The Graduate Student Guide To Success

These sessions cover the essentials for success like better time management, effective networking, selecting the right mentor, the ins and outs of publishing, teaching your first course and more. 


Getting Everything Done As A Grad Student: Successful Time Management

This session identifies traps that can sidetrack your research, writing, and focus. Join Professor Art Carden as he pulls the best ideas from over 30 time management and productivity books and shows how to apply it as a grad student.

  • May 6, 5 - 6 pm
  • Dr. Art Carden, Samford Univiversity

Shaping And Sharpening: Practical Approaches To Developing Your Research Agenda

Often the most difficult challenge is where to start your research. Let Dr. Mario Villareal-Diaz share his experience and wisdom as he guides you through this critical aspect of grad school life.

  • May 27, 3 – 4 pm
  • Dr. Mario Villareal-Diaz, IHS

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants: The Importance Of Having A Mentor

Having a great mentor can truly boost an academic career. But how do you go about finding one? Join Dr. Bill GLod as he outlines strategies to seek out and cultivate a rewarding mentor-student relationship that can set your path for academic greatness.

  • June 17, 3 – 4 pm
  • Dr. Bill Glod, IHS

Finishing Your Dissertation

You’ve picked your research direction now all you have left is getting it done! (Simple, right?) Let Dr. Mario Villareal-Diaz show you how to complete your dissertation in a timely fashion and offer ideas on how to turn it into a viable product for publishers and journals.

  • July 16, 2 – 3 pm
  • Dr. Mario Villareal-Diaz, IHS

Teaching A Course For The First Time

They say there two times when you are truly alone. When you die. And the first time you stand before a class. Fortunately, the latter can be resurrected in this IHS’ session with Dr. Phil Magness as he offers techniques that help you overcome fears, build confidence and renew your focus when it’s finally your turn to teach. 

  • July 24, 3 – 4 pm
  • Dr. Phil Magness, IHS

The IHS Resource Guide To Academic Success

Most prospective graduate students have no idea of the vast resources that IHS can offer them to enhance their academic potential. IHS’ own Amanda Brand outlines the vast number of grants, scholarships, colloquia, career guidance and other programs that IHS has to help you succeed in grad school and beyond.

  • July 29, 4 – 5 pm
  • Amanda Brand, IHS

Can Publishing Make Or Break Your Academic Career?

As anyone will tell you, getting published is key. But publishing for the sake of publishing is no more effective than not publishing at all. Pick up pointers that help you separate quality authorship from chaff.

  • July 31, 3 – 4 pm
  • Dr. Phil Magness, IHS

Academic Potential Is As Infinite As Your Network 

Success in academia isn’t achieved by what you know but also how many you know. In short, your networking skills are directly related to your future success. And there’s no one better to show you networking strategies to deploy at conferences and symposiums, or through slow and steady collaborative connecting than IHS’ own Dr. Nigel Ashford.

  • August 7, 3 – 4 pm
  • Dr. Nigel Ashford, IHS

Make The Most Of Your Conference Experience

The real business of academic conferences isn’t just for an exchange of ideas but for an exchange of business cards, phone numbers and email addresses. And if anyone should know it’s IHS’ resident networking guru, Dr. Nigel Ashford. Give him an hour and you’ll pick up techniques that facilitate introductions, make new contacts and help you start building a formidable network of academic colleagues.

  • August 14, 3 – 4 pm
  • Dr. Nigel Ashford, IHS