Joint CSGS/CHBGS Monthly Forum Series

In order to help our membership cope with the current pandemic and its impact on graduate education, we have created a monthly CSGS/CHGBS Forum Series. Once a month via Zoom, CSGS/CHGBS will host a lunch-time forum that focuses on a current challenge facing graduate schools and campuses across the region.  Members will have the opportunity to submit discussion questions, contribute to the conversation, or simply hear potential solutions being pursued on other campuses.  Available recordings of past forum presentations are included at the bottom of the page.

CSGS/CHBGS October Forum: Rubrics in Graduate Admissions

October 28, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Dr. Bill Evans and Dr. Andrew Goodliffe, University of Alabama
Dr. Michael Kightley and Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Best practice for holistic admissions encourages the use of rubrics as we make graduate admission and funding decisions. They promote consistency, transparency, efficiency. The way you outline criteria for evaluation also sets the stage for recruiting and admitting a strong and diverse applicant pool. Winning faculty over to developing and using rubrics can be a challenge, however. Join CSGS/CHBGS for a forum focused on two institutions’ experiences — the sustained work, challenges, and successes — in encouraging the development and use of rubrics by their graduate programs.


CSGS/CHBGS September Forum: Reality Roundtable

September 23, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Facilitator: Julie Goodliffe, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

We are back on campus during this still-unsettled time; how is it going? Join your colleagues to share, commiserate, problem-solve and think through what’s going on. Topics we anticipate include, but are not limited to:  Covid-19 safety measures and concerns, transitioning students from online to face-to-face environments, permanent policy changes, remote working, equity in higher education, and funding.



CSGS/CHBGS July Forum: Graduate Student Recruitment Strategies Post Pandemic

July 22, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Facilitators: Brian D. Kloeppel, Western Carolina University; Jamillah A. McDaniel, Morehouse School of Medicine; Andrew M. Goodliffe, University of Alabama

Marketing and recruitment strategies for prospective graduate students continue to evolve. Many graduate programs developed communication plans to accommodate the social distancing conditions developed during the COVID pandemic. To facilitate discussion, session leaders will provide examples on the strategies implemented at their institutions including the case for furthering your education in 2021 to attract new graduate students. Session participants are encouraged to share successful models utilized at their home institutions. We wish to highlight strategies that lead to diverse and qualified applicant pools of future graduate students in online, hybrid, and in-person graduate programs.




CSGS/CHBGS May Forum:  Fall 2021 – What is the NeoNormal
May 20, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Facilitator: Dr. Ethan Carver, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Different schools will present on their current plans for Fall 2021. They discuss their position in regard to: Fiscal challenges, state policies, vaccine and masking requireemnts. In addition, they will address what percentage of classes schools are anticipating to offer F2F/Online/Hybrid. Lastly, some special situations will be discussed an the overall outlollk for Fall.


CSGS/CHBGS April Forum: Remote Graduate Academic and Professional Development:  What is the potential and how do we get there?
April 22, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Facilitator: Dr. Alana James from DoctoralNet

This last year has taught everyone that there is great potential for meeting and supporting students anytime/anywhere. Come spend an hour with Dr Alana James as she shares an obvious prognosis as to the growing need for remote services for students from her companies history with the work.  She’ll share the interplay of the theoretical and conceptual frame and literature that supports her current research into how targeted enrollment practices can be used to address one of our trickiest problems – attrition and slow to completion issues. The session will close with a frank discussion of the business model and ways in which the next few years might allow it to reach the goal of having robust resources available to all the students who need them.


2021 CSGS and CHBGS Conference Plenary Session Recordings

Program:  2021 Schedule

CSGS/CHBGS Forum 2: Pre-Conference Plenary
February 16, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Suzanne Ortega, President, CSGS

Plenary 1: Change and Reinvention in Graduate STEM Education
February 24, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Nirmala Kannankutty, Senior Advisor to the Director, National Science Foundation

Plenary 2: Humanities for the 21st Century: Innovation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
February 25, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Mary A. Papazian, President, San José State University

Plenary 3: Federal Guidance – Focusing on the Future
February 26, 2021
Speaker: Mackenzie Wilfong, General Counsel, Tulsa Community College


CSGS/CHBGS Forum 1: Managing (and Surviving) the Chaos of a Fall Re-opening 1
July 8, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT
Facilitators:  Jack de Rochi  (Winthrop University), Mary Owens-Southall (Coppin State University), Jon Hakkila (College of Charleston), and Julie Goodliffe (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

CSGS/CHBGS Forum 2: Managing (and Surviving) the Chaos of a Fall Re-opening 2
August 4, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT
Facilitators: Troy Terry (Furman University), Ruth Bahr (University of South Florida)

CSGS/CHBGS Forum 3: How did the reopening go?
September 9, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT
Facilitators: Jon Hakkila (College of Charleston), Julie Goodliffe (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), and Lori McMahon (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

CSGS/CHBGS Forum 4: Recruiting During COVID-19
October 6, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT
Facilitators:  Jamillah McDaniel (Morehouse School of Medicine) and Sharon McGee (East Tennessee State University)

CSGS/CHBGS Forum 5: Holding a Virtual 3MT Competition

October 8, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT
Facilitators:  Mary Farmer-Kaiser and Philip de Mahy (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

CSGS/CHBGS Forum 6: Restarting Research

November 19, 2020, 1:00 pm EST
Facilitators:  Peter Harries (North Carolina State University) and Ruth Bahr (University of South Florida)

Restarting and sustaining the research enterprise is a critical element of graduate education. COVID-19 has dramatically impacted these endeavors from a variety of different perspectives, especially in those disciplines where bench lab experiments, fieldwork, and/or access to human subjects are a critical part of research training. In this session, we will start a conversation as to how these various elements have been addressed over the short- as well as long-term.