Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals (PFFP)
Workshop Series

The UWM Graduate School organizes cross-cutting seminars, workshops, and discussion forums to help you get acquainted with the expectations associated with graduate studies, move successfully through degree milestones, acquire a variety of transferable core skills, and also understand the “big picture” of higher education and academic life.

Faculty and staff from units across campus contribute to this ongoing series, supporting graduate student success as you envision and pursue your own future in and beyond the university. All students enrolled in a UWM graduate program are invited to attend these events on campus, free of charge.

Fall events are eligible for credit to students enrolled in GRAD-801: Introduction to Academic Life.

Live streaming available for this event = Events with live streaming available. Pre-registration required; please email Susan Wade (

Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals topics

▪ September ▪

Community Engagement

Thursday, September 19, 2:30-3:30 pm, Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event
Nan Kim, Director, Public History; Timothy Ehlinger, Director of Sustainable Peacebuilding
Find out why and how professors at UW-Milwaukee create community-engagement projects, and learn more about how community engagement can be an exciting part of faculty and graduate student research across disciplines. The guest speakers will discuss the methods, challenges, and rewards of developing their own community-engaged projects, and can advise students on how to pursue their own community-engaged initiatives.

▪ November ▪

Data Management 101

Thursday, November 14, 1:00-2:00 pm, Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event
Chris Cho, Associate Researcher, College of Health Sciences
Graduate scholars create a lot of documents—from research to seminar papers and articles—that are critical to our work. Effective document management can not only help keep these documents organized but also make writing projects easier to handle. In this presentation, we look at different strategies for managing documents for the lone scholar and for collaborative groups.

▪ December ▪

Investing in Graduate Education: Understanding Financial Concerns in Graduate School

Tuesday, December 3, 1:00-2:00 pm, Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event
Stephanie Zylka, Financial Aid Advisor
Topics covered: personal finances of student loans, debt management, working with the financial aid office, fellowship opportunities, and employment options during school.

For more information please email Susan Wade (