Our signature Professional Development programs help you develop a foundation for long-term scholarly and professional success. We offer innovative programs for careers in industry and academia as well as writing, teaching, and research support to enrich your personal and professional satisfaction during your time at NC State and beyond.
Academic Packways: Gearing Up for Faculty
Designed to prepare students and postdocs for the responsibilities and roles of early-career faculty and prepare them for the competitive academic job market.
An intensive week-long retreat for advanced graduate students who want to make significant progress toward the completion of their dissertation, thesis, capstone project, prospectus, or journal article.
Notes from the Field
Be inspired by presentations from professionals who tell the story of the many paths they have taken to a satisfying career.
Preparing the Professoriate
A nationally recognized year-long program that gives doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars an immersive mentoring, teaching, and future faculty preparation experience.
Workshops and Series
We offer workshops and workshop series that provide sustained support, practice, and feedback on key aspects of teaching, communication, writing, and career management.
Accelerate to Industry (A2i) Program
To accelerate your transition to industry and to transform graduate education, we’ve designed a bold, new approach to workforce readiness.
Engineering Writing Support
We work with graduate engineering writers to develop communication strategies for their academic endeavors and professional careers.
New TA Workshop
In addition to providing a basic overview of best practices in teaching and related topics, this 1-day workshop connects participants to resources that they can draw on in the future.
Teaching and Communication Certificate
Designed to increase accessibility, flexibility, and transferability of teaching and communication training for all graduate students and postdocs at NC State.
We provide coaching, communities, and embedded writing instruction for graduate student and postdoctoral writers in all disciplines and at all levels.
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Mission, Goals, and Learning Objectives
The mission of the Graduate School’s Professional Development Initiative is promote the academic success, career satisfaction, and personal and professional wellness for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across the disciplines.
Our programs increase doctoral completion and reduce time to degree by providing mentoring, community experiences, co-curricular opportunities, and professional training. By participating in the Graduate School’s Professional Development programs, students and postdocs will be able to:
- Engage in interdisciplinary academic and professional communities.
- Chart a career pathway that draws on personal strengths and disciplinary knowledge.
- Write and communicate effectively for diverse audiences.
- Develop a strategy for workforce readiness that enables professional edge and personal satisfaction.
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA)
The vision of OPA is to enhance, support and promote the postdoctoral experience so that postdoctoral scholars can contribute effectively to the research and scholarly endeavors of NC State University, develop their professional skills more intently, and move on to rewarding and successful careers.
Resources for Faculty
The Professional Development team is eager to partner with faculty across campus to provide systematic professional development support for graduate students. Our team can work with you individually to develop strategies for mentoring graduate student writers, integrating writing and communication more explicitly into graduate curricula, designing graduate-level assignments, and more. Request a conversation with a member of our team, a targeted workshop, or a class visit.