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Professional Development Initiative Growing Outstanding Academic and Leadership Skills

The Professional Development Initiative

The Professional Development Initiative (PDI) is organized by the Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), and has received support through many partnerships and colleges across campus. This initiative provides a range of programs, training opportunities, and resources to graduate and professional students that will help prepare them for academic and career success. The goal of PDI  is to ensure that all graduate and professional students have the skills, knowledge, and mindsets necessary to succeed both professionally and academically.


We have developed a series of core competencies that are intended to guide students through their programs and help them transition into their future role in academia or industry. The following core competencies are inclusive of masters and doctoral students across disciplines and applicable to a wide range of professional settings:

  • Academic and Career Development
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Leadership and Professionalism
  • Personal Well-being


Upcoming PDI Events

Presentation TopicPresenterDate(s)TimeEvent Format
The Post-Pandemic Job Search Blueprint For PhDs & MScsDr. Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist) 9/18/202012:00-2:00 pmVirtual
Professional Headshot Photoshoot-9/22/202012:00-1:30 pmIn-person
Writing Workshop Series: Critical Reading StrategiesLorena O’English (WSU Librarian) and Consultants from Graduate Writing Center 9/24/20201:00-3:00 pmVirtual
#MeToo Fieldwork TrainingDr. Jerika L. Heinze, Founder of the Fieldwork Initiative9/25/202010:00 - 12:00 pmVirtual
Academic Integrity for Graduate StudentsKaren Metzner & Adam Hathcock, Center for Community Standards9/29/202011:00 - 12:30 pmVirtual
Submitting Your Thesis and DissertationDaniel Vickoren and Kelly Caraher from the Graduate School10/02/20201:00 -3:00 pmVirtual
Writing Lock-In IGWC Consultants available10/07/20209:00 am-4:00 pmVirtual
Activate your teaching with small stepsDr. Lisa Gloss, Dean, Graduate School10/09/202010:00 - 11: 15 amVirtual
Writing Measurable Student Learning OutcomesDr. Donelle Posey, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychology10/09/202011:15 am - 12:15 pmVirtual
From Class Projects to Programs: Developing and Using Assessments to Measure Student ProgressDr. Donelle Posey, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychology10/09/202012:45 - 1: 45 pmVirtual
I am a TA—How can I support students from underrepresented communities in my class?Dr. Jaime Nolan, Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence10/09/20201:45 - 3:00 pmVirtual
How to Craft a Teaching PhilosophyDr. Steve Hines (Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology)10/09/20203:00 - 4:30 pmVirtual
Writing Workshop Series: Goal Setting and Project ManagementLorena O’English (WSU Librarian) and Consultants from Graduate Writing Center 10/14/20201:00-3:00 pmVirtual
Navigating Health Care for Graduate StudentsBecky Meyer, Cougar Health Services10/19/202012:00 - 1:00 pmVirtual
Leadership Workshop Series: Courageous Conversations: Building Agency and Transforming Your Life – One Conversation at a TimeMary Kay Patton, Clinical Assistant Professor10/21/202011:00 am -1:00 pmVirtual
Work and Wellness Discussion Series: OutliersDr. Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology10/26/202012:00 - 1:00 pmVirtual
Communication and Presence: Finding your Natural Voice in a Professional EnvironmentDr. Allison Coffin, Associate Professor, Neuroscience Department10/29/20202:00 - 3:30 pmVirtual
Panel Discussion: A view of Entrepreneurship & Patents Outside AcademiaPanel11/3/20201:00 - 3:00 pmVirtual
Writing Lock-In IIGWC Consultants available12/08/20209:00 - 4:00 pmIn-person