New Professional Development Initiatives in the Graduate School

Author: Mary Hendriksen

The Graduate School is committed to the professional development of our graduate students, providing them with a set of tools and skills to enable them to excel with confidence in their chosen career, whether in academia, the private sector, government, or non-governmental organizations. “We believe in a holistic training model, in which we focus on four key components of professional development: research, teaching, ethics and career,” says Laura Carlson, Associate Dean.

This week, she announced several new initiatives to promote these components:

New Webpages

The Graduate School has reorganized its professional development web pages into a hub of resources related to each of the four key components. The research page lists upcoming deadlines for major fellowships and grants.

New Logo

A new logo will start appearing on all professional development events geared toward graduate students.

The logo has four spires that correspond to each of the key components of professional development: research, teaching, ethics, and career. There are different variants of the logo, depending upon the type of event.

For a research event: Professional Development: Research
For a teaching event: Professional Development: Teaching
For an ethics event: Professional Development: Ethics
For a career event: Professional Development: Career

Graduate School Professional Development Calendar

The Graduate School is launching a new Professional Development Calendar that includes all current events for graduate students for Spring 2010. The events are color coded by area. The calendar is dynamic, with new events and updates being posted as they are planned. Please submit information for any additional events to Melissa Wilde.

Synching Calendars

The Graduate School has developed a procedure for students to synchronize their own personal calendars with the new Professional Development calendar. Once students synch to the calendar, all events will appear on their own calendars, automatically updating when the Professional Development calendar is updated. Students may synch all of the events for all areas, or they can select particular areas to synch to their calendars.

To celebrate this initiative, the Graduate School will be hosting Socialize & Synchronize: “In Synch” with Professional Development on Monday, January 25 at North Dining Hall Gold Room, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Carlson invites students to stop by to chat, get help with synching, and enjoy some cake and cocoa. The first 100 students who synch will receive a Graduate School Professional Development T-shirt.

Graduate Professional Development Logo T-Shirt