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Meetings and Workshops

Graduate Advisors' Workshop

The graduate advisor addresses academic matters affecting graduate students and their academic programs. The role of a graduate advisor is distinct from that of the major professor, in having official authority through Graduate Studies.  In all programs, a graduate advisor’s signature is the only signature (other than the chair’s) that Graduate Studies recognizes as an official signature.

Each year, Graduate Studies hosts a workshop for new graduate advisors. At this workshop, Graduate Studies leadership provides the new advisors with information about campus-level graduate education responsibilities, academic milestones, mentoring, student professional development, and more. 

Download the Fall 2019 Graduate Advisors Workshop Presentation


Dean's Meetings with the Graduate Program Chairs and the Graduate Program Coordinators

The Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies meets with graduate program chairs and graduate program coordinators on a quarterly basis to discuss campus-wide priorities and trends in graduate education, both at UC Davis and nationwide. 

For information on upcoming dean's meetings, contact Christine O'Keefe, Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost of Graduate Education and the Dean of Graduate Studies, at


Workshops and Seminars

A variety of campus departments provide faculty and staff with the professional development tools necessary for them to focus on educational milestones, measures of student success, time to degree, building and sustaining inclusive environments, and redefining modes of mentoring and advising that are instrumental to graduate student success.  Visit our workshops and seminars list for more information.