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Training & Mentorship

The Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship (OGTM) was developed to enhance and sustain a culture for academic success and professional development of graduate students. In an effort to assist graduate departments with this mission, the OGTM provides the following services:

  • Assist with coordination of recruitment and retention efforts
  • Identify and create diversity resources and initiatives that strengthen faculty mentoring and support retention of underrepresented populations in a variety of fields of study across campus
  • Collaborates with other members of the Graduate School executive staff and related offices to collect and maintain data (e.g., enrollment, graduation, surveys) for tracking and required reporting and for faculty writing grants
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate training in grant development
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate responsible conduct of research
  • Assist with building faculty-student collaborative research teams and interdisciplinary projects

Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, oversees the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship in the Graduate School.

Funding and Training Opportunities

Career Conversations

The Center for Career Development would like to announce the next Career Conversations event on Wednesday, March 21, from 4-5:30 pm in the Student Union, room 225. There will be a panel discussion on Arts, Media and Communication Careers, featuring individuals working in these fields. You will hear from panelists representing many areas of arts and communication from AC Entertainment, Ackermann PR, Knoxville Weekend/ Fox 43, and the Metropolitan Drug Coalition. You can explore career options, learn how to break into the industry, and hear tips from insiders on gaining experience and securing jobs. Learn more about these careers via a facilitated panel discussion and an open question and answer session.  Download a flyer with the complete 2017/2018 Career Conversations schedule.

Excelling At Your First Year on the Job

I can kick back and relax now that I have a job lined up, right? Wrong! You need to think about setting goals, being a great employee, and building your professional network and brand. The Center for Career Development continues the Life Skills Series, this time to explore how you can excel your first year on the job and set yourself up for continued success. This session, “Excelling the 1st Year on the Job,” will be held in the Center for Career Development Room 229 on March 21, from 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Online Career Conference for PhDs

Beyond the Professoriate is hosting its 5th Annual Online Career Conference for PhDs on May 5th and May 12th. This conference is offered online through Zoom, so there’s no travel necessary. And you’ll be able to view the sessions online after the event is over. This event is designed for anyone interested in learning about the wide array of career options for PhDs, beyond the academic job search. Register before April 14th to get the “early bird” rate.

Graduate Assistant Position in the International House

The International House is hiring a graduate student to begin work during July 2018. Applicants should have experience in the following: developing and implementing programs, supervising others, leading discussions/teaching, working with budgets, etc. The I-House engages and educates students about the world and their responsibilities and opportunities as global citizens. In addition, the International House is a central gathering place for the university’s international student population. Graduate Assistants keep the International House functioning on a daily basis. They not only help manage the facility 5 days a week but they also serve as hosts to students from all over the world who come to the University of Tennessee. Deadline for applications is March 28, and you can apply online.

Diversi-Tea for March 2018

Diversi-Tea is part of an ongoing effort to facilitate communication among faculty and staff about issues related to inclusive teaching practices. In monthly sessions sponsored by Teaching and Learning Innovation, faculty and staff will be given the opportunity to learn from one another and engage in dialogue about the various ways of incorporating inclusive teaching practices. The next Diversi-Tea will be on March 20th from 11:10 a.m.–12:40 p.m. in the Frieson Black Cultural Center, room 102. The topic will be “Addressing Implicit Bias and its Impact on Teaching and Learning” and the facilitators for the discussion will be Dr. Ashlee Anderson (Theory & Practice in Teacher Education) and Ms. Sara Nasrollahian (Teaching & Learning Innovation). Be sure to register for the workshop, if you plan to attend.

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