Graduate workshops at Tufts help students identify, map, and acquire broad and transferrable skills. Participants can choose to focus on developing skills within six domains. At times, workshops will overlap in theme with multiple domains.

These six domains are interconnected, and comprise a set of paths that students may use to inform their professional development pursuits in their graduate education and beyond. Students are encouraged to engage in self-monitoring and pursue workshops and opportunities in whichever domains are most useful for them.

Six Domains of Professional Development:
Scholarly Expertise

Expand upon the scholarly training offered within respective disciplines at Tufts. Gain expertise in areas such as grantsmanship, publishing, preparing posters and presentations for conferences, and more. Interested in doing a scholarly expertise deep dive? Check out the below suggested workshop tracks.

TA and RA Support

  • Introductory Pedagogy
  • Discussion Facilitation
  • Conflict Prevention
  • Managing Labs


  • Grant Writing: Finding Funding
  • Grant Writing: Developing a Competitive Grant Proposal
  • Grant Writing: Writing Clearly & Concisely
  • Grant Writing: Crafting a Compelling First Page

Research and Scholarship

  • Managing Labs
  • Designing Effective Data Visualizations
  • Copyright and Publishing Essentials
  • Using Art in Your Research Practice
  • Lit Review Survival Guide
Career Preparation

Develop skills that will improve employability, as well as help prepare for careers in academia, industry, and government or non-profit organizations. Practice developing tools like resumes or CVs, explore career options, and talk directly with faculty and alumni whose career paths interest you. Interested in preparing for your job search and career? Check out the below suggested workshop tracks.

Essentials in the Job Search

  • Building an Effective Resume
  • Writing Compelling Cover Letters
  • Writing a Curriculum Vitae
  • Negotiating Your First Academic Position
  • Building an Effective Resume
  • Networking and Relationship Management
  • Job and Internship Search Strategies
  • Interview Strategy and Preparation

Exploring Career Paths

  • LinkedIn Lab
  • Preparing for a Career in Academia
  • Preparing for a Career Outside Academia
Communication Skills

Hone your ability to communicate with diverse audiences for written and verbal contexts. Learn how to adjust content for appropriate contexts, project confidence, and engage and activate audience interest. Interested in developing your communication skills? Check out the below suggested workshop tracks.

Public Presentations

  • Public Speaking for Graduate Students
  • Conference Poster Design Principles
  • More workshops to be announced

Technical Skills

  • Simplify Your Spreadsheet Life and EXCEL in your Research
  • Data Cleaning with OpenRefine & Data Visualization with Tableau
  • More workshops to be announced

Scholarly Reading and Writing

  • Designing Your Online Scholarly Presence
  • Reading and Note-taking for Graduate Students
  • Writing and Revising for Multilingual Graduate Students
  • Writing and Revising in Graduate Coursework
  • Productive Writing for Thesis and Dissertation Writers
Leadership and Collaboration

Gain more confidence in navigating group processes and preventing conflicts. Assess your negotiation and mediation skills and continue to hone your personal capability as a leader. Interested in developing your leadership skills? Check out the below suggested workshop tracks.

Leadership and Excellence

  • Mentorship
  • Managing Labs
  • Women in STEM
Personal Development

Learn how to address and balance competing demands in your personal and professional lives by prioritizing, cultivating flexibility, and developing a resilient orientation and a proactive approach to challenges. Interested in exploring the personal development domain? Check out the below suggested workshop tracks.

Wellness in Graduate Life

  • Conflict Prevention
  • Work-Life Balance Resources
  • Cultivating Healthy Habits: Working Smarter and Being Less Stressed

Life Outside School

  • Work-Life Balance Resources
  • Getting Your Personal Finances Ready for the Future
  • Creating Your Professional Website
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Incorporate DEI into your work and research through workshops designed to facilitate culturally-responsive leading, teaching, and communicating.

  • Understanding,Preventing, and Responding to Microaggressions (Microaggression 101)
  • Introduction to Power, Privilege, and Marginalization
  • Communicating Cross Culturally and Identifying and Dismantling White Supremacy in Higher Education

Upcoming workshops and other graduate events are listed on the events calendar. Not all workshops are offered every year.

Recorded Workshops

Current GSAS students can view previously recorded workshop sessions on Canvas. Please contact Angela Foss, Associate Director GSAS, for access.  

Contact Information

For further questions about the NOD and the workshops offered, please contact the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.