Student Development

The University of Kentucky Graduate School
Office of Professional Development

The Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development strives to be a guiding force for all graduate students. Our goal is to help graduate students develop and/or identify skills that will foster growth and success in any avenue that they choose, both in work and in life. As a centralized resource, we have the unique opportunity to offer graduate students a campus point-of-interaction, a place of belonging, apart yet aligned with departmental academic pursuits, from where ideas, collaborations, and life-long friendships can take off.

Professional Enhancement Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Graduate School offers services to students that complement their degree coursework and support their career pursuits.  Students may subscribe to the Graduate Student Listserv for a weekly emailed list of announcements about activities and opportunities, such as workshops, seminars, conferences, grants, and cultural events.

Resources and Activities for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Graduate TAs will find quick links to resources to aid them in their various responsibilities, including campus offices, university policies and regulations, and pedagogy workshops.  Also found here is information about TA and International TA Orientations and related activities for new TAs. 

The Preparing Future Faculty Program

Students interested in exploring and preparing for a faculty career will find a wealth of opportunities here, including workshops, coursework, and guidelines for application letters, CVs, and statements of research and teaching philosophy.

Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning

The Preparing Future Faculty Program offers a 12-credit-hour certificate curriculum culminating in a college or university teaching practicum. 

Versatile Ph.D.

Versatile PhD is an online resource to help humanities graduate students and PhDs in all fields identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers.

Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camp

The Thesis/Dissertation Writing Retreat provides a quiet, supportive environment twice a year for students writing a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation.

Professional Enhancement Team

Morris A. Grubbs, Ph.D. Photo
Morris A. Grubbs, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean and Director
859-257-9725
Ashley Sorrell
Assistant Director
859-323-6807
Chad Gilpin
Program Manager
859-257-4137