Career Development for Graduate Students
The Graduate Academy, developed by the Office of Graduate Education & Life, is comprised of programs that help graduate and professional students complete their degrees, teach and research effectively, and plan for their careers. Our goal is to enhance graduate students’ experience at WVU by preparing them for academic and nonacademic positions to increase their competitiveness in the job market.
Graduate Academy programs focus on a core group of transferable skills that contribute to career success:
Click here to view our Transferable Skills chart.
- Communication Skills in Writing and Speaking
- Teaching at the College Level
- Leadership, Management, and Entrepreneurial Skills
- Research and Scholarship
- Career Exploration
Professional Development Workshop Series: Spring 2013
Topics for the spring workshops include the following:
- College teaching
- Scholarly writing
- Public Speaking
For a full schedule, see Upcoming Events.
Graduate Academy Courses: Spring 2013
These courses for academic credit provide a comprehensive introduction to academic careers.
GRAD 593C Special Topic: Applying to NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
This 1-credit seminar in the second half of the spring semester is intended to help undergraduate seniors and first-year graduate students develop applications for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
- Instructor: Dr. Darran Cairns
- CRN: 18252
GRAD 594 Seminar: Leadership Essentials
This 1-credit course will help graduate students develop fundamental leadership skills that contribute to career success in any field. The instructor, Robert Wickboldt, Jr., retired from the United States Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer (E/9), following a 30+ year career that included assignments to ship and shore commands from the Far East to Eastern Europe. He was directly responsible for training and leadership qualification of senior enlisted personnel and junior officers.
- Instructor: Robert Wickboldt, Jr.
- CRN: 18193
GRAD 710 Scholarly Teaching
This pedagogy course provides teaching strategies drawn from current research on college education. Students will practice and apply these teaching skills in their own disciplines in order to become effective college instructors.
- Instructor: Dr. Michelle Withers
- CRN: 15123
GRAD 794A Seminar: 21st Century Teaching
This course will offer strategies for combining effective teaching with research. The course explores the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to develop research that is based on teaching.
- Instructor: Dr. Jessica Deshler
- CRN: 17259
GRAD 694B Seminar: Preparing Future Faculty
This seminar helps graduate students chart their course into faculty careers by exploring types of faculty positions, current issues in higher education, and even careers outside of academia.
- Instructor: Dr. Jenny Douglas
- CRN: 16453
GRAD 685: Teaching Capstone
This is the capstone course for the Certificate in University Teaching and is intended to help students prepare teaching portfolios for university faculty positions.
- Instructor: Dr. Jenny Douglas
- CRN: 17118