Initial Publication Date: February 8, 2021

Graduate student onboarding courses: Exposing the hidden curriculum to help your students succeed

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Click to view or download the webinar recording (MP4 Video 266.4MB Apr5 21).

12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET

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Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Michele Cooke, UMAss Amherst
Nathan Niemi, University of Michigan
Naomi Levin, University of Michigan

Webinar Description

Courses designed for new graduate students can build student self-efficacy, and promote equity and inclusion by helping all students develop the skills needed to succeed in graduate school. In this webinar we'll discuss the value of graduate student onboarding, and explore potential topics for inclusion in such courses including student-advisor relationships, time management, communication skills, ethics and professionalism, and the research process. We welcome participation from instructors who teach such courses and want to share ideas, and from instructors who are considering developing such courses and want to learn more.

Webinar Goals

The purpose of this webinar is to:

  • Promote the value of graduate student onboarding courses for developing successful students and programs that are equitable and inclusive
  • Share examples of course goals, content, activities, and logistics
  • Provide opportunities for participants to share ideas, build stronger courses, or get started developing new courses
  • Develop a community of faculty who are developing and teaching onboarding courses for graduate students



Duration: 1 hour
Format: Presentations will take place through a Zoom Meeting screen-sharing session. The webinar will be recorded.
Accessing the Webinar: Instructions for joining the webinar will be email to participants the day before the event. Learn more about accessing the webinar.
Questions? Please contact Bradlee Cotton ( or Mitchell Bender-Awalt ( if you have any questions about this event.