Professional Development

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is interested in amplifying events relevant to BGSU graduate students. If you have any edits or addtions to this page, please reach out to gss@bgsu.edu.   

Upcoming Events  

The Center for Faculty Excellence has the following resources available for graduate students and TA/TI’s:

Teaching as a Graduate Student

We've developed this asynchronous resource guide as a way to jump-start your preparation to teach at BGSU. The modules in this guide are essentially a repository of information related to teaching and learning designed to help you succeed as an instructor. Feel free to use this guide in whatever way will be helpful for you—whether that's moving through one module at a time or finding specific resources relevant to your current situation.

Graduate Student Instructor Learning Community

The Graduate Student Instructor learning community is focused on creating a space for instructors to connect and engage in discussions about teaching and learning. Gatherings will be held twice a month and will involve discussions and activities related to a topic in the book Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. Throughout the program, faculty and other guest speakers will be invited to join gatherings to share their knowledge, experiences, and advice with participants. Learning Community members will receive a $100 professional development stipend at the conclusion of their participation.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

Through Bowling Green State University’s institutional membership, all faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars have access to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), which provides professional development, training, and mentoring activities. NCFDD resources are broadly applicable across academic disciplines and include a range of topics such as time management, overcoming academic perfectionism, how to develop a daily writing plan, how to write grant proposals, and more.

Drop-in hours are available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 2 pm in 110 McFall.

Contact us at etd@bgsu.edu to schedule an appointment.

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program

The Coverdell Peace Corps Programs at BGSU provide returned Peace Corps Volunteers with the opportunity to enhance the skills and knowledge acquired during service while continuing to help underprivileged communities right here in the United States. We welcome returned Peace Corps Volunteers to our campus to bring their service home through any graduate degree program designed to build upon their service and to meaningfully apply those skills.

Presidential Graduate Diversity Scholarship- Submission deadline February 15, 2023

The Presidential Graduate Diversity Scholarship will be offered on a competitive basis to Summer and Fall applicants each academic year with strong academic qualifications as defined by the admission criteria of the Graduate College and the respective graduate program. This one-time award will consist of a refundable scholarship in the amount of $5,000 for Master’s or Specialist students or $7,500 for Doctoral students, in addition to a full-time tuiotion scholarship.

Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Award

This fund was established to honor the life of Dr. Winifred O. Stone, associate professor emeritus of ethnic studies and former associate dean of the Graduate College at Bowling Green State University.  Dr. Stone’s outstanding tenure at Bowling Green State University established him as an academic visionary, humanitarian and dedicated university citizen committed to attaining excellence and equity in graduate education.  This fund recognizes Dr. Stone’s successes and all the lives he’s touched in nearly a quarter of a century.  Dr. Stone has united many people in the pursuit of intellectual growth and excellence at BGSU.

Katzner Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Award- Spring submission deadline March 1, 2023

In early 1998, after 13 years as Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate College, Dr. Louis Katzner decided to return to what attracted him to higher education in the first place – the study and teaching of philosophy. One of his top priorities during his tenure as the Graduate Dean was to increase the support available to graduate students for conducting research and for professional development.  We are most grateful to Dr. Louis Katzner, Trustee Professor of Philosophy, for creating this opportunity to invest in the education of our graduate students.

The Katzner Award can be used to supplement the cost of graduate student research and professional development activities for graduate students at Bowling Green State University.  Each semester, three awards will be granted ($1000, $750, and $500).

Three Minute Thesis Competition

The Three Minute Thesis competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Master's and Doctoral students. Developed by The University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.  Please click on the title to learn more about the competition, including eligibility, rules, and how to register.

Graduate Student Teaching Award- Submission deadline December 12, 2022

Each Spring, the Graduate College gives out an award that recognizes the best Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Teaching Associates (TIs).  The awards, sponsored by the Graduate College, are designed to encourage and reward excellence in undergraduate instruction.  Recognizing the role of Graduate Assistants (GAs) as valued teaching colleagues is an important part of building our university community. In addition, the master's and doctoral recipients of the TI awards become the Graduate College nominees for the Excellence in Teaching Awards sponsored by the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools. Please click on the title to see the description, nomination process, and selection criteria for this award.

Distinguished Dissertation Award- Submission deadline April 21, 2023

The Distinguished Dissertation Award is granted annually as a way of recognizing and promoting excellence in research and dissertation advising. The Graduate College Distinguished Dissertation Award consists of a student honorarium of $500, a certificate of citation, and a $200 award of recognition for the dissertation advisor. In addition, the recipient of the Graduate College Distinguished Dissertation Award automatically becomes the subsequent Graduate College nominee for the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award sponsored annually by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) when the awardee’s disciplinary field corresponds to the field of competition for the CGS Dissertation Award. Please click on the title to see the full description, nomination process and selection criteria of the award.

Outstanding ITA Award

The English for Speakers of Other Languages Program is delighted to announce its inaugural Outstanding ITA Award. The purpose of this award is to honor one graduate International Teaching Associate or Assistant (ITA) at Bowling Green State University each year who has demonstrated excellence in instructional capacities.

Updated: 11/21/2022 10:00AM