GradDegree+: A Graduate Student's Professional Tool-Kit


GradDegree+ is an avenue for graduate students to develop and refine transferable skills highly sought by employers. Students build their own personalized GradDegree+ toolkit by completing modular tracks (Leadership, Communication, Pedagogical Theory, etc.) that can stand alone or be combined with additional tracks to undergird degree program content and skills gained in research and teaching.  

Courses such as "Basics of Leadership," "Managing Conflict," and "Organizational Ethics" aid graduate students in becoming well-rounded professionals while in graduate school and prepare them to succeed in whatever path(s) they choose beyond graduate school.

We are now accepting applications for GradDegree+, with workshops offered online in Fall 2020.  Registration deadline is Sept. 30.  Click here for more information and the link to the participation form.  

Tracks are:

  1. Communication;
  2. Creative Problem-Solving;
  3. Diversity;
  4. Leadership;
  5. Pedagogical Development; and
  6. Professional Computing.

In addition to in-depth track content, workshops will provide students with opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary networking and develop individualized pivot development plans.

GradDegree+ Program Requirements (complete all)

Requirement Description
Statement of Responsibility Web-Based
Orientation: The Art & Science of Learning In this required orientation to the GradDegree+, participants accepted into the 2019-2020 cohort will come together to discuss their goals and outcomes for the program and receive further instructions on enrolling in the courses. 

Communication Track Components (complete three)

Communicating across Cultures
Communicating with Success
Presenting Effectively
Principles of Business Writing

Creative Problem-Solving Track Components (complete three)

Deciding to Doing
Using Time Wisely
Facing the Challenge of Change
Liberating Structures: Tools to Drive Excellence, Inclusion, & Innovation

Diversity Track Components (complete three)

Basics of Diversity
Unconscious Bias 
Generations in the Workplace
Personality Differences

Leadership Track Components (complete three)

Basics of Leadership
Managing Conflict
Organizational Ethics
Developing a Winning Image

Pedagogical Development Track Components (This track is delivered by CELT in coordination with The Graduate School)

The Pedagogical Development Track is for graduate students interested in developing and improving their pedagogical approach while also identifying and expanding upon skills used in teaching that are transferable beyond academia.

The Pedagogical Development Track for the 2020-2021 academic year will focus on "Student Engagement in Online Learning." Each academic year will focus on a new theme in teaching and learning pedagogical practices.  

Click here for details about the Fall 2020 Pedagogy Track, which focuses on strategies for synchronous engagement. 

Contact Dr. Ashley Sorrell, CELT faculty instructional consultant and assistant director of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement, if you have further questions about this track.

Professional Computing Track Components (complete three)

If you know the basics in some of these programs and would like to take more advanced computing courses, you may do so from the selections offered by HR Training and Development.

Access: Introduction
Acrobat Pro: Introduction
Captivate: Introduction
Excel: Introduction
One Note: Introduction
Outlook: Introduction
PowerPoint: Introduction

Program requirements may change over time. Contact Chad Gilpin if you have questions. If a workshop is not listed in the tracks above, but you wish to request it be considered for credit, please ask. The Graduate School reserves the right to count or not count requested courses as it deems appropriate.

Brought to you by The Graduate School Office of Professional EnhancementThe Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)The College of Arts and Sciences' Careers Beyond the Professoriate, and UK Human Resources Training & Development