Experienced practitioners will share nuts-and-bolts approaches to teaching- and administration- related topics in graduate communication support. Workshops will provide professional development opportunities for those who are new to the field or exploring new graduate communication initiatives or approaches. Workshops will take place on Sunday and Monday afternoons and will not incur a separate fee. Workshop leaders are invited to propose 90-minute sessions on an area of expertise in graduate communication support.
Please note that there will be limited slots for workshops, so it is possible that a number of qualified proposals will not be selected. For example, if we receive three proposals for oral communication workshops, we will likely only select one of them in the interest of providing a good range of workshop topics. All applicants whose workshops are not selected will be given the option to submit a Works-in-Progress proposal.
Workshop proposals will be reviewed and selected based on the following criteria:
- Proposal quality: Clarity of goals and deliverables will be considered in the selection process.
- Diversity of topics: We aim to offer workshops focused on topics that are relevant to participants from a wide range of backgrounds. For this reason, it is possible that a high quality proposal will not be chosen if the topic is too similar to one already in the lineup.
- Experience: Because the workshops are meant to give participants who are newer to graduate communication support the opportunity to learn from those with more experience, professional experience will be considered. We are not looking for “stars” in the field so much as perspective on the topic gained through trial and error.
Workshop proposals should provide the following information:
- Workshop title
- Workshop topic
- Names and institutional affiliations for all workshop speakers/ organizers
- A brief description of your qualifications for leading a workshop on this topic
- Intended audience
- Is your workshop suitable for participants who work with students from a wide variety of backgrounds (L1, L2, international, domestic), or is it designed for participants who work with a specific student population?
- Workshop description (limit: 500 words)
- Describe each workshop organizer’s role.
- What (if anything) should participants bring to the workshop?
- What hands-on activities will participants engage in during the workshop?
- What is the goal, outcome, or deliverable of the workshop?
A Note on Submitting Multiple Proposals: Participants are welcome to submit proposals for both a workshop and a works-in-progress session, but our plan is to accept only one proposal from each speaker in order to make sure that everyone who wants to present at the Institute has the chance to do so. Because workshop proposals will be adjudicated, they will be prioritized. This means that works-in-progress proposals submitted by participants who are chosen to lead a workshop may not be accepted. Works-in-progress proposals submitted by those who are not chosen to lead a workshop will be accepted.