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Professional Development

The Graduate School offers a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year to better prepare students for their future careers and research endeavors, and foster a sense of community within which our graduate students can learn from UNH faculty and staff, guest lecturers and researchers, and each other. Our professional development opportunities currently include networking, research, preparing future faculty/professionals (PFF/PFP), writing, and responsible conduct of research (RCR). Click on the links below to explore each of these categories in more depth.

The Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) is a national initiative that transforms the way doctoral programs prepare aspiring faculty members for their careers. It emphasizes an education that is informed by the kinds of responsibilities faculty members actually have at a variety of institutions. Numerous presentations, workshops, and guest lectures are held throughout the academic year that focus on teaching strategies, life in academia, and other topics of interest. Additionally, Preparing Future Professional (PFP) workshops are frequently held to provide opportunities for all graduate students, Master's, Ph.D., and certificate students alike, to build their resume writing, job interview, and other professional development skills.

The Graduate School offers many programs and initiatives that foster research at UNH. Opportunities for sharing your work with the university community or learning about other research being conducted on campus, regionally, and nationwide include the annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC), co-sponsorships of visiting lecturers, researchers, and other presenters with the UNH Research Office, and annual informational sessions about the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), co-sponsored with the Office of National Fellowships. Additionally, the Graduate School and Research Integrity Services jointly sponsor a Responsible Conduct of Research training for doctoral students that addresses research ethics and current issues.

Central to one's professional well-being is one's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. To support all of these types of wellness, the Graduate School is dedicated to raising awareness about issues related to health and wellness through workshops, student panels, and other events of interest to grad students. Current topics for discussion include stress management, financial well-being, and reducing stigma around mental illness and health issues.

The Graduate School provides students with social opportunities that increase their educational experience at UNH. The goal of these programs is to increase awareness of the Graduate School and encourage students to participate in campus programs. Examples of social programming include our popular "Dinner and a Movie/Lecture" series, the Doris Kearns Goodwin Presidential Historian Lecture, the New England Astronomy Festival, and discounted tickets to UNH sporting events.

Learning to write professionally and effectively is a lifelong endeavor; to facilitate the development of professional written communication, the Graduate School provides numerous opportunities for graduate students to hone their skills. Annual professional writing workshops include our popular thesis/dissertation workshops, our J-Term writing "boot-camp," and assistance with written applications for Graduate School fellowships.

Graduate Professional Development Opportunities

The University of New Hampshire Graduate School offers many professional development opportunities to support academic success and achievement among the graduate student population. The UNH Graduate School offers Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) and Preparing Future Professional (PFF) workshops throughout the year that focus on providing knowledge, new perspectives, and professional experience for graduate students. In addition to the PFP and PFF programs, the Graduate School offers other workshops such as Write-Ins, Dissertation Year Fellowship workshops, Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship workshops, other social programming efforts, and the Speech, Language, Hearing Center. The following descriptions are components of the UNH Graduate School outreach and development efforts for graduate students.

Preparing Future Professionals (PFP)

PFP workshops provide graduate students with the opportunity to attend professional development workshops to increase their experience and knowledge during their graduate school career. PFP workshops focus on increasing knowledge and providing information to students to improve their learning, teaching, mentoring, and education. These luncheon sessions occur about six times per semester. Examples of PFP workshops themes include Life Beyond Academia in STEM fields, Social Justice Workshop, Presentation Skills, Working with Difficult People, Bystander Responsibility and Affirmative Action, LinkedIn and Social Media, Thesis/Dissertation tips, Grant Writing, etc.

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF)

PFF workshops are similar to PFP sessions except they are more focused on the development of graduate students interested in working in higher education as a faculty or staff member. The core goals of the PFF program are to collaborate and partner with professional organizations to increase the knowledge of graduate students, gain professional development experiences in order to balance research, teaching, and service demands, as well as emphasizing the roles and responsibilities for faculty. These workshops occur about six times per semester with dinner provided. Examples of PFF workshops include Job Interview skills, the Search for Funding, Hiring in Academia, Fulbright Faculty Information, Leadership Skills as a Faculty Member, etc.


Graduate student Write-Ins are sessions for students to indicate writing goals and deadlines and work towards accomplishing the goals in a supportive writing environment. Members from the UNH Writing Center will attend a few of the sessions to assist students with their writing and provide resources. Write-ins aim to help students learn to write more productively by providing students with the following four critical ingredients: 1) space with minimal distractions, 2) a writing regiment/routine, 3) peer motivation and 4) support.

Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF)/Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship (STAF) Sessions

The UNH Graduate School provides DYF and STAF workshops throughout the year for students to gain insight into the application process, writing tips, or how to prepare a great application. These workshops allow graduate students to ask questions, learn strategies for submitting a strong application, and opportunities for peer review or consultation.

Dinner and a Lecture/Movie Series

In addition to the professional development workshops above, the graduate school provides students with social opportunities that increase their educational experience at UNH. The goal of these programs is to increase awareness of the graduate school and encourage students to participate in campus programs. Students attend an educational lecture held on campus followed by dinner at Holloway Commons. Examples of social programming include, Doris Kearns Goodwin Presidential Historian Lecture, New England Astronomy Festival, Dr. Amos's Leverage Freedom Chair Projection information session, Brene Brown at the Portsmouth Music Hall, or discounted tickets to UNH sporting events.

Speech, Language, Hearing Center

The UNH Sponsored center is the premier diagnostic and treatment center in NH and the Seacoast community, providing services to both children and adults with speech-language-hearing disorders and differences. Through its integration with the UNH Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program, the Center offers state-of-the-art, best practices intervention provided by graduate student clinicians and guided by a collaborative team approach with experienced faculty. Students in the graduate program benefit educationally from the Center and are supervised by clinical faculty who are state-licensed and nationally certified speech language pathologists and audiologists.