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Katy E. Pearce
COM 594
Seattle Campus

Professional Proseminar

Helps students develop a range of professional competencies. Focuses on a particular topic such as computer-assisted research, technology in the classroom, obtaining funding for research, writing for academic publication, career choices after graduate school, and ethics in research and teaching.

Class description

General description of series: COM 594 is a series of five professional seminars designed to help students develop a range of professional competences. Ph.D. students are required to take three of these courses as part of their programs of study, and M.A. students are welcome to enroll. In these proseminars, faculty share their experiences as teachers, researchers, and public intellectuals. As a faculty, we view this series as an important part of your graduate education, and we are excited about the opportunity to incorporate these professional development courses into our graduate program.

Specific course description: The 594 seminar on obtaining funding for research is an introduction to the resources available to help scholars fund their work, at both the graduate level and beyond. Specifically, the course is designed to orient you to the grant writing process, explore various grant sources, and provide you with an opportunity to begin obtaining funding for your own work.

Students will receive either credit or no credit for this class. In order to receive credit, you must satisfactorily complete all the following: 1. Contribute substantively to discussion and complete assigned readings. In order to receive credit for this seminar, you must attend ALL scheduled class meetings 2. Attend the two workshops 3. Watch an online workshop 4. Draft a proposal, either as an individual or as a team, for a real or a pretend funding opportunity (NOTE that this will require out-of-class time, however)

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Katy E. Pearce
Date: 11/13/2013