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Retreat and Orientation


The 2009 Graduate Students Retreat and Orientation

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

8.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.

at TECO Room, College of Education Building

USF Tampa Campus

Retreat Picture Main


Retreat and Orientation Photos (11/18/09)

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Powerpoint (ppt) format

Both files contain the same photos. You can open each with MS Powerpoint 1997-2003 or later.

View Recorded Sessions on iTunesU (10/19/09)

Please click the link above to view several recorded sessions on iTunesU. Please note that the available posted sessions are only the sessions where presenters and audiences agreed to be published. You will need FREE iTunes application (click the link to obtain it) installed on your computer.


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Links for Directions to the Event Location (9/9/09)

USF Tampa Campus Info

Mapquest link to USF Tampa Campus

USF Tampa Campus Map to COEdu Building

View of the COEdu Building where TECO Room is located

Parking Information (9/9/09)

Participants of this event may park at any parking lots (except at the "reserved" spots) located on campus on the date of this event without any cost. The nearest parking lots of this event are shown in the parking map here.

Agenda of the Event (update 9/3/09)

Find the agenda of the event on the link above. This is our final draft, there might be very few changes prior to the event.
You can also download a pdf copy of the agenda.

Checking your registration (8/11/09)

We provide a page that list those who already registered here. Once you register, your name will show on the page 3 days after the day you registered at the latest. If you don't find your name there after 3 days, please re-register or contact our webmaster.

Help to spread the words! (8/11/09)

As we know we might not be able to get the info about this event to all targeted participants, we also encourage you to spread the words about this event to the ones you know would be interested.
Thank you!!!

Volunteers Needed! (8/17/09)

We need additional hands to run the event successfully. Therefore, we would like to invite volunteers to sign up for several available roles. If you are interested, please sign up by clicking the following link: VOLUNTEER SIGN UP FORM


Event Description

This is an annual event held by the Department of Adult, Career and Higher Education (ACHE). Numerous informative activities are provided for prospective and current students to accompany what we believe to be the most valuable aspect of the meeting which is networking.

Every year we craft a different outline to fit the most current needs of our prospective and current students at the Departments. The event might be organized as a centralized event by the Department or as separate events organized by each program in the ACHE Department.

2009 Retreat and Orientation Programs

Choosing the Right Programs – Applicants & Prospective students

Information on the different programs offered by the ACHE Department, information about potential career opportunities, and other information that would help to determine whether they would apply to enter the programs.

Program Planning for Courses and Experiences – Prospective and New Students

Information about what is needed for early success in the three programs such as writing expectations, course selection and program planning, work with advisors, etc.

Navigating the system/Policies and Paperwork-Avoiding the Pitfalls in the Dissertation Process

Committee Appointment, Plan of Study, Qualifying Exam, Proposal, Dissertation…find out about all of the graduate policies and forms required throughout your doctoral studies.  The rules, forms, and timelines will be covered so you are ready for every activity, its deadline and you won’t be delayed in the pursuit of your doctorate.

Beyond the Basics: Tools for Dissertation Research

You know the basics—the library catalog, the databases in education and many of the tools for coursework and basic projects, but now you want to go deeper either because you are getting ready for writing your thesis or you want to submit a manuscript for publication. This workshop will cover the tools researchers use to go beyond the basics to do an exhaustive review of the literature. Learn how to follow the bibliographic trail by using alerting tools, super-Googling techniques, World Catalog, cited author references, and online dissertations.  RefWorks and other citation management tools will also be discussed.

Choosing Your Dissertation Topic, Starting Now – Continuing Students

A session intended for students who have not yet begun to identify a topic area for dissertation research but should be doing so. Helpful suggestions and strategies for getting started will be shared.

Qualifying Exams-How to study –What you need to know –What to expect

Issues to be covered include identifying a program committee, developing a program of courses, preparing for the new Qualifying Exams, and other questions/issues of interest to students.

Student to Job Seeker/Searching & Negotiating a First Academic Position

Issues to consider in the search for and negotiation of a first academic position.  It’s not just salary – issues beyond salary to consider in negotiations.  Yes, it is acceptable and desirable to negotiate the conditions of a first faculty position.

Successful Writing Strategies – Students Beginning or Writing Proposals & Dissertations

Suggestions for surviving the dissertation writing process.

Getting Funded:  The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Funding

The practical aspects of grant funding will be emphasized in this session. Suggestions for finding appropriate funding sources and reviewing targeted Requests for Applications (RFA’s) will be provided. Instructions will be given for preparing competitive proposals with tips for appealing to reviewers and avoiding common grant writing pitfalls.

Various Roundtable Topics

  • International Connections/Thinking globally and living globally
  • Funding Research                               
  • What the Grad school offers?
  • Strategies for Networking and Publishing at Adult Education Conferences
  • Make the most out of a national presentation at a conference
  • Getting the most out of teaching, learning, and/or faculty development conferences
  • College student affairs as a cognate


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