolbox of activities suitable for any classroom. We will introduce the concept of active learning and teacher-centred versus student-centred classrooms. In this workshop we will also discuss some of the reasons for using different teaching methods and help you decide which ones are right for your classroom.

Additional Information

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to prepare an effective curriculum vitae (CV) as well as how to write a professional and compelling cover letter for professor/lecturer and postdoc positions.

Additional information: Registration required through WaterlooWorks.

To browse and register for Centre for Career Action (CCA) workshops and events, follow these steps:

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Academic work is constantly under review as instructors assess students' papers, supervisors guide students on theses, or students evaluate instructors teaching, only to name a few examples. In all of these cases, evaluative information is being given to one person by another as feedback has occurred. But was it helpful? Was it assimilated? Will it make a difference in the future?

Thursday, October 31, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

You already know about the Matrix Method from Literature Review Part A and have completed one.  Now in Part B, learn to situate your research within the body of existing related scholarship.  Bring your completed matrix and your ideas for how best to organize and present the research so that it meshes with your own contribution to the field.

Additional information: Registration is required

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