Academic Departments & Faculty

You are invited to join the GradFUTURES initiative

Graduate Students

Led by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, GradFUTURES is a campus-wide professional development initiative empowering graduate students to envision their futures with clarity and confidence.

We Invite Faculty and Departments to:

  • Work with us to create and promote stories, news and professional development-related events from your department. Here is a profile form that can be shared with graduate students, faculty and graduate alumni from your department. Using this form, they can provide a testimonial of support for graduate student professional development, and we will feature these profiles on our website and on social media. 
  • Invite us to present customized programming on departmental alumni outcomes and labor market analyses
  • Collaborate with us to create professional development programs that augment or complement departmental conferences or symposiums.
  • Facilitate an interdisciplinary learning cohort, a series of lunch or dinner conversations regarding the professional implications of current societal, industry or global trends
  • Promote GradFUTURES events, programs and fellowship opportunities to your graduate students
  • Join the campus-wide Professional Development Working Group that convenes quarterly to chart new directions for graduate student professional development
  • Recommend former students and graduate alumni to be interviewed for our alumni video series
  • Schedule a departmental meeting to discuss graduate alumni outcomes, job market trends and ways to share data regarding diverse careers
  • Request customized professional development programs such as LinkedIn workshops that meet the unique needs of graduate students within your department
  • Attend the  GradFUTURES Forum, a campus-wide professional development conference for graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff. Learn more:


Ways GradFUTURES Can Partner with Your Department

Faculty and Alumni Profiles

Ann Marie Russell, *12, PSY
"When I was in graduate school, it felt like we had two choices: an academic career or failure. The thought of voluntarily pursuing a non-academic career felt sacrilegious. Now I laugh about that culture and mentality."
Patrice Jean, *99, MOL
Star Lessons in Leadership Keynote Speaker
During graduate school, I honed my skills as a scientist, but I also learned how important it was to engage with all people from different disciplines, places, lifestyles and cultures.
Stanley N. Katz
Professor of Public and International Affairs;
"The Higher Education Workshop has been a boon for me as a scholar-teacher with a long commitment to the study of higher education policy."
William A. Gleason
Hughes-Rogers Professor of English and American Studies;
"It's exciting to see how many new initiatives and opportunities for graduate student professional development are emerging here on campus, in communication, teaching, leadership, wellness, career management, and other crucial areas."