Grad Degree+: A Graduate Student's Professional Tool-Kit

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Overview

Grad Degree+ is an opportunity for graduate students to develop and refine transferable skills highly sought by employers. Students build their own personalized Grad Degree+ toolkit by completing modular tracks (Leadership, Communication, Pedagogical Theory, etc.) that can stand alone or be combined with additional tracks to under-gird degree program content.

Courses such as "Basics of Diversity," "Communicating with Success," and "Leading Effective Teams" aid graduate students in becoming well-rounded professionals while in graduate school and prepare them to succeed in whatever path(s) they choose beyond graduate school.

To earn the Grad Degree+ credential in a track, students must complete the program requirements, the selected track components, and a capstone workshop (once).

Tracks are:

  1. Communication;
  2. Creative Problem-Solving;
  3. Diversity;
  4. Leadership;
  5. Pedagogical Development; and
  6. Professional Computing.

In addition to in-depth track content, workshops will provide students with opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary networking and develop individualized pivot development plans.

Grad Degree+ Program Requirements (complete all)

Requirement Duration (in actual hours) Venue
Statement of Responsibility Self-Paced Web-Based
Capstone TBD In this required capstone to the Grad Degree+, offered at the end of each academic year, program participants from all tracks will come together to reflect upon skills developed in the sessions and learn how to leverage those moving forward.
Track Completion Form Self-Paced Students should keep a record of components attended and submit this record to Erin Shoot at the completion of each semester for verification or attendance. Once verified, Grad Degree+ Track Completion certification will be issued digitally.

Communication Track Components (complete three)

Component Duration (in actual hours) Venue
Communicating across Cultures 3.5 hrs Classroom
Communicating with Success 3.5 hrs Classroom
Presenting Effectively 8.0 hrs Classroom
Principles of Effective Writing 3.5 hrs Classroom

Creative Problem-Solving Track Components (complete three)

Component Duration (in actual hours) Venue
Group Problem Solving 3.5 hrs Classroom
Personal Decision Making 3.5 hrs Classroom
Teamwork in a Changing Workplace 3.5 hrs Classroom
Thinking Critically 3.5 hrs Classroom
Using Time Wisely 3.5 hrs Classroom

Diversity Track Components (complete three)

Component Duration (in actual hours) Venue
Basics of Diversity 3.5 hrs Classroom
Unconscious Bias Training TBD Classroom
Gender Styles in Communication 3.5 hrs Classroom
Generations in the Workplace 3.5 hrs Classroom
Personality Differences 3.5 hrs Classroom

Leadership Track Components (complete three)

Component Duration (in actual hours) Venue
Basics of Leadership 3.5 hrs Classroom
Building a Climate of Trust 3.5 hrs Classroom
Facing the Challenge of Change 3.5 hrs Classroom
Leading Effective Teams 4.0 hrs Classroom
Managing Staff Conflict 3.5 hrs Classroom
Organizational Ethics 3.0 hrs Classroom
What to Do about Bad Attitude Behaviors 1.5 hrs Classroom

Pedagogical Development Track Components (This track is delivered by CELT)

The Pedagogical Development Track is for graduate students interested in developing and improving their pedagogical approach while also identifying and expanding upon skills used in teaching that are transferable beyond academia.

The Pedagogical Development Track for the 2017-2018 academic year will focus on "Foundations of Instructional Practice." Each academic year will focus on a new theme in teaching and learning pedagogical practices. Future themes will include inclusive teaching practices, innovative pedagogies, and digital pedagogies, thus the Pedagogical Development Track is repeatable for each theme.

Fall workshop topics, dates, times, and location are listed below. Spring workshop offerings will be publicized in November.

Contact Dr. Ashley Sorrell, CELT faculty instructional consultant, if you have further questions about this track.

The Pedagogical Development Track is for graduate students interested in developing and improving their pedagogical approach while also identifying and expanding upon skills used in teaching that are transferable beyond academia.

The Pedagogical Development Track for the 2017-2018 academic year will focus on "Foundations of Instructional Practice." Each academic year will focus on a new theme in teaching and learning pedagogical practices. Future themes will include inclusive teaching practices, innovative pedagogies, and digital pedagogies, thus the Pedagogical Development Track is repeatable for each theme.

Fall workshop topics, dates, times, and location are listed below. Spring workshop offerings will be publicized in November.

Contact Dr. Ashley Sorrell, CELT faculty instructional consultant, if you have further questions about this track.

Component Duration (in actual hours) Venue
What's College For?: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
The landscape of higher education is shifting with decreasing financial support from state governments, rising tuition, more reliance on adjunct faculty, and a continued focus on online course and degree offerings. These shifts have led many to ask, "What is the purpose of a college education?" In this workshop, we will explore this question. Participants will be encouraged to think about how they perceive the role of higher education in society and how their role in the classroom facilitates and advances the purpose (as they see it) of a college education.
1.25 hrs Monday, September 11, 2017 12:00-1:15p.m. OR Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:00-6:15p.m.
Student Learning Objectives and Outcomes: What are they and why do they matter?
You might not be tasked with designing your own course now, but it's never too early to begin thinking about what your future courses will look like. This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of course design. We will focus on a design methodology that centers on student learning. Participants will craft student learning outcomes for a course they might teach either as a TA, or as a future college instructor.
1.25 hrs Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00-1:15p.m. OR Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:00-6:15p.m.
Classroom Strategies for Student Engagement
Many higher education instructors have moved from the "sage on the stage" model of lecturing to incorporate pedagogical strategies that directly engage students with the course content. This workshop will explore the challenges and benefits of student-centered learning and the effectiveness of active learning strategies. By the end of the workshop, participants will develop ideas for how they can make the classroom a more engaging space in their specific disciplines.
1.25 hrs Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:00-1:15p.m. OR Monday, November 20, 2017, 5:00-6:15p.m.

Professional Computing Track Components (complete three)

If you know the basics in some of these programs and would like to take more advanced computing courses, you may do so from the selections offered by HR Training and Development (just note the substitutions on your tracking sheet).

Component Duration (in actual hours) Venue
Access: Introduction 2.5 hrs Classroom
Acrobat Pro: Introduction 2.5 hrs Classroom
Captivate: Introduction 3.5 hrs Classroom
Excel: Introduction 2.5 hrs Classroom
One Note: Introduction 2.5 hrs Classroom
Outlook: Introduction 2.5 hrs Classroom
PowerPoint: Introduction 2.5 hrs Classroom

A full list of HR Training & Development's course offerings is available here.

Program requirements may change over time. Contact Erin Shoot if you have questions regarding program requirements. If a workshop is not listed in the tracks above, but you wish to request it be considered for credit, please ask. The Graduate School reserves the right to count or not count requested courses as it deems appropriate.

Brought to you by The Graduate School Office of Professional Development, The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), Careers Beyond the Professoriate, and UK Human Resources Training & Development