Professional Development

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

Graduate Studies is excited to introduce our new 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

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

Thursday, January 23, 12-1pm CT, Huitt-Zollars Pavilion (Embrey Engineering Building 115)

Research Grant and Dissertation Completion Fellowship Application Information Session

Graduate student research grants provide essential funding for field and archival research. Dissertation completion fellowships provide essential funding for finishing the Ph.D. degree. Both are important qualifications for academic jobs. Join us as Rachel Ball-Phillips, Director of the National Student Fellowships and President's Scholars Programs, shares information and answers questions about the application process and selection criteria for research grants, including the Fulbright and Boren Fellowships, and dissertation completion fellowships from external funding organizations. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP by following the link above.


Tuesday, February 11, 12-1pm, Fondren Library Red 109

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:

Introduction to Research Data Management: What are research data? What is research data management? What services does the library provide?

Storage, Access, and Preservation:  What data storage options are available?

Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP by following the link above.


Monday, March 16-Friday, March 20, 8:30am-1:00pm, Fondren Library Red 323

Spring Break Dissertation Writing Workshop

Doctoral students in the dissertation writing phase of their degrees often struggle to maintain the steady progress in their writing necessary to complete a quality dissertation in the expected amount of time.  This workshop will provide the dedicated writing time, accountability, advice, and support necessary for dissertating students to stay on track and complete a dissertation they are proud of within the time frame agreed upon with their committee.  Participants are required to sign a letter of commitment stating their intention to attend the workshop for the full time every day.  Coffee and light breakfast items will be provided.  The daily schedule will be:

8:30-8:40am:  share goals for the day with the group

8:40am-12:20pm:  dedicated writing time with 10 minute breaks each hour

12:20-12:30pm:  share progress for the day with the group

12:30-1:00pm:  presentations on library research, dissertation formatting, etc., designed to help participants complete their dissertations

Applications will open in February.  Space is limited.


Wednesday, April 15, 12-1pm, location TBD

Job Search Interview Skills and Language for International Students  EVENT CANCELED

International graduate students, join Linda Evans from the ESL Office to learn more about what to expect in a job interview! Bring any questions you may have on the topic as well! Lunch will be provided.