Dr. Melissa Bostrom, assistant dean for graduate student professional development at Duke University, provides strategic direction and leadership for graduate student professional development. She directs the Professional Development Series and Emerging Leaders Institute, manages the professional development grant, and co-founded Duke's professional development blog. She is co-PI on the Duke OPTIONS project to create an online professional development planning tool for Ph.D. students, funded by a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools CGS/ETS Award for Innovation in Graduate Education. Melissa previously served as director of graduate academic and professional development in the graduate school at NC State University, taught management and corporate communication at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School, and taught in the English departments at NC State and UNC. She received her master's and Ph.D. in English from UNC, and her B.A. in English (writing) and psychology from Denison University.