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.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 1:00 - 2:30 pm CT

Daily Writing for Academic Scientists and Engineers

Alice Pawley will be hosting this webinar for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.  The webinar will explore experimenting with some new tools or ways of thinking about making daily writing work in a science or engineering context, including writing grant applications and reports. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm CT, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall 208

Research Grant Application Information Session

Graduate student research grants provide essential funding for field and archival research and are an important qualification 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 among others.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm CT, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall 208

Dissertation Completion Fellowship Information Session

Dissertation completion fellowships provide essential funding for finishing the Ph.D. degree and are an important qualification 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 dissertation completion fellowships offered by external funding organizations.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP.