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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
Panel Discussion: The Academic Job ApplicationRobert Mealey,
Matthew Sutton,
Monica Johnson
11/4/202112 pm -1:30 pmVirtual
Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender DivideDavi Kallman 11/09/202112 pm - 2 pmIn-Person
Alumni Panel Discussion: Views of Corporate CareersChristopher Detzel
Daniel Zommick
Ellen Bornhorst
Farshid Shariatzadeh
11/10/202112 pm - 2 pmVirtual