Workshops & Events

Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs (PDPA) offers a variety of workshops, panels, and other events to guide doctoral students in their career development. Information on and recordings of select past events & workshops can be found on this page. 

Upcoming Workshops & Events

PhD Progression Info Sessions

We will be hosting several events (virtual and in-person) in January 2022 to share information on PhD Progression with doctoral students, faculty, and program administrators.

Join us for one of three virtual info sessions to learn more about PhD Progression and how to plan and track your professional development journey using the platform. Click on the date you would like to attend to register.

Monday, February 7, 3:30-4pm
Thursday, March 3, 10:30-11am

21 Days of Unlearning Racism and Learning Anti-Racism

February 1 – March 1, 2022

In order to better prepare members of our community for participating in a more diverse, equitable academic environment, this year we are inviting you to join us again for “21 Days of Unlearning Racism and Learning Anti-racism,” which will begin on February 1, in alignment with Black History Month. This program provides an opportunity for you to engage directly in anti-racist texts and multi-media each day for 21 days. The resources provided in this version of the 21 Days are generally focused on Anti-Black racism. The content is geared toward white and NBPOC learners and is also designed to include valuable resources for individuals who identify as Black Indigenous and Brown People of Color. For some of you, this may be indicative of work you are already engaged in. For others, this may represent exploration and discovery. Register here.

Identifying and Articulating Your Transferable Skills

Thursday, February 3, 1-2 PM

As a doctoral student you are building skills and experiences beyond simply research and writing – through volunteering, leadership roles, internships, and more. In this interactive workshops participants will learn how to articulate key strengths and abilities gained during the academic experience, and how these skills translate to future roles in a variety of careers. Participants will learn how to reflect on past work experience to identify essential transferrable skills, and how to describe existing skills for audiences within and beyond academia. Register

PhD Progression Career Development Learning Community 

Fridays in February (2/4; 2/11; 2/18; 2/25) from 12-1:30 PM

Join your fellow PhD students for a month-long Learning Community aimed to support your work in the PhD Progression Career Development Pathway (Level 1). The Career Development Pathway will help you to work through the essential steps in developing your awareness about the resources available to you and the steps to take in order to set yourself up to find the right career for you. The Learning Community will meet weekly on Fridays, via Zoom. These sessions will be a combination of interactive workshops and reflective conversations that help you to grow your learning through the pathway. The objective of this week-long sprint is to provide accountability, community building, and the opportunity to earn digital badges for your career development skills. Participation in this learning community will also prepare you for the Career Development Pathway (Level 2), which will be available later this semester. Attendance at all 4 sessions is required. Register

Non-Academic Job Search Strategies (STEM + Humanities/Social Sciences)

Wednesday, February 9, 2-3 PM (STEM) Register

Wednesday, February 16, 2-3 PM (Humanities/Social Sciences Register

Now, perhaps more than ever, PhDs are pursuing a myriad of opportunities outside the academy. Although finding a non-academic job may not be as structured as most academic searches, there are many resources available to support you in this process. Most importantly, there are tools available to help you to identify fulfilling, intellectually challenging career opportunities that are aligned with your skills, interests, and values. This workshop will guide participants through developing a strategic approach to job searching, as well as providing information, tips, and advice on career opportunities for PhDs in STEM, Humanities, and Social Science fields.

Establishing a Work/Life Balance

Tuesday, February 22, 3:30-4:30 PM

With so many competing priorities and demands on your time as a doctoral student, establishing a work-life balance can be challenging. Join PDPA for a workshop centered on how work-related behaviors impact physical and psychological well-being. The discussion will focus on how to create and sustain boundaries regarding work responsibilities within an academic setting while maintaining a strong work ethic. Attendees will create personal plans to remain effective doctoral students while balancing work and personal values. Register