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Our signature Professional Development programs serve to help our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars develop a foundation for long-term scholarly and professional success. The Professional Development Team offers innovative programs for career readiness as well as writing, teaching and leadership to enrich the personal and professional satisfaction of our scholars during their time at NC State and beyond.


The Professional Development Team will provide innovative and inclusive programmatic approaches for our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars so that they become ethical, transformative and contributing citizens. The professional development training our scholars receive will equip them with the skills and knowledge to be proactive and impactful leaders.

Professional Development Team

Rhonda Sutton

Assistant Dean for Professional Development

Shawana Hodge

Postdoc HR and Professional Development Support Specialist

Kelly Rownd

Director for Career Readiness