About

Mission

The mission of the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC) is to help members provide career and professional development for doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars at GCC member institutions. The GCC provides national leadership and serves as a national voice for graduate-level career and professional development.


Who We Are

As of 2018, the GCC has 400 members at 164 institutions and organizations across the US and Canada. Almost half of the members are housed within a graduate division or college, about 1/3 in a campus-wide career center, and 10% in postdoctoral affairs offices. 65% serve both PhD students and postdocs, and 66% work with local employers. 

In addition to our annual conference and regional meetings, the GCC impacts international conversation regarding the career and professional development of graduate students and postdocs through various committees and initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • The weekly, member-generated Carpe Careers column in Inside Higher Ed 
  • ImaginePhD - a career exploration and planning tool for the humanities and social sciences that was conceived, created, developed, and launched by GCC members
  • An annual Virtual Career Fair that connects employers across many sectors to an audience of graduate students and postdocs 
  • and various ad hoc committees including ones that focus on diversity initiatives, mentorship, data, and career outcomes
Learn more about the GCC including our goals for the next 5 years in our strategic plan, as well as the benefits of being a member!

 

GCC Executive Board

Past-President

Amy Pszczolkowski, Assistant Dean for Professional Development, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School
Princeton University

President 

Michael Matrone, Postdoctoral Affairs Officer, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Oregon Health & Science University

President-Elect

Natalie Lundsteen, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Treasurer

Ruth Schemmer,  Assistant Dean for Career Development
Vanderbilt University

Secretary

Kim Petrie, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development
Vanderbilt University
Briana Mohan headshot

Conference Chair

Briana Mohan, Senior Academic and Career Advisor, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Tulane University
Briana Konnick headshot
 

Communications Co-Chair

Briana Konnick, Associate Director, Graduate Career Development, UChicagoGRAD
The University of Chicago

Communications Co-Chair

Alfreda James, Assistant Director of Graduate Students & Post Doc Career Services
Stony Brook University
   
   

Past Board Members

Past-President (2016-17)

Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Past President (2015-16)

Christine Kelly, Director of Career Development
Claremont Graduate University
  

Past President (2013-14)

Victoria Blodgett, Assistant Dean, Graduate & Post-doctoral Affairs
University of Connecticut
 

History of the GCC

The GCC began in the summer of 1987, when April Hamel, Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), visited other universities to survey the career services they were providing for their PhD students. Dean Hamel, together with Mary Heiberger and Julie Vick at the University of Pennsylvania, decided to organize an informal group of people who worked with doctoral students on career issues to convene periodically and share ideas. The organization now hosts an annual conference organized by the membership as well as works together on joint ventures. In 2014, the GCC incorporated and reached the 220 members mark.