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Professional Development

The University of Calgary encourages postdoctoral scholars to acquire the varied skills necessary to advance their careers during this transitional training period.  In addition to the opportunities provided by your faculty supervisor and department, the university provides a number of professional development opportunities and resources to enrich your experience and allow you to get the most from your appointment.

Professional Development Resources

Postdoctoral Association Professional Development Day

The Professional Development Day organized by the Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary features keynote addresses from renowned speakers, workshops on career-related issues, panel discussions on academic and non-academic career paths, and a chance to connect with fellow postdocs, speakers and sponsors.

Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

The Educational Development Unit of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning offers teaching programs and workshops as well as project consultations and a range of in-depth resources. As you plan for a career in academia, the Taylor Institute can help you develop and hone your teaching philosophy. The Taylor Institute also offers workshops and collaborative group sessions on developing and writing grant proposals.

Teaching Development programs offered by the Taylor Institute include:

  • Instructional Skills Workshop
  • Course and Instructional Design
  • Learning Technologies
  • Teaching Development
  • Teaching Online

For information on teaching development programs, visit the Taylor Institute website.

“The Taylor Institute will take the lead in education innovation by bringing a unique, research-based approach to teaching and learning. Housed in a groundbreaking new building, the Taylor Institute will be a hub for enhancing teaching and learning experiences across campus…

The Educational Development Unit supports the development of teaching and learning capacity at the University of Calgary through continuous improvement, research-informed practice, and technology integration.”

 Innovate Calgary

Innovate Calgary is the technology-transfer and business-incubation centre for the University of Calgary. Working closely with Research Services and the Office of the Vice-President (Research), Innovate Calgary works to help bridge the gap between discovery and innovation. The team consists of highly qualified and experienced individuals in licensing, legal and business development related to the transferring of technologies from physical sciences, life sciences, and information and computer sciences relative to intellectual property. Innovate Calgary manages invention disclosures from all university departments, institutes, research groups and schools within the University of Calgary campus. Visit the Innovate Calgary website to view the full calendar of upcoming events.

 Mitacs Step

Mitacs Step provides high-quality skills training to graduate students and early-career researchers who are seeking a competitive, professional advantage for their future careers. Step workshops are available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows registered at Canadian universities and are facilitated by leading industry and business professionals. Through their experience, they impart the skills and best practices sought by today’s employers.

The Step curriculum is designed to build competencies in four key areas that are recognized as vital to professional success. Each workshop addresses one or more of the following competencies:

  • Leadership & Management
  • Communication & Relationship Building
  • Personal & professional management               
  • Entrepreneurialism

Workshops are run by Mitacs at the University of Calgary. Visit the Mitacs Step workshops website for more information and to register for courses.

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Continuing Education

Continuing Education at the University of Calgary offers over a thousand courses taught by highly-qualified and engaging instructors, in both classroom and online environments. Courses and certificate programs range from Project Management to Professional Writing to Computer Technology.


LabNEXT is a team of information specialists and technologists who can provide assistance to postdoctoral scholars at all stages of the research process. Their expertise includes planning, working with data, scholarly communication, and Open Access publishing and hosting.