Spring 2020 Workshops and Seminars


CCE & Parks Library Present a Two-Part Series on

Writing the Literature Review 

Part I: "Conducting a lit review: A Citation Here, a Citation There. . .Pretty Soon You’ll Have a Lit Review” February 27th 2:30-4pm in Parks Library 134

Searching for publications for a literature review is a frustrating experience for many graduate students. If you dread finding material for your lit review, join us for this workshop where you’ll learn about search strategies, how to find and search subject databases, and how to keep up with literature in your field. You’ll also be introduced to citation chains and how they can streamline your search for relevant publications.

Part II:  "Lit Review Without Tears: Tangible Strategies for Writing a Pain-Free Literature Review" March 5th 2:30-4pm in Parks Library 134

Many graduate students consider the literature review one of the most daunting parts of scholarly writing. If you're one of those students, join us for this workshop where we'll discuss purposes of the lit review, overview qualities of a successful lit review, and provide easy-to-apply techniques to help you craft an effective argument in your lit review with as little stress as possible.

Developing Successful Job Application Materials 

Join the CCE in our "Developing Successful Job Application Materials" Seminar Series and learn valuable tips on how to create different application materials for your job packet. You'll be ready for the job market in no time! Make sure to register in advance, as seating is limited. 

Part I - "Compiling the CV/Resume" February 24th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part II - "Enhancing your Networking Skills" February 25th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part III - "Drafting your Diversity Statement" February 26th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part IV - "Improving your Interviewing Skills" March 2nd 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part V - "Writing the Research Statement" March 4th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Part VI -"Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement" March 10th 1:10-2:30pm in Gilman 1652

Part VII - "Composing your Cover Letter" March 11th 3:10-4:30pm in Pearson 2115

Interpersonal Communication Seminar Series 


Part I - Communicating Effectively Face to Face |  March 23 3:30-5pm in Pearson 2115

Do you feel unsure about how to handle important discussions with your major prof or other influential individuals? This workshop will help you plan and conduct important face-to-face interactions. You will learn about different types of questions and tips for making statements; we will discuss appropriate ways to initiate and conclude these important interactions. Sign up for the face-to-face session or register for our online live webinar

Part II - You Should Have Heard Them Listen: Verbal and Nonverbal Approaches  |  March 25 3:30-5pm in Pearson 2115

Listening is a process of responding to another person using nonverbal actions and verbal messages. This workshop will give you opportunities to practice listening to support, to understand, and to advise through the integration of nonverbal and verbal approaches. Sign up for the face-to-face session or register for our online live webinar

Part III - Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones and Words Will Never Hurt Me: Verbal Messages |  March 30 3:30-5pm in Pearson 2115

Words are powerful. Words create and maintain our reality and they both help and hinder us. This workshop examines the power and role of words, specifically in crafting assertive messages, in requesting, giving, and receiving feedback, and in giving and accepting apologies. Sign up for the face-to-face session or register for our online live webinar. 

Part IV - “It’s Not What You Said; It’s How You Said It": Nonverbal Communication |  April 1 3:30-5pm in Pearson 2115

The majority of the meaning we convey through our communication occurs nonverbally. In this workshop, you will learn tips for managing four nonverbal codes:  touch, space, “body language”, and the voice. Sign up for the face-to-face session or register for our online live webinar

Part V - It Takes Two: Conflict Management |  April 6 3:30-5pm in Pearson 2115

Do you avoid conflict or do you believe everyone in a conflict should be satisfied with the outcome? The conflict workshop will discuss five approaches to resolving conflict and provide a process for managing a conflict discussion. Sign up for the face-to-face session or register for our online live webinar

Part VI - Small Talk That Takes You Big Places: Social Communication |  April 8 3:30-5pm in Pearson 2115

Does the thought of entering a room where you know no one terrify you? Do you skip receptions because you are uncertain how to talk to a stranger? Come to the “Small Talk” workshop and learn to make connections with strangers that could result in professional partnerships, research relationships, and a good time. Sign up for the face-to-face session or register for our online live webinar

Spring 2020 Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camps: Formatting the Manuscript

The Graduate College and the Center for Communication Excellence  invite you to a boot camp to guide you through the final formatting of your thesis or dissertation. Graduate students often struggle with this final step of preparing this document for submission to ProQuest, so let us help you! CCE writing consultants specialized in thesis/dissertation formatting will be at the boot camp sessions to assist you in modifying your document to meet the submission requirements for the Graduate College. All sessions will take place in Parks Library Computer Lab Room 134. 

These events will take place in a computer lab, so you may bring an electronic copy of your thesis/dissertation on a flashdrive or saved onto your own laptop. You may sign up for one or all of the boot camp sessions, but we ask that you do attend those for which you register, as seating is limited and demand is high. Registration is free to all ISU graduate students. For more information about thesis and dissertation requirements, consider attending a Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation Submission Guidelines Seminar. 

Self-Editing Workshops

*Dates to be announced soon!
Sign up for our two-part series on self-editing to build skills in becoming an independent, self-critical reviewer of your own writing!

Part I - "in Iowa State" or "at Iowa State??"—How to find out which English words "hang out together". . .and which don't Access the recording here

Part II - That terrible "the"—Finding answers to your English grammar questions Access the recording here

Previous Semesters' Workshops and Seminars

Research Writing Seminar Series 

"What should I include in my Methods section? How many sources should I incorporate into my literature review? Where should I put the research limitations?" Come find the answers to these and more research writing-related questions in this seminar series!

NOTE: The Research Writing Seminar Series is offered every fall semester. Stay tuned for next fall's times and locations (announced at the start of the semester).

Part I - Beginning a Scientific Argument in your Introduction Access the recording here

Part II - Writing the Literature Review Access the recording here

Part III - Describing your Methods Access the recording here

Part IV - Unveiling the Results Access the recording here

Part V - Composing the Discussion/Conclusion Access the recording here

Part VI - Revising Manuscripts with the Research Writing Tutor Access the recording here


Grant Writing Seminar Series

Learn the key components necessary for making a compelling argument in your grant proposal! Also, identify appropriate sources of funding and familiarize yourself with the expectations of key, national grant-giving organizations.

NOTE: The Grant Writing Seminar Series is offered every fall semester. Stay tuned for next fall's times and locations (announced at the start of the semester).

Part I - Introduction to Grant Writing: The Basics Access the recording here

Part II - Preparing Grant Proposals for NSF Access the recording here

Part III - Preparing Grant Proposals for NIH Access the recording here

Part IV - Preparing Grant Proposals for USDA/NIFA Access the recording here

Part V - Panel of Successful Grant Writers Access the recording here

Part VI - Finding Funding Workshop