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Office of Professional Development

The Office of Professional Development (OPD) positions graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for success in their careers at UMass and beyond. Building upon the technical and academic expertise of the scholars we serve, OPD provides professional skills training to cultivate strengths in the areas of career preparation, communication, grants and fellowships, personal development, and teaching. Our extensive programming—created in collaboration with a far-reaching network of partners—prepares program participants to thrive in academia, industry, government, and the non-profit sector.

For information about upcoming programs, please visit the events page.

If you would like to request a session for your department or student organization, contact us directly at 

Staff Contacts
General office inquiries can be directed to or (413) 545-6001.
Shana Passonno
(413) 545-6140
Heidi Bauer-Clapp, PhD
Assistant Director, Grants and Fellowships
(413) 545-0669
Johanna Yunker, PhD
Assistant Director, Higher Ed Careers
(413) 545-5347
Millicent Jackson
Office Coordinator
(413) 545-6001