Professional Development

Professional Development Tip

Be Intentional with Your Time and Calendar

  • If you know you will have emails to catch up on each morning from the day and/or night before, be sure to schedule dedicated time onto your calendar each day to avoid interruptions

What is Professional Development

At GVSU, professional development is comprised of a continuum of opportunities—internal and external to the University—which expand or enhance competencies and capabilities that contribute to GVSU’s mission. Professional development (PD) includes the pursuit/acquisition of skills, attitudes, or knowledge which is reasonably connected to the mission of the University.   Such pursuits would include training, conferences, degrees, certifications, or experiences directly related to one’s current—or reasonable next—job within the University. Professional development includes more than training or classroom style events.  Job rotations, shadowing, stretch assignments, communities of practice, coaching/mentoring relationships, conferences, travel, and service projects can all be vehicles for professional development.



Featured Professional Development Blog

This section contains a quarterly blog offering fresh, interesting perspectives on higher education and professional development. 

Are you interested in contributing as a guest writer? 

Contact the AP development committee for more information or to submit a written piece.



The word mentor is below a set of gears that are connected. Each gear is titled with a different word. Those words include: motivation, advice, success, training, coaching, support, goal and direction. There are dotted arrows that show the ways each gear can move and how they turn.

Mentoring is a Must 

By Kim Monaghan, M.A., P.C.C., C.P.R.W (Guest Blogger)

You've heard me say it before and I'll say it again... Mentoring is a must! But for mentoring to really succeed, you should be a mentor, and, you should have a mentor. So, if you’re ready to take your career to new heights, follow these four steps:

  1. Be a mentor. Mentoring invites you to experience the joy of empowering another by guiding and advising someone on their professional endeavors. You can find someone seeking your mentorship through a college career office, professional association, LinkedIn community or affinity group. 
  2. Find a mentor. Establishing a relationship with your own mentor helps you expand your thinking and perspectives. Many C.E.O.s and presidents of organizations credit their mentors with helping them stay focused and successful and overcoming challenges and obstacles on their professional path. 
  3. Push your limits. To tap into a broad wealth of expertise, seek mentoring from inside, and outside, your organization. Diverse mentors will also give you a variety of perspectives and while they don’t need to be in your industry, they should have relevant experience. And the more successful your mentor is, the more likely you’ll push your limits and reach a comparable height.
  4. Make it easy. Sustaining the mentoring relationships is up to you, especially if you’re the mentee. Make it easy for both parties by taking the initiative and setting your schedule and intentions and arrive prepared with an agenda and questions. 
  5. Always be gracious. Mentoring is an exchange of precious time and energy so be sure to show your appreciation. Extending your thanks, writing a nice note, offering to be of help and treating them to lunch goes a long way in demonstrating your professionalism and gratitude. 

Remember, there's a lot of professional power within a mentoring relationship. When you have one or more mentors to support and guide you on your journey, the possibilities are endless. 

Professional Development - Previous Blogs

Stay Relevant

Technology and Community Engagement are two ways individuals can stay relevant in your career.

Help, I'm Suffering From Information Overload!!

Professional development on a budget by Adriana Paz (Guest Blogger)

Networking 101

This article shares some key tips on how to network at GVSU.

View More Professional Development - Previous Blogs