2017 Fall Workshops


Crafting Professional Documents: Resumes and Cover Letters
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building
Instructor: Chenchen Huang

What is the difference between academic and non-academic job documents? How do you alter your materials to target individual audiences? This workshop will focus on strategies for drafting neat, concise, and unique materials for your academic or alt-ac job hunt. Please bring two copies of your current résumé and cover letter for workshopping with your peers.

Crafting Professional Documents: Personal Statements, Research Statements, and CVs
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building
Instructor: Shannon Stimpson

What do search committees look for in CVs and personal statements? How are these documents used by faculty and administrators to make hiring decisions about academic candidates? The workshop will emphasize how CVs, personal statements, and research statements differ from and complement each other. Participants will focus on genre conventions and writing with stylistic emphasis and concision. This workshop is geared specifically toward preparing documents for an academic job search. Please bring a copy of your personal statement and/or CV to the workshop.

Writing Abstracts
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, 112 Kern Graduate Building
Instructors: Shannon Stimpson and Chenchen Huang

Current demands in indexing, selection, and publication make the abstract an increasingly important form to master. However, even seasoned researchers and practiced writers struggle to write compelling abstracts. Our final workshop addresses the art of abstract writing and summarizing extended arguments for interest, relevance, and accuracy. As part of our discussion, we will also consider how keywords play a crucial role in indexing and access. Participants will practice identifying keywords and revising abstracts for different contexts (i.e., conference papers, journal articles, book chapters, dissertations and theses, research grants, and book proposals). Please bring a copy of an abstract for a project you are working on to the workshop.

All graduate students, regardless of disciplinary affiliation or English fluency, are welcome to enroll. Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us (gwc.psu@gmail.com) in advance of your participation or visit.