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August 2021

Dissertation Writing Bootcamp

August 2 @ 8:00 am - August 9 @ 5:00 pm

Bootcamp is a week-long opportunity offered by the Writing Center for students currently writing dissertations to set writing goals, practice disciplined writing habits, learn new strategies, and connect with other dissertation writers. Register here for this camp.

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Course Development Institute for Graduate Students

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - August 4 @ 3:00 pm

Are you teaching a course for the first time as an instructor of record? Have you taught before and want to revise or refresh the content? This workshop will use Backward Course Design to assist instructors on developing a syllabus, model lesson planning, creating learning objectives, ideas for student-centered engagement, and how to evaluate students’ learning outcomes. Bring your own course materials for discussion, revising, and sharing. Participants are expected to attend both sessions and are based on active engagement…

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Survive and Thrive: A New TA Institute

August 10 @ 9:00 am - August 11 @ 11:00 am

As a graduate student, being assigned a Teaching Assistant role for the first time–or with an expanded set of TA responsibilities–can feel daunting. This institute provides graduate students with functional skills central to their success in their TA roles. Sessions and workshops during this institute are designed to increase TAs’ confidence around interacting with students, anticipating challenges and planning potential solutions, and effectively supporting students in their TA roles. Tuesday August 10 – Building rapport with students and cultivating student engagement. This…

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Ethics in the Classroom

August 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The intent of this workshop is to provide graduate student TA’s guidance and practical approaches to maintain integrity in their teaching practices, identify and address their own implicit biases, and key aspects of FERPA. The workshop will be interactive and use case studies as opportunities to discuss real world situations that instructors and TA’s face in the classroom. Facilitated by Dean Barbour, The Graduate School. REGISTER

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August 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Todd BenDor, Professor of City and Regional Planning at UNC-CH How does academic publishing actually work? Where should you publish your research? How do you actually get papers accepted in strong academic journals? In this talk, we will discuss several major ideas in academic publishing (focusing on the social sciences). Registration is now open.

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September 2021


September 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Alison Blaine, Data Visualization Specialist at Red Hat This course explains how to clean and analyze textual data using R, including both raw and structured texts. It will cover multiple hands-on approaches to getting data into R, focusing on techniques from the fields of text mining and Natural Language Processing. Text Analysis Using R (Online) (unc.edu)

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September 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instructor: Ashley Amaya, Senior Survey Methodologist at the Pew Research Center In this course, participants will walk through several examples of error and map it onto the framework and provide exercises to come up with their own examples. They will also walk through some best practices in determining whether the use of Big Data is a ‘good’ choice for various research objectives, how to correct or avoid errors in Big Data, and documenting the strengths and weaknesses of your Big Data…

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