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Academia & Beyond: Knowledge Transfer

What Academia and Beyond: Knowledge Transfer offers to Graduate Students

  • Enhances graduate students ability to explain or teach complex concepts related to their discipline or research area
  • Assists in the development of skills to refine knowledge transfer beyond the confines of academia
  • Refines skills in selecting both appropriate content and delivery models of complex materials
  • Enhances the ability to promote effectively students’ research in grant and scholarship applications and in submissions to publishers

Benefits of Academia and Beyond: Knowledge Transfer for Graduate Students

  • Facilitating learning in a variety of contexts means adapting to different audiences. This requires diverse outreach and information dissemination techniques.

Workshop Categories & Descriptions

The Research Paper / Article / Dissertation

How to Write a Literature Review (Fall)

Host Presenters: Valerie Ashford (SASS)

Locating, synthesizing, and evaluating existing research on a topic are skills that graduate students use often in their thesis-writing. And these skills are also important to a professional career, whether in academia or industry. This workshop will focus on methods of conducting and then integrating a literature review into a thesis in a purposeful and meaningful way. In addition, you will learn techniques for ensuring that your literature review is not just a list of existing scholarship but an integral part of your thesis that benefits both you and your readers.

Presentation Slides 2016 (1MB)

Dealing with Writers Block (Winter)

Host Presenters: Learning Strategies

If perfectionism hinders completion of your writing and/or causes undue emotional stress, this workshop will offer guidance in meeting these challenges. In this session, you will evaluate the effects of perfectionism on your writing, learn about practical anti-perfectionism strategies to help you begin and complete projects

Workshop Resources (94 KB)

Revising academic writing  (Fall)

Host Presenter: Valerie Ashford (SASS)

This very practical session is designed to equip you to enhance and refine your academic writing.  A key element will be on learning strategies to help you ‘see’ your writing anew for the purpose of putting yourself in your reader’s position. As well, you will learn how to interpret supervisory feedback, how to excise extraneous wordiness, how to re-sequence and reorganize your work to its best advantage, and how to polish with confidence. 

Presentation slides 2015 (1.17MB)

Avoiding Plagiarism: Citation 101 (Fall)

Host Presenters: Library - Michael White

An important skill in becoming a responsible researcher is knowing what, how and when to cite. Proper citation is essential for acknowledging the work of others and your own. The Library's collection of citation-tracking databases offers new search and analytical capabilities that can help you understand the impact of your research and the research of others. Knowing where and how often your work is being cited is useful when preparing grant applications, applying for a new academic or research position, writing a reference letter or nomination for an award, preparing a tenure or promotion portfolio and deciding where to submit an article for publication.

This workshop will cover the basics of citation searching in Web of Science, Google Scholar and other databases. You will learn how to create an alert that will notify you when someone cites your paper in a published article. We will also discuss the various metrics (h-index, Eigenfactor, impact factor, etc.) used to determine both personal and journal impact factors. Bring your current CV or list of publications.

Workshop Slides 2016 (2.3 MB)

Handout (16KB)

Critical Thinking(Winter)

Host Presenters: Valerie Ashford, the Writing Centre (SASS)

The phrase ‘critical thinking’ is everywhere in the Canadian university; students are expected to demonstrate critical thinking in every course they take, from first year onward, regardless of their programme. But what exactly is critical thinking? Definitions vary in the extreme, so, many students struggle with this complex requirement and the means by which we develop the skills necessary to show evidence of critical thought. This new workshop is for you if you want to learn more about conventions and questions associated with critical thinking at the graduate level. Please note that because this is the first time we’ve offered this, we’ll be especially interested in your feedback!

Dissertation Boot Camp (Winter & Summer)

Host Presenters: SGS / Writing Centre / Learning Strategies

This one week intensive boot camp is designed to accelerate your progress in the final stages of writing your Master's or PhD thesis. Participants commit to spending four (5 days in June) days writing their dissertation in a comfortable environment dedicated to writing. The Writing Center and Learning Strategies will provide one-on-one learning and writing support if desired, as well as some short spot-light talks on subjects especially relevant to the thesis writing, such as maintaining writing momentum. Group discussions will also focus on challenges common to graduate-level writing and, especially, large writing projects.

Learn more about:
Dissertation Boot Camp

Dissertation on the Lake (Summer)

Host Presenters: SGS

Dissertation on the Lake is a four day, three night writing retreat on the shores of Elbow Lake, 30 minutes north of Kingston.  This is a pilot program offered by the School of Graduate Studies to provide graduate students the opportunity to write in a relaxing and inspiring environment, setting aside the distractions of daily life at home. The day will be loosely structured around two writing sessions: three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon (you can always write for longer!)  Although writing will be the primary activity, there will be ample opportunities for relaxation including swimming, canoeing and hiking (all unsupervised). Ten two-bedroom cabins will provide accommodation and some writing space. A central meeting room is available for writing. Three meals a day will be provided.  Space is limited and preference will be given to PhD students.

Learn more about:
Dissertation on the Lake

Big Data, Big Impact - Improving the reach of your research data  (Fall)

Host Presenters: Library

Research data are the raw materials of academia.  Obtaining data for your research is just one part of the puzzle.  Increasingly, you also need to think about managing and sharing your data.  This workshop puts research data into context, against a backdrop of funding agency, publishing, and societal changes, and introduces practical services and tools to help you manage your data.  In particular, a new national, bilingual, online data management planning tool will be highlighted.  The outcome?  Improved impact and reach for your research data

Presentation Slides 2016  (2.17MB)

How to Research Patent Information (Fall)

Host Presenter: Michael White, Queen's Library

Patents are an increasingly important source of scientific and technical information, much of which is not published in journals. In 2012, more than 2.35 million new patent applications were filed worldwide, an increase of 9.2 percent. The patent literature is interdisciplinary and international, encompassing innovations in every field of technology during the last two hundred years. Patents reveal the current state-of-the-art and provide vital information for making informed decisions about new research projects and business opportunities. This workshop will demonstrate how you can access the wealth of information in patent literature and provide you with strategies for searching patents in various databases.

Workshop Goals (36KB)

Presentation slides 2016 (3.27MB)

Citation Management Software Workshop (Fall)

Host Presenter: Dr Tatitana Zaraiskaya (Douglas Library)

Managing research citations is an essential part of the research process. Citation management tools can help researchers to: organize research materials all in one place, avoid plagiarism by tracking research path, create in text citations with the click of a button(s), easily format - and re-format – bibliographies.  There are many available tools that could support your research, these tools have fundamental functions that:

  • Adds references automatically to the citation management tool from the internet.
  • Organizes citations using different features such as folders and tags.
  • Inserts in-text citations and creates a bibliography in MS Word using different styles.
  • Shares citations with others through public or private shared folders or groups.

The workshop will provide you with a hands-on experience using free tools such as Zotero and Mendeley.

Use this link for more information on the various products available

Funding & Grants

Tips on Applying for Scholarships & Fellowships – NSERC, SSHRC & CIHR (Fall)

Host Presenters: SGS & Faculty

This session will provide information about what makes an application stand out, what sells and what doesn’t, and how best to present your research. Faculty members who have sat on review panels for Tri-Council Agencies  will share their experiences and address questions.

Presentation slides 2016 NSERC & CIHR (243KB)

Presentation Slides 2016 SSHRC (302KB)

Six Tips for Effective Grant Writing (Fall)

Host Presenters: ORS

This workshop provides tools and strategies on how to write a persuasive and compelling grant application. Topics include: the importance of starting early, writing with simplicity and clarity, defining a project with a realistic scope, and demonstrating effectively your ability to carry out the research.

Resources & Tips (69KB)

Presentation Slides 2016 (912KB)

Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Summer)

Host: SGS, Faculty, Post-Docs

Current fellowship holders as well as a member of the adjudication committee will provide tips, lessons learned and best practices.


"NEW" - Publish or Perish: Insights from a Journal Editor(Summer)

Host Presenter: Dr Jay Liebowitz

Most graduate students and academics still wrestle with the “publish or perish” phenomenon. Based on Dr. Liebowitz’s 25 years serving as the Editor-in-Chief of leading refereed international journals and on his recent book, A Guide to Publishing for Academics: Inside the Publish or Perish Phenomenon (Taylor & Francis, 2015), key lessons learned will be shared to help professors, doctoral students, and practitioners increase their chances of being published in a journal. Dr. Liebowitz will highlight stories and helpful tips to aid others get published in journals. The workshop will also discuss how to choose which journal is right for your manuscript, what happens behind the scenes, presents useful knowledge from editors of traditional and online journals, and includes vignettes that illustrate the do’s and don’ts.


Dr. Jay Liebowitz is the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Business at Queen’s University for the Summer 2017. He is the Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He previously was the Orkand Endowed Chair of Management and Technology in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He served as a Professor in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. He was ranked one of the top 10 knowledge management researchers/practitioners out of 11,000 worldwide, and was ranked #2 in KM Strategy worldwide according to the January 2010 Journal of Knowledge Management. At Johns Hopkins University, he was the founding Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Competitive Intelligence and the Capstone Director of the MS-Information and Telecommunications Systems for Business Program, where he engaged over 30 organizations in industry, government, and not-for-profits in capstone projects. Prior to joining Hopkins, Dr. Liebowitz was the first Knowledge Management Officer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Before NASA, Dr. Liebowitz was the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Professor of Management Science at George Washington University, and Chair of Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Army War College. Dr. Liebowitz is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Expert Systems With Applications: An International Journal (published by Elsevier), which is ranked #1 worldwide for AI journals according to the h5 index of Google Scholar journal rankings (as of February 2017). ESWA was ranked fifth worldwide for OR/MS journals (out of 77 journals), according to the 2011 Thomson impact factors. He is a Fulbright Scholar, IEEE-USA Federal Communications Commission Executive Fellow, and Computer Educator of the Year (International Association for Computer Information Systems). He has published over 40 books and a myriad of journal articles on knowledge management, analytics, intelligent systems, and IT management. His most recent books are Knowledge Retention: Strategies and Solutions (Taylor & Francis, 2009), Knowledge Management in Public Health (Taylor & Francis, 2010), Knowledge Management and E-Learning (Taylor & Francis, 2011), Beyond Knowledge Management: What Every Leader Should Know (Taylor & Francis, 2012), and Knowledge Management Handbook: Collaboration and Social Networking, 2nd ed. (Taylor & Francis, 2012), Big Data and Business Analytics (Taylor & Francis, 2013), Business Analytics: An Introduction (Taylor & Francis, January 2014), Bursting the Big Data Bubble: The Case for Intuition-Based Decision Making (Taylor & Francis, August 2014), A Guide to Publishing for Academics: Inside the Publish or Perish Phenomenon (Taylor & Francis, 2015), and Successes and Failures of Knowledge Management (Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier, 2016). Dr. Liebowitz served as the Editor-in-Chief of Procedia-CS (Elsevier). He is also the Series Book Editor of the new Data Analytics book series (Taylor & Francis). In October 2011, the International Association for Computer Information Systems named the “Jay Liebowitz Outstanding Student Research Award” for the best student research paper at the IACIS Annual Conference. He has lectured and consulted worldwide.

Getting Published - STEM & Health Science (Winter)

Host Presenters: SGS - Dr. Kerry Rowe (Civil Engineering)

This seminar/workshop will provide insight on how the world of academic publishing works. You will develop a better understanding of how different commercial publishing models (subscription based and 'open access') work, and how their survival strategies have an impact on your choice of journals. You will also come to appreciate how journal editors determine which articles are desirable for their publications.

Presentation slides 2016 (121KB)

Getting Published - Humanities & Social Sciences (Winter)

Host Presenters: SGS - Dr Molly Wallace (English)

This seminar/workshop will provide insight on how the world of academic publishing works. You will develop a better understanding of how different commercial publishing models (subscription based and 'open access') work, and how their survival strategies have an impact on your choice of journals. You will also come to appreciate how journal editors determine which articles are desirable for their publications.

Your Research Impact: What Get Counted & What Counts (Fall)

Host Presenter: Michael White & Rosarie Coughlan, Library

Demonstrating the impact of your research is increasingly important for receiving funding, and furthering your research career.  A range of metrics and measures are used to evaluate both your research and others and can also be considered when developing your publication portfolio.

In the workshop participants will:

  • Identify and apply appropriate metrics used to evaluate research in their discipline
  • Understand how metrics are used in a range of scenarios in academia such as appointments, tenure and promotion, grant applications and awards
  • Learn how to identify high impact journals to publish in (where appropriate)
  • Be able to explain the limitations of metrics used in research assessment from a range of perspectives
  • Develop effective strategies and approaches for using metrics to inform their publications profile.

Open Access to Research: What You Need To Know & Why (Winter)

Host Presenter: Rosarie Coughlan, Library 

This workshop will provide you with an overview of the open access movement as a means to expanding access, visibility and use of publically funded research, both in Canada and world-wide.  We will explore important considerations when making your thesis open access via QSpace, Queen’s open access research repository as well as other practical consideration for early career researchers when planning for publication including:

  • Deciding where to publish: get an overview of existing and evolving publishing models for research (subscription based and 'open access') and their significance when developing your research career
  • Negotiating with your publisher: what copyright, and re-use rights should you retain to maximise the exposure and impact of your research.    

Presentation Slides 2016 (2.32MB)


Conferences: Abstracts to Audiences (Fall)

Host Presenters: SGS - Dr. John Smol (Biology)

This seminar will cover the do’s and don’ts of academic conferences, beginning with how to identify conferences in your field, how to write an effective abstract, how to put together a panel with participants from other universities, how to write a conference paper and how to present it in an effective and engaging manner.

Poster Boards: Tips & Tricks (Winter)

Host Presenters: SGS - Dr. Susan Boehnke (Neuroscience)

Designing an effective poster board for presentations at conferences and meetings is a required skill in many academic programs. The workshop will provide information on how to showcase your research effectively in the limited space of the poster board. Tips on how to convey information to a diverse audience will also be covered and how you can use your poster to generate conversation with academic peers.


Principles of Teaching & Learning (Fall)

Host Presenters: Dr Klodiana Kolomitro (CTL )

The focus of this session is on learning -- what learning in general looks like, what learning looks like in your own disciplinary context and how, as educators, we can select instructional strategies to influence students' approach to learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Probe assumptions of what learning looks like in your discipline.
  • Relate formal and theoretical knowledge of teaching and learning to the post-secondary teaching and learning context.
  • Select and implement a variety of instructional practices that encourage deep learning.

Presentation Slides 2016 3.68MB)

Assessment for Learning  (Fall)

Host Presenters: Sue Fostaty-Young (CTL )

What and how we assess has powerful influence over students' approaches to learning. This introductory, session provides a forum to explore your own preferences and orientations to assessment and the effects they may have on students’ approaches to learning.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify one or more personal orientations to assessment and their potential impact on students’ approaches to learning
  • Use a learning framework (the ICE model) to interpret approaches to assessment

Presentation Handout 2016 (73KB)

Presentation Slides 2016 (665KB)

Assignment and Test Construction  (Winter)

Host Presenters: Sue Fostaty Young (CTL )

The focus of this session is on ways to ensure that approaches to assessment support the intentions you have for students learning.  We’ll discuss methods of test construction and question design as well as ways to align assignment design with course learning outcomes. 

NB:This is a working session so bring along a course syllabus to useAlternatively, you can bring along a text or exam to analyze

Setting ideas in motion: Launching from a PhD degree

Host Presenter: Dr Jim McLellan (Chemical Engineering)

Innovation: distinctive/creative ideas of value that are put to practice - is an oft used but frequently vaguely defined term. 

"Distinctive ideas" are certainly the cornerstone of graduate programs of inquiry. “Of value” can mean many things, including combinations of positive social impact, solving problems or fulfilling needs, enriching culture, mitigating environmental impact, and creating meaningful employment and financial benefit (e.g. growth, sustainment).

“Put to practice” is self-evident, but how can we make this happen? Successful initiatives - “ventures” - regardless of the particular value(s) they impart, require the nurturing of ideas, an understanding of need both in terms of people and outcome, how to marshal resources (people and things), and how to create a venture that is sustainable in both a social and financial sense.  

Innovation to practice or setting ideas in motion is rooted in “curiosity” about individuals and the world around us, whether directly related to our own backgrounds and fields of study, or from daily experiences, combined with creativity, passion and determination. 

The first hurdle is often recognizing the "realm of the possible" - imagining that you could be creating your own initiative or venture. 

Please join us for an informal, interactive and far ranging workshop on setting ideas in motion (innovation to impact), what this could mean for you, how you can use your graduate training as a springboard for creating initiatives, and how to identify and assemble the pieces that you need to make it successful. Along the way, we will talk about the Design Thinking approach championed by IDEO with its emphasis on observation and human-centred design, which has found success in social innovation and for profit ventures alike, and the business/venture model canvas, which can provide a useful way of recognizing and assembling the pieces required for success.

This will not be a talk on “tech transfer” or “IP transfer”, nor will it be about gadgets. It will be about something rather more organic and independent of technology - recognizing need, developing ideas, finding resources, and bringing initiatives to fruition and impact - drawing from the world around us.

Help create your own opportunities and have positive impact.

This is a workshop for everyone - regardless of program or department or faculty. Diversity of disciplines and the unique set of skills and knowledge that they bring is an essential ingredient for successful initiatives and ventures.