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Services Available from Office of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement

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The most effective approach to professional enhancement for graduate students is a collaborative and partnership approach, not only with you the faculty and staff who work directly with graduate students, but also with service units and other units across campus.  We partner with CELT, CESL, Stuckert Career Center, Counseling Center, Student Financial Wellness, HR Training and Development, UK Libraries, and many other units across campus to assure that the academic, professional, and personal needs of graduate students are met.  Recently, our partnership with CELT has led to Dr. Ashley Sorrell dividing her time between her role in CELT as a Senior Instructional Consultant and her new role in the Graduate School as Assistant Director of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement.  Dr. Sorrell focuses both on pedagogical development and transferable skills development of graduate students.  As part of our career diversification efforts, in the works is a potential partnership with Stuckert Career Center to cost-share a Graduate Career Developer dedicated specifically to graduate students and postdocs.  Our partnership with the UK Counseling Center resulted last semester in a forum for DGS on graduate student mental health, which we hope to expand this year.  We also work closely with the Graduate Student Congress (GSC), which is growing and now has an office space in the Gillis Building.  The GSC is organizing a series of events this year for graduate students and graduate faculty, including activities during Mental Health Awareness Week in October.  A final example is our partnership with UK Libraries, which has resulted in a large and inspiring dedicated space for graduate students and postdocs, the Clark Graduate Study, located in the west wing on the 5th floor of the W. T. Young Library.

Attached are the following documents that provide additional information about what we currently offer:

·         A brochure introducing the suite of support programs and services available to graduate students and postdocs

·         A pamphlet detailing our well-honed and nationally known Preparing Future Faculty program

·         A draft of a new navigational tool called Pathways to Optimize Your Graduate School Experience (which we plan to convert to an interactive webpage as well as produce as a pamphlet)

·         A flyer announcing an expanded Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) initiative called UK GradResearch Live!, coming in October

 Looking ahead, next fall the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Congress, along with many of the service units mentioned above, are partnering to offer a New Graduate Student Orientation and Resource Fair. The goal is to introduce new graduate students to the many resources (academic, research, professional, career, personal) available across campus and online. The working date is Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (classes begin Fall 2019 on Monday, August 26).  For those of you whose departments have TAs, the dates of the campus-wide orientation for new TAs are Thursday and Friday, August 15-16 (with the International pre-orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 13, and Language Screenings on Monday, August 19).  Note that this is a departure from the traditional Monday and Tuesday model for the campus-wide TA orientation, to allow academic units to have the week prior to classes for departmental orientation activities.

The Graduate Student Professional Enhancement Team

Morris A. Grubbs, Ph.D. Assistant Dean and Director

Ashley Sorrell, Ph.D., Assistant Director (in Graduate School) and Senior Faculty Instructional Consultant (in CELT)

Angela Garner, M.A., Coordinator of International Graduate Student Initiatives (in Graduate School) and ESL Lecturer (in CESL)

Chad Gilpin, M.F.A, Program Manager