Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Development Series 

This series provides seminars and workshops in skills development including, but not limited to, professionalization, communication, business, and management of resources geared to better prepare our graduate students for successful academic endeavors and careers in academic, corporate, public and research sectors. Most of the programs require advanced registration which can be found with the descriptions below and will be provided with announcements on the Graduate Education Calendar and weekly email of events. 
These programs are co-sponsored by the Graduate Education Office, the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA), and the offices that are listed in each announcement.  


(De)Constructive Criticism: Strategies for Giving and Receiving Feedback Within the Supervisory Relationship
Monday, July 15, 2019         
1:00-2:00 pm
Location will be provided to all registrants
This workshop is about the process of giving and receiving feedback, particularly as it relates to navigating the supervisory relationship. We will begin by discussing our relationship to receiving critical feedback from others and the ways that feedback is internalized. We will then explore avenues for making the feedback process bidirectional, exercising agency along the way and developing ways to communicate that with professors. Finally, this workshop will examine the relationship between the thesis/dissertation process and students’ sense of self-worth as well as their relationship to the work itself. A light lunch will be served.
NOTE: This session is for Doctoral students only

(De)Constructive Criticism [ppt]

Difficult Conversations with Advisors: Why They Matter & How to Have Them
Monday, July 29, 2019            
1:00-2:00 pm
Location will be provided to all registrants
Starting difficult conversations with advisors and others can be stressful and challenging. Sometimes we don’t know what to say. Other times we don’t know how to say it or how our words will be received. This workshop will explore some of the most common challenges faced by graduate students in terms of their relationships with advisors and others, and will present a framework for effective communication. Topics covered will include: managing expectations, setting boundaries, changing advisors, and communicating needs. A light lunch will be served.
**NOTE: This session is for Doctoral students only **
Wednesday, July 31, 2019           4:30-6:30pm
Tickets are limited to the first 50 completed registrations.
You have that interview for your dream position! You want to impress the people you are with at that business night out! Your department is hosting a scholar whose research has formed the basis of your whole project! Are you confident about your ability to navigate the meal in these situations? There are a lot of forks! Let us help you prepare so that is one less thing to worry about. Under the tutelage of an etiquette specialist, you will have the opportunity to learn and/or hone your dining etiquette skills over a 5-course meal. The Graduate Education Office Professional Development Program has subsidized the price of this experience for each student, and therefore, non-refundable tickets are only $16 ($15.00 + $1.00 processing fee). You may purchase tickets from the CMU University Tickets pageLocation will be provided via email by July 25 with confirmed purchase.