Our Mission

Committed to supporting our students’ academic and professional pursuits, The University of Alabama Graduate School has created GradACTS, an all-in-one support programming resource platform.

GradACTS connects you to internship and project management opportunities that complement your coursework, equipping you with experience that sets you above your peers. 

GradACTS Essentials

GradACTS Essentials is a group of skills, called competencies, that are both discipline-specific and universal, designed to empower students to pursue research, academic or industrial careers. 

Click the competency to view all its upcoming events, or click here to view all upcoming workshops and events.

Teaching and Learning

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Service and Leadership

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Career Development

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Health and Wellness

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Research and Innovation

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Effective Communication

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Student Success Resources

Publisher-in-Residence Program

As part of our professional development mission, the Graduate School engages the services of George Thompson, a publishing industry veteran who offers tips and techniques to navigating the publishing process, from articles to books. Meet with Mr. Thompson, discuss your work and find your path to publication.

Learn more.

Resources and Activities for Graduate Teaching Assistants

The best teachers hone their skills by constantly questioning, adapting and embracing new ideas. The University of Alabama’s commitment to strong pedagogy led us to develop the Workshop for New Graduate Teaching Assistants. We prepare new GTAs for university instruction by developing the necessary skills to manage an upper-level classroom.

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Thesis & Dissertation Writing Camp

Held in May, this three-week (12-day) seminar grants dissertation writers an opportunity to make progress on their projects and improve their writing with a network of fellow researchers. Prospective participants must complete an application in the spring semester. Details will be available closer to the date with social media and email announcements.

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Career-Launching Resources

Beyond the Professoriate

Beyond the Professoriate’s Career Training Platform is an online professional development tool where postdocs and graduate students can explore career options and learn job search strategies. Through two programs of study (Academic Careers and Professional Careers), students are empowered to make informed decisions about their career path and learn successful job search strategies from other PhDs. To log in simply visit Beyond Prof’s Career Training Platform, select “University of Alabama”, and enter your institutional login information.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The University of Alabama is a proud institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). NCFDD is an independent organization nationally recognized for providing professional development, training, and a mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. NCFDD will provide all UA faculty, post docs, and graduate students free access to a number of the NCFDD’s programs and resources. 


myIDP is a free unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of Ph.D. students
and postdocs in the sciences. myIDP provides:

  • Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values
  • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests
  • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on
  • Articles and resources to guide you through the process

Imagine PhD

ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral
scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Humanities and social sciences Ph.D. students and their mentors have long recognized the need for
more resources to help bridge the knowledge gap between doctoral education and the realm of
career possibilities. ImaginePhD is designed to meet this need by allowing users to:

  • assess their career-related skills, interests, and values
  • explore careers paths appropriate to their disciplines
  • create self-defined goals
  • map out the next steps for career and professional development success

Ready to begin?

Browse our list of conferences and seminars, and register for your next training session today.