Montana State University

The Graduate School

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172580
Bozeman, MT 59717-2580

Tel: (406) 994-4145
Toll Free: 1-800-255-7962
Fax: (406) 994-4733
Location: 108 Montana Hall


Dr. Karlene A. Hoo, Dean

The Graduate School

Professional Development Opportunities:

Professional Development Seminars
Teaching and Learning

Video Recordings of Seminars

Responsible Conduct of Research Training Video

The Graduate School hosts an array of professional development opportunities throughout the semester. These include seminars, teaching roundtable discussions and a variety of previously recorded seminars. All events are free and open to the public. Typically seminars last one hour and light refreshments will be served.

Seminar List :

Time & Place Speaker Title & Description
April 11, 2014

Graduate Summit

Graduate Summit

The Graduate Student Summit is day long event aimed at exposing graduate students to various career paths beyond academia, and to provide students with professional development tools that will aid in pursuing these career paths. Registration is free.


Teaching and Learning Workshops

Please see the Teaching and Learning Committee events page. These are open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Video Presentations:

We have presentations that were previously recorded. Click on the following links to watch the videos.

Date Recorded


Description & Link

March 6, 2012 Miles Nolte, English Department

Preparing Future Faculty Series:
Learning on Paper: Discussing the value and potential of low-stakes writing.

November 4, 2010 Dr. Tracy Sterling
department head of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

How to Interview for a Faculty Position

Learn what to say, bring, wear, and expect during an interview for a faculty position at a college or university.

September 23, 2010

Dr. John Graves,
Science Education

Teaching with Technology

Learn how to incorporate the newest technologies into your teaching plans to increase student interaction and learning. Learn how to take advantage of blogs, podcats, streaming video, and more in this seminar.

March 30, 2010 Dr. Joseph Shaw, Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee, Dr. Anne Christensen , Dr. Carl Fox

Navigating Academia

Hear what it’s like to work in academia—the joys, the frustrations, the job market—from three MSU professors with a guest appearance by Dr. Carl Fox, Vice Provost of Graduate Education.

March 23, 2010 Nick Zelver from MSU's Technology Transfer Office and
Chris Nelson from Zoot Technologies

Innovation, Academia and Intellectual Property and The Story of Zoot Enterprises.

Nick Zelver from MSU’s Technology Transfer Office will speak about innovation, academia and intellectual property. Chris Nelson from Zoot Technologies will discuss how to move your university work into industry.

February 17, 2010 Tom Stenzel

Public Speaking Seminar

Toastmaster Tom Stenzel will offer information about how to communicate with your audience, how to be successful on stage, why practice is so important, and resources for public speaking

April 24, 2008 Dr. Carina Beck
Director of MSU Career Services

Career Services for Graduate Students

Listen to Dr. Beck discuss services and opportunities for students provided by Career, Internship & Student Employment Services. Including career planning, job searches, resume/CV writing and more.

April 7, 2008 Dr. Nancy Dodd
Associate Professor in the College of Business

Conflict Resolution Seminar

Learn methods for resolving conflicts.

April 1, 2008

Dr. Rebecca Mahurin
Director Technology Transfer Office

Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer

Topics include the many aspects of technology ownership, protection, and commercialization

February 25, 2008

Dr. David Dooley
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

"The Life of the Mind - Living and Working in Academia"

Dr. Dave Dooley will lead a discussion of academic expectations, how to prepare for those expectations, and what you can expect in a career as a faculty member.

October 9, 2007 Dr. Carl Fox
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Grant Writing - Money, Money, Money!!

The grant writing seminar will provide you with the principles and fundamentals of grant writing, from idea to proposal submission. You will learn where to find sponsors, how to develop your idea, what steps are necessary to be successful, and who can provide help. Dr. Fox has over 25 years experience in seeking funds to support university-based research and will share his experiences and expertise with a focus on funding to graduate student thesis and dissertation research.

Responsible Conduct of Research - video training:
As a reminder, all students working on NSF grants awarded after January 2010 must receive training on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) (see And, NIH training grants have very specific requirements for RCR training as well (see

There are two ways to receive RCR training:

1) On August 26 in the Gaines Lecture Hall, a Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar was held. This training was videotaped and is now available for viewing. This seminar provided MSU an opportunity to address some of the above training requirements. Students, PIs, or other investigators needing RCR training are encouraged to view the video at:

Topics covered include:

· Responsible Conduct of Research—Research Misconduct - Pam Merrell and Carl Fox

· Intellectual Property and Research - Nick Zelver

· Human and Animal Welfare in Research and Biosafety - Mark Quinn and Chris O’Rourke

· Conflict of Interest - Pam Merrell

· Export Controls and Data Acquisition, Security and Management - Pam Merrell and Adam Edelman

· Copyright, Plagiarism, and Responsible Authorship - Tamara Miller

· CITI website demo - Sandy Sward

2) Students, PIs and other investigators can also satisfy training requirements by taking CITI On-Line Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Courses at CITI Program -

CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) courses include:

§ Research Misconduct

§ Data Management

§ Conflict of Interest

§ Collaborative Science

§ Responsible Authorship