Professional Enhancement

About Us 

The Office of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement (GSPE) fosters scholarly and professional growth, pedagogical and career success, and holistic wellbeing. As a centralized resource, we offer a variety of in-person and online programs and services, guided by professionals with years of experience in graduate education and enriched by a broad spectrum of campus partnerships. We are also a place of belonging and networking, apart from yet aligned with departmental academic pursuits, where graduate students may discover transdisciplinary collaborations and explore diverse career paths. 

Graduate Student Success Pathways 

Graduate Student Success Pathways is an online navigational tool, like a compass, that can help you in any stage of your graduate study by charting a personalized professional enhancement plan to guide you from wherever you are to exactly where you want to go. Pathways provides resources, opportunities, and actionable steps to supplement your graduate education and diversify your experiences. The GSPE Office uses Pathways to guide all our professional development efforts and to assist students in achieving the four goals of a well-rounded graduate education.  

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Our Programs & Services


Fulfilling Profession 

Developing the skills, knowledge, and experience for a fulfilling career.  

Impactful Research 

Gaining the insights and experience necessary to make an impact in the field and beyond.  

Transformative Teaching 

Sharpening and broadening career opportunities through transformative teaching practices.  

Holistic Wellness 

Pursuing personal growth through a holistic balance of mental, physical, and financial wellness. 

Advocacy & Partnerships 

GSPE maintains a robust list of partners across campus with whom we offer a diverse array of resources and initiatives for graduate students intended to supplement their educational experiences.  

Meet the Staff

Professional Enhancement Team

Morris A. Grubbs, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement
Ashley Sorrell, PhD
Assistant Director
Chad Gilpin
Program Manager / TA Credentials Database Coordinator
Angela Garner
Angela Garner
Coordinator of International Graduate Student Initiatives
Amanda Slone
Communications Assistant