Fostering a Positive Classroom Culture

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"Creative Rooftop" by Melinda Stuart | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
A positive classroom culture helps all students to be successful in your classroom. For TAs and instructors, this means considering the classroom power differential and how you interact with students both inside and outside of the classroom.
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Teaching
Good Practices
Ethics

Managing your Stress

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"Dunstanburgh Sunrise" by James Whitesmith | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Relaxation is not just for vacations. Learning how to handle your stress better throughout the year can help you be more productive and handle setbacks better.
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Grad Life

Preparing for Phone or Skype Interviews

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"060416 A Fuzzy Line" by Pete | CC BY 2.0
For many jobs, search committees will interview candidates over the phone or on Skype first. Performing well in these interviews is essential to getting to the next round of interviews.
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Interviewing
Job Search

Putting Together UNL Award and Fellowship Applications

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"The Space In Between" by Nedra | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The Office of Graduate Studies offers several awards and fellowships for graduate students. Learn about these opportunities and the best tips for preparing your applications.
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Funding
Professional Development

Using LinkedIn Effectively

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"Who is the Weakest Link" by Cindy Cornett Seigle | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Using LinkedIn well can help you develop and support your professional network and connect with other professionals in your field. Think carefully about what information you include and how best to portray yourself online.
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Networking
Career Development

Reading Strategically

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"Exploring LA-13" by abare13 | CC BY-NC 2.0
Graduate classes often have lengthy reading assignments. Learning how to read efficiently will save you time and help you be more productive in the future.
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Strengthening your CV through Service

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"5/365: Weight-ing Patiently" by Kaleb Fulgham | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Whether you plan on pursuing an academic or nonacademic career, getting involved with organizations in your department, in your field, and in your community can help you prepare for your future career.
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Professional Development
Service
Leadership

The Basics of Scientific Writing

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"Messograf Pen Calipers" by Adafruit Industries | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Dr. Lombardo shares his best advice for successful and clear scientific writing.
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Writing

Assessing and Improving your Teaching

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"Stairway to heaven" by Julie Missbutterflies | CC BY-SA 2.0
Classes have begun and for many graduate students that means teaching, perhaps for the first time. Learning to teach well takes time and getting feedback on your teaching will help you continue to improve.
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Teaching
Professional Development

Having Productive Meetings with your Faculty Adviser

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"96221841" by fish NC | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The start of a new semester is a great time to schedule a meeting with your faculty adviser. Here are some tips to make sure these meetings are as productive as they can be.
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Individual Development Plan (IDP)

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