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Graduate Program Director Guide

Professional, Academic, and Personal Support for Students

Career and Professional Enhancement for Students

Career Center

The AU Career Center offers students opportunities to develop and refine resumes, take career and personality assessments, improve interview skills, as well as obtain information about job and internship opportunities. Students may schedule appointments to meet with a career counselor through this link: The Career Center also hosts job fairs and networking opportunities throughout the academic year. 

Each academic unit has a dedicated career advisor who works with students on field-specific career options, internships, and job opportunities. Students desiring academic credit for an internship should review the guidelines posted here:

The Career Center also pursues partnerships with alumni who can provide AU students and graduates with access to job and internship opportunities. Alumni who wish to receive career advising services may also work with the Career Center. More information can be found here:

Contacts: Julie Jones, Assistant Director, Employee Relations (, x1798)   
Anne Kirchgessner, Alumni Career Advisor (, x1804)              
Susan Gordon, Director of Career Development (, x1822)

Writing Center

The Writing Center provides graduate students with writing and editing support. Graduate students may meet with a peer graduate consultant who will provide individualized writing instruction and resources to improve a student's writing skills. A student may schedule these sessions as often as twice per week. The Writing Center also hosts workshops on general writing topics of interest to graduate students through the Graduate Enhancement Workshop Series. Please see the section below for more information. 

Contact: Dr. Janet Auten, Writing Center Director (, x2392)

Writing Lab

The Writing Lab provides help to graduate students who need assistance with developing a thesis or organizing a writing assignment. Writing Lab consultants are specially trained to assist students with disabilities and students who are not native speakers of English. The Writing Lab is located in MGC 243 in the Academic Support and Access Center.

Contact: Marjorie Raley, Associate Director, Learning Resources Academic Support and Access Center (, x3360)


Statistical Consulting Center

The Statistics Center provides statistical consulting services to students, faculty, and staff. They can provide training and support on statistical software, or provide guidance on research project development. Center consultants can assist students or faculty in developing surveys, choosing an appropriate statistical tool, or importing data into statistical software. The Center does not provide ongoing statistical coursework tutoring. 


Professional and Academic Enhancement

The Office of Graduate Studies hosts a series of workshops each semester. Several of the workshops touch upon professional and academic development topics, such as journal publication, interviewing skills, writing skills, and a range of other topics . The workshop schedule can be accessed here: Additionally, the Career Center and the University Library also provide workshops and appointments for students who want to hone crucial professional skills. 

Contact: Marshay Hall, Project Assistant, Office of Graduate Studies (, x6333)   

Center for Teaching, Research &Learning

CTRL provides resources to AU faculty, students, and staff to enhance their teaching and research skills. The Center is organized into three operational areas: teaching and learning, research support, and online learning. The teaching and learning group provides general teaching resources, teaching with technology support, and teacher training support for PhD candidates (Greenberg Seminars). CTRL also hosts the Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching and Learning each January. The research support arm provides support for quantitative and qualitative research, and manages a computer lab that provides direct support and instruction for research software ( The online learning group provides support to faculty members who wish to incorporate online or mobile learning into the classroom. 

Contact: Naomi Baron, Executive Director, CTRL (, x2455)                       

Additional Resources
Students may need access to additional resources for specific, more severe problems from time to time. This is a brief listing and description of additional campus resources for students who need additional forms of targeted help. 

CARE Network

The CARE Network is a tool for faculty and staff to identify and support students who are exhibiting maladaptive behaviors, poor coping skills, or severe distress. Should you or a faculty member observe or learn about a student who is exhibiting distressed, disturbed, or threatening behavior, you may submit an online report to the CARE Network via the AU portal (underneath the Life@AU tab) or call the Dean of Students' Office at x3300. You will receive confirmation that your report has been recorded and the Dean's office will reach out to the student to provide individualized support, assistance, or appropriate referrals. Click here to learn more about signs of a distressed student, CARE Network report confidentiality, as well as steps the Dean's Office will take once you have made a report:

Sexual Harassment, Misconduct, and Assault 

AU has policies on sexual harassment and sexual misconduct;these apply to all faculty, staff, and students. Please review these policies and make sure you understand them: Additionally, you should be aware of Title IX regulations regarding sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in educational settings: If you wish to report an incident of sexual harassment, misconduct, or assault, please use the contacts below as appropriate. AU also has several resources for sexual assault victims:

Contacts: Public Safety, x3636    
         Dean of Students, x3300    
         DC Rape Crisis Center, 202-333-7273

Academic Support and Access Center 

The Academic Support and Access Center provides resources and accommodation arrangements for AU students with disabilities. Some of the accommodation services the ASAC provides include priority class registration, accommodation letters, facilitation of physical access to campus spaces, interpreters, note takers, and assistive devices. In order to receive a disability accommodation, a student must submit documentation of their disability, complete the Student Accommodation questionnaire, and meet with an ASAC counselor. The process is outlined here:

American University's policies on reasonable accommodation and the process for filing a grievance can be found here: 

Contact: Deborah Demille-Wagman, Director, Academic &Disability Support (, x3360).