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GPIS Professional Development Program (PDP)

The courses you take during your time in GPIS will help you become familiar with important theories, research agendas, policy debates, and historical facts in your chosen area of study. Yet your professional success upon leaving GPIS will also depend critically on skills that your courses do not cover. The GPIS Professional Development Program (PDP) aims to connect GPIS students with resources that will assist in the development of these professional skills. This page compiles a variety of resources related to conferences, internships, methodological training, and job preparation. The PDP also runs a series of workshops led by GPIS faculty and other professionals in academia and the policy world. The schedule for upcoming workshops appears below.


Professional Development Workshop Series (PDWS), 2020-2021

For the 2020-2021 academic year, we will run the Professional Development Workshop Series virtually through Zoom. Links to these workshops can be found in the GPIS bulletin.


Spring 2021 PDWS Schedule

Feb 12

Underrepresented Groups in Academia

02/12/2021 2:00 PM - 02/12/2021 3:30 PM

Guest speaker Dr. Cathy Wu (GPIS faculty). Contact mdiloren@odu.edu for a link to the Zoom recording for this session. (More)


Feb 19

Giving an Effective Conference Presentation

02/19/2021 2:00 PM - 02/19/2021 3:30 PM

Guest speaker Dr. Matthew DiLorenzo (GPIS faculty) (More)


Apr 2

GPIS Alumni Panel: Pursuing An Academic Career With...

04/02/2021 2:00 PM - 04/02/2021 3:30 PM

Guest panelists Dr. Sabine Hirschauer (New Mexico State University), Dr. Lauren McKee (Berea College), Dr. Dovile Budryte (Georgia... (More)




Fall 2020 PDWS Schedule

Nov 20

Academic Writing and Publishing

11/20/2020 2:00 PM - 11/20/2020 3:30 PM

Guest speaker: Dr. Matthew DiLorenzo (GPIS faculty) (More)


Oct 23

Writing for a Policy Audience

10/23/2020 2:00 PM - 10/23/2020 3:30 PM

Guest speaker: Samantha Custer (AidData at William & Mary). Contact mdiloren@odu.edu for a link to the Zoom recording for this session. (More)


Sep 25

Early Steps to Prepare for the Job Market

09/25/2020 2:00 PM - 09/25/2020 3:30 PM

Guest speaker: Dr. Regina Karp (GPIS Director). Contact mdiloren@odu.edu for a link to the Zoom recording for this session. (More)




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