Professional Development, Career Development, and Career Diversity

Select University Resources for Graduate Students in the Dietrich School
This selective listing of key resources in the Dietrich School and the University is intended as a starting point to assist you in your professional and career development journey. It complements offerings in your departments. To suggest additional items for this list, please email Chandra Colaresi in the Graduate Studies Office:

Career Exploration and Development

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies
Individual Development Plan (IDP)
Tool designed to assist Dietrich School graduate students in: Identifying professional goals and objectives; assessing skills sets relative to career goals; developing a plan to acquire the skills and competencies to achieve career objectives. 

Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development
Programs across multiple ADAPT ™ stages (with copious resources for each stage)

Doctoral Introduction to Professional Development Seminar
Seminar designed to be a call to action for doctoral students to take ownership of their career planning and professional development in the same way they are responsible for their scholarly development. Multiple sessions offered each Spring term, for 1st & 2nd year, and for advanced doctoral students.

Foundations of Successful Career Planning and Development Course
Credit-bearing course providing foundational training in self-directed professional development and career planning

Versatile PhD
Online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs

Development of Skills and Competencies for Academic and Non-Academic Careers

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies
Future Focus Series
Workshops throughout Fall and Spring terms, tailored to graduate student interests and needs. Recent sessions include: Writing Effective Fellowship Applications; Academic Job Interviews; Elevator Pitch; Author Rights & the Publication Process; ETD Process; Building Your Own Individual Development Plan; The Future of the Academy: Prospects & Problems in Graduate Study; Resources for Graduate Students as Parents.

To suggest possible topics for future sessions, please email Chandra Colaresi at

The annual 3-Minute Thesis Competition gives students valuable experience in presenting their research to non-specialist audiences. Competitors are judged on content, comprehension, communication, and engagement. 

Career Services for Graduate Students
Drop-in hours: Mon-Fri, 10AM–4PM. Resume help, mock interviews, etc.

Center for Doctoral/Postdoctoral Career Development

Self-Assessments Exercises

Values Assessment
Skills Assessment
Transferable Skills Assessment
Career Preferences Assessment

Range of Graduate Student Skill Development 

 Academic Career Development
Archived videos on topics such as:

Diversifying Your Funding Portfolio
Developing Competitive Grant Applications
CV to Resume: What Employees Look For
Interviewing: How to Succeed at Job Interviews
Non-Tenure Faculty Pathways

 Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series
Workshops on a range of professional skills critical for professional career success. Recent  sessions include: networking; C.V. v. resume; science grant applications; poster presentations; humanities fellowship applications; interviewing; identity, culture, and workplace.

Research Series
Grant writing and K Award workshops designed to meet your career development needs based  upon your scientific path and your career stage

SCIENCE Career Symposium
Interactive workshop designed to bolster the professional development of graduate students by providing practical input for discovering emerging opportunities in today’s job market.

Clinical/Translational Science Institute
RCR Workshops
Lecture- and case study-centered workshops on research ethics. 

Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Organization (GSO)
Peer-Professionalization Workshop
Workshops allow graduate students with special skills to meet with other graduate students and teach mini-seminars. Range from improving teaching; job application materials; professional development. Recent examples: networking, websites, social media.

Writing Center
Graduate Services
One-on-one tutoring for graduate students

Dissertation Boot Camp
Week-long camps offered three times a year (typically in April/May and August); one-day camp once in Fall and Spring Term each.

Writing Days
Alumni of all Dissertation Boot Camps eligible

University Library System (ULS)

Scholarly Communication & Publishing
Archived materials (publishing, copyright, OA)

Grant Writing

Center for Doctoral/Postdoctoral Career Development

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series 

Science grant applications
Research Series
See also: Grant-Writing Tips for Graduate Students from Chronicle of Higher Education

Digital Skills Training

University Library System (ULS)

Teaching Development and Support

Center for Teaching & Learning

Graduate Students Page
New Teaching Assistant Orientation
Required by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences for all students who will be Teaching Assistants for the first time in the ensuing semester(s). Offered in January and August, this one-day event is designed to introduce the basic information needed for classroom success to graduate students in their first semester as a TA at the University of Pittsburgh.

FacDev 2200
University Teaching Practicum. A mainstay of the University’s commitment to graduate and undergraduate education, this is three-credit graduate seminar. The Dietrich School requires this course to be taken concurrently by graduate students teaching independently for the first time.

Graduate Student Teaching Initiative 
Resources to prepare graduate student instructors to meet their teaching goals and responsibilities from the first day of class through the job search process.

Achievement in Pedagogy Badge
The Graduate Student Teaching Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Teaching and Learning provides a credential in pedagogy for Pitt graduate students.

Educational Technology Training Workshops
Training workshops for a large variety of technologies, including Blackboard, multimedia technologies, peer reviewing and academic integrity applications, online survey creation

Teaching Support
Instructional Designers and Technologists help you conceptualize, design, and implement a new approach.