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Events for Graduate Students

Spring 2014

In order to ensure that the Center for Teaching Excellence provides sufficient materials and refreshments for all participants, registration is required for all workshops listed below. To Register, please call 412-396-5177 or email CTE (cte@duq.edu).  Online registration will be available soon.


Peer Review of CV and Cover Letters

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
1:00 - 2:30pm
411-B Canevin Hall
[This is a room change from the originally posted location!]

Facilitators: Dr. James Purdy (Director of the Writing Center, English) & Members of the Writing Center and Erin Rentschler & Michael McGravey (CTE)

Don't let your job application materials go to the bottom of the pile. Getting a second set of eyes on these important documents can only increase your chance of rising to the top! Graduate students are invited to bring CVs and cover letters to a peer review session facilitated by the Writing Center. Peronal/Research statements will be addressed as time permits.

[Registration closed]


Developing Your Teaching Persona

February 20, 2014
3:00 - 4:15pm
108 Canevin Hall

Facilitators: Ashley Kunsa (English), Erin Rentschler (CTE), and Michael McGravey (CTE)

A persona is typically thought of as a role that one plays or a mask one wears in order to manage others' perceptions of him/her.

What impact, then, does a teaching persona have on both the teacher and the student? How does one go about developing (or, perhaps, revising) a teaching persona?
In this session, participants will explore these questions and consider how the many roles they play as graduate students inform their teaching practices.
Join us for a thoughtful discussion and the opportunity to begin crafting a teaching persona that is both genuine and productive.

All current and prospective teaching assistants are welcome to attend. Please register by emailing cte@duq.edu or by calling 412.396.5177.

NOTE: This workshop will fulfill the "Student Faculty Interaction" or "Classroom Management" requirements for the Certificate of University Teaching.
Advanced Certificate enrollees may attend this workshop to fulfill the "Career Advancement" category.

[Registration closed]


Elevator Talks for the Academic Interview

Thursday, March 13, 2014
3:00 - 4:30pm
119 Union

Presenters: Dr. Alexandra Gregory (Associate Provost/Associate Academic Vice President), Dr. Philip Reeder (Dean, Bayer School of Natural Sciences), Dr. Maureen O'Brien (Chair and Associate Professor, Theology) and Laurel Willingham-McLain (Director, CTE)
Facilitators: Erin Rentschler (CTE) and Michael McGravey (CTE)

Prepare for informal interviews at academic conferences or other networking events. This workshop invites graduate students to prepare and practice "elevator talks" addressing their research, teaching, and connection to Duquesne University's mission and identity in a non-intimidating environment. A panel of faculty and administrators will provide large-group feedback and strategies for navigating the interview process. Graduate participants will bring 30-60 second snapshots (approximately 150 words) describing who they are as teacher-scholars. Participants should prepare three snapshots focused on: (1) research, (2) teaching, and (3) connection to the mission.

Register Online


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Duquesne University Counseling Center

Graduate Student Support Group

For All Graduate Students:
The University Counseling Center will be offering a Graduate Student Support group, which will meet every other Monday from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. starting on February 24 and running throughout the spring 2014 semester. This group will focus on common stressors that graduate students experience, providing students with the opportunity to give and receive support, and collectively generate effective and realistic solutions to the challenges associated with graduate school. Topics to be addressed may include dealing with procrastination, motivation, and balancing multiple life responsibilities. This group will be facilitated by a licensed psychologist, and requires confidentiality among all participants.

If interested in talking with the facilitator to see if this group may be helpful to you, please call the University Counseling Center at 412-396-6204.

Anxiety Management Group

The University Counseling Center will be offering an Anxiety Management Group for the spring 2014 semester, which will meet weekly on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., for approximately 6 weeks. This group is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. This will be a semi-structured group that focuses on managing the most common concerns that students face in relation to anxiety. Topics will include managing worry, panic, test anxiety, and time management, among others. Students will also learn relaxation exercises and mindfulness techniques to help cope with these issues. The group will also provide time for open discussion. Discussing anxiety with one another allows members to feel more connected to the group, less lonely in their struggle with anxiety, and it can help to decrease feelings of anxiety or social anxiety. This group will be facilitated by two therapists and requires confidentiality among all participants.

If you are interested in talking with the facilitators to see if this group may be helpful to you, please call the University Counseling Center at 412-396-6204.

Interactive Group Therapy

The University Counseling Center is offering a Connections group for the spring 2014 semester, which will meet weekly on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This group is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. This group will provide members an opportunity to give and receive support, as well as focus on how members interact with each other. This unstructured process group works from the group microcosm theory that states that the conscious and unconscious ways members interact with each other in group is representative of how they relate with others in general. As members interpersonal styles and patterns emerge in group, members will gain insight into their conscious and unconscious patterns of interacting and relating with others, and have opportunities to practice relating in new, effective ways with other group members. This group would be beneficial for any student feeling generally unfulfilled or dissatisfied in their relationships or in the ways they typically interact with or perceive others. This group will be co-facilitated by two therapists, and requires confidentiality among all participants.

If interested in talking with the facilitators to see if this group may be helpful to you, please call the University Counseling Center at 412-396-6204.