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Programs in Professional Development

Professional development programs offered by the VPGE office span a wide range of topics and experiences. There's something to meet any graduate student's needs and schedule, from information-packed Quick Bytes lunches, to multi-session Negotiation Matters workshops, or week-long Stanford Graduate Summer Institute courses. Browse these offerings and sign up for those that interest you.

Academic Chats

Could a faculty career be in your future? Attend Academic Chats to explore skills and experience to help you prepare from Stanford faculty and staff.

Career Accelerator: Connect, Communicate, and Translate Your Academic Skills Into Diverse Careers

Get valuable hands-on experience with essential tools for career exploration.

Communicating Effectively with Your Advisor

Want to learn skills to communicate better and resolve issues with your faculty advisor? Communicating Effectively with Your Advisor workshop helps you develop a healthy and productive relationship with your faculty advisor.

Designing the Professional

Once you get your degree, how do you get a life? What do you want out of life after Stanford? Wondering how to weave together what fits, is doable, and will be truly meaningful? Then join us for Designing the Professional, offered in several different formats as a program or course.

Diversity Works

Come together with academic leaders to discuss issues related to diversity and excellence in higher education at Diversity Works. Relevant to students at any stage in any degree program, as well as postdocs, faculty and staff.

Fellows Forum

Expand your academic skills and meet new people over a healthy meal at Fellows Forum. Designed for early-mid stage doctoral students, especially those in STEM fields.

Negotiation in Teams

Working in teams or with groups is much like negotiating in a multi-party environment. In this single-session workshop, learn about how negotiation can help you positively influence the teams you work with.

Negotiation Matters

Learn how to negotiate with colleagues, bosses, partners, friends, clients, and many others. Through a dynamic mix of theory, demonstration, and practice, this two-session workshop provides a solid foundation for more principled, persuasive, and successful negotiation in a variety of contexts.

Preparing for Faculty Careers Course (EDUC 343C)

How will you prepare yourself to obtain a great faculty job - and to thrive as a professor once you begin your career? The Preparing for Faculty Careers course (EDUC 343C, Spring Q) is designed for advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars from any discipline who are considering a faculty career.

Preparing Future Professors

What does it take to be a faculty member at a teaching-focused university or community college? Preparing Future Professors gives you a chance to experience faculty life first-hand by shadowing a faculty member at Foothill College, Menlo College, San Jose State University, San Francisco State, West Valley College, or University of San Francisco.

Quick Bytes

Gain valuable professional development skills that you can apply right away! Quick Bytes sessions cover a variety of topics.

Stanford Ignite

Got innovation? Learn how to formulate, develop, and commercialize your ideas with Stanford Ignite. Led by the Graduate School of Business, Stanford Ignite is a certificate program that provides the business fundamentals necessary to succeed at any entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial venture.

Virtual Learning Opportunities

VPGE and our campus partners are here to support you during the COVID-19 disruptions!

WISE and WISSH Groups

Since June 2001, Stanford has sponsored mentoring groups for women PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in science and engineering (WISE). For the past several years, a similar program has also been available for women PhD students and postdocs in the social sciences and the humanities (WISSH).