Academics and Professional Development

The Academics and Professional Development Committee is one of the GSA's three standing committees. We focus on issues pertaining to teaching, mentoring, professional development, international students, master's students, and the libraries. For our meeting times and locations, please check the GSA calendar. 


Our current projects include:

  • Seeking the creation of a committee to review graduate student teaching needs across the entire GSAS and to assess how these needs are met across departments and divisions,
  • Helping graduate students find teaching positions in and after their teaching years,  
  • Seeking guaranteed teaching and funding for PhD students in their 6th year,
  • Advocating professional development, including the development of mentoring skills,
  • Following up on and discussing the reports "Improving Graduate Education at Yale" and "Best Practices in Yale Graduate Programs" that have been issued by Tom Pollard, Dean of the Graduate School, in August 2011,
  • Enhancing the visibility and the perception of the Graduate Mentor Award.  


Archived minutes from 2013-2014 meetings can be found here.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please email the committee chair for the 2014 Spring semester, William Gray.

The following advocacy positions are also part of our committee:

  • The Graduate Student Assembly's delegate to the University Library Committee
  • The Graduate Teaching Center advocate
  • The Graduate Career Services advocate
  • The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity advocate

If you have any questions or concerns related to the University Library Committee or any of the above Graduate School offices, please email the responsible GSA representative directly.

Reports from our committee meetings for the academic year 2012-2013 are available here.

Reports from our committee meetings for the academic year 2011-2012 are available here.