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Coffee Hour Seminar Series

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The Graduate College Coffee Hour Seminar Series brings together graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and professional staff from across the University, as well as field experts, for a wide variety of personal and professional development workshops. See a list of topic areas below. Offerings vary year-to-year based on demand. If you have ideas or requests for professional development or would like to partner with the Graduate College on a session, please contact the Graduate College at

Visit the links below for a list of upcoming workshops in each topic area and for archives which include session recordings, presentations, downloadable resources, and contact information.

Visit our Events page for a complete list of events for graduate students and postdocs.

Teaching and Learning

  • General resources and ongoing professional development for graduate student instructors (TAs, RCFs, etc.)
  • Remote and online teaching and learning tools and resources
  • How learning works, research-based principles for smart teaching
  • Teaching large classes
  • Engaging students in learning activities and in the remote/online environment
  • Effective assessments and grading techniques
  • Teaching across cultures, understanding diverse backgrounds
  • Learning objectives and curriculum development
  • Identifying students in distress, managing student crisis
  • Disability resources and requirements

Professional Skills

  • Navigating mentor-mentee relationships and conflict resolution
  • Building resilience for personal and professional life
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Cybersecurity, information privacy and technology
  • Thesis and dissertation writing and presenting (including remote/online presentation)
  • Navigating library resources and scholarly tools
  • Grant writing
  • Communication

Job Search and Career

  • Career counseling and job search tools
  • Career fair prep
  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Interview skills
  • Fellowships for career development
  • Career planning and exploration, Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Academic job search

Financial Literacy

  • Basic of accounts, budgeting and credit
  • Financial hacks and getting out of debt
  • Home buying and lending and planning for large purchases
  • Navigating your taxes
  • Educational planning and funding, external funding sources
  • Beginner investing, employee benefits, retirement planning
  • Advanced investing, diversifying your portfolios, trading

Health and Wellness 

  • Mindfulness meditation and stress management
  • Art, music, and dance/movement therapy
  • Yoga for anxiety
  • Cooking and baking
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Learn a new talent or skill