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Seminars and Workshops

OGPS sponsors workshops that support the professional development of Tulane's graduate students. Not all workshops or seminars will be held every semester, so please check our home page for this semester's schedule. Topics include:

  • Graduate Student Orientation - A day long program, the OGPS New Graduate Student Orientation is designed to provide incoming Master's and PhD students with the contacts, offices, and resources they will need for a successful graduate career at Tulane.
  • An Orientation for New Teaching Assistants - This seminar is for all new graduate teaching instructors and assistants. Speakers from across the university will discuss policies and resources for teaching.
  • Career Exploration Beyond Academia - Discover career opportunities for master's- and PhD-holders, as well as postdocs, in industry, non-profit, governmental, and freelance work. Informational interviewing, networking, career exploration, and personality and skills assessments will be covered, as well as where and how to look for non-academic job postings.
  • CV Writing Workshop - For those considering academic careers in any field, a stellar curriculum vitae is crucial. This session will cover the purpose of the academic CV, structure, organization, content, and format. Participants will also have an opportunity to work on their own CV, regardless of whether they are early or late in their graduate school or postdoc experience.
  • Introduction to Academic Careers for potential professors - This workshop will provide an overview of types of academic institutions and positions to be aware of, as well as details regarding timelines and required application materials. Specific tools and strategies for starting and sustaining an academic job search will also be included. Content will be focused primarily for PhD students based on the campus where the workshop is held (Uptown or Downtown campus), but is applicable to any graduate student who is curious about or planning to pursue an academic career.
  • Resume Writing Workshop - A resume that describes your skills and experience is a great starting place, but one that can land you an interview for a terrific position is a whole other kind of document. This session will walk participants through different options for resumes' content and format and provide an opportunity to work on individually tailored resumes.
  • Teaching Statements for Academic Job Applications - This workshop will address the purpose of this document, hiring committees' expectations, and components of a strong Teaching Statement. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own instructional experience and how to incorporate it effectively into their individual statements. Especially relevant for PhD students and postdocs planning to be on the academic job market in the coming 1 - 2 years.
    Led by Dr. Ana Lopez, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Two Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster (Two Part Workshop) - Based on the book by Steve Dalton, this is a 2-part intensive, interactive program for people who are job-seeking and/or looking to expand their professional network. Workshop participants will implement a precise method for outreach with guidance and support. This workshop is most useful for people exploring careers outside of academia.
    Led by Margie Cartwright, Director of Career Services, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • Writing Teaching and Research Statements - Most applications for academic positions require a teaching statement, research statement, or both. In conjunction with Associate Provost Ana Lopez, this workshop will clarify what should be included in these documents, how to write successful statements, and will also address discipline-specific issues.
  • Versatile PhD Career Workshops -
    Check this space for dates of Fall and Spring Workshops
    • Careers in Technology Transfer (STEM)
    • Careers in Publishing (Humanities/Social Sciences)
    • University Administration (STEM)
    • Careers in Business (Humanities/Social Sciences)
    • Careers in Software Engineering (STEM)
    • Careers in Technical Writing (Humanities/Social Science)

To access the Versatile PhD Career Workshops, you'll need to create a Versatile PhD Account. It's fast, easy, and FREE to sign up - just follow the link to register:

  • Three-Minute Thesis Competition - The Three-Minute Thesis competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. Developed by The University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research within three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-special audience. This is for PhD students from all disciplines, and winners compete for prizes, including participating at the annual conference for the Council of Southern Graduate Schools. Information sessions for potential participants will take place in September and October.
  • Ready, Set, Teach: A Teaching Workshop - This workshop covers the teaching essentials, from utilizing technology in the classroom and leading discussions to classroom management and setting boundaries.

OGPS also publishes a Teaching Resource Manual for Graduate Student Instructors in collaboration with the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT). To suggest a topic or speakers for workshops, e-mail OGPS at