Upcoming workshops

17 September - 19 November 2020 | Publishing your research: Getting an article ready for submission

Target group

PhDs who are working on something that they would like to submit to a journal for publication in the near future (for example, a thesis chapter to be turned into a journal article or an early draft of an article). As we will be working closely with your texts, this course is not designed for scholars who do not have any work in progress. PhD researchers in their second year will be given priority.

Short description

This course follows Wendy Laura Belcher's Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success (Belcher’s book is required) quite closely. Over a period of 10 weeks we will try to get your article ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. To do this, we will discuss how to improve your writing strategies and habits, identify appropriate journals for your article, clarify arguments, write an interesting title and abstract and organise your material and arguments to meet the journal’s expectations. The course will also help you to fine-tune and polish your writing.

Goal

The goal of this course is to aid participants in taking their papers up to journal quality and in overcoming anxiety about academic publishing.

Date and time

Online Workshop: Thursdays, 17 September to 19 November 2020, 2 to 4 pm

Contents

The course includes weekly sections focusing on the following topics:

  • Designing your plan for writing
  • Advancing your argument
  • Selecting the right journal
  • Crafting your claims for significance in your literature review
  • Analysing and presenting your evidence
  • Strengthening the structure of your argument
  • Opening and concluding your article
  • Submitting your article

The online skills workshop itself will be part lecture, part workshop. That is, we will work a great deal with your written texts, trying to improve them with the goal of publication. You will receive feedback from the instructor and from each other on your writing.

Instructor

Dr. Jeffrey Verhey (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Language Centre) has also taught at the Freie Universität Berlin, at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and the Max Planck Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Cologne among other institutions, and was a fellow in 1992-93 at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

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29 September - 24 November 2020 | English academic writing seminar series

Short description

This course is designed for people who are starting to write or are in the midst of writing their dissertations. Writing a dissertation is a time-consuming, long-term process that can frequently feel paralysing in the face of the writer's responsibilities and ultimate goals. Indeed, the looming dissertation can sometimes seem like a soul-swallowing monster. This seminar is designed to reduce the size of that monster, to break through moments of writer's block, to give the doctoral student the necessary support to continue and finish the process and to provide valuable suggestions regarding the production of academic texts.

Target group

1st year PhD researchers

Date and time

29 September to 24 November, Tuesdays 2:00 to 4:00 pm (no class on Tuesday, 27 October)

Goals

Participants learn:

  • Academic English stylistics and conventions
  • Academic English concerns regarding punctuation, grammar and structures
  • Individual strategies on how to overcome writer's block
  • How to give and receive helpful academic advice concerning both writing and content
  • How to address dissertation-related feelings of helplessness and isolation

Contents

Seminar sessions begin with a 15-minute writing exercise which is returned in the next session. One or two specific academic writing issues will then be addressed by the instructor. The final hour will be dedicated to a participant who will present two pages of a current work in progress, for discussion. By initiating regular writing episodes, both structured and unstructured, the course will help break down the fear which feeds writer's block, for example. The discussions will enable the participants to gain valuable feedback regarding their work and give them the chance to participate in a supportive environment with a cohort facing similar challenges. In addition, important academic writing concerns will be explained and reviewed, which will ultimately elevate the quality of the participants' dissertations.

Instructor

Luita Spangler has a Doctorate in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Academic English at the Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to the Hertie School, she has offered workshops and courses at the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung; the Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies; the Graduate School of Public Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin; the Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum; and Potsdam University.

 

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Past workshops

18 February to 7 April 2020 | Academic writing in English

Short description
This course is designed for people who are starting to write or are in the midst of writing their dissertations. Writing a dissertation is a time-consuming, long-term process that can frequently feel paralysing in the face of the writer's responsibilities and ultimate goals. Indeed, the looming dissertation can sometimes seem like a soul-swallowing monster. This seminar is designed to reduce the size of that monster, to break through moments of writer's block, to give the doctoral student the necessary support to continue and finish the process and to provide valuable suggestions regarding the production of academic texts.

Target group
1st year PhD researchers

Goals
Participants learn:

  • Academic English stylistics and conventions
  • Academic English concerns regarding punctuation, grammar, and structures
  • Individual strategies on how to overcome writer's block
  • How to give and receive helpful academic advice concerning both writing and content
  • How to address dissertation-related feelings of helplessness and isolation

Contents
Seminar sessions begin with a 15-minute writing exercise which is returned in the next session. One or two specific academic writing issues will then be addressed by the instructor. The final hour will be dedicated to a participant who will present two pages of a current work in progress, for discussion.

By initiating regular writing episodes, both structured and unstructured, the course will help break down the fear which feeds writer's block, for example. The discussions will enable the participants to gain valuable feedback regarding their work and give them the chance to participate in a supportive environment with a cohort facing similar challenges. In addition, important academic writing concerns will be explained and reviewed, which will ultimately elevate the quality of the participants' dissertations.

Date and time
18 February to 7 April, Tuesdays 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Instructor
Luita Spangler has a doctorate in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Academic English at the Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to the Hertie School, she has offered workshops and courses at the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung; the Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies; the Graduate School of Public Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin; the Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum; and Potsdam University.

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7 April 2020 | Time and self-management for the home office

Short description
This course looks at the changes we need to make to be successful at working from home in these turbulent times.

Target group
All PhD researchers

Date and time
7 April 2020, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Contents
The workshop teaches mental and practical techniques with the goal of maintaining our physical well-being while taking an agile approach to our daily work.

Instructor
Mark Edwards has been working with PhD researchers in Germany to help them transform their communication in English for the past ten years. Mark gained more than fifteen years' experience of working in blue-chip companies and as a National Training Manager for a network of over 300 businesses. Since 2010, Mark has been successfully delivering specialised English courses in Germany in association with Kompetenzia International. Clients include major universities and research institutes in addition to well-known national companies.

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24 April 2020 | How to teach online: Tips and tricks for teaching assistants

Short description
This short workshop is for PhD researchers and postdocs who wish to gain a better insight into how to design classroom activities online. It will teach you tips and tricks that you can use to improve your own teaching.

Target group
PhD researchers who have already gained some teaching experience

Date and time
24 April 2020, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Instructor
Dr. Annika Zorn is the Director of PhD programmes and Digital Learning at the Hertie School. For many years, she has taught teaching skills to PhD researchers at the European University Institute (EUI) and created a Teaching Summer School for international PhD researchers. She is the founder of an online school and integrates new practices into learning and teaching that enhance the experience for learners (and teachers). She has also trained senior staff from European Institutions (train the trainers).

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28 April - 16 June 2020 | Writing your journal article: From draft to submission. Getting your journal article ready for submission in eight weeks

Short description
Based on the work of academic writing experts, this course helps you get your article ready for submission to your chosen journal. It shares strategies for achieving success in the academic writing arena, including setting up a work schedule, identifying appropriate journals for submission, clarifying arguments and organising material. It will also help you to fine-tune your article for your chosen journal, as well as more generally to polish your language and writing.

Target group
PhDs who would like to translate a thesis chapter into a journal article

Goal
The goal of this course is to aid participants in taking their papers from classroom quality to journal quality and in overcoming anxiety about academic publishing in the process.

Contents
The course includes weekly sections focusing on the following topics:

  • Designing your plan for writing
  • Advancing your argument
  • Selecting the right journal
  • Crafting your claims for significance in your literature review
  • Analysing and presenting your evidence
  • Strengthening the structure of your argument
  • Opening and concluding your article
  • Submitting your article

The online skills workshop itself will be part lecture, part workshop: That is, a combination of learning and doing. We will work a lot on working with each other.

After the online skills workshop you can also attend 4 online sessions of guided academic writers' groups with a native speaker and English academic writing expert (one session a week, from 19 June - 10 July).

Date and time
Workshop: 28 April - 16 June 2020, Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 pm (5 May and 12 May 2:00 - 4:00 pm)

Online writers' groups (with Dr. Luita Spangler, Freie Universität Berlin): 19 June - 10 July, Fridays 10:00-11:30 am

Instructor
Dr. Jeffrey Verhey (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Language Centre)

Dr. Jeffrey Verhey has taught at the Freie Universität Berlin, at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the Max Planck Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Cologne, among others, and was a fellow in 1992-93 at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Verhey received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

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6, 7, and 14 May 2020 | How to write with policy impact

Short description
Policymakers, editors and business leaders tend to be pressed for time and receive too much information. Researchers who want their arguments to influence policy must learn how to communicate key messages as clearly as possible.

Target group
All interested PhD researchers and postdocs

Goal
By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Have gained a better understanding of the cultural gap between policymakers and researchers;
  • Have developed a publication strategy for a piece of research, defining impact objectives, audiences and types of output;
  • Have improved their sense of ‘good writing’ and learned how to write clearly and with purpose;
  • Have written and pitched an op-ed;
  • Have written a policy brief.

Contents
The seminar will cover writing concise and accessible texts. Participants will learn how to structure an argument and formulate recommendations. They will gain an understanding of different publication formats and develop publications strategies to maximise impact and reach the right audiences. This is a hands-on class. Participants will develop a style guide and practice how to recognise and avoid jargon. They will write their own op-eds and learn how to pitch to a news outlet. They will write policy briefs, which will be peer-reviewed and discussed in class.

Date and time

6, 7, and 14 May 2020, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Instructor
Sophia Besch is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform Berlin office, as well as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. She is also the host of the CER podcast. She holds degrees in International Security and International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.

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25-29 May 2020 | Introduction to teaching in higher education

Short description
The course introduces participants to the theory and practice of teaching in higher education. They can apply what they have learned in practical exercises, for example through individual teaching sessions.

Target group
PhD researchers who teach classes.

Goal
This course will provide the participants with skills to design a course proposal. Both the course proposal and certificate should form part of your portfolio when you apply for a teaching position.

Contents
In addition to the presentation of conceptual tools and strategies for good teaching and learning, including inclusive classroom teaching, some time will be allocated to practical exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in short teaching practice slots. Participants will further be introduced to best practices in course design and develop their own course design which they can then add to their academic portfolio.

Date and time

25-29 May 2020, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm (except 27 May, 2:00-5:30pm)

Teaching slots: 3 June 8:00am-2:00pm, 4 June 2:00-7:00pm, 5 June 2:00-7:00pm

Instructor
Dr. Annika Zorn is the Director of PhD programmes and Digital Learning at the Hertie School. For many years, she has taught teaching skills to PhD researchers at the European University Institute (EUI) and created a Teaching Summer School for international PhD researchers. She is the founder of an online school and integrates new practices into learning and teaching that enhance the experience for learners (and teachers). She also trained senior staff from European Institutions (train the trainers).

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2-3 June 2020 | How to write your academic CV and cover letter

Short description
Entering the academic job market can be a daunting experience for the early-career researcher. This two-day intensive workshop is designed to help you put your best foot forward by developing the skills you need to analyse academic job specifications against the backdrop of the broader context of international academia, showcase your strengths through a well-crafted CV, and write effective cover letters and statements of motivation.

Target group
3rd and 4th year PhD researchers

Goal
To work successfully, CV, cover letter, and other career-related documents need to be both informative and persuasive. This workshop will help you acquire the language and communication techniques needed to make these two key components of your "job market package" convincing, attractive and appropriate for a particular type of position and institution.

Contents
This two-day workshop starts with familiarising participants with the language, rhetoric and functions of academic CVs and cover letters/statements of motivation and to motivate them, through a series of group and full-class activities, to take a strategic approach to "making the match" for a specific type of entry-level academic position (postdoc, teaching). Participants will then work individually to revise their current CV and write a draft cover letter for a position of their choice. They provide supportive peer feedback for their colleagues. The workshop concludes with a guided discussion, in which the instructor also provides focused feedback and participants share their views on how they might draw on the feedback in preparing future applications for academic positions. Short individual talks with the instructor are also possible.

Date and Time
2 and 3 June 2020, full time

Instructor
Dr Laurie Anderson (B.A., Stanford; Ed.D. Columbia) is professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Siena (Italy) and Academic Skills Coordinator at the Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme at the European University Institute (Florence), where she also collaborates with Academic Services in the provision of training for PhD researchers. An applied linguist, her research focuses on the use of English as an academic lingua franca, with particular reference to the multilingual practices of internationally-mobile scholars, and has appeared in international journals (including Language Policy and ELT Journal) and with specialised publishers (e.g. Routledge, Multilingual Matters). She is a founding member of the FIESOLE Group, an interuniversity initiative sponsored by the EUI and designed to promote best practices in academic communication skills training for early-career researchers and over the last 15 years has worked with hundreds of early-career scholars gearing up to enter the academic job market.

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12 June 2020 | How to teach online: Tips and tricks for teaching assistants

Short description
This short workshop is for PhD researchers and postdocs who wish to get a better insight into how to design classroom activities online. It will teach you tips and tricks that you can use to improve your own teaching.

Target group
PhD researchers who have already gained some teaching experience

Date and time
12 June 2020, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Instructor
Dr. Annika Zorn is Director of PhD programmes and Digital Learning at the Hertie School. For many years, she has taught teaching skills to PhD researchers at the European University Institute (EUI) and created a Teaching Summer School for international PhD researchers. She is the founder of an online school and integrates new practices into learning and teaching that enhance the experience for learners (and teachers). She has also trained senior staff from European institutions (train the trainers).

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12, 15, and 16 June 2020 | Plan early for life after the PhD: Career orientation

Short description
Drowned in the empirics or your PhD? If you cannot yet imagine submitting, the timing is perfect for considering life after the PhD. What career do you want to pursue? Which skills do you have that you would like to bring to the world? Plan ahead in the middle of your PhD phase and enjoy a smoother career transition.

Target group
PhD researchers a year or two before submission

Goal
In this workshop, you will start to build your own career plan. You will analyse your profile to develop a clear view of your skill set, your fields of interest and your career-related values. We discuss potential jobs for social scientists with a PhD, their requirements and strategies for entering the job market.

Contents
Day 1: What am I good at? Looking into skills and competencies; What does career mean to me?
Day 2: How do I make my career suit my life? Exploring interests and values
Day 3: It’s my career: Making plans come to life
Methods: You will have the opportunity to discuss in the plenary, work in small groups, coach each other in peer tandems and to work individually on your career plans.

Date and time
12, 15 and 16 June 2020, 9:15 am to 12:30 pm

Instructor
Dr. Christiane Kasack works as a coach and workshop facilitator. As a certified business coach and career counsellor, she supports personal development in time- and self-management as well as career planning. In 2011, Christiane earned a PhD in the Social Sciences from the Freie Universität Berlin. After two years of post-doc work, she turned to managing the Hertie School’s PhD programmes and later, the career development programmes for postdocs at the Head Office of the Helmholtz Association.

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June/July 2020 | How to write with policy impact (two editions)

Short description
Policymakers, editors and business leaders tend to be pressed for time and receive too much information. Researchers who want their arguments to influence policy must learn how to communicate key messages as clearly as possible.

Target group
All interested PhD researchers and postdocs

Goal
By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Have gained a better understanding of the cultural gap between policymakers and researchers;
  • Have developed a publication strategy for a piece of research, defining impact objectives, audiences and types of output;
  • Have improved their sense of ‘good writing’ and learned how to write clearly and with purpose;
  • Have written and pitched an op-ed;
  • Have written a policy brief.

Contents
The seminar will cover writing concise and accessible texts. Participants will learn how to structure an argument and formulate recommendations. They will gain an understanding of different publication formats and develop publications strategies to maximise impact and reach the right audiences. This is a hands-on class. Participants will develop a style guide and practice how to recognise and avoid jargon. They will write their own op-eds and learn how to pitch to a news outlet. They will write policy briefs, which will be peer-reviewed and discussed in class.

Date and time
June/July 2020

Instructors
Sophia Besch is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform Berlin office, as well as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. She is also the host of the CER podcast. She holds degrees in International Security and International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.

Bernhard Knoll-Tudor is the Director of Executive Education at the Hertie School.

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25-28 August and 4 or 5 September 2020 | Introduction to teaching in higher education

Short description
The course introduces participants to the theory and practice of teaching in higher education. They can apply what they have learned in practical exercises, for example through individual teaching sessions.

Target group
PhD researchers as of their 2nd year with no or little teaching experience.

Goal
This course will provide the participants with the skills to design a course proposal. Both the course proposal and certificate should form part of your portfolio when you apply for a teaching position.

Contents
In addition to the presentation of conceptual tools and strategies for good teaching and learning, such as inclusive classroom teaching, some time will be allocated to practical exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in short teaching practice slots. Participants will further be introduced to best practices in course design and develop their own course design which they can then add to their academic portfolio.

Dates and times

  • Tuesday 25 August, 2pm-5:30pm (Sessions 1 and 2)
  • Wednesday 26 August, 2pm-5:30pm (Sessions 3 and 4)
  • Thursday 27 August, 9am-5:30pm – with lunch break from 12:30-2pm (Sessions 5 and 6 as well as Sessions 7 and 8)
  • Friday 28 August, 9am-12:30pm (Session 9 and 10)
  • Either 4 or 5 September, 9am-4pm (micro-teaching sessions)

Instructor
Dr. Annika Zorn is Director of PhD Programmes and Digital Learning at the Hertie School. For many years, she has taught teaching skills to PhD researchers at the European University Institute (EUI) and created a Teaching Summer School for international PhD researchers. She is the founder of an online school and integrates new practices into learning and teaching that enhance the experience for learners (and teachers). She also trained senior staff from European Institutions (train the trainers).

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