Professional Development

In addition to opportunities available to current students and alumni, FSU’s graduate students have access to campus, state, regional and national professional development opportunities.

Graduate students at FSU serve as graduate assistants on campus, meet with legislators in Raleigh, and have ongoing access to professional development resources through regional and national organizations. 

For additional information on professional development opportunities in your program of study, please contact your graduate program or advisor.

Campus Opportunities

Graduate Assistantships

In the fall and spring, a limited number of graduate assistantships are available for eligible graduate students. Graduate students apply to the Graduate Assistant Pool, and academic units hire graduate assistants in PeopleAdmin. Graduate assistants are welcome to participate in programming provided by the Office of Faculty Development

Graduate Tuition Assistance

During the academic year, a limited amount of graduate tuition assistance funds may be available for selected graduate students.  Colleges with one or more graduate degree programs are directly responsible for selecting graduate tuition assistance recipients and amounts based on available funds and the college's and graduate students' needs, such as by considering academic performance, financial need, recruitment, and retention.  Following a graduate student's acceptance of graduate tuition assistance, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid processes graduate tuition assistance as listed on the award offer.

Office for Adult Learners

The Office for Adult Learners is a campus resource dedicated to supporting students 25 years old and over, such as by providing guidance with FSU's processes, practices, and policies. If you need a place to study, do group work, or just get away before, between, or after class, visit: 1) Student Commuter Lounge (downstairs facing the Radio Tower parking lot in the Student Center); 2) Adult Learners' Workroom (Broadwell College of Business and Economics Room 210); and the 3) Charles W. Chesnutt Library.

Research Symposium

In the spring, Fayetteville State University hosts an annual research symposium for undergraduate and graduate students to present their scholarly and creative activities, such as with oral presentations, poster presentations, displays, and performances.   

State Opportunities

NC Council of Graduate Schools Conference

In the fall, the North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools hosts a conference for graduate education professionals and students to share best practices and network with colleagues.  Limited funding, such as roundtrip transportation and registration, may be available for selected graduate faculty, staff, and students to attend this annual conference.  

NC Graduate Education Week and Education Day

In May, North Carolina celebrates Graduate Education Week and Graduate Education Day.  Each college typically selects one graduate student to represent their college and meet with legislators and North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools representatives at Graduate Education Day in Raleigh.  Roundtrip transportation from campus may be provided for selected graduate student representatives to attend Graduate Education Day as a group.

Regional and National Opportunities

Conference of Southern Graduate Schools

As an institutional Conference of Southern Graduate Schools member, FSU faculty and students may be eligible to be nominated for awards, such as the Outstanding Mentor Award, Outstanding Contributions Award, and Master's Thesis Award.  

Council of Graduate Schools

As an institutional Council of Graduate Schools member, FSU faculty, staff, and students have ongoing access to various online resources, including publications, newsletters, webinars, and career information.  

Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools

As an institutional member of the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools, FSU thesis and doctoral students may be eligible to be nominated for the CHBGS Proquest Award.