Core Competencies

Communication
Early Stage
• Initiate mentoring relationships
• Learn conventions of communication within your discipline
• Formulate and present research plan
Communication
Mid Stage
• Develop presentation skills for discipline and non-discipline specific audiences
• Write for both technical and non-technical audiences
• Communicate with mentors effectively
• Present research at national conferences
• Publish research/scholarship
Communication
Late Stage
• Present research at national conferences
• Publish research/scholarship
• Maintain professional networks
Academic Development
Early Stage
• Connect coursework to research & scholarship
• Seek funding to support projects
• Explore resources to support academic development
• Attend TA orientation & teaching workshops
• Plan research projects
• Seek out teaching opportunities
• Mentor undergraduates
Academic Development
Mid Stage
• Develop collaborative relationships to support research projects
• Attend teaching workshops
• Assess and modify research plans
• Develop a teaching portfolio
• Serve as manuscript reviewer for journals in your field
• Mentor undergraduates
Academic Development
Late Stage
• Form dissertation writing groups
• Synthesize teaching statement/portfolio
• Finalize projects and submit approvals
• Formulate 5-year research plan
Leadership & Professionalism
Early Stage
• Attend Ethics trainings and seminars
• Create an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
• Seek leadership and service opportunities
• Join professional organizations and build internal and external networks
Leadership & Professionalism
Mid Stage
• Take on leadership positions
• Contribute to team-based projects
• Troubleshoot issues and propose creative solutions
• Manage project budget and personnel
• Provide feedback to peers on presentations, manuscripts, & grants
Leadership & Professionalism
Late Stage
• Serve as a role model for junior graduate students
• Maintain professional networks
• Plan for transition after graduate studies
Career Development
Early Stage
• Explore University Career Services resources
• Complete self-assessments
• Develop career goals
• Create a CV
Career Development
Mid Stage
• Identify external opportunities, internships, work experiences aligned with career goals
• Document research and teaching accomplishments (IDP)
• Modify career goals if needed
• Document research and teaching accomplishments on CV
Career Development
Late Stage
• Finalize CV, cover letters, research and teaching statements
• Apply for positions aligned with your career goals
• Learn how to interview and negotiate job offers