Supporting Aspiring Scholars (SAS)

Academic support to all USD Doctoral Students and Post-Doc Fellows

Scholar Development Resources

SAS is a resource dedicated to the development of aspiring scholars and is designed to provide academic support to all USD students enrolled in a doctoral program as well as Post-Doc Fellows. Our resources include the SOLES Graduate Student Writing Center as well as the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, which is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, Post Doc fellows, and doctoral students. The NCFDD offerings include guest expert webinars, intensive multi-week courses facilitated by national experts, a private discussion forum, 14-Day Writing Challenges, the Dissertation Success Curriculum, the NCFDD Core Curriculum, and the opportunity to connect with a writing accountability partner. 

To survey the many NCFDD supports available, visit their website and select become a member. You must choose the University of San Diego to claim a free membership.

Scholar Developmental Stages

The four scholar developmental stages are Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and Emerging Professional Academic. To support the growth of developing scholars, we have arranged resources according to the various academic and professional needs and experiences of doctoral students, Post-Doc fellows, and emerging professional academics. 

The Beginning Scholar represents new doctoral students who are in their first year of study and who are focused on developing their prowess with the research process and mastery of academic writing. We provide services to acclimate newcomers to the demands and expectations of doctoral study.

Recommended resources for doctoral students in their first year of study:

Mastering the Essentials of APA Style (7th Edition)
In this free 2-hour, web-based training, Heartful Editor will provide an overview of the essential guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 7th Edition) in addition to helpful tips and strategies for editing theses, dissertations, and manuscripts for publication. Topics include paper elements and format, academic writing and grammar, bias-free language, the mechanics of style, tables and figures, narrative and parenthetical citations, and reference entries. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions as we discuss the many nuances of APA and academic writing!

Mastering the Essentials of APA Style will be offered every Tuesday at 10am Pacific from January 25th to June 7th, 2022. Webinars are limited to 500 participants per session and fill up quickly. Advanced registration is required.

To register, or for more information, please visit www.heartfuleditor.com/training

Workshop Recordings

 NCFDD

In development

  • How to Get the Mentoring You Need

The Intermediate Scholar is the doctoral student who has completed 12-18 credits and is gearing up to write a Qual A paper or begin a research proposal. We focus our resources on helping intermediate students become skilled writers and researchers who can complete high-quality independent academic work.

Recommended resources for doctoral students who have complete 12-18 credits and still need to write a research proposal:

Workshop Recordings

NCFDD

The Advanced Scholar is best described as the doctoral student actively writing a research proposal and those who have advanced to doctoral candidacy and are drafting their dissertation or culminating project. Advanced scholars can expect targeted instruction on the writing process and support for establishing a blueprint for their own writing practice.

Recommended resources for students focused on writing a research proposal and/or who have advanced to candidacy for the doctoral degree:

 Workshop Recordings

NCFDD

Professional Development for Emerging Education Researchers

  • Through intensive workshops, research projects, mentoring, and community involvement, the Professional development for Emerging Education Researchers (PEER) program helps faculty, postdocs, and graduate students learn to design research projects, collaborate ethically, conduct research, and write papers for peer-reviewed publication.

In development

  • Peer-Led Writing Groups 
  • Academic Publishing

 

The Emerging Professional Academic is the doctoral student finishing a dissertation and preparing to defend as well as Post Docs and assistant professors in the early stages of establishing their careers. The content for emerging scholars is focused on presentation skills, writing for publications, conference proposals, and research grants as well as how to develop your professional brand for the academic market.

Recommended resources for students focused on writing a research proposal and/or who have advanced to candidacy for the doctoral degree:

Workshop Recordings

NCFDD

Professional Development for Emerging Education Researchers

  • Through intensive workshops, research projects, mentoring, and community involvement, the Professional development for Emerging Education Researchers (PEER) program helps faculty, postdocs, and graduate students learn to design research projects, collaborate ethically, conduct research, and write papers for peer-reviewed publication.

In development

  • Writing Groups
  • Building Your Brand
  • The Job Talk
  • Preparing an Effective CV

 

Outside Funding Opportunities for SOLES Students

  • Outside Funding Opportunities for SOLES Students

Fall 2021 USD Writing Workshops

Winter Intersession Writing Boot Camp

January 18-22, 2022, 9:00am to 4:30pm with virtual and in-person participation options. Register here!

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is offering the Winter Intersession Writing Boot Camp to assistant professors, postdocs, and advanced graduate students. Advanced graduate students are those who are currently working on a proposal, their dissertation, or any body of work meant for publication.

Each day will feature unique writing themes. Themes include grant writing, journal writing, writing books, and writing journal articles.
Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristina Garland at kgarland@sandiego.edu

Space is limited -- RSVP today!

Hit the Gas! Stop Stalling and Start Writing 

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Register Here!

If starting a writing assignment is a struggle, this workshop is designed for you. This hands-on workshop will lead students through a series of idea-generating activities to jump start their writing. Students will practice invention techniques such as freewriting, listing, looping, clustering and cubing. The workshop is designed to help students identify main ideas and draft a basic outline of an actual writing assignment. Please come prepared with an assignment.

Space is limited. Advanced reservation required.

Introduction to APA 7th Edition Workshop (also offered on 11/17/21)

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.     Register Here!

This question-driven workshop will introduce graduate students to APA 7th edition style, formatting, and publication guidelines. We'll cover major changes from APA 6th edition, the SOLES-recommended professional style formatting, and online APA 7th resources. Participants are encouraged to bring questions! This workshop is held via Zoom.

Space is limited. Advanced reservation required.

Finish Strong Writing Clinic

Saturday, November 6th, 2021 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.       Register Here!

An end-of-semester remote writing clinic designed for the graduate student who wants to cross the finish line and finish strong. An ideal opportunity to gain skills for improving your own writing while actually completing a writing assignment. This hands-on workshop includes mini-lessons for revising, editing, and proofreading your final drafts with the help of writing coaches.

Space is limited. Advanced reservation required.

Don't Blow Your Lid: Learn JARS, the Gold Standard of Abstracts, Introductions, and Methods Sections 

Monday, November 8th, 2021 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.     Register Here!

This workshop covers how to format the essential research elements according to the APA’s Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) expected by faculty, scholars, reviewers, and editors. The workshop will discuss the basic standards for abstracts, introductions, as well as how to report quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. After an introduction to JARS, attendees will use JARS templates to provide peer feedback on abstracts, introductions, and methodology sections. This workshop is ideal for graduate students preparing a research-based final paper, manuscript, conference proposal, or class presentation. Bonus: Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their research-based project as the workshop leader will read each attendees' abstracts and recommend potential journals for submission.

Introduction to APA 7th Edition Workshop 

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.     Register Here!

This question-driven workshop will introduce graduate students to APA 7th edition style, formatting, and publication guidelines. We'll cover major changes from APA 6th edition, the SOLES-recommended professional style formatting, and online APA 7th resources. Participants are encouraged to bring questions! This workshop is held via Zoom.

Space is limited. Advanced reservation required.

It's a Wrap! Applying the Final Touches 

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 5:30 p.m.- 7:00.pm.       Register Here!

This workshop is designed to help students with the finishing touches of a final paper. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate several sentence level tips for quickly and easily editing a final paper. Students will learn strategies for producing writing with clarity and cohesion. Activities will involve students editing their own written work.

The workshop is free. Advanced registration is required to receive Zoom link.