Professional Development Opportunities

The Division of Graduate Studies is committed to helping our graduate students reach their professional and academic goals by providing workshops and opportunities that support the graduate student experience. Follow us on LinkedIn for all the latest news and opportunities available to you at

Workshops & Events at the UO

Introduction to Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) and GTFF Health Insurance Information Session
Introduction to Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) and GTFF Health Insurance Information Session Sep 19 Straub Hall
Graduate Student Welcome Lunch and Resource Fair
Graduate Student Welcome Lunch and Resource Fair Sep 19 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
3MT-Three Minute Thesis Competition
3MT-Three Minute Thesis Competition Nov 17 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)

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Writing Resources

1-to-1 Coaching Sessions for Students in Their Last Year of Dissertation

The Division of Graduate Studies is proud to sponsor individual coaching sessions with Alexa Weinstein, editor, writer, and instructor specializing in graduate-level academic writing and research. You can use this time to do big-picture problem-solving about writing issues you’re facing in your dissertation or to look at a section in detail, or also coordinate editing work. To schedule, email and list 3 good 1-hr. times for you within Alexa’s generally available times: M, T, F 11–3 or Th, F 3–7 (please exclude next-day options). She will write you back directly to coordinate.

Writing Circles (Spring term 2023)

  • Mondays 3pm-5pm remote, starts Spring term Week 2. 
  • Tuesdays 2pm-4pm at the Graduate Student Center, Susan Campbell Hall 111 and remotely. Starts Spring term Week 2. 
  • Thursdays Parent Writing Group 1pm-4pm at Susan Campbell Hall 154. Starts April 6, 2023. 
  • Thursdays 2pm-5pm at the Graduate Student Center, Susan Campbell Hall 111. Starts Spring term Week 2.

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14-Day Writing Challenge

Experiment with daily writing, group accountability, and productivity tracking on the NCFDD WriteNow platform. The next challenge runs from June 5 - June 18, 2023. The challenge is simple: write for at least 30 minutes every day, Monday through Friday, for two weeks. Writing refers to any scholarly activity ranging from the spark of a new idea to polishing a near-complete project (article, grant proposal, exhibit, book chapter, etc.)! Free for you: register by May 31 at

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Workshops & Opportunities at UO and Affiliates' Programs

So, I Have an Interview - Now What?  (remote, May 26, 2023, 2:00pm) 

Have an Interview coming up and don’t know where to start?  Want some tips on how to prepare and practice, on your own or with a Coach? Then this workshop is for you! Register in Handshake Workshop offered by the UO Career Center in collaboration with the Division of Graduate Studies. Register at

Moving from Resistance to Writing (remote, June 8, 2023, 11:00am)

Mark your calendar for a special workshop by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, free with your UO credentials, "Moving from Resistance to Writing" presented by Lisa Hanasono, Ph.D., NCFDD’s Academic Director of Training and Content. In this webinar, you will learn: 1) What writing resistance is and why academic writers experience it in pursuit of work we want and need to complete; 2) How to identify what's holding you back from writing and completing your ___________ (article, dissertation, book manuscript, grant proposal, etc...); 3) The three most common types of writing funk and how to move around them; and 4) How to create the types community, support and accountability for your writing that will help you to ride through whatever type of writing funk you are currently experiencing. Sign up at

Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors & Collaborators (remote, August 10, 2023, 11:00am)

Do you have a reliable and strong network of mentors? Are you struggling to cultivate mentoring relationships? Do you know the difference between a mentor and a sponsor? Are you moving to a new stage of your career and wondering how to find new mentors and sponsors that are appropriate to the next level? If so, join NCFDD using your UO credentials for a special workshop on Thursday, August 10, 11am, by Angelique M. Davis, JD, Professor of Political Science at SeattleU, who will help you map your current mentoring network, identify your unmet needs, and plan how to expand your existing network to meet your current needs. Register at

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Career Planning Timeline for Doctoral Students

From 2 years to 6 months before, these career planning timetables are specifically intended for doctoral students who plan to apply for academic jobs that begin in September.

Career Planning Timeline