Academic Workshops 2014-15

ACADEMIC JOB MARKET - academic workshop

Date and time: 
Monday, 15 June 2015, 4:00 pm

Venue: Monument building, room 201 (video-conferencing room)

Topic: How to decide whether an academic job is right for you? When and how should you start to prepare for the academic job market? Are there skills students should learn or certain dissertations that give people a "leg up" on competitors? What are the differences between the European and North American academic job market? What are the pros and cons of academic and non-academic jobs?

DSPS is pleased to offer a workshop to its current PhD students that brings together four former DSPS graduates to talk about how they have navigated the academic job market, what they did wrong and what they did right, and what kind of advice they would give newly-minted PhD students from the Doctoral School, as well as current PhD students still working on their dissertations. One panel member will be joining us in person, and three will join vie video links.

Natalia Timus (CP, 2009) / Adjunct Professor, Sciences Po, Menton, France, Research Associate, MGSOG and UNU-MERIT
Robert Nalbandov (IR, 2009) / Assistant Professor, Utah State University, Salt Lake City
Lorinc Redei (IR, 2013) / Lecturer, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin
Eldar Sarajlic (PT, 2014) / Adjunct Assistant Professor, City University of New York




Date and time: 
Tuesday, 6 May 2015,11:00 am

Venue: Monument building, Popper room

Topic: The question of how to become a successful academic writer has led to a proliferation of useful and not-so-useful how-to-books that explain drastically the survival strategies of doctoral students. The speaker of this workshop, Gerald Schneider argues, based on his experience as editor, frequent reviewer and author of articles on academic writing and other issues of great importance that one needs first of all to pursue a daring research project. This earth-shaking insight will be followed by brief expositions on i) how we can milk the funding system without corrupting ourselves, ii) how one can attend academic conferences without falling ill and iii) how the love-and-hate triangle of authors, editors, and writers work. The speaker will conclude with practical advice on how one transforms the exciting research question into an innovative article.

Schneider, G. 2007 The search for the holy grant: (Mis)allocating money in European political science. European Political Science 6(2): 160–168.
Schneider, G. 2011 How to Avoid the Seven Deadly Sins of Academic Writing. European Political Science 10(3): 337-345.
Schneider, G. 2013 Uncle G´s Rough Guide to Academic Conferences. Unpublished Ms. (
Schneider, G. 2014 Nothing Succeeds like Success: The Past and Future of European Political Science. Political Science Research and Methods 2(2): 153-161

Gerald Schneider is Professor of International Politics and Executive Editor of “European Union Politics”. His main areas of research are European Union decision making, the causes and consequences of armed violence, the international political economy of financial markets, bargaining and conflict management. He has published around 150 articles in various journals and volumes. Schneider is President of the European Political Science Association (2013-2015) and was also in 2003-2004 Vice President of the International Studies Association.


PUBLIC SPEAKING - academic workshop

Date and time: 
Tuesday, 10 February 2015, 3:30 pm

Venue: Vigyázó Ferenc street building, room 213

Topic: What you say, how you say it, and how you make it relevant to the audience, can make your speech a success or a failure! How many times have you observed a boring speech during the conference and how much of it were you able to grasp? Public speaking is a useful skill for those who would like to continue their career in academia as well as outside. Mastering the art of public speaking will help you improve your professional and private reputation, make strong first impression, deliver excellent speeches at the conferences and beyond, conduct effective meetings and enjoy the rush of public speaking!

Being an effective and confident speaker comes with time and lots of practice, however there are some essential tips and tricks on how to craft and deliver effective speeches, communicate in a fluent, confident and persuasive manner. This interactive workshop will cover essentials for anyone striving to become a confident speaker.

Jennifer Blanck (Distinguished Toastmaster with more than 20 years of management, communications and training experience in higher education and career services.)


NOTES AND CITATION - Zotero workshop

Date and time: 
Friday, 30 January 2015, 1:30pm

Venue: Vigyázó Ferenc street building, room 213

Topic: As you embark on the research for your dissertation, think seriously about the tools you want to employ to coordinate your research notes, references, and source files. There are excellent commercial software options (e.g. EndNote or RefWorks), but if you don't want to spend that kind of money and commit to a single format over the long run, you should consider open-source reference management tools like Mendeley or Zotero. This presentation will focus on Zotero, free software that is well suited to social science research and quite user-friendly. You can choose versions integrated into your web browser or freestanding, and immediately begin assembling your research library. Zotero makes it easy for you to build a reliable database where web, print, and archival sources of all kinds can be organized easily, and references can be generated in a variety of standard forms (Chicago Manual, etc.). Zotero is a robust option that can serve your research needs for years to come, and we will step through its various capacities in the course of the presentation.

Karl Hall (Associate Professor, Department of History)



Dates and times:
Monday, 19 Jan 2015, 11:00 a.m.
Friday, 23 Jan, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

Venue: Orange computer lab, Monument building

Topic: CEU subscribes to the PIVOT online funding database, which can help PhD students in finding suitable research grants for their projects. Staff members of ACRO (Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office) hold training sessions to the students of the Doctoral School to train them how to use the database for their purpses.

Daniel Gyori (ACRO)
Dorottya Urai (ACRO)


Further workshops are to be announced throughout the academic year.