Professional Development




Students at CIE have access to a wide variety of professional development activities.


Professional Development at UMass


The University of Massachusetts has a wide range of activities on campus and within the Five colleges consortium to help students develop their professional skills. (Please click on the blue links to read more - links open in new window)


The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is based in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The Institute for Social Science Research promotes excellence in social science research through four areas of strategic focus: 1) research methods instruction, 2) building interdisciplinary connections, 3) research project support, and 4) promoting social science visibility.


Graduate Student Resources. The Institute for Social Science Research offers graduate students professional development opportunities related to both research and funding.


The Office of Professional Development (OPD) positions graduate students for success in their careers at UMass and beyond. To accomplish this objective, we help students develop the professional knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in academia, industry, public policy and the non-profit sector. Our training programs encompass a broad spectrum of activities—including presentations, panel discussions, seminars, workshops, site visits, and non-credit courses—that range in duration from one hour to a semester or longer. Each of these instructional sessions builds competency in at least one of four key areas: teaching, communication, leadership & management, and career preparation.



Professional Events and Conferences



CIE  provides support to help students participate in a variety of professional society conferences each year.


The Comparative and International Education Society. The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Inc., was founded in 1956 to foster cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices. The Society's members include nearly 2500 academics, practitioners, and students from around the world.


CIES organizes an annual conference which provides the principal gathering place for scholars, practitioners and development agency representatives engaged in developing educational systems around the world. In addition CIES sponsors regional meetings as well as Symposia focussed on specifc topics. CIE sponsored students participate in panels, paper presentations, posters and workshops at these conferences.




Participate in organizing events


CIE has also hosted a number of academic events that provide professional development for graduate students and faculty within the department. Two of the following events are examples of the enriching opportunities that the Center provides.


CIES Regional Conference


CIE proudly hosted CIES 2013’s Northeast Regional Conference. The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) with a broad network of 2,500 members is a scholarly association focused on fostering understanding of a variety of educational issues through cross-cultural and international perspectives. The conferences theme was Education in Uncertain Times focused on changes in education policy and systems due to increasing shifts in the global political, social, economy.



Beyond Freire


CIE engaged in a five college symposium 'Beyond Freire' which explored Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy theory relating to spirituality and social justice in contemporary times.