Professional Development

Graduate school is a holistic experience designed to prepare students to succeed in school and in their careers.  To further those goals, SMU offers a series of workshops designed to help students in all phases of their graduate school tenure.  


Graduate Writing Center

The Moody School, in collaboration with SMU Libraries, runs a Graduate Writing Center!  Read more about it here.


National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Southern Methodist University is a member institution of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD).  NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, mentoring organization that offers support, resources, and forums to its members.  The NCFDD provides training, mentoring, and supportive communities for faculty, graduate students or professional students at colleges and universities across America.  As a graduate/professional student of SMU, you can access the NCFDD resources at any time.  Click here to create a login or to obtain detailed information. 



Upcoming Workshops

Spring 2021

Thursday, April 22, 3-4pm CDT, Zoom Meeting (Registration Required)

Presenting Your Research Effectively: Tips from Research Days Award Winners

This panel features four 2021 Research Days video presentation competition Dean's Award winners: Lauren Ammerman (Biological Sciences), Madison Arcemont (Law), Robyn Pinilla (Education), and Tiffini Pruitt-Britton (Education). Panelists will take you through their award-winning presentations and explain the techniques and strategies they used to make their presentations effective.  Register here.


Wednesday, April 7, 5-6pm CDT, Zoom Meeting (Registration Required)

Tips for Online Interviews

Nearly all job interviews now involve some level of online interaction. In this workshop, we’ll go over general interview prep, with information to help you be successful in online situations!   Register here.


Thursday, March 4, 12-1pm CST, Zoom Meeting (Registration Required)

From CV to Resume

For careers in nonprofits, business/industry, government or education (non-tenure track), you will need a resume.   If you have created an academic CV, this workshop will help you start the process of creating a resume to showcase your skills and experience.   Register here.


Wednesday, February 17, 12-1pm CST, Zoom Meeting (Registration Required)

Introduction to Research Data Management

With the increasing emphasis on data at the university level, and the growing importance of the need for students and researchers to be able to effectively manage their research data, it is imperative for all graduate students to have a basic understanding of data, and the resources the library has to support research data needs on campus. The following topics will be covered: What are research data? What is research data management? What services does the library provide? The seminar will also briefly address: What data storage options are available?    Register here.


Thursday, January 21, 12-1pm CST, Zoom Meeting (Registration Required)

Aurora Career Development Platform Info Session

This virtual info session about the Aurora career-development platform will be led by Beyond the Professoriate Founder, Maren Wood.  The session will introduce you to the Aurora platform and help you to get the most out of it.  This is an excellent way to get a head start on your career planning before the start of the spring term!      Register here.


Please be sure to check the list regularly for additions or updates. 
Register through the links provided to attend any session.