UGS AGILE Newsletter - V1, ISSUE 1

What are our AGILE Scholars Reading?

Throughout the year, scholars were assigned readings that ranged from effective communication to tips on writing the dissertation, on-time graduation, and managing job interviews and visits. This summer, AGILE scholars are reading:

Stephen R. Covey's
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Parker Palmer's
The Heart of Higher Education



Professional Development Activities

In addition to the community meetings, AGILE scholars participated in a number of professional development workshops that focused on writing, research, career advancement, and wellness. This year's cohort also enrolled in a 3-week online writing workshop. Facilitated by the Florida Education Fund, the workshop was designed to ensure graduate student success in writing scholarly papers, and grant proposals.



AGILE Spotlight: Craig McGill

Craig is an active leader in the fields of adult education and academic advising, earning the distinction of being one of ten in the US to be inducted into the National Academic Advising Association's (NACADA) 2013 Emerging Leader's Program. Today, Craig's personal, academic, and professional lives have converged with one purpose – to redefine the role of academic advisors. Learn about Craig's journey in the video below:



The UGS would like to thank the AGILE Executive Committee for its support, guidance, and on-going contributions to the success of AGILE and its scholars. A very special thank you to the Center for Leadership and Service, the Communication Arts Studio, the Office of Engagement, Career Services, the Division of Research, the Center for Excellence in Writing, Student Health Services, and the Office of Academic Planning and Accountability.

Inaugural Lecture: AGILE at the Forefront of Graduate Reform

In spring 2014, the UGS inaugurated the AGILE lecture series with guest speaker Dr. Debra Stewart, President of the Council of Graduate Schools. Dr. Stewart, an expert on matters related to graduate education and its challenges, spoke to AGILE scholars and members of the FIU community about professional development trends and opportunities in graduate education.

Community Meeting Highlights
AGILE scholars attended three community meetings during 2013-2014,one of which was facilitated by the FIU Communication Arts Studio. AGILE Scholars were asked to prepare 3-minute presentations on their research topics following the 3-Minute Thesis project model. Their presentations were recorded and scholars received both instant feedback and one-on-one consultations to help them improve their communication and presentation skills.

Developing Multidimensional Leaders
AGILE scholars participated in the first Graduate Student track of the Academy of Leaders, offered by the Center for Leadership and Service. The program consisted of three half-day sessions that included Enhancing Self-Awareness through use of personality type; the five practices of the Leadership Challenge model; exploring leadership styles; understanding group dynamics; ethical dimensions of leadership; leading change; and creating and using a personal leadership development plan.

AGILE Moving Forward
The 2014-2015 AY will bring a number of new and exciting AGILE activities:

Conversation is Brewing

The fall will give way to a monthly AGILE coffee hour, which comes as per the scholars' request, as well as a new set of community meetings on Branding and Career Development, and Wellness and Time Management for doctoral students. A new cohort of AGILE scholars will begin in Spring 2015.

Intel's Dr. Bell to Speak at FIU

The AGILE lecture series will also kick off this Fall with Anthropologist and Researcher Dr. Genevieve Bell, Director of User Experience Research at Intel. Dr. Bell's lecture will take place on Wednesday, November 5th at 4:00 pm at the MARC Pavilion.

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