Professional Development

The Professional Development Initiative (PDI) is organized by the WSU Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), and has received support through many partnerships and colleges across campus. This initiative provides a range of programs, training opportunities, and resources to graduate and professional students that will help prepare them for academic and career success. The goal of PDI  is to ensure that all graduate and professional students have the skills, knowledge, and mindsets necessary to succeed both professionally and academically.

Through PDI, students can work on the following core competencies:

  • ACADEMIC  DEVELOPMENT
    • Research/scholarship; Effective teaching strategies; Critical thinking and problem solving; Transferable skills; Academic job strategy
  • CAREER DEVELOPMENT
    • Critical thinking and problem solving; Resumes and Transferable skills; Professional competitiveness; Career strategy; Interviewing and Negotiating
  • COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION
    • Effective communication; Mentoring relationships; Interpersonal understanding; Team-building; Networking; Conflict management
  • LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONALISM
    • Goal and milestone planning; Professional ethics; Leadership styles; Problem solving strategies and solutions; Evaluation and feedback; Applicable presentation skills
  • PERSONAL WELL-BEING
    • Financial planning; Mindfulness and mental health; Relationship management; Physical wellbeing

I was appointed as a graduate assistant through the PDI program from 2016-2018. In this position, I reported to the Interim Dean of the Graduate School with oversight of this Initiative, which is intended to enhance the graduate student training and facilitate a smooth transition into future careers in academia, government, or industry and the private-sector. Through my assistantship, I have coordinated and implemented a total of 33 university-wide workshops and events for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters and coordinated 45 university-wide workshops and events for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. We have served over 1,400 graduate and professional students, faculty, and staff.


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