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.

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.

GCC Executive Board


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


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


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

Ruth Schemmer,  Assistant Dean for Career Development
Vanderbilt University


Kim Petrie, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development
Vanderbilt University
  Conference Chair

Eileen Callahan, Director of Professional Development
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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