Graduate Professional and Academic Development | Kent State University

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 2018 GPAD workshop series is scheduled for February 26-March 2 in 319 Kent Student Center with workshops offered at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm each day.

Students who attend at least three GPAD workshops during the semester will receive a "GPAD Certificate of Participation" that can be added to a CV or resume.

Want to join a GPAD workshop live via WebEx webinar? View instructions on how to join.  Email Kyle Reynolds at if you wish to access a recording of any GPAD workshop from Spring 2018.

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

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