Professional Development

The GPSA Office of Professional Development (PD) recognizes graduate student achievement in teaching, research, advocacy, and mentorship. It also recognizes ASU faculty and staff who extensively support and contribute to the graduate community. Please visit the Awards section for more information on each award. The Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) is awarded in the Fall and Spring semesters while the rest are only in the Spring. If you would like to be part of the Awards process in the role of a Reviewer, please email us at We accept Reviewers year round. In addition to awards, we organize several large events, on and off campus, for graduate students to socialize and enjoy a fun break from their work. Please see the GPSA calendar for event dates. The Professional Development Committee is led by the Vice President of Professional Development, Director of Awards, and Director of Events, and is open for any graduate student to join.


Vice President of Professional Development

Amelia Miholca is Vice President of Professional Development and third year PhD Candidate in Art History. She oversees the awards process, social events, and the PD Committee. She also collaborates with Graduate College and Career Services on TA Orientations and PD workshops and panels. Prior to being elected Vice President, Amelia was a GPSA Assembly Member representing Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts.



ASU Professional Development Resources:

  • ASU Community of Scholars  encompasses a variety of professional and career development programs for ASU graduate students and postdocs. You’ll find learning opportunities and collaboration possibilities between graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, as well as industry and organizational leaders. Whether you are looking for a future in academia, as an entrepreneur, or an alternative career path, we have resources and information to help you succeed.
  • ASU Preparing Future Faculty and Scholars  provides doctoral students, MFA students, and postdocs with an overview of the requirements, career development skills, and plan stratagems necessary for a competitive career.
  • ASU Graduate Writing Centers offers tutoring and workshops in graduate statistics and writing.
  • Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for members of the ASU graduate community interested in exploring non-academic career options. The Versatile PhD consists of a supportive online community that is free as well as a premium content area. The Graduate College office has purchased a subscription to the premium content area to provide access to both. It is also open to ASU faculty, staff, and graduate student alumni who are within one year of finishing their degrees.