Professional Development

The Department of Government offers a number of professional development resources for students of the PhD program including information databases covering topics like grants,  professional development in academia, and jobs in applied political science.  In addition to the these web-based information resources, the department also offers a series of workshops for students covering topics such as writing and publishing, research ethics, and academic networking.  Students of the program should contact Maricruz Luna or Professor George Shambaugh to suggest any additions to ProDev content. See the sections below to access the information resources and workshop schedule. 

Professional Development Information Resources

The Department of Government maintains a collection of professional development information resources for students in the PhD. program. You can review the bibliography of available resources and and the collection below:

Bibliography of available ProDev resources

ProDev full-text resources (NetID required)

Doctoral grants database 

Applied political science database – workshops, fellowships, employment (NetID Required)

ProDev Workshop Schedule, Spring 2018

The ProDev Workshops hosted by the Department of Government cover a range of professional development topics. All graduate students in the Department are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, January 31
Creating Your Own Website
12:30 to 1:30pm
ICC 662

Having an effective personal website is critical for success in the academy and beyond.  Representatives from CNDLS will lead a workshop designed to familiarize you with the process of creating a website using GU’s new resource:

Wednesday, February 14
Inside the Journal Review Process
12:30 to 1:30pm
ICC 662

Faculty editors from ISQ and IO will lead a mock review process to give you a sense of what to expect and how to best tackle the journal review process.

Wednesday, March 21
Successful Alumni Panel: Applied Political Science
12:30 to 1:30pm
ICC 662

Join recent grads to hear about how they have found success in business (Lindsey Pettingill, AirBnB), policy (Peter Sima-Eichler, Dept of Commerce & World Bank) and think tank (other speakers to be confirmed) positions after the PhD.

Wednesday, April 11
Successful Alumni Panel: Academic Track
12:30 to 1:30pm
ICC 662

Join Megan Stewart (American University), Anjali Dayal (Fordham) and Paul Musgrave (UMass Amhearst) to discuss strategies for success navigating the academic job market.