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Your Professional Development Begins Today

No matter what your career plans are, your graduate school experience must encompass more than just coursework, research, presentations, and publications. The Graduate School provides programs, resources, and events to help you with every step along the way—from identifying potential career paths, to developing skills to compete for them, to managing your career. These opportunities will help prepare you for success in academia, business, entrepreneurship, government, and nonprofits. Professional development is not one workshop or one course; it is something you do throughout your time at Duke. So get started now.

Overview of professional development offerings from The Graduate School (PDF)


  • Friday, March 31, 2017
    10:00 am

    Writing Is Thinking IV

    Writing Is Thinking is a biannual collaboration focused on academic writing, with a particular welcome to graduate students. This year's Writing Is Thinking event asks what academic writers can learn from writers of non-fiction. Co-sponsored by PAL, the English Department, and The Graduate School.

  • Monday, April 3, 2017
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    From Fake News to Clickbait: Teaching Students to Evaluate Online Information

    A recent Stanford study concluded that most students lack the critical skills to evaluate different kinds of online information. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss recent research about students’ online reasoning skills, identify specific skill gaps among Duke students, and suggest lessons and activities that can be incorporated into the classroom.


Alumni Profiles Series: Phillip Andreae

March 22, 2017

"Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) really helped me on the job market! I think my participation in PFF helped convince hiring committees, including at Meredith, that I was really interested in teaching and committed to succeeding in a career at an undergraduate-focused institution."

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