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


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

  • Academic Development
  • Career Development
  • Professional Skill Development
  • Personal Growth


Upcoming PDI Events

Presentation TopicSpeaker Date(s)TimeEvent Format
Keynote Event: Social Learning LeadershipJessica Perone02/01/2023*Canceled Event*
Keynote Event: Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation

Daniel Vickoren,
Maria Kobets,
Megan Konkel
Effective Writing “Moves” for Research ArticlesWriting Program Instructors: Melanie Thongs & Amy Whitcomb02/16/202311:00am-1:00pmIn-Person & Zoom
Writing Workshop Series II: Project ManagementLorena O'English03/02/202310:00am-12:00pmVirtual
Writing Workshop Series II: Note Taking and Annotation
Lorena O'English03/08/202311:00am-1:00pmVirtual
Intentional Inclusion: Minimizing Unconscious Bias and MicroaggressionsLisa Guerrero03/22/20231:00pm-2:30pmVirtual
Developing Your Teaching StatementGraduate Writing Center Consultants04/06/202311:00am-1:00pmIn-Person & Zoom
Applying for Prestigious FellowshipsLisa Gloss04/13/202310:00am-12:00pmVirtual
Developing Your DEI Statement for Academic Job ApplicationsGraduate Writing Center Consultants04/18/20231:00pm-3:00pmIn-Person & Zoom
Professional Headshot PhotoshootTBDTBDIn-Person