Academic & Professional Communication Series


Workshop series for graduate students who seek to improve their academic and professional communication skills and public speaking abilities.

Fall Series

Each of the sessions focuses on a brief communication episode that students will frequently encounter during their academic career. Participants will bring a 200-word, typed draft of their statement, which they will be expected to present, receive feedback and coaching on and revise during the workshop.

Session 1 - Conference Cocktail Party: The Academic Introduction
Tuesday December 3, 2013
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Practice networking with scholars at academic conferences by developing effective ways to introduce yourself at our “Conference Cocktail Party.”

Session 2 - Research Speed Dating: The One-Minute Research Speech
Thursday December 5, 2013
Teaching Support Centre, Room 120, The D.B. Weldon Library
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for “Research Speed Dating” – a learning activity designed to help graduate students describe their research effectively, concisely, and learn about how their research is perceived by grant committees.

Winter Series

Networking at Academic Conferences
Refine your interpersonal communication skills and prepare to network with colleagues at academic conferences

The Art of Creating and Presenting Posters
How do you present your research over and over and over again and keep it interesting? Learn about strategies used by experienced poster presenters.

Communication Strategies for Teams
Collaborative research or team teaching often involves complex communication challenges. Learn about strategies for building well functioning teams through case studies during this session.