Professional Development Opportunities

Units across campus that support graduate students offer workshops, training sessions, and invited speaker presentations designed to foster the professional development of our graduate students.

For a calendar of professional development events, visit the Graduate School at


Career Conversations: Government, Law & Politics

10/18 @ 225 Center for Career Development 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Life Skills Series—Post College Financial Planning

10/24 @ 218 Humanities and Social Sciences 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Life Beyond Graduate School—Transitioning to the Next Phase

11/9 @ 253 Hodges Library 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

For more details on career-related events, visit the Center for Career Development (


Electronic Systems for Proposals

11/07 @ A004 Blount Hall 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Subawards and Subrecipient Monitoring

11/14 @ A004 Blount Hall 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Life Cycle of Cost Share and Program Income

11/28 @ A004 Blount Hall 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

For more events, details and registration, visit the O ce of Research and Engagement ( and the UT Libraries (www.lib.utk. edu).

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Do you know who your advisor is?

Do you know who your advisor is?

When you enter the graduate program, the Graduate School assigned you a default temporary advisor. For our College, that person is typically Dr. Fairbrother (Interim Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs). Unless you are specializing in motor-behavior, however, Dr. Fairbrother will not be your actual advisor. It is your responsibilty to ask a faculty member in your area of concentration/specialization to serve as your advisor (aka major professor). You should identify that person as soon as possible. Your major professor is the person who will also sign off first on your coursework on the Admission to Candidacy Form.

See this passage in the KRSS Graduate Handbook 2017-2018:

Temporary Advisor and Major Professor

Master’s and doctoral students entering all programs in the department are assigned a temporary advisor who advises the student regarding courses. As early as possible, the student asks an eligible faculty member to serve as major professor. The major professor advises the student through his or her course study and facilitates communication within the department regarding the student.

The major professor (or temporary advisor) must approve the student’s courses each semester to ensure that adequate progress is made toward the degree.

The major professor will work with the student to identify appropriate potential committee members who are eligible to serve and can facilitate the student’s degree work. It is important that the graduate student stay in close contact with the major professor and committee throughout the duration of his or her graduate program. (p. 28)

If you feel you never heard about this before, please make sure to read the rest of the KRSS Graduate Handbook 2017-2018. Odds are there is other important information you need to know to graduate (on time). Note that your admission letter stated that the Handbook is required reading for all Graduate Students.

There are links to the Handbook on the KRSS site, but here is a direct link:


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Qualtrix license to expire: Please respond to survey

The university contract for UT’s current web survey software (Qualtrix) is due for renewal in spring 2018. Given that web survey software is widely used by faculty, staff, and students, UT is interested in input from members of the campus community. They would like to know what features are important to your data collection needs, as well as what types of data you collect. They have developed a survey that should take 10-15 minutes to complete. OIT has included an extensive list of features culled from many web survey software providers. The survey will close 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 21.

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Keynote presentation: “Toward an Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Faculty Allies”

The Teaching and Learning Center will be sponsoring the keynote presentation of Kim Case, PhD, a 1997 UT Knoxville alumna with a degree in psychology, on Friday, Oct. 20 from 10–11:30 a.m. in Stokely Hall, Multi-Purpose Room 199ABC. The keynote presentation is titled, “Toward an Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Faculty Allies,” and will focus on inclusive pedagogical practices for instructors. Students can sign up by visiting the Teaching and Learning Center’s event calendar. If students have any questions about this presentation, they can contact Ferlin McGaskey, PhD, at

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George Mason University: Tenure-Line, Open Rank Sport Management Faculty position.

George Mason University has an available Tenure-Line, Open Rank Sport Management Faculty position.

For full consideration, please apply for position number F6593z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Sport Management Faculty (Tenure-Line, Open Rank) 
The George Mason University Division of Sport, Recreation and Tourism (SRT)—within the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)—invites applications for a tenure-line faculty member (open-rank) to join its internationally recognized faculty in Sport Management beginning in August 2018. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

SRT offers undergraduate programs in Sport Management, Recreation Management, and Tourism and Events Management along with a master’s program in Sport and Recreation Studies with a concentration in Sport Management and certificates in International Sport Management and Sport Coaching. The Division also offers several collaborative undergraduate minors, including Sport Communication, Sport Analytics, Sport Coaching, Sport and American Culture, Sport and Conflict Resolution, and Sport and Computer Game Design. Due to its location in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area—the nation’s fifth largest sport market—the program offers ample opportunities for engagement with the sport industry.


The college is seeking a colleague who is committed to research of consequence and outstanding teaching and service in the Sport Management program. Candidates will be expected to have or develop an active research agenda that includes high-quality publications and externally funded research, and to teach courses on core topics in Sport Management (e. g., sport marketing, economics, governance, analytics, technology, venues, or global perspectives). Additional responsibilities include:

  • Advising graduate capstones;
  • Participating in ongoing program development and delivery;
  • Completing essential service activities for the program, college, and professional community; and
  • Contributing to special initiatives related to the Sport Management program.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must have an earned doctorate in sport management or a related field from an accredited university;
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to conduct and disseminate research of consequence; and
  • Must have a commitment to inclusivity and collaboration with other faculty and program partners.

Preferred Qualifications:

  •  Teaching experience in higher education settings and active engagement in relevant professional associations; and
  • Sports industry experience.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F6593z at;  complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Dr. Jacqueline McDowell | Asst. Professor of Sport Management

George Mason University | College of Education and Human Development

George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus

10890 George Mason Circle

Bull Run Hall 220, MSN 4E5

Manassas, VA 20110

phone: (703) 993-7088 | email: | web:

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Student/Faculty Research Awards

The Graduate School  posted details for the Student/Faculty Research Awards at These awards are intended to support collaborative efforts of graduate students and faculty members. A wide range of research, scholarship and creative activities can be supported by awards. We encourage you to consider this mechanism as a way to support their work. If you are interested, please contact your advisor.

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Webinar: Graduate School as a Means to a Job

Next week the Center for Career Development and Graduate Student Senate are co-sponsoring a graduate student focused webinar. On Wednesday, October 18th from 5-6:30 p.m., they are hosting Graduate School as a Means to a Job featuring Karen Kelskey, author of book and blog, The Professor is In ( Kelskey will cover both the academic and alt-academic job search. A flyer for the event is attached. Free pizza will be served at the event.

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