Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee was established on an ad-hoc basis during academic year 2006-07 and became a standing committee of the Graduate Council during the 2009-10 academic year.

The committee consists of graduate coordinators as well as representatives from the Graduate College and other campus units that provide outreach or professional development for graduate or professional students.

The goal of this committee is to cultivate an extensive calendar of opportunities, across a broad spectrum of professional activities and skills, for graduate and professional students. These programs do not replace mentorship or professional development within graduate programs; rather, these opportunities are designed to supplement discipline-specific training by providing access to more generalized professional development in a variety of areas, such as teaching and learning; grant-writing; human and animal subjects training; library resources; computer skills; and career services.

Schedule of Meetings

The Professional Development Academy Advisory Board typically meets once per month on a Thursday from 2-3 p.m in GTW Gather 2 (269) unless otherwise noted, on the following date(s):


  • October 17, 2019 1-2pm
  • November 21, 2019
  • December 19, 2019
  • January 16, 2020 GTW Gather 1 (268)
  • February 20, 2020
  • March 26, 2020
  • April 16, 2020


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Valarie Burke
Executive Director of Graduate Student Services