Writing and other support

General resources for graduate students

Financial tips for graduate students

Formatting and editing

Research support

Teaching support

  • WMU library support for teaching
  • Teaching Assistants Union
  • Teaching support from the Office of Faculty Development
  • WMUx OLLI Teaching Fellow Program, 2021-22 
    WMUx, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the WMU Graduate College are pleased to announce a professional development opportunity open to all doctoral students in good academic standing. Applicants chosen for this opportunity will work with the WMUx Office of Faculty Development and with WMUx instructional designers to propose a short 1-4 session course on a topic related to their research that will be delivered during the Spring 2022 semester as part of the OLLI curriculum.

    Application Dates

    • Oct. 15 - The WMUx OLLI Teaching Fellow Application opens at wmich.edu/facultydevelopment
    • Nov. 5, 5 p.m. - Application deadline (extended from Oct. 29)

    Program Requirements
    Doctoral students selected to participate in the WMUx OLLI Teaching Fellow Program will prepare to teach their OLLI course attending an orientation workshop and a lesson planning workshop via WebEx on a date during late November-early December. Then, in the spring 2022 semester, participants will edit their lesson plans with assistance from WMUx, practice their delivery, and offer the course sometime between March and July of 2022.
     
    Participant Benefits
    Participants will have the opportunity to develop their instructional skills in a supportive environment and to receive mentoring and feedback, including advice on material delivery, as well as discussion or laboratory methods. Additionally, participants will be able to use their WMUx OLLI Teaching Fellow experience as the basis for a Signature designation on their transcript.
     
    Participants will receive a $300 award to be used for course, research, or travel expenses. The award will be disbursed as a scholarship to the student’s WMU account once all program requirements have been completed.
     
    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute affords community members aged 55 and over the chance to attend university-oriented enrichment courses on a wide variety of topics. Past courses have included everything from astronomy classes to courses on area history and on literary topics.

    Questions? Email Dr. Gwen Tarbox, Director of the WMUx Office of Faculty Development at gwen.tarbox@wmich.edu.

Writing support

  • English and writing support for domestic and international students 
  • Dissertation Bootcamp
    Dissertation Bootcamp is an online resource for graduate students beginning to plan and conceptualize their thesis or dissertation or actively working on their thesis or dissertation after reaching candidacy. You are welcome to browse through the various sections for resources and information. This is not intended to replace in-person programs but serves to enhance your dissertation writing.

    Register Here

  • Graduate Writing Circles (meets in-person every Thursday)

    The Graduate College is excited to launch two in-person doctoral writing circles. The purpose of the writing circle is to provide a community, accountability, and a quiet location for students to gather with peers to work independently. We will meet weekly in West Walwood, East Campus on every Thursday through December 9. Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided. 

Register Here Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Register Here Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.