Professional Development


Committee Mission/Description:
The Professional Development Committee was established in 2020 to identify the skills, competencies, and opportunities needed to enter and advance in the graduate and postdoc career and professional development space. The committee identifies and creates resources to help members chart the next steps in their professional growth through various means including needs assessments, research projects, webinars, and the mentorship program.

Committee Chairs: Amy Pszczolkowski, Katie Homar 

Committee Members: Melissa Bostrom, Teresa Dillinger, Pallavi Eswara, Dinuka Gunaratne, Mark Phiip Kaloko, Karyn Lawrence, Kariin Lawton-Dunn, Beka Layton, Natalie Lundsteen, Lauren Lyon, Sonali Majumder, Jaclyn Maraldo, Anne Meyer-Miner, Jovana Milosavljevic-Ardeljan, Daniel Moglen, Jessica Newcomb, Carla Ochoa, Tina Solvik, Jessica M. Vélez, Caleb Yu

Recent Professional Development Events

Mentoring Program


The mission of the mentoring program is to promote professional growth and build community for all GCC members by providing a structured mentoring program that removes barriers, facilitates connections, and supports an environment where learning can flourish.  Our vision is to have an association with opportunities for fostering personal and professional growth, and to have a community for developing and sustaining relationships, offering an atmosphere of support, belonging, and inclusivity.

Mentoring Program Lead: Diane Safer
Mentoring Program Members: Rory Flinn, Chirstine Holmes, Doreen Badheka, Eric Vaughn, Ali Erik, Daniel Moglen
Volunteer Opportunities 2022-23: 

Graduate Education Research Program


The mission of the Education Research Committee is to provide support and development to GCC members interested in developing and integrating evidence-based research, tools and resources into their work.
Graduate Education Research Program Leads: Michelle Delair and Natalie Lundsteen
Volunteer Opportunities 2022-23: 

Job Ads Competencies Analysis Project

Project Leads: Mark Philip Kaloko and Anne Meyer-Miner
Project Members: Pallavi Eswara, Dinuka Gunaratne, Katie Homar, Jaclyn Maraldo 
Team of 6-8 Professional Development Committee members are analyzing job ads from the GCC listserv in relation to the competencies the committee identified last year. The goal is to better understand relationships between career/professional development competencies and the job roles in our profession.
Volunteer Opportunities 2022-23: