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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)


  • Monday, March 25, 2019 to Sunday, April 7, 2019

    Spring 2019 14-Day Writing Challenge (Online)

    The 14-Day Challenge is an opportunity for you to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability, offered through the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    Courage for Introverts: How to Put Yourself Out There Without Selling Yourself Out

    If you have found that you hold your ideas —and yourself — back, join Caroline Korda Poole for an interactive workshop that will allow you to investigate the limiting thoughts and patterns that prevent you from presenting your ideas with confidence. You will leave this workshop ready to speak up in a meeting or approach somebody who intimidates you, and this new courage very well may change your life.  

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    How to Craft and Submit a Winning Book Proposal in 4 Weeks: Week 2 (Webinar)

    The path to getting your book published begins with a good proposal. In this multi-week course, you will be guided through a step-by-step process to complete your book proposal within four weeks, learn how to translate your research projects for a broader market, and receive invaluable advice about how to approach acquisition editors at academic presses. Sponsored by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity


Alumni Profiles Series: Janice Hessling

March 19, 2019
Headshot of Janice Hessling

"I want to change the dominant professional metaphor from a career ladder to a career lattice. Just because you start on one path doesn’t mean you can’t switch to a different track."

Alumni Profiles Series: Maria Bezaitis

March 6, 2019
Bezaitis Headshot

"I was trained in... understanding text as a system that communicates certain values and assumptions. That’s something that I’m still doing, but my texts have changed."

Alumni Profiles Series: Michele Rasmussen

February 19, 2019
Headshot of Michele Rasmussen

"Even though I ultimately decided not to pursue an academic career as a faculty member, I still appreciate the training I had as a scientist, because the experience has informed my career trajectory and my work in higher education administration."

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