Graduate Student Professional Development Resources

At the University of Delaware, we believe transformative graduate education is more than research scholarship. We want to prepare our graduates for success in a variety of careers. We envision a future for our graduates where they have strong career foundations, confidence in themselves and their abilities and the resilience needed to thrive during their time on campus and beyond.

To achieve this goal, we are committed to building data- and outcome-driven, integrated and holistic graduate professional development resources that empower our graduate students to translate their education into meaningful careers. 

Upon completing their graduate training at UD, our students will have acquired the following competencies:

  • Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals.
  • Use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others.
  • Assess and manage your emotions and those of others.
  • Use empathetic skills to guide and motivate and to organize, prioritize, and delegate work.


To explore your potential and gain leadership certification in multiple levels of leadership through the nationally recognized program, please visit Blue Hen Leadership Program (BHLP). Leadership training opportunities are available at the BHLP is centered on The Social Change Model of Leadership (Higher Education Research Institute) and builds on its tiered curriculum to correspond to the Self, Group, and Community lenses of that model. The Leadership Challenge (Kouzes and Posner) and its five principles: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart, provide the foundation for the Emerging Leader tier of the program. All leadership theories and models taught in the program rely heavily on self-awareness, values, the importance of relationships, and communication in ultimately affecting positive change. 

The Graduate College is also in the process of developing a leadership certificate program with specific tracks for graduate students to prepare them for diverse, global working communities.

  • Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and verbal forms.
  • Present ideas and demonstrate the impact of one’s work to a broad range of audiences.
  • Write clearly and effectively for technical and non-technical audiences.

 

Graduate student writing support is available at the Writing Center

​The Writing Center is a place where all members of the UD community can come to write and to talk, think and learn about writing. Perhaps best of all, all Writing Center services are free.

Graduate students from the English Department provide one-to-one consultations to UD graduate students for any graduate writing project such as theses, dissertations, articles, or assignment in one-to-one and small group tutorials. They provide assistance for all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming to revision. To make an appointment, view our Online Scheduler​

As you progress through your academic career and begin working on your dissertation, the writing center also facilitates Dissertate Write Now and Dissertation Retreats. The student-run writing group, Writing Hens can also provide peer support for writing through goal check-ups and write-on-sites. Interested members please join our slack channel or email writinghens@gmail.com.

  • Gain knowledge of instructional pedagogies, assessment methods and promoting inclusive teaching environments.
  • Effectively mentor undergraduate students, early scholars and peers.

The Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning (CTAL) offers a variety of programs and resources throughout the year to meet the needs of instructors at every stage of their teaching careers. From graduate students entering the teaching ranks as instructors of record to experienced faculty fine-tuning their craft, all instructors will find participation in CTAL programs an opportunity for exploration and discovery in a collegial setting. Visit the events calendar on CTAL’s homepage to view and register for upcoming programs, such as the Course Design Institute (CDI), Friday Roundtables, and Teaching Online Together: SPOT-ON

Graduate Students preparing to be Teaching Assistants for the first time are encouraged to explore CTAL’s online and asynchronous New Teaching Assistant Orientation Canvas Resource. This Canvas site has been designed by CTAL to provide new TAs with concrete strategies to manage their new role with ease. This Canvas site serves as a "getting started" resource that will help guide conversations TAs can have with their department, advisor and other graduate students in their program to prepare for the unique responsibilities of their teaching assistant role.

For additional resources on teaching and mentoring at UD, visit the CTAL website.

  • Build resilience to manage stress and promote self-care, self-compassion and positive outlook.
  • Advocate for yourself and on behalf of others.
  • Engage in difficult conversations with confidence.
  • Develop personal finance literacy skills.

The Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) seeks to foster student learning by promoting psychological wellbeing so that students can be more successful in their academic, personal, and career pursuits. The activities and programs of the Center are intended to help with one or more of the following: reducing psychological symptoms, coping with life events and developmental tasks, improving interpersonal skills and relationships, and increasing self-knowledge and problem-solving ability. Essential to the Center mission is promoting equality and respect for individual and cultural differences.

  • Hundreds of graduate and professional students receive individual and group counseling from CCSD every year. Many graduate and professional students also receive psychiatric care through CCSD as well.

  • CCSD is on campus and abides by the laws of confidentiality that all licensed mental health providers follow.

  • CCSD is staffed by 15 licensed psychologists, 2 psychiatrists, 1 psychiatric nurse, 1 licensed professional counselor, and 7 full time trainees who are completing their doctoral work.

  • CCSD works in a short-term treatment model in order to be able to provide care to more students and especially those in crisis. The length of short-term treatment varies by the needs of the student as determined by our clinical staff. Most students are seen between 4-6 sessions, though some are seen as many as 12 sessions.

  • Students can call for an initial “triage” appointment to provide basic information about the nature of the desire for psychotherapy. This appointment will allow the clinician to determine the recommended course of treatment, with possibilities including individual therapy, group therapy, skills-based groups, or a referral to other treatment. Psychiatric treatment is possible for students who are being seen for therapy at CCSD.

There are videos that introduce you to their services and counseling:

Location:

The Wellbeing Center at Werner Hall

Telephone: 302-831-2141

Fax: 302-831-2148

For after-hours emergencies, contact the Student Health Service at 831-2226 or Public Safety at 911

Semester Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If you perceive an immediate danger or risk of suicide, call 911 for immediate assistance. Students can also reach mental health support 24 hours a day on the UD Helpline or the Crisis Text Line.

Students in crisis can use crisis appointments in our center Monday through Friday, or utilize our partner service, the UD Helpline - 24/7 service where students can reach a licensed counselor anytime. This service is available to all UD students whether they are receiving services from CCSD or not. Crisis services can be found here.

Some students find Aetna's provider portal overwhelming and, in some cases inaccurate, and subject to repeat entries. Our referral coordinator has years of experience navigating the provider portal and is here to help you. Call CCSD at 302-831-2141 to request a meeting with the Referral Coordinator.

CCSD has a webpage with Referral information and Video to introduce you to the CCSD Referral process. CCSD also maintains a searchable database of local therapy providers.

The Student Wellness and Health Promotion provides direct services such as supportive counseling for substance use and victim advocacy to support of students’ behavioral and emotional wellness, and assists students with evaluating their options for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and practicing wellness through its large scale educational and social events, small group workshops and support groups, in-class presentations, virtual presentations and workshops, online activities, the Blue Hen Wellbeing Community, and more.

Confidential in-person or distance meetings are available by appointment only for all services including the Collegiate Recovery Community, substance use counseling, and support for victims of sexual misconduct. Call or email to get started with services.

Students can also learn more about healthy relationships, safer sex, substance use, and stress management through the self-paced Choosing Well at UD portal, and can complete an anonymous, confidential self-assessment of their alcohol, marijuana or other drug use through ScreenU.

Learn more about all SWHP opportunities.

Location: The Wellbeing Center at Warner Hall, Suite 305.

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 302-831-3457

Email: studentwellness@udel.edu

Instagram: @LiveWellUDel

Psychological First Aid Training for Leaders and Managers

Developed by University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Intended Audience: Graduate Program Directors, Faculty Advisors, Principal Investigators

Duration: 1 hour

Overview: This one-hour webinar describes Psychological First Aid, an evidence-informed prevention strategy aimed at reducing distress and increasing resilience during and following mass disasters, including natural disasters and pandemics. It provides a primer of PFA and how it can be adapted to support mental well-being of team members amidst the COVID-19 pandemic or other challenging situations.

 

Psychological First Aid

Developed by Johns Hopkins University

Intended Audience: Faculty, staff, and students

Duration: Approximately 6 hours, self-directed

Overview: Learn to provide psychological first aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition. Utilizing the RAPID model, this specialized course provides perspectives on trauma that are beyond those physical in nature. The RAPID model is readily applicable a variety of situations including the demands of more commonplace critical events, e.g. dealing with the psychological aftermath of accidents, robberies, suicide, homicide, or community violence. In addition, the RAPID model has been found effective in promoting personal and community resilience.

  • Become aware of career options that match your values, skills, interests, and priorities.

  • Understand how to cultivate lasting professional connections.

  • Engage in experiential learning opportunities to acquire and master new skills.

  • Strategize and develop a plan to pursue career opportunities effectively.

  • Identify and articulate your skills, strengths, knowledge and experiences relevant to the desired career goals.

To ensure that our graduate students and postdoctoral trainees from all backgrounds, experiences, viewpoints, and identities achieve their career aspirations, the Graduate College provides the following career navigation support. Additional programs and resources such as career fairs, employer meetups, job and internship recruiting, and virtual interview programs are offered by the Career Center.

 

Career advising is available to graduate students who enroll in a degree program and all current post-doctoral trainees. One-on-one discussions with a career coach can help you gain clarity on your career direction, learn about best practices on building professional networks, launch a job or internship search, or ace the interviews. 

To schedule an appointment, sign into your Handshake account and select “Graduate Students and Postdocs” appointment option. If you are a graduate student in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, please select the “Business Career Interest” appointment option. An online tutorial for setting up virtual career appointments is available here.

Academic departments, faculty members, and graduate student organizations can request career skill building workshops for their courses or program offering. These independent modules span the entire spectrum of the job search process from exploring career options, building professional networks, creating effective application materials, preparing for interviews, to salary negotiations. A typical workshop duration is 1 hour. If desired, workshops can be combined and/or extended to include additional hands-on exercises and peer feedback opportunities.

Please send workshop inquiries or questions to gradsuccess@udel.edu.

The Career Spotlight program is aimed at increasing knowledge of career options beyond academia and facilitating connections between Blue Hen alumni or employers and current graduate students. Career Spotlight offers opportunities for students to learn directly from guest speakers about their career journeys and how they successfully translate their graduate training to a variety of careers.

Example of past Career Spotlight programs: 

  • “From Doctor (Ph.D.) to Diplomat” with Dr. Victoria Sanchez ’17 (Ph.D., Political Science and International Relations) 
  • “Reformulating Models of Professional Success: Pursuing an Alt-Ac Career Path in Research Administration” with Dr. Kate Sanford ’12 (Ph.D., English) 
  • “Transitioning into Instructional Design and Life after Graduate Study” with Dr. Clayton Colmon ’20 (Ph.D., English)