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The Graduate School Professional Development Program provides a full range of training opportunities and resources to graduate students. Through our programming, we prepare students for career success as innovative future leaders. It is our mission to ensure students have the skills they need to succeed professionally as well as academically.

Our program provides the key skills that all graduate students need before completing their degree with foundational skills in: communication, academic development (scholarship, teaching & mentorship), leadership & professionalism, and career development.

Opportunities offered will include a focus on teaching skills, leadership, financial literacy, finding funding, communication, and skills for the job market. Consider attending the Etiquette Luncheon, one of our Dissertation Boot Camps, and workshops facilitated by nationally known speakers in professional development.

See the Events link for calendar and registrations.

The goal of the Leadership Development Scholars Program is to provide graduate and professional students with authentic experiences that will help build their leadership skills. The main focus of this opportunity is to have students develop a specific project that will contribute to the professional development of their peers. 

Selected scholars and funded proposals:

Kevin Chovanec and Leslie McAbee (English) – Service Learning in First-Year Composition.

Rebecca Jordan (School of Education) – Collaboration between Allied Health Sciences and Education: Interprofessional Education.

Christina Galardi, Eleanor Wertman, Steffani Bangel, Juliet Sheridan (School of Public Health) – UNC GRITS (Graduate Research and Intervention in the South) Seminar Series.

Sertanya Reddy (Geography) and Charlotte Fryar (American Studies) – Alternative Academic Career Development: Workshops for Sustainable Graduate Student AltAc Community.

Jamie Hughes (Social Work) – Identifying and Succeeding in Interdisciplinary Training Programs at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Melissa Rhoney (School of Pharmacy) – Depression: Uniting for Better Patient Outcomes via Interprofessional Communication.

The scholars will engage in an orientation and leadership workshop in January 2015. They will then plan, implement, and evaluate their proposed interventions, contribute to a community of scholars and develop real-world, transferable skills.

Feedback from past LDSP Scholars:

“This program gives you the support necessary to take an idea you have for improving graduate students’ skills and implementing that idea…provides you with transferable skills”

“It is a valuable experience to highlight when interviewing for jobs and networking with potential employers, as it showcases a variety of skills as well as demonstrates leadership capabilities”
Past scholars selected and project descriptions 2013-2014

Contact Us

Questions regarding registration?
Contact Brian Rybarczyk, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Student Academic and Professional Development, at (919) 962-2505 or