Preparing Doctoral Students for Careers in Academia and Beyond



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Equip your graduate students with the skills they need to be successful. 


Historically, institutions have worked to prepare doctoral students for careers in academia. As the higher education landscape has shifted in recent years, the number of PhD recipients has outpaced the number of available faculty positions in many sectors, resulting in a major increase in academic job seekers finding roles outside of the academe. To better serve doctoral students, graduate education leaders must strive to ensure that their offerings – curricular and co-curricular – support the development of skills that will serve PhD students in careers both inside and outside of the professoriate.

Join us online as Dr. Karen P. DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education at Virginia Tech, shares how the development and implementation of the Transformative Graduate Education (TGE) initiative has reshaped the graduate experience at her institution. You will learn how the TGE model prepares graduate students to become the next generation of scholars and career professionals in an ever-evolving global context through a variety of both scholarly and co-curricular programming. At Virginia Tech, this includes offerings around:

  • Preparing Future Professoriate (PFP)
  • Career Professional (PFPro)
  • Teaching and Learning (Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence)
  • Citizen Scholar Engagement
  • Communication Science and Public Engagement

Along the way, you will consider how you can leverage the TGE framework to enhance graduate career preparation at your institution.


Who Should Attend

This virtual training will benefit individuals responsible for graduate education initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Faculty, Directors, and Coordinators of Graduate Programs
  • Deans of Graduate Education
  • Directors of Graduate Student Services
  • Directors of Graduate Enrollment

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


November 19, 2020

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern


The Transformative Graduate Education Model
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
In this first section of the training, we will:

  • Discuss current trends in graduate education and shifts in doctoral recipient career paths
  • Learn why and how the initiative came to be, and how it was developed
  • Explore the four guiding pillars of TGE – knowledge, leadership, scholarly inquiry, and social responsibility – and what they look like in action at Virginia Tech



2:30 – 2:45 p.m.   



Enhancing Graduate Education at Your Institution
2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
In the second portion of our training, you will participate in individual and small-group activities that will help you:

  • Use the TGE framework to identify opportunities to enhance graduate student career development at your institution
  • Unpack potential challenges you might face as you work to implement TGE on your campus, and brainstorm solutions to overcome them
  • Develop an action plan you can start using immediately to move this work forward and better support graduate students at your institution


Portrait of Karen P. DePauw,

Karen P. DePauw, Ph.D.

Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, Virginia Tech

Karen is a leader in promoting transdisciplinary graduate education and research. She serves as Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education and holds academic appointments as tenured Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Department of Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Since her arrival at Virginia Tech, her major accomplishments include success in building a strong, diverse and inclusive graduate community; establishing the national award-winning innovative Graduate Life Center (GLC); and implementing the signature academic initiative known as Transformative Graduate Education (TGE), including the global perspectives and preparing the future professoriate programs. She also has been recognized nationally as a leader in the innovative use of technology in graduate education. 

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