Professional Development

Professional Development

The Graduate School's professional development programs enhance graduate student and postdoctoral success by providing academic and career support, mentoring, and co-curricular experiences.

Signature Programs

Our signature Professional Development programs help you develop a foundation for long-term scholarly and professional success. We offer innovative programs for careers in industry and academia as well as writing, teaching, and research support to enrich your personal and professional satisfaction during your time at Graduate School and beyond.

Accelerate to Industry (A2i) Program

To accelerate your transition to industry and to transform graduate education, we’ve designed a bold, new approach to workforce readiness.

Academic Packways: Gearing Up for Faculty

Designed to prepare students and postdocs for the responsibilities and roles of early-career faculty and prepare them for the competitive academic job market.

Writing Retreat

An intensive week-long retreat for advanced graduate students who want to make significant progress toward the completion of their dissertation, thesis, capstone project, prospectus, or journal article.

Engineering Writing Support

We work with graduate engineering writers to develop communication strategies for their academic endeavors and professional careers.

Career Retreat

Gearing up for diverse career pathways including industry and faculty roles, the Career Retreat offers postdocs and late-stage doctoral candidates the opportunity to attend professional development programming that will help them explore and pursue a variety of careers.

New TA Workshop

In addition to providing a basic overview of best practices in teaching and related topics, this 1-day workshop connects participants to resources that they can draw on in the future.

Preparing the Professoriate

A nationally recognized year-long program that gives doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars an immersive mentoring, teaching, and future faculty preparation experience.

Teaching and Communication Certificate

Designed to increase accessibility, flexibility, and transferability of teaching and communication training for all graduate students and postdocs at Graduate School.

Workshops and Series

We offer workshops and workshop series that provide sustained support, practice, and feedback on key aspects of teaching, communication, writing, and career management.

Writing Support

We provide coaching, communities, and embedded writing instruction for graduate student and postdoctoral writers in all disciplines and at all levels.

Mission, Goals, and Learning Objectives

The mission of the Graduate School’s Professional Development Initiative is promote the academic success, career satisfaction, and personal and professional wellness for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across the disciplines.

Our programs increase doctoral completion and reduce time to degree by providing mentoring, community experiences, co-curricular opportunities, and professional training. By participating in the Graduate School’s Professional Development programs, students and postdocs will be able to:

  • Engage in interdisciplinary academic and professional communities.
  • Chart a career pathway that draws on personal strengths and disciplinary knowledge.
  • Write and communicate effectively for diverse audiences.
  • Develop a strategy for workforce readiness that enables professional edge and personal satisfaction.

Resources for Faculty

The Professional Development team is eager to partner with faculty across campus to provide systematic professional development support for graduate students. Our team can work with you individually to develop strategies for mentoring graduate student writers, integrating writing and communication more explicitly into graduate curricula, designing graduate-level assignments, and more. Request a conversation with a member of our team, a targeted workshop, or a class visit.