This 1-credit seminar is an asynchronously-offered course, structured to support students in visioning and actualizing their own professional development. This course is appropriate for students at any point in their PhD and can be retaken up to 3 credits to support students in continual self-development beyond their field of study.

Students taking this course establish self-development plans and have the opportunity to achieve draft documents that will contribute to their success as graduate students and their preparation for the job-market, be that in or out of academia. (This course may also be appropriate for Master’s degree students; especially those planning to pursue a PhD).

Fall offerings of this course focus on Succeeding in Graduate School
Spring offerings focus on Professional Development for Life After your Degree.

This course gives students credit for engaging with the Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals (PFFP) Seminar series that, along with this course, is part of the Professional Development portfolio of offerings through the Graduate School. This allows students to select from a large breadth of topics to meet their questions and needs at this point in their careers. GRAD 801 is a 1-credit course that can shape the trajectory of your education and career (especially if taken up to 3 times)!

Course participation:

  1. Requires graduate status.
  2. Supports holistic development of the student scholar.
  3. Prompts students to set goals and develop a plan for their unique professional development.
  4. Engages the student in selecting archived video resources or live PFFP events to achieve their professional development goals.
  5. Provides an opportunity to interact with graduate students across campus.
  6. Gives academic credit for attending the PFFP series each semester or for accessing the archived PFFP videos available online.

Learning goals:

  • Identify strategies for successful and timely completion of your degree requirements.
  • Better understand the values, expectations, and institutional contexts of higher education.
  • Develop professional networks of peers, faculty, alumni, and other professionals who can contribute to your success through and beyond graduate school.
  • Grasp current trends in higher education, make your degree more flexible, and prepare yourself to assume roles within a wide possible range of academic and professional contexts.
  • Acquire skills that facilitate success in both academic and non-academic careers, such as career planning, mentoring, research, entrepreneurship, grant writing, conferencing and communicating work to outside audiences.
  • Learn job search strategies and skills.
  • Enhance cultural competence and understanding of social justice in higher education.

For more information please email Nick Kanetzke (