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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.

Through this initiative, 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

Research/scholarship; Effective teaching strategies; Critical thinking and problem solving; Transferable skills; Academic job strategy; Professional competitiveness; Career strategy and negotiating

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Communication and Collaboration

Effective communication; Mentoring relationships; Interpersonal understanding; Team-building; Networking; Conflict management

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Leadership and Professionalism

Goal and milestone planning; Professional ethics; Leadership styles; Problem solving strategies and solutions; Evaluation and feedback; Applicable presentation skills

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Personal Wellbeing

Financial planning; Mindfulness and mental health; Relationship management; Physical wellbeing

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PDI Events

Please click on the following link for a full list of PDI events:

PDI Events Calendar

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Presentation TopicPresenterEvent OrganizerDate(s)Time
Writing Workshop Series: Goal Setting and Project ManagementGPWC and WSU LibrariesPDI9/20/171:30-3:30
Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Literature Discussion, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to LeadTBA, AFW FacultyPDI and Association of Faculty Women9/26/1712:00-1:00
The Cheeky Scientist Series: Resume and Transferable SkillsDr. Isaiah HankelPDI9/27/171:00-3:00
Writing Workshop Series: Submitting Your Thesis and Dissertation WSU Libraries and the Graduate SchoolPDI10/6/1712:00-3:00
Time Management WorkshopHealth and Wellness ServicesHealth and Wellness Services10/9/174:10-5:00
Leadership Workshop Series: Courageous Conversations: Building Agency and Transforming Your Life- Once Conversation at a TimeTidal LeadershipPDI10/11/1710:00-2:00
Writing Workshop Series: Critical Reading StrategiesGPWC and WSU LibrariesPDI10/13/171:30-3:30
Learning to thrive, not just survive: Developing resiliency in grad school- Vancouver Campus
Tidal Leadership, Dr. Denise HostPDI10/13/17TBA
Learning to thrive, not just survive: Developing resiliency in grad school- Spokane CampusTidal Leadership, Caitlin BletscherPDI10/13/17TBA
Learning to thrive, not just survive: Developing resiliency in grad school- Tricities CampusTidal Leadership, Anna WhitehallPDI10/13/17TBA
Financial Literacy Series: BudgetsOffice of the Dean of Students, SALTPDI10/16/1712:00-2:00
Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Arts Discussion, Contemporary Women Printmakers ExhibitTBA, AFW FacultyPDI and Association of Faculty Women10/17/1712:00-1:00
Time Management WorkshopHealth and Wellness ServicesHealth and Wellness Services10/17/173:10-4:00
Time Management WorkshopHealth and Wellness ServicesHealth and Wellness Services10/18/174:10-5:00
Building a Publishing PipelineDr. Erin Furtak from the Center for Faculty Development and DiversityPDI and ADVANCE10/27/179:00-4:00
The Academic Job ApplicationDr. Zach Heiden, Department of Chemistry PDI11/2/1712:00-2:00
Navigating Health Care for Graduate StudentsSara Wynne, WSU Health and WellnessPDI11/6/1710:00-12:00
Parts of a Paper Series: AbstractsGraduate and Professional Writing Center, Elitza KotzevaPDI11/7/1711:00-3:00 (two workshops back to back)
Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Film Discussion, Hidden FiguresTBA, AFW FacultyPDI and Association of Faculty Women11/9/1712:00-1:00
Financial Literacy Series: Saving and InvestingOffice of the Dean of StudentsPDI11/14/1711:00-1:00
Stress Relief and Mindfulness WorkshopVictoria Braun from WSU Health and WellnessPDI11/16/172:00-4:00
Parts of a Paper Series: IntroductionsGraduate and Professional Writing Center, Elitza KotzevaPDI11/28/1711:00-3:00 (two workshops back to back)
Writing Lock InPDIPDI11/30/171:00-4:00
The Cheeky Scientist Series: Networking and Referrals Dr. Isaiah HankelPDI12/2/1710:00-12:00
Human Subject Research and Institutional Review Board WorkshopTBA, Institutional Review BoardPDI1/17/1810:00-12:00
Financial Literacy Series: TaxesOffice of the Dean of Students, SALTPDI1/22/1812:00-2:00
Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Literature Discussion, Dear Committee Members by Julie SchumacherTBA, AFW FacultyPDI and Association of Faculty Women1/23/1812:00-1:00
Parts of a Paper Series: Methods and ResultsGraduate and Professional Writing Center, Elitza KotzevaPDI1/30/1811:00-3:00
Communication and Presence: Finding your Natural Voice in a Professional EnvironmentMary Trotter, Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and SciencesPDI2/1/181:00-3:00
Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big DataDr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Professor in Mathematics and StatisticsPDI2/6/181:00-5:00
Writing Workshop Series: Writer's Block and Writing StrategiesGPWC and WSU LibrariesPDI2/9/181:30-3:00
Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Film Discussion, WildTBA, AFW FacultyPDI2/15/1812:00-1:00
Financial Literacy Series: Credit and DebtOffice of the Dean of Students, SALTPDI2/20/1812:00-2:00
Leadership Workshop Series: Understanding the Tides of TransitionTidal LeadershipPDI2/21/1810:00-2:00
Parts of a Paper Series: Discussion and ConclusionGraduate and Professional Writing Center, Elitza KotzevaPDI2/27/1811:00-3:00 (two workshops back to back)
The Cheeky Scientist Series: Linked In Presence Dr. Isaiah HankelPDI3/3/1810:00-12:00
Writing Workshop Series: Submitting Your Thesis and Dissertation WSU Libraries and the Graduate SchoolPDI3/7/1812:00-3:00
Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Literature Discussion, Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women who Want to Speak up, Create and Lead by Tara MohrTBA, AFW FacultyPDI and Association of Faculty Women3/20/1812:00-1:00
Writing Workshop Series: Literature Reviews WSU LibrariesPDI3/23/181:30-3:30
Financial Literacy Series: Loan Repayment Office of the Dean of Students, SALTPDI3/29/1812:00-2:00
Writing Lock InPDIPDI4/10/181:00-4:00
Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Literature Discussion, Silent Sky (Play; 6 performances: Mar 30 &31, April 6 & 7)TBA, AFW FacultyPDI and Association of Faculty Women4/12/1812:00-1:00
The Cheeky Scientist Series: Interviewing and NegotiatingDr. Isaiah HankelPDI4/14/1810:00-12:00
Writing Workshop Series: Reference Management SoftwareGPWC and WSU LibrariesPDI4/20/181:30-3:30
Dialogue about Democratic EngagementCenter for Civic EngagementPDI4/25/1812:00-1:30