Graduate Professional and Academic Development

The Division of Graduate Studies offers professional development workshops for KSU graduate students of all academic programs. The free, one-hour Graduate Professional and Academic Development (GPAD) workshops are offered during a one-week block in the Fall and Spring semesters.

At Kent State University, we value the growth of our community and want you to succeed while enrolled and after completing your degree. The GPAD workshops help students set and achieve their goals. The sessions will help you develop an interdisciplinary outlook that is applicable to success in the real world. From identifying your personal preferences to setting professional aspirations, we help you map out your objectives.

The GPAD workshops are a collaborative initiative between the Division of Graduate Studies and other campus units including University Libraries, Research and Sponsored Programs, the LaunchNET Kent State, and Career Exploration and Development. Facilitated by university faculty, administrators, and teaching fellows, the GPAD workshops include topics such as developing a teaching philosophy, conducting respectful classroom conversations, self-care and wellness, searching for grant funding opportunities, and using LinkedIn on the job search.

The Spring 2020 GPAD workshop series scheduled for March 11-13 has been canceled.

Upon attending at least three GPAD sessions (in-person and/or online), you will earn a certificate of participation that may be noted in your résumé/CV.

Refreshments will be provided at each of the GPAD workshops and pre-registration is preferred. Please contact Kyle Reynolds at with questions.