Professional Enhancement

The University of Kentucky Graduate School
Office of Professional Enhancement

The Graduate School’s Office of Professional Enhancement (GSPE) strives to be a guiding hub for all graduate students. Our goal is to assist graduate students in identifying and developing skills that will foster growth and optimize academic and career success. 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, where ideas, collaborations, and life-long friendships take root.

Office hours are available with the GSPE staff via Zoom. Schedule an appointment here.  


Professional Enhancement Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Graduate School offers services to students that complement their degree coursework and support their career pursuits.  Students should watch for announcements about activities and opportunities, such as workshops, seminars, conferences, grants, and cultural events.


Imagine PhD

GradDegree +

GradResearch Live!/Three Minute Thesis

GradTeach Live!

20 Minute Mentor Commons

Preparing Future Faculty Program

Resources for Navigating Your Career


Thesis/Dissertation Writing Camp 

Thomas D. Clark Graduate Study

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity


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. 


Thesis & Dissertation Writing Camp

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