The Professional Development Program (PDP) is housed in the Whiting School Center for Leadership Education (CLE). The CLE houses three academic programs and a variety of experiential programs in a student-centered environment. Our full-time faculty are seasoned professionals in their disciplines as well as experienced teachers and mentors, and they are complemented by part-time faculty who are active practitioners in their fields. Whether students want to start a business, find an internship or hash through career decisions, they will find an open door and a resourceful sounding board in CLE faculty.
The need to broaden graduate education has been expressed in many recent articles and presentations. For example, The Commission on Pathways Through Graduate School noted in their final report that more than one-half of all doctoral degree holders in science, engineering or health fields work outside the academy. And while employers believe these graduates bring value, recent graduates lack skills and knowledge in areas like working on teams, entrepreneurship, communication, and project management.
The Professional Development Program is designed to address these needs. The program offers a series of 7-week courses in topics such as Managing People, Writing Grant and Contract Proposals and Improving Presentations. Courses are open to all graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at Johns Hopkins.