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Dal GradPD

Get career ready

Dal GradPD is your go-to hub to learn about professional development designed for your specific needs as a graduate student. Together with partners across the university and external providers, the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) assembles an ongoing schedule of free workshops and events aimed to help you prepare for a diversity of careers.

The four pillars of the Dal GradPD program are dedicated to building skills necessary for success in any career - Communication, Career Intelligence, Health and Wellbeing, and Leadership - and are offered exclusively to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Upcoming Dal GradPD workshops and experiential learning

Please note that all sessions will be held virtually unless otherwise noted. Looking for more? Visit our online professional development opportunities page to explore ways to build your skills at your own pace.

First Year Faculty Teaching Academy (intensive 3-week course)
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 7 through June 23 (registration opens May 9 and closes June 3 or when 50 participants have registered)
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Partner: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)

Basics of Online Learning and Teaching (10-week course)
Dates: Tuesdays from June 7 through August 9 (registration opens May 9 and closes on June 3 or when the capacity of 40 students has been reached)
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Partner: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)
Dal GradPD pillar: Communication (Workshop)

Writing Week for Graduate Students
Date: June 13 to 17, 2022 (register by June 12 at 12:00 p.m.)
Time: Daily check-ins at 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Partner: Writing Centre
Dal GradPD pillar: Communication (Workshop)

CARE for Inclusion and Equity in Learning Environments
Date: June 16, 2022 (registration opens May 9 and closes June 16)
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Partner: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)
Dal GradPD pillar: Leadership (Workshop)

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching (8-week Massive Open Online Course)
Dates: June 20 to to August 14, 2022 (registration opens May 30 and closes August 14)
Partner: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)
Dal GradPD pillar: Communication (Workshop)

Planning Your Teaching-as-Research (TAR) Project (6-week course)
Dates: Wednesdays from June 22 through July 27 (registration opens May 9 and closes June 3 or when the capacity of 20 students has been reached)
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Partner: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)
Dal GradPD pillar: Communication (Workshop)

Preparing Your Teaching Demo for a Job Interview
Date: July 14, 2022 (registration opens May 9 and closes July 8 or when the capacity of 40 students has been reached)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Partner: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)
Dal GradPD pillar: Communication (Workshop)

Where to Begin? Developing an Action Plan for Aligned and Inclusive Lessons
Dates: July 20 and 27 (registration opens on May 9 and closes July 15 or when the capacity of 50 students has been reached)
Times: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on July 20 and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on July 27
Partner: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)
Dal GradPD pillar: Communication (Workshop)


Participate in the Dal GradPD certificate program

To help you navigate your PD journey, we have created a free certificate program to recognize your efforts and help you identify the opportunities you need to take you where you want to go.

What you’ll do during the certificate program:

  • Individualized development plan (IDP) workshop: In this session, you’ll explore the skills and experiences you need to achieve your professional goals and map your plan to get there. IDP workshops will be held every month, so don't worry if you missed an earlier session. An asynchronous video of the IDP workshop is also available in the Dal GradPD Brightspace.

  • Pillars workshops: Participate in two hours of workshops from each of the Dal GradPD pillars: Communication, Career Intelligence, Health and Wellbeing, and Leadership. You can select from options provided by Dal GradPD partners or find other opportunities you think will best suit your goals. 

  • Experiential learning: Take on four hours of hands-on experience from each pillar. Write a blog, go to a networking event, practice a time management strategy, organize an event – the possibilities are vast and the experiences priceless. 

  • Professional identity workshop: Wrap up the certificate with this session that will empower you to articulate the value of the skills you've gained at graduate school to prospective employers. 

When done, you’ll receive a certificate signed by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and recognition on your transcripts. More importantly, you’ll have developed a plan for where you want to go with your career and assembled the professional and personal skills you need to get there.