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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Orientation and Information Sessions

The Graduate School hosts a New Graduate Student Orientation on the Tuesday before classes begin each Fall semester. The goals of Orientation are to provide students with an understanding of what to expect academically and financially as graduate students; describe the professional ethics associated with graduate research and creative endeavors; highlight award-winning faculty and graduate students; and showcase campus services and extracurricular opportunities for graduate students. Graduate students attending this campus-wide Orientation can interact with representatives of graduate student organizations and campus offices, attend professional development workshops, and enjoy refreshments provided by Seminole Dining and the Congress of Graduate Students. In addition to the information and networking opportunities afforded by the Fall Orientation event, professional development workshops are offered collaboratively by the FSU Graduate School, Center for Leadership and Social Change, Center for Global Engagement, the University Libraries and the Career Center throughout the academic year.

The Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) a unit of the Graduate School offers a two day TA Orientation/PIE Teaching Conference which orients graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) to teaching at FSU. The PIE Graduate Student Teaching Conference is held the Wednesday and Thursday before classes begin each Fall semester. Additional orientations/workshops may be offered by the individual departments that prepare graduate students for teaching in their discipline. Students will be notified through their individual academic departments of the date, time, and location of the University-wide orientation on teaching at FSU.

Departments often offer their own formal or informal orientation sessions; queries regarding these meetings should be made directly to the chair of the student’s department.

Center for Global Engagement - International Student Orientation

The Center for Global Engagement (CGE), under the Division of Student-Affairs, is the department assigned by the University and designated by the federal government to provide services to international students in F-1 and J-1 visa classifications. The CGE provides mandatory orientation sessions at the beginning of each semester for new international students in F-1 or J-1 visa status.

At International Student Orientation, students are provided information to help them maintain their student visa status, get acquainted with on-campus resources, as well as with resources and services in the community.

Note that this required CGE orientation is in addition to the orientation sessions offered by the student’s academic graduate department and by the Graduate School.

The Center for Global Engagement is located at the Global and Multicultural Engagement building (also known as The Globe) on 110 S. Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4216. The CGE’s International Student and Scholar Services office, located on the second floor of the building, is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on U.S. holidays and the University winter break. For more information, visit, call (850) 644-1702, or e-mail

Professional Development

Professional development, improving and increasing one’s skill sets, is important at every stage of graduate education and beyond. For example, improving one’s oral and written communication skills and developing an understanding of research and creative ethical behavior are types of professional development. At FSU, numerous professional development opportunities are offered by academic departments/programs, the Center for Global Engagement, the Center for Leadership & Social Change, the Career Center, and the Graduate School. One professional development program administered by the Graduate School is Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) which provides a range of faculty experiences for graduate students, (e.g., presentations by faculty at FSU).

Another approach to professional development is the series of workshops offered during the academic year for FSU graduate and postdoctoral students. Working closely with outstanding research faculty, administrators and the Career Center, the FSU Graduate School offers a wide range of workshops designed to equip students to achieve their educational and career goals. Descriptions of the academic year professional development workshops are located at

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program assists doctoral and terminal master’s students in getting ready for faculty work. Through participation in coursework, workshops, mentoring, and interviewing faculty from other institutions, PFF candidates increase awareness of expectations for faculty performance and of resources available to aid in scholarly careers, and build their readiness to address teaching, research, and related demands of faculty life.

PFF program activities and requirements are organized around the keystones of: Teaching Preparation, Research Preparation, Career Development, Mentoring, and Portfolio Development. To earn the PFF Certificate, students or postdoctoral scholars must complete a minimum of twelve graduate hours in the areas of Teaching Preparation, Research Preparation, and Career Development. Events are either discipline-specific or campus wide. All FSU doctoral students are eligible to participate, as are FSU post-doctoral fellows, adjunct/visiting faculty, and graduate students in terminal master’s degree programs (e.g., MFA). Candidates who meet specified requirements, often involving participation over a two-year period, are awarded a completion certificate, but PFF events are open to all graduate students/postdoctoral scholars/visiting faculty regardless of whether they intend to earn a graduate certificate.

FSU’s PFF program coordinates with the national Preparing Future Faculty initiative of the Council of Graduate Schools and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, involving forty-five doctoral degree-granting institutions and more than 300 partner institutions.

To learn more about FSU’s PFF program, check with your academic department, visit or call the Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

Preparing Future Professionals (PFP) Program

The Preparing Future Professionals (PFP) program assists graduate students in preparing for work outside of academia (e.g., government, non-profits, industry). The PFP program provides opportunities for PFP candidates to improve their readiness for the work-force, whether in the United States or internationally. PFP program requirements and activities are organized around the keystones of Content (skills in the discipline), Ethics/Scholarly Integrity, Professional Preparation (transferable skills), and Portfolio. To earn the PFP Certificate, students must complete a minimum of twelve graduate hours in the areas of Content, Ethics/Scholarly Integrity, and Professional Preparation. In addition to the coursework requirement, PFP candidates will attend professional development workshops, complete an internship/practicum or interviews in the field, and develop a resumé and a portfolio. All FSU graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are eligible to participate. Candidates who meet specified requirements by the time of graduation are awarded a graduate certificate, but PFP events are open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars regardless of whether they intend to earn a graduate certificate.

To learn more about the PFP program, check with your academic department, visit, or call The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Support

The Graduate School

Two programs that support graduate student teaching include the Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) and Preparing Future Faculty (PFF). See the “Preparing Future Faculty Program” entry above.

University-Wide Teaching Conference

The Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE), a unit of The Graduate School, provides a variety of resources and programs in support of the teaching and learning development of graduate student teaching assistants (TAs). The Wednesday and Thursday before each Fall semester begins, PIE offers a two-day TA Orientation/PIE Teaching Conference to orient TAs to teaching at FSU. TAs learn strategies, methods, and tools for teaching; understand the role of the TA as a student, instructor, and apprentice; and learn about University policy issues such as academic integrity and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The conference satisfies the required training elements as stated in the University-wide policy on teaching standards for TAs. PIE offers an orientation during the first week of the Spring semester to accommodate new students. The PIE Program also offers online and face-to-face workshops during the Fall and Spring semesters. For more details about the conference and other programs offered by PIE, contact the Graduate School at (850) 645-7318, or visit the PIE Web site at

Office of Distance Learning

The Office of Distance Learning (ODL) provides a wealth of information on preparing to teach at FSU, including instructional strategies, best practices, and a comprehensive checklist of resources for both first-time and experienced instructors. ODL is the online home of Instruction at FSU: A Guide to Teaching and Learning Practices, the official teaching handbook of Florida State University. In accordance with The Graduate School’s professional development efforts, ODL offers workshops each semester on instructional technology and teaching strategies for the online environment. Please visit the ODL Web site at and select the role of Instructor for workshop opportunities, classroom and pedagogical techniques, instructional technologies, and systematic instructional design strategies for mapping course development.

Blackboard™ serves as the learning management system for the FSU community at For access to Blackboard, visit to activate your FSUID. Visit the Support tab within Blackboard for answers to frequently asked questions, news, resources, and technical help. For more information, call FSU’s Blackboard User Support at (850) 644-8004 or e-mail

The ODL Assessment and Testing facility provides a secure testing environment for a variety of examinations and for FSU courses whose classroom environments are not conducive to secure testing. Course evaluations are also administered through Assessment and Testing, and a range of scanning services is available for individuals and units within the University and the community at large. For guidelines, best practices, access, and scheduling, select your role from the options at For more information, call Assessment and Testing at (850) 644-3017 or e-mail