Communication Skills

The following list distinguishes between two types of communications competencies: public speaking and writing.

Public Speaking

Graduate Student Affairs is launching a new program series focused on building graduate students' skills in effective oral communication. UCAN (UChicago Communication and Networking) features interactive workshops and one-on-one advising that develop graduate students' communication skills--from presenting at conferences, to interviewing for jobs, to networking with alumni. Click here for more information about this program, and here for handouts of previous UCAN events.

Expose Yourself is a monthly series of interdisciplinary events that allows selected students the opportunity to present their academic work to nonspecialists and all graduate students the opportunity to gain exposure to topics outside of their own disciplines. You can learn more by clicking here.

​"A Way with Words: Developing Effective Presentation Skills" is a new leadership development workshop series organized by The Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities (ORCSA), which offers students the opportunity to develop effective presentation and interview skills and practice their public speaking.  Click here for more information on this program.


Graduate Writing Consultants (GWCs) work with writers not just on particular problems in drafts, but also to develop advanced skills for revision. These sessions are up to fifty minutes long, and writers can submit up to ten pages of material. Writers can meet with a GWC during any stage of the writing process. These sessions are by appointment only. Click here to learn more and to sign up.

The University of Chicago Writing Program offers a variety of courses designed to help advanced writers structure complex data, develop extended arguments, and position their work as a contribution to ongoing debate in their fields. In addition, they offer three different kinds of teaching positions for graduate students.  Check out their website for more information.

The Write-In is a 5-day workshop designed to help dissertation writers break through personal procrastination habits and make good progress on writing. For information regarding the next Write-In, please click here.