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Professional Development Events

  • Friday, November 22, 2019
    3:00 pm

    Using Your Skills in Consulting: How to Make an Impact Beyond Your Academic Discipline (Webinar)

    Dr Kathleen Foote turned an expertise in Physics, with a focus on Physics Education Research, into a successful career in consulting by leveraging her diverse quantitative and social science skills. She is currently a Senior Consultant with Deloitte. In this webinar, Kathleen will talk about her pathway to non-academic work, provide insights into the world of consulting, and discuss the need to absorb and utilize knowledge. This VersatilePhD webinar is offered through The Graduate School's subscription to VersatilePhD.

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Emerging Leaders Institute Information Session

    Learn about the 2020 Emerging Leaders Institute from the program director and past participants. The Emerging Leaders Institute is an in-depth professional development program for Graduate School students and postdocs, designed to prepare you to hit the ground running as competent, confident, and effective leaders at Duke and beyond.

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    Do You Know Your Rules? Improving Intercultural Interactions

    Knowing your own internal rules and expectations can have a positive impact on interactions with your fellow postdocs and students, family, and most importantly, your mentor.  The rules that direct our behaviors are often cultural – learned in childhood.  Like fish unaware of the water they live in, we can be just as oblivious to the cultural norms that drive our behavior.  In this workshop, we’ll explore some of our own rules and what values we are maintaining by following the rules.  We will also discuss how to communicate our rules and expectations to others in a positive way, and how to understand how others’ rules may affect their behavior.

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    Every Semester Needs a Plan (Webinar)

    This planning webinar from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity will help you take the time to identify your personal and professional goals, create a strategic plan to accomplish them, and identify the types of community, support, and accountability you need to make this semester productive and balanced.

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    How to Manage Chronic Illness and Academic Life (Webinar)

    Maintaining professional productivity while managing a chronic illness has several particular challenges. At times, the scheduling and culture of the academy actively ignores the needs of the body/mind in its demand for scholarly and professional productivity. Drawing on her scholarship and professional experiences, Therí Pickens will discuss strategies for living and working with chronic illness. This free webinar is provided through Duke's institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    Identifying Your Mentoring Style

    A mentor is someone who recognizes the potential in another person and helps them to develop that potential. Most of us can recognize potential when we see it. But the second part of the equation – helping someone to develop their potential – is where we struggle. If you are a mentor or expect to mentor others in the future, come learn about a powerful mentoring tool: the CliftonStrengths assessment. The CliftonStrengths assessment helps you discover what you naturally do best, and helps you to understand and work more productively with others.

  • Monday, March 23, 2020 to Sunday, April 5, 2020

    14-Day Writing Challenge (Webinar)

    This free online 14-day writing challenge gives participants the chance to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability, hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Register by March 19, 2020.