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Professional Development for Graduate Students

Professional Development for Graduate Students

Ohio University offers many different professional development opportunities and resources for graduate students.

Explore all the following options listed. For questions, contact the Graduate College by emailing



    There are several trainings required for all graduate students for orientation. Visit the Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) webpage for these trainings, including the GSO module, college/department orientation, and more.

    Graduate Student Orientation


    Hazing Prevention Training (Online)

    All graduate students must complete this training. This course introduces the concept of hazing, why it is illegal, and what OHIO University students, faculty, and staff can do to stop hazing from occurring on our campuses. 

    Hazing Prevention Training


    Sexual Assault Prevention (Online)

    Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students includes Title IX and Clery Act training which equips graduate students with the tools needed to navigate new and complex relationships including how to identify and respond to harassment from a faculty member or advisor, other workplace-based harassment, how to respectfully engage with undergraduate students, and how to respond to student disclosures. Read More About Policy and Resources

    Sexual Assault Prevention Training



Technology Resources & Training

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) offers online help resources, including workshops and consultations. You may also schedule time with OIT staff to address your questions about the various technology, including:

  • Blackboard
  • Learning Spaces Technology
  • Microsoft Groups, OneDrive, and Teams
  • VoiceThread
  • Proctortrack
  • Top Hat
  • and more!

OIT Trainings 

Teaching Assistant (TA) / Future Faculty Workshops

The Graduate College offers workshops for those graduate students who are Teaching Assistants (TAs) or aspire to be faculty members. Workshops include online modules, in-person workshops, studio sessions, coffee hour discussions, and faculty development & diversity workshops. In addition, useful TA resources are listed near the bottom of this section.

Online Modules

  • Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
    Objective: You will learn what a teaching philosophy statement (TPS) is, and be prepared to develop your own. 
  • Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
    Objective: You will be able to analyze and adapt a variety of learning scenarios to encourage and promote student learning.
  • Learning Taxonomies
    Objective: You will be able to use three taxonomies of learning that will help you think about your goals, plan your teaching and learning activities, and scaffold your students' learning towards these goals.
  • Understanding by Design
    Objective: You will be able to identify the six facets of understanding.
  • Designing Goals, Objectives, & Learning Outcomes
    Objective: You will be able to write goals and student learning outcomes for your course.
    • Introduction to Backward Design
    • Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment of Student Learning
    Objective: You will be able to select aligned assessments for your course.  
    • Assessment: Stages and Strategies
    • Designing Commonly Used Assessments
    • Introducing Authentic Assessment
    • Minimizing Cheating
    • The Course Map
  • Promoting Student Engagement
    Objective: You will be able to implement and maintain a welcoming environment for your students, and select active learning activities, both of which will support your student learning outcomes.
    • Establishing a Community of Learners
    • Utilizing Active Learning Strategies
    • Using the Flipped Approach
    • Selecting Course Materials
    • Consulting & Collaborating with a Librarian
    • Course map: Aligning Learning Activities to Learning Outcomes
  • Course Review
    Objective: You will be able to review your course for quality.
  • Developing Your Syllabus
    Objective: You will demonstrate competency in developing a syllabus.
  • Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for Course and Program Improvement
    Objective: You will be able to use assessment data to inform course and/or programmatic development and improvement

In-Person Workshops

  • Challenging Bias and Microaggressions in the Classroom
    This workshop covers what microaggressions are, and various techniques to interrupt/respond to them, but also spends time talking about building an inclusive environment in the classroom before anything happens so that it is easier to intervene.

    More coming soon!
  • American Association of University Women's (AAUW) Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
    This salary negotiation workshop presents the wage gap, with a discussion of the gender wage gap and how to combat it by improving one's salary negotiation skills. Salary negotiation is analyzed through budgeting, salary benchmarking, and negotiation tips and tactics.

    Registration is free but required. 

    More coming soon!

Faculty Development & Diversity Workshops

As part of Ohio University’s continued effort to provide professional development opportunities to faculty, Ohio University has joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) as an institutional member.

The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent professional development, training, and mentoring community that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. 

The NCFDD provides a variety of virtual programs and resources, including:

  • Monthly NCFDD Core Curriculum webinars
  • Monthly guest expert webinars
  • Access to multi-week programs
  • Access to the NCFDD Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
  • Access to the NCFDD 14-Day Writing Challenge
  • Access to the NCFDD member library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings

All faculty, students, and staff with OHIO email addresses are eligible to register for an individual membership account through Ohio University’s institutional membership account.

If you have any questions about Ohio University’s institutional membership, please contact Vice Provost for Faculty Development Katie Hartman at

How to Register

  • Go to
  • Select “Ohio University” from the list of members
  • Select “Activate my Membership”
  • Complete the registration form using your OHIO email address
  • Activate your account by verifying your registration through a confirmation/welcome email from NCFDD
  • When creating an account for this service, please use your OHIO email and a unique, strong password. Do not use your OHIO password. University Policy 91.004: University Credentials requires individuals to create unique passwords for campus services.

If you have technical questions about registration or access to resources, please email NCFDD at