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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.

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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

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Upcoming PDI Events

Presentation TopicPresenterEvent OrganizerDate(s)Time
Tax Help for Graduate and Professional Students Dr. Richard Toolson, Professor of Accounting PDI01/30/204:30-6:30 pm
A Skill Worth Developing: Making Your Point in 30 SecondsDr. Mary Sánchez Lanier, Assistant Vice ProvostPDI01/31/2012:00-2:00 pm
Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data Part 1Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Professor in Mathematics and StatisticsPDI02/05/2011:30-1:30 pm
Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data Part 2Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Professor in Mathematics and StatisticsPDI02/12/2011:30-1:30 pm
Understanding Civil Rights Compliance in the Workplace and in AcademiaOffice of Civil Rights Compliance & InvestigationPDI02/14/202:00-2:50 pm
Green Dot Training: Reducing Gender-Based Violence Green Dot-Cougar Health ServicesPDI02/14/203:00-4:00 pm
Stress Relief and MindfulnessDr. Cecilia Richards, Professor School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering & UREC Group Fitness InstructorPDI, UREC2/18/20205:10-6:00 pm
From Class Projects to Programs: Developing and Using Assessments to Measure Student ProgressDr. 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
Implicit Bias Awareness TrainingDr. Jaime Nolan, Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Inclusive ExcellencePDI2/26/202012:00 - 2: 00 pm
Submitting Your Thesis and DissertationDaniel Vickoren and Kelly Caraher from the Graduate School, and WSU librarians Debra Spidal and Lorena O'EnglishPDI02/28/201:00-3:00 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 BlockGraduate Writing CenterPDI03/04/201:00-3:00 pm
Event and Online NetworkingDr. Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist)PDI03/06/2012:00-2:00 pm
One-on-One Event & Online Networking with The Cheeky ScientistDr. Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist)PDI03/06/202:15-3:45 pm
Professional Headshot Photoshoot-PDI03/06/202:00-3:00 pm
Imposter Syndrome in AcademiaDr. Wipawee “Joy” Winuthayanon, Professor School of Molecular BiosciencesPDI03/09/2011:00 am - 12:00 pm
Goal Setting and Project Management (Tri-Cities Campus)Lorena O’English, WSU LibrariesPDI03/11/205:10-7:00 pm
“Data Privacy and Security” vs. “Personal and Research Data Management”Tom Ambrosi (Information Technology Services) & Mike Kluzik (Office of Research Assurances)PDI03/12/2010:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writing Workshop Series: Reference Management Software (Tri-Cities Campus)Lorena O’English, WSU LibrariesPDI03/12/2012:00-2:00 pm
Panel Discussion: A view of Work in Non-Academic Jobs (Vancouver Campus)PanelPDI03/23/204:00-6:30 pm
How to Craft a Teaching PhilosophyDr. Erika G. Offerdahl (School of Molecular Biosciences) & Dr. Steve Hines (Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology)PDI03/24/201:00-3:00 pm
Alumni Panel Discussion: A view of Work in Non-Academic Jobs for Social SciencesAlumni PanelPDI03/27/2012:00 - 2:30 pm
Writing Workshop Series: Reference Management SoftwareLorena O’English (WSU Librarian) and Consultants from Graduate Writing Center PDI03/30/201:00-3:00 pm
Work and Wellness Discussion Series: OutliersDr. Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Department of Criminal Justice and CriminologyPDI, AFW04/06/2012:00-1:00 pm
Panel Discussion: A view of Entrepreneurship & Patents Outside AcademiaPanelPDI, IREO04/07/201:00-3:30 pm
Writing Lock-In IIGWC Consultants availablePDI04/27/209:00 am-1:00 pm
Stress Relief and MindfulnessDr. Cecilia Richards, Professor School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering & UREC Group Fitness InstructorPDI, UREC04/28/205:10 - 6:00