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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, June 21, 2021 to Sunday, July 4, 2021

    14-Day Writing Challenge

    This free online 14-day writing challenge gives participants the chance to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability, hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Register by Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

  • Thursday, July 8, 2021
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    The Art of Saying No

    Do you often say "yes" to requests without realizing the impact that the response will have on your time and productivity? Do you find yourself angry and resentful because you've said "yes" too often? You're not alone. In thsi webinar you will learn strategies you can implement immediately so you can add "no" to your vocabulary. This free webinar is provided through Duke's institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

  • Thursday, August 12, 2021
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors and Collaborators

    This webinar will help you map your mentoring network, identify your unmet needs, and plan how to expand your existing network to meet your needs. This free webinar is provided through Duke's institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.


Alumni Profiles Series: Micah Gilmer

May 26, 2021
Micah Gilmer, Ph.D.

"I gravitate towards work that focuses on creating new systems, processes, and cultures that are aligned with values around equity. This country was founded and built upon systems that were designed to foster inequality between folks of different gender expressions and between different racial groups. These things are deeply ingrained and embedded in every system and organization. I am especially interested in how individuals change beliefs and understandings around issues of equity."

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