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Professional Development

University and Graduate College Resources

The Graduate College Professional Development provides support and resources for graduate students pursuing academic and non-academic careers

  • Helps with Grant Writing to clarify your research, improve your writing, and expand your scholarly network. 
  • Career Exploration and Planning can help you and your advisor to self-assess and prepare for your future career

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) available to all UI faculty, staff, post-doc scholars and graduate students

  • Courses, webinars, and seminars available to assist with curriculum development, dissertation writing and job placement

BUILD Diversity Certificate through the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Opportunity to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all
  • In-person training sessions, coaching, beyond the classroom learning opportunities, and community problem-solving

Building Our Global Community Certificate through International Programs

  • Opportunity to learn about the experiences of international students and scholars, and methods to foster skills for working with and awareness of our increasingly intercultural campus
  • Successful fulfillment requires completion of the Introduction to Building Our Global core course and four elective courses

American Historical Association

    External Resources

    Mt. San Antonio College's, Magic Mountie Podcast has lots of good professional development podcasts including the episodes below on applying for jobs at a community college

    • Episode 37 - Getting a FT Job at a Community College
    • Episode 38 - What to Expect When You're Applying (Cover Letters)
    • Episode 39 - What to Expect When You're Applying (Preparing for the Interview)
    • Episode 40 - What to Expect When You're Applying (Getting A Handle on the FT Faculty Role)

    *When you collapse Episode 37 you'll find a really helpful powerpoint presentation. 

    The “Inclusive Historian’s Handbook” -- a dynamic reference source supporting inclusive and equity-focused historical work in public settings by sharing a knowledge base that invites more people to engage in history projects. This handbook provides concrete examples of how to make history work more relevant. It centers on equity, inclusivity, diversity, and public service while offering accessible windows into the many ways public historians work.

    Graduate History Society (GHS)

    GHS is an official student organization that represents graduate students in the History Department, providing academic, professional, and social support to graduate historians. The society was established in 1960 in order to provide students with professional development activities, a supportive community, and a voice in departmental and university governance. Now entering into its sixth decade, GHS has a well-established history of promoting collegiality and the exchange of ideas among our members, and of creating links between the University of Iowa and the wider scholarly community Information about current members and activities can be found on the GHS website.

    Linda Kerber’s Conference Rules