Graduate Professional and Academic Development


The Graduate College's Graduate Professional and Academic Development (GPAD) workshop series provides a diverse array of workshops in the areas of career development, research, college teaching, and professional/personal development. 

Register for our November Workshops!

Upcoming Workshops: 

November 1: Inclusive Teaching

12-1:30  p.m. | 352 University Library

Inclusive teaching includes pedagogical approaches that take into account the diverse needs and backgrounds of all students, ensuring that they feel valued and welcomed in the classroom. In this session, we will explore the importance of designing inclusive learning environments and engage with strategies that you can use as a teaching assistant or instructor of record.


November 4-5: Research Writing Retreat for Graduate Students

Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. | University Library Third Floor & Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | University Library Third Floor

Our program has been developed to help provide you with a quiet space so you can remain focused on your writing and the opportunity to network with other colleagues working on their writing projects. Plus, we will be providing you all of your meals in one place, so you don't have to break your focus by leaving to eat.

Register for the Retreat!


November 15: Smart Start Salary Negotiations

12-1:30 p.m. | 352 University Library

Learn how to research your target salary, highlight your accomplishments and find the right words — and the confidence — to negotiate for better benefits and pay. Sign up for a free, facilitator-guided workshop today! Negotiating increases your potential to earn more — and can make the difference for paying off loans, supporting your family, buying what you want and need and saving for the future. 

  • One year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men. 
  • The gap grows larger over time during a woman’s career. 

  • Women who work full time take home about 83 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid. 

  • Unless things change, the pay gap will not close until 2106 — that’s why we’re empowering women nation-wide with salary negotiation skills — and working to change polices and employer culture. 

Register for the Workshop!



You can also access on-demand video presentations of workshops in the GPAD presentation library. The library features presentations within three categories:

1. Research Fundamentals
2. Career Planning Essentials
3. Professional and Personal Effectiveness 

Students can also complete an assessment to receive a certificate of completion in each of the three areas that can be added to your resume or CV.

You can find presentation materials from previous workshops on our GPAD presentation archive webpage.