Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy


General Information

Office responsible for graduate development programs:Faculty of Graduate studies
Contact name:Jasmine Smart
Contact 449-4341
Name of program:NA
Social media accounts related to program: @DalGradStudies (twitter) Dalhousie University Faculty of Graduate Studies @dalgradstudies (facebook)
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?various

Graduate Professional Development Programs

What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.) 3 Minute Thesis MyGradSkills In collaboration with the Centre for Learning and Teaching, FGS is offering an online program called ûMyGradSkillsË that was created by a consortium of Ontario Universities to provide research and professional skills training to graduate students. MyGradSkills includes 18 free online modules on topics including research management, how to write a resume, how to conduct a job search, entrepreneurship, mental heath and wellbeing and so on. Update: You can now have MyGradSkills modules that you complete listed on your co-curricular record! The eligible modules are: Academic and Professional Communication for New Researchers, Academic and Research Integrity, Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism, Converting a CV to a Resume, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, Intellectual Property- An Entrepreneur?s Guide Please make sure you sign up with your (e.g. and NOT an alias email to have your MyGradSkills modules noted on your co-curricular record. MITACS MITACS provides free professional skills development workshops to graduate students at Dalhousie. The intention of these workshops is to augment your academic and research experiences with skills that will help you to succeed in today's workplace. Workshops are usually offered in the spring and fall and include topics such as Time Management, Project Management, Career Professionalism and Communicating your Research. You can get more information on the workshops at The Faculty of Graduate Studies will notify you when the next workshops are available at Dalhousie. Upcoming workshops will also be listed in our Events Calendar. PREP The Professional & Research Education Program (PREP) provides research and professional skills training, beyond what is offered in traditional academia. Training is accomplished through monthly sessions, specialized workshops, and research symposia, with built-in flexibility to quickly assemble sessions to meet timely educational needs. The main content areas covered through PREP education modules include Funding, Career Development, Research Management, Communication/Dissemination, and Research Ethics & Conduct. Graduate students who attend seven PREP sessions will receive a transcript notation, stating the completion of the PREP research skills training program. Please register to receive updates and further information on PREP opportunities by contacting Terrilyn Chiasson at or refer to the website: Centre for Learning and Teaching The Centre for Learning and Teaching offers professional development sessions that address topics on teaching and learning and technology in higher education. The CLT encourages faculty, staff, graduate students, or anyone who is interested in enhancing their teaching practices to attend. Teaching Assistant Professional Development Day This one-day annual Teaching Assistant Professional Development Day (TA Day) is a series of workshops that takes place the second week of September. Workshops focus on TAs and graduate students who are interested in a teaching career. Individuals choose from concurrent sessions designed to address the essential skills required by graduate students to effectively facilitate classes and enhance their teaching skills. The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) at Dalhousie University invites doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows to enroll in the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL). The Certificate provides a flexible framework for integrating and recognizing a comprehensive range of teaching development programing including: Basic teaching workshops. An annual series of professional development opportunities. A course in university teaching and learning (CNLT 5000/5001 - Learning and Teaching in Higher Education). Opportunities to reflect on and synthesize learning about teaching. Formal recognition of efforts to develop teaching. Centre for Continuing Education Offers workshops for students for whom English is a Second Language on writing skills, communication, and there is currently a special series on preparing for the 3 Minute Thesis. Departments also offer their own sessions, but they are not normally open to all students.
Are there sessions specifically for international students?Yes, but run by the International Student Centre and the Centre for Continuing Education, not by us.
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?No (except for employer connection program through Centre for Career and Leadership).
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?Various
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.Mitacs sessions are the most popular of the programs we offer.
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)Students and Postdocs for some sessions, notably the Centre for Learning and Teaching Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist?Only as departments require.
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?Some programs are included in the co-curricular record.
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.)Various
How are the sessions promoted?Various, but mostly social media and email.
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)Various
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?Not for the programs I?ve discussed.

Statistic Information

How many sessions run each year?NA
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?4
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)NA
How is participation in sessions tracked? Online reports for my grad skills, online registration for Mitacs, various for the other sessions.
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?No

Departmental Level

Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?Yes. Medicine
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?No.

General Questions

Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs? No, but the Centre for Career and Leadership does.
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?No.
Is there any additional information you would like to share?No