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.

Core Competencies

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
Professional Headshots PhotoshootAcademic Success & Career Center09/12/20241:00pm-4:00pmIn-Person, Pullman Only
Lighty 180
Formatting Your Thesis or DissertationThe Graduate School's Programs Team:
Daniel Vickoren,
Maria Kobets,
Megan Konkle, and
Lori Sweet
CV To Resume: A Graduate Road MapAcademic Success & Career Center09/23/20244:00pm-5:00pmIn-Person, Lighty 180 & Zoom
A Graduate Student's Guide to the Career ExpoAcademic Success & Career CenterTentative Date of 10/03/20245:00pm-6:00pmIn-Person, Lighty 180 & Zoom
WSU Career Expo & Technical Fair - Virtual Expo on HandshakeAcademic Success & Career Center10/07/202411:00am-2:00pmVirtual
WSU Career Expo & Technical Fair - In Person Expo, Pullman OnlyAcademic Success & Career Center10/08/202411:00am-3:00pmIn Person, Pullman Only - Beasley Coliseum
Job Hunting and Networking with Handshake and LinkedInAcademic Success & Career Center10/16/20244:00pm-5:00pmIn-Person, Lighty 180 & Zoom
Writing Workshop Gradaute Writing Center TBD - Fall 2024TBDVirtual
Writing WorkshopGraduate Writing CenterTBD - Fall 2024TBDIn-Person & Zoom
Creating a Teaching PhilosophyCollege of Veterinary Medicine Teaching AcademyTBD - Fall 2024TBDVirtual
Drafting a DEI StatementCollege of Veterinary Medicine Teaching AcademyTBD - Fall 2024TBDVirtual
Inclusive Excellence: Strategies for Developing and Implementing Inclusive SyllabiCollege of Veterinary Medicine Teaching AcademyTBD - Fall 2024TBDVirtual
GradSWE and PDI CollaborationGraduate Society of Women Engineers TBD - Fall 2024TBDIn-Person & Zoom
Professional Headshots PhotoshootStudent Involvement TBD - Fall 2024TBDIn-Person, Pullman Only
Access Center and PDI CollaborationAccess CenterTBD - Fall 2024TBDIn-Person & Zoom