University of Kansas
Career Development Resources
The Office of Graduate Studies
The Office of Graduate Studies offers workshops on both academic and non-academic careers. The Office of Graduate Studies has assembled informational materials and sponsors professional development workshops for graduate students in the categories of Teaching, Research, Academics, and Career development (TRAC). See the guide below for information, resources, and workshop offerings in each category. Unless noted, registration is required for all workshops. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at graduate [at] ku [dot] edu as well as the list of upcoming events
Graduate Writing Program
The Graduate Writing Program (GWP) offers a series of cutting-edge courses to prepare graduate students for writing and presenting in graduate school and beyond. In these courses, students learn how to produce sophisticated and discipline-appropriate academic writing. We also offer department-specific versions of GS 750: Professional Writing for Graduate Students and short courses on Grant Proposal Writing and Manuscript Preparation for post docs. NOTE: All students taking GWP courses are expected to adhere to University policies regarding research integrity such as human subjects, animal care and use, scholarly misconduct, and so forth. For more information, please visit the Research Integrity web page.
GS 700: Thesis & Dissertation Writing (3 credits) MW 1:00 – 3:30
GS 750: Introduction to Graduate Writing (3 credits) MW 10:20 – 12:50
GS 710: Thesis & Dissertation Tutorials (3-6 credits) Weekly appointments
Center for Teaching Excellence
The KU Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) was established in 1997. CTE is truly a grassroots organization. Faculty initiated the development, and they continue to guide the CTE programs, and are advised by a board of faculty members (TEAM) and a group of campus-wide department liaisons called Ambassadors. Their primary purpose is to build community among faculty members and to help them make student learning visible. To fulfill these purposes, they support faculty members and instructional staff in various ways:
- Facilitate meetings with small groups of faculty members to find time-efficient and effective ways to improve student learning.
- Assist faculty with representing the intellectual work they do in teaching, including developing portfolios.
- Host workshops, conferences, and discussion forums on teaching and learning in higher education.
- Publish newsletters, research reports, and other works on the scholarship of teaching.
- Meet individually with faculty and instructional staff who want to discuss any facet of teaching and student learning.
University of Kansas Postdoctoral Association
The University of Kansas Postdoctoral Association aspires to: (1) Improve postdoctoral training on the KU campuses by developing a variety of professional development activities. (2) Promote a community of postdocs on campus that will lead to fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations and help raise the national profile of the KU research community. Ensure that opportunities at KU are open to all postdocs regardless of demographics.
Office for Diversity in Science Training
Established in 2005, the Office for Diversity in Science Training coordinates the management of five minority student programs at the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University that are funded by grants from the Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) Division of the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).
Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Post-Doctoral Program
The IRACDA program is an NIH supported program that provides 3 years of support to fellows in various science research fields. The IRACDA program assists in the training of post-doctoral fellows in preparation for research and teaching careers in academia. The goals of the program are to enhance research skills by providing mentored research experiences while developing teaching skills through assignments that promote the advancement of under-represented minorities. The KU/Haskell Indian Nations University IRACDA Program provides post-doctoral fellows with:
- An extensive mentored research experience with one of twenty KU faculty mentors.
- An unique teaching opportunity at Haskell Indian Nations University, a local four-year tribal college.
- Professional development opportunities, including grant writing workshops and science publishing workshops.
- Three years of financial support, including benefits.
- An allowance for research supplies and travel.
- A unique opportunity to contribute to diversity in the sciences
Career Services at KU
The University Career Center provides student employment and career counseling services for all KU students as well as job search assistance for students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, and the School of Social Welfare. The following schools provide job search assistance and career information to their students through separate career services offices: Business, Engineering, Journalism, Law, and Music. Collectively, these offices make up the KU Career Services alliance and work collaboratively for the betterment of KU students.
KU Career Services Alliance
The KU Career Services Alliance provides students with tools for choosing a major, career path, or student employment via workshops and advising from the UCC. Students in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education, and Social Welfare can receive additional job and internship advising.
The University Career Center (UCC) offers a wide range of quality services designed to support and challenge students at all points on the career development and implementation continuum. To guide students as they prepare for post-graduate career success, four separate yet interdependent functional service teams are in place—Career Education, Student Employment/Student Services, Career Networks and Administration.
Collectively, these teams offer individualized advising services, quality career planning courses, outreach programs, the most comprehensive collection of career resources on campus, a first-class website and numerous opportunities to connect with leading employers from around the country and the world.
To learn more about the UCC staff and services we provide click on the tabs at the top of the page. Educate students about the career development, planning, and implementation process. Connect students with employment and experiential educational opportunities. Develop partnerships with administrators, faculty, alumni, and employers on projects that enhance career opportunities for KU students.
This site provides career-related information for each undergraduate major at KU, including common career paths, employers, and job titles as well as targeted job search links and resources. To locate a specific major, use the navigation toolbar on the left and select the appropriate School or College in which that program is housed.
Additional resources available on this page include, the Featured Resources section with links to several online sources of career and industry information, a self-guided majors research worksheet, and a comprehensive list of KU Majors.