Professional Development

(2nd edition, 2004) Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes
John M. Swales & Christine B. Feak

A course syllabus introduces both you and the subject to your students; communicates your goals and expectations; serves as official notice to students about course policies and requirements; and functions as a good learning tool.

Section 4.2 of the UNL Student Code of Conduct is specific about the importance of maintaining academic honesty and integrity in our classrooms.

To succeed in your next position, determine the skills needed in that position and then minimize any difference between your skills and the needed skills. Start to behave as if you are in the next position.

Beginnings are important. Whether you’re teaching a large introductory course for freshmen or an advanced course in your major field, it makes  good sense to start the semester off well.

At the dissertation stage of your graduate program, a fellowship can be a critical resource, especially if your research requires money for travel, equipment, supplies, and time to collect data and write.

Classroom discussions can lead to important student learning. To most effectively use discussion as a teaching and learning tool in your course, consider these suggestions.

During the annual UNL Research Fair, the Graduate Studies Office will sponsor a workshop for graduate students on preparing NSF graduate research fellowship applications.

  1. Select a topic early in your doctoral program. 
  2. Ensure your topic is doable in one year. 
  3. Develop a clear statement of your research problem and solidify the scope of your project.