Ad Hoc Committees

Get involved with one of the GCC ad hoc committees! Members will have an opportunity to join a committee at the beginning of each fiscal year in August. Please email the contact person if you are interested in learning more about the work of the GCC committees. 

Carpe Careers: Inside Higher Ed Writing Group

Carpe Careers is a weekly column hosted on the Inside Higher Ed website on a variety of topics relating to career and professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Written entirely by GCC members, authors present positive and actionable insights that draw from their own personal and professional experiences. We welcome members who would like to join the writing group.

Contact: Joseph Barber,

GCC Virtual Career Expo

In partnership with CareerEco, the GCC Virtual Career Expo (VCE) committee organizes an annual virtual career expo for GCC member institutions. This committee was established in 2012 and focuses its efforts on employer engagement, educating students and employers on best practices for navigating the virtual event and promoting career opportunities. The GCC VCE is a single day, online career expo for advanced degree students, postdocs, and alumni in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Participation in this annual event requires for GCC member institutions to submit a list of 50 employer contacts to help increase employer activity.

Contact: Cristina Otegui, UC Riverside and Gaeun Seo, Weill Cornell Medical College at

ImaginePhD: An IDP for Social Sciences & Humanities

The ImaginePhD committee aims to create an Individual Development Plan for Humanities and Social Science modeled after the MyIDP for STEM fields.

Contact: Teresa Dillinger, UC Davis, 

Diversity Committee

The GCC Diversity Committee affirms the value of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. Our efforts will focus on traditionally underrepresented and marginalized students and scholars, and recognize that diverse identities include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic class, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, religion, ability, and parental and documentation statuses. These identities impact graduate student and postdoctoral experiences; therefore, this committee promotes inclusive advising and programming, and access to a full range of career options for all graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and alumni of graduate programs. Through the cultivation of conversations as well as sharing resources and best practices, we aim to enrich our professional community.

Contact: D'Anne Duncan, University of California, San Francisco, and Laura Schram, University of Michigan,

PhD Outcomes Task Force

Contact: Please contact the GCC Executive Board,

Benchmarking Committee

The Benchmarking Committee collects and reports on information from the membership that informs GCC programmatic, personnel, and structural planning. The committee creates and updates the GCC Data Policy and the annual member survey, and analyzes and reports the data to the membership.

Contact: Thi Nguyen, Washington University,
GCC Data Policy - Please review the data policy prior to sharing GCC data with external entities.


Mentoring Committee

The Mentoring Committee was established in 2017 with the overarching goal of facilitating mentoring between GCC members. In its inaugural year, the committee launched a pilot mentoring program for a small cohort of GCC members and will be evaluating the pilot program in 2018-19. The committee plans to expand and scale up the mentoring program and is always seeking volunteers to help in the valuable work that goes into these efforts.
To promote mentorship within, between, and beyond the GCC.
Contact: Rory Flinn, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Diane Safer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine,  
GCC Mentoring Committee Poster