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PROV 601, Thriving in your graduate program: Fostering graduate student success, is a seminar for beginning (1st- and 2nd-year) doctoral and MFA students that will be offered for the second time in spring 2014.

PROV 601 has been designed for students to explore the many facets of graduate school with an eye toward facilitating their success as graduate students at Mason. The seven seminar sessions encourage students to begin thinking about where they want to be after completing their degree program, and how to position themselves to get there.

As one student wrote, “The course was extremely useful in filling in gaps in my education on preparing for life after graduate school, particularly when entering into a highly competitive job market. This class has been invaluable and I believe it has given me an edge in pursuing my goals in the future.” ~spring 2013 participant

The interdisciplinary nature of the seminar means that discussions focus on general trends in higher education. Seminar topics include the importance of building one’s teaching credentials alongside one’s scholarly reputation; learning to set short-, medium-, and long-term goals with clear timelines for achieving them; and the essential role of networking in career building.

Students who participated in our inaugural seminar had this to say:

I have developed a timeline of what I need to do now to make myself a competitive applicant for a faculty position.” ~spring 2013 participant

I have started to advocate for teaching opportunities towards the end of the program. I also know exactly when I need to meet goals in order to graduate in a timely manner and I am preparing accordingly. I have used the recommendation of designated writing time to good effect as well, and have been busily developing additional networking skills and media.” ~spring 2013 participant

I think all first year doctoral students should have to take this seminar.” ~spring 2013 participant

Admission to the spring 2014 seminar is competitive and requires an application. The application process closed Monday, October 28, 2013. Please contact the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence for additional information.