About Us

The Office of Faculty Professional Development (OFPD), under the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development, was created in fall 2020. OFPD supports professional development opportunities for faculty beyond teaching by concentrating on topics like leadership, mentoring, writing, strategic planning, and project management. We offer a wide variety of programs, services, and resources to support holistic faculty professional development, including workshops, panels, new faculty orientation, training for new faculty leaders, and writing retreats.


OFPD supports the productivity, success, deep engagement in cross-disciplinary community and collaboration, and holistic well-being of Georgia Tech’s diverse faculty.

Our People


Brandy L. Simula, Ph.D.

Professional Development Specialist (brandy.simula@gatech.edu)

Brandy L. Simula (she/her/hers) is the professional development specialist of the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development, where she leads the Office of Faculty Professional Development. An active member of the Professional and Organizational Development Network and Graduate Career Consortium, she regularly writes on career and professional development for Inside Higher Ed and is a frequent guest expert for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. A Board Certified Coach, she holds career and professional coaching certifications from the World Coaching Institute and is a certified Life Design coach through Stanford’s Life Design program.

She is a 2020-2021 Diversity and Inclusion Fellow at Tech and a 2020-2021 Leadership Fellow of the University System of Georgia. Dr. Simula holds a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology from Emory University. Her research on identities and inequalities has been published in numerous journals and edited collections in sociology, and gender and sexuality studies.