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 the Blue Hen Leadership Program (BHLP). Leadership training opportunities 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.
- 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, where all members of the UD community can come to write, talk, think and learn about writing. Perhaps best of all, all Writing Center services are free.
Graduate students from the English Department provide one-on-one consultations to UD graduate students for graduate writing projects, such as theses, dissertations, articles or assignment. 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. also provides peer support for writing through goal check-ups and write-on-sites. Interested members can join their slack channel or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 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.
In addition to the above offerings, CTAL supports graduate and post-doctoral students who serve as teaching assistants and/or who plan to pursue teaching careers in higher education. CTAL staff members provide a variety of services to support graduate TAs in both their instructional roles and professional development as a graduate student, including the courses UNIV600 – Learning and UNIV601 – Pedagogy.
- 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.
On-Campus Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
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. See a full menu of our services on the CCSD’s services page and virtual resources.
261 Perkins Student Center and 209 Laurel Hall (Student Health building)
NOTE: Perkins location accessible by elevator, located to the right of the staircase on main level or from lower level
For after-hours emergencies, contact the Student Health Service at 831-2226 or Public Safety at 911.
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Student Wellness and Health Promotion office provides services to support students’ behavioral and emotional wellness and helps students evaluate options for maintaining healthy lifestyles through prevention, intervention and education. Student Wellness and Health Promotion believes that students develop and grow their wellness foundation by learning and practicing knowledge, skills and strategies related to health and wellness through a variety of modalities. To meet these educational needs, the Student Wellness and Health Promotion team provides students with learning opportunities that include: large scale events, small group workshops, in-class presentations, reading materials and online activities to test learning. With robust content that covers an array of health and wellness topics, we believe that Blue Hens can be equipped to support individual as well as community health and wellness.
231 S. College Ave, Newark, DE
Online Mental Health Training Options to Support the Whole Student
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.
- Identify and articulate your skills, strengths, knowledge and experiences relevant to the desired and career goals.
- Explore career options that match your values.
- Understand how to cultivate lasting professional connections.
- Engage in experiential learning opportunities to acquire and hone new skills.
- Strategize and develop a plan to pursue career opportunities effectively.
- Become aware of areas for professional growth.
To ensure that our graduate students and postdoctoral trainees from all backgrounds, experiences, viewpoints and identities thrive during their time on campus and beyond, the Graduate College provides the following career navigation support. Additional programs and resources such as career fairs, job and internship recruiting and on-campus interviews are offered by the Career Center.
1:1 Career Advising
Career advising is available to all enrolled graduate students and current post-doctoral trainees. One-on-one discussions with a career advisor 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.
Career Skill Building Workshops
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 and building professional networks to creating effective application materials and preparing for interviews and salary negotiations. The typical workshop duration is one 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 Dr. Suprawee Tepsuporn, Assistant Dean for Graduate Professional Development, at email@example.com.
Accelerate to Industry (A2i)
University of Delaware launched Accelerate to Industry (A2i)TM—a workforce development program for STEM trainees founded by the NC State University Graduate School in Fall 2020. The goal of this NSF-funded program is to equip graduate students and post-doctoral trainees with the knowledge, skills and abilities to transition and thrive in industry. Partnering with NC State on A2i, University of Delaware aims to position itself as a national model for graduate and postdoctoral workforce preparation. The A2i program at UD is one of the key strategies for building partnerships between universities and the private sector.
The learning outcomes for this partnership are
- to increase awareness of career options by exposing A2i participants to the wide range of industry careers
- to help participants acquire and demonstrate competencies necessary to thrive in the corporate environment
- to help participants translate their education into meaningful careers
The target audience of the A2i program are master’s students who are within one year of graduation, mid- or advance-stage PhD candidates and post-doctoral trainees with one or more years of postdoctoral experience. Recent alumni who hold doctoral degrees from UD may also participate.
The Career Spotlight program is aimed at increasing knowledge of career options beyond the tenure track 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.
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