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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 TopicPresenterEvent OrganizerDate(s)Time
Stress Relief and MindfulnessDr. Cecilia Richards, Professor School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering & UREC Group Fitness InstructorPDI, UREC12/04/195:10-6:00 pm
Writing Lock-In IIGWC Consultants availablePDI12/05/199:00 am-1:00 pm
Tax Help for Graduate and Professional Students Dr. Richard Toolson, Professor of Accounting PDITBD (Week of January 27-31)TBD
Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data Part 1Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Professor in Mathematics and StatisticsPDI02/05/201:00-3:00 pm
Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data Part 2Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Professor in Mathematics and StatisticsPDI02/12/201:00-3:00 pm
Understanding Diversity in the Workplace and in AcademiaOffice of Civil Rights Compliance & InvestigationPDI02/14/202:00-3:00 pm
Green Dot Training: Reducing Gender-Based Violence Green Dot-Cougar Health ServicesPDI02/14/203:00-4:00 pm
Creating AssessmentDr. Donelle Posey, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of PsychologyPDI02/19/2010:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writing Lock-In IGWC Consultants availablePDI02/20/209:00 am-1:00 pm
Workshop and Panel Discussion: The Academic Job ApplicationDr. Zach Heiden, Department of ChemistryPDI02/24/2012:00-2:30 pm
Submitting Your Thesis and DissertationDaniel Vickoren and Kelly Caraher from the Graduate School, and WSU librarians Debra Spidal and Talea AndersonPDI02/28/201:00-3:00 pm
Building A Publishing PipelineDr. Erin Furtak from the National Center for Faculty Development and DiversityPDI, ADVANCE03/02/2012:00-3:00 pm
Writing Workshop Series: Writing Strategies & Writer’s BlockConsultants from the Graduate Writing CenterPDI03/04/201:00-3:00 pm
Event and Online NetworkingDr. Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist)PDI03/06/2012:00-2:00 pm
Imposter SyndromeDr. Wipawee “Joy” Winuthayanon, Professor School of Molecular BiosciencesPDI03/09/2011:00 am - 12:00 pm
Data Privacy and SecurityInstitutional Review Board and Information Technology Services
PDI03/12/2010:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teaching PhilosophyTBDPDI03/24/2011:00 am - 1:00 pm
Writing Workshop Series: Reference Management SoftwareLorena O’English (WSU Librarian) and Consultants from Graduate Writing Center PDI03/30/201:00-3:00 pm
Writing Lock-In IIGWC Consultants availablePDI04/27/209:00 am-1:00 pm