Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy

The University of Winnipeg

General Information

Office responsible for graduate development programs:Faculty of Graduate Studies
Contact name:Deanna England
Contact 204-786-9093
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Who is responsible for updating information for websites?Deanna England, Graduate Studies Officer

Graduate Professional Development Programs

What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.) Below is a listing of the informal workshops and info sessions organized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies in collaboration with other campus partners. Some sessions are still in the process of having details confirmed. All sessions are currently in person, although we are in discussion with Mitacs on one potential online session. Sexual Misconduct Training GSO/Student Svcs September 9, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, 2M70 Life Skills NSERC Info Session GSO/NSERC/Research September 14, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, 3C12 Research management Citation Management Writing Tutor/Ian - Library September 16, 5:00 - 7:00 Communication Skills Synthesis Writing Writing Tutor September 23, 5:00 - 7:00 Communication Skills RA Workshop Library /GSO September 23, 12:30 - 1:20 PM, 3C27 Research management Mental Health & Accessibility Services BioScience/Beto September 30, 12:30 - 1:30, 1RC014 Life Skills Project Management Chris Campbell October 7, 10:30 - 12:30, 2C11 Leadership Skills Tri-Council information session GSO October 3, 12:15 - 1:15, 4C83 Research Management Tri-Council information session GSO October 6, 11:30 - 12:30, 4C83 Research Management Navigating scholarly publishing Writing Tutor/Library include note on predatory journals Communication Skills Time Management MITACS October 12, 9:00 - 5:00 PM, 1C16A Life Skills/Personal/Prof Mgmt Blanket Exercise IRC (Jennifer Ledoux) October 24, 3:00 - 5:00 PM Skills for Reconciliation Open Access Week Library October 24 - 30 Research Management Writing Introductions Writing Tutor Communication Skills Preparing for your Defense Writing Tutor Communication Skills Research Ethics Research Office Oct or Nov Research Management Commmon CV Workshop GSO/Research Office November 4, 12:30 - 1:30 Career Dev/Research Mgmt Grant Writing Info Session GSO/Research/CW Research Management Writing Conclusions Writing Tutor Communication Skills Citations Management Writing Tutor/Library Communication Skills Proposal Writing Writing Tutor Communication Skills Presentation & Public Speaking Diane P; Theatre; HETC; Communication Skills Copyright Regulations Library/Copyright Office Research Management, Ethics Reading Strategies Writing Tutor Writing Abstracts Writing Tutor Knowledge Mobilization Jill C Research Management Working in Collaborative Groups/Teams MITACS Feb 21, 22 or 23 Leadership & Comm Skills Adapting your Writing for Presentations Writing Tutor Communication Skills 3MT Prep Workshop GSO Communication Skills Return to Spirit IRC Skills for Reconciliation Writing Retreats Writing Tutor Research Week (3 days) GSO 3MT/Colloquium/Team Talks WinnSpace tutorial Library CV/Resume/LinkedIn Workshop GSO/Career Services (April?) Career Development Conflict Resolution Workshop MS Leadership Skills In addition to these workshops, the Faculty of Graduate Studies has partnered with the Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) division to create 2 different certificate programs contributing to graduate student professionalization. A Higher Education Teaching Certificate, and a Post-Graduate Professional Skills Certificate.
Are there sessions specifically for international students?International Student Services hosts a variety of social and informational sessions for international students that are promoted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. These include: - Monthly ûCoffee, Cookies & ConversationË circles (to practice English in a conversational setting) - Monthly potlucks - ûHow to Survive a Manitoba WinterË info session - Pumpkin carving contest for Halloween - Holiday Ornament Making Session
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?The Higher Education Teaching Certificate program includes a practicum component: students attend and engage in the following teaching and learning experiences: discipline-related workshops, conferences and/or departmental meetings/events. These experiences will be journaled and students will also participate in a supervised teaching experience of at least 9 hours involving classroom, seminar and/or lecture classes. The teaching experience includes mentored experiences through the processes of the preparation of a teaching plan, an assessment of the teaching and of the students? progress.
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?Life Skills/Personal Management - Research Management - Communication Skills - Cultural Diversity - Leadership Skills - Skills for Reconciliation - Career Development
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.A comprehensive list of topics was outlined above, and those that are highest in demand include: - Scholarship information sessions - CV/Resume Workshops - All Graduate Writing Tutor sessions (including, Synthesis writing, scholarly publications, citation management) - Grant Writing Workshops - Higher Education Teaching Certificate
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)The informal workshops are available to: graduate Students; postdocs and some sessions welcome alumni and undergraduate students. The certificate programs available through PACE are targeted towards graduate students, postdocs and recent alumni.
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist?All workshops and programs are optional for students, although some are strongly encouraged.
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?The Higher Education Teaching Certificate and The Post-Graduate Professional Skills Certificate are both programs that offer credentials (certificates). We are in the process of developing a more formal recognition process for our professionalization workshops with the next academic year.
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.)The certificate programs are all delivered by PACE. The workshops are organized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, but delivered by different parties: Graduate Studies Staff, UW faculty members, Mitacs, International Student Services, Research Office etc.
How are the sessions promoted?Sessions are promoted by: Campus posters; facebook; twitter; Faculty of Graduate Studies newsletter; during orientation sessions; website page and announced at meetings.
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)Most workshops do not require registration. Mitacs manages registration for their sessions, and the professional certificate programs manage their registration through PACE.
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?There is a fee for the formal certificate programs, but the other workshops are all free of charge.

Statistic Information

How many sessions run each year?The formal certificates range from 3 modules per year, to 10 courses. There are 6 -10 informal workshops per month for the Fall and Winter terms, and 2 _ 3 workshops per month in the Spring/Summer.
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?The informal workshops are organized by two main staff members in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the certificate programs are each run by a program administrator.
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)The Higher Education Teaching certificate program generally hosts around 5-10 students per year (current students and recent alumni). The informal workshops vary in size, and some only include current graduate students while others also include alumni participation.
How is participation in sessions tracked? Attendance is taken for the formal certificate programs, as this is a registered course. The informal workshops simply have attendance numbers tracked by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?We have not yet initiated specific outcome measures, however we do track alumni employment on an ongoing basis. This is something we intend to build into our more formal program.

Departmental Level

Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?Graduate programs offer a variety of professional development workshops including: Mental Wellness; presentation skills; teaching/lab demonstrator training; scholarship application workshops
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?The Faculty of Graduate Studies promotes all workshops that are generally open to all graduate students, this year this included mental wellness workshops for students and faculty; cultural workshops such as blanket exercises and ongoing speaker series?

General Questions

Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs? While we offer skills and professionalization training, we do not (currently) offer an employment partnership program or networking opportunities via Graduate Studies. However we do promote such events as they are offered by our campus Career Services.
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?While there may be general information included, this is not a specific goal _ though this is definitely something to consider!
Is there any additional information you would like to share?The Faculty of Graduate Studies is currently building towards the development of a comprehensive professionalization program with the goal to offer a certificate. We currently offer a very robust schedule of informal workshops, as well as supporting certificate programs through our Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) division.