1 Career Paths in Higher Education: Administrative Opportunities for PhDs Sponsored by: The Graduate School and University Career Services Panelist Biographies and Networking Contacts Panelists Biographies: Moderator Simon Greenwold Senior Associate Dean The Graduate School, Northwestern University PhD, Slavic Language and Literature, Northwestern University Simon Greenwold is currently the Senior Associate Dean of The Graduate School at Northwestern University and helps run the school that conferred his degree in His direct responsibilities include oversight of strategic planning, admissions, financial aid, research and analysis, training grant support, and information technology. Indirect responsibilities include his participation in nearly all other aspects of the TGS enterprise academic and student affairs, alumni relations, and postdoctoral affairs, to name a few. Dr. Greenwold lives in Evanston with his wife Jennifer and daughter Josephine. Panelists Trudy Bers Executive Director of Research, Curriculum and Planning, Oakton Community College PhD, Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Trudy Bers is the Executive Director of Research, Curriculum and Planning at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. She is a Data Facilitator for Achieving the Dream; a consultant evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission regional accrediting association; a faculty member at the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition institutes on transfer and community college students; will be teaching a course in institutional effectiveness and assessment this fall for the University of Maryland University College doctor of management in community college leadership program. Dr. Bers research interests include the community college, the assessment of student learning outcomes, and college choice for community college students and their parents. She has been president of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, the National Community College Council for Research and Planning and the Illinois Association for Institutional Research, and is former chair of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative Executive Committee. She has been or is on the editorial boards of Research in Higher Education, the Enrollment Management Journal, and the Community College Review, and has published more than fifty articles in professional journals, edited or co edited four issues of New Directions for Community Colleges, co authored two AIR online professional development courses, and made more than fifty presentations at professional conferences. Her most recent publications include a monograph for the National Institute on Learning Outcomes Assessment, co authored with Charlene Nunley and Terri Manning, a chapter on program review in the New Directions for Community Colleges 2011 issue on Institutional Effectiveness, edited by Ron Head, and a chapter on benchmarking in the Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education co authored with Jeffrey Seybert and Ellen Weed. She is currently co editing a New Directions for Institutional Research on institutional research in the community college with Christopher Mullen and Linda Hagedorn. Dr. Bers earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana, and holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, an AM in Public Law and Government from Columbia University, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana. For fun, she travels to new venues, attends plays and concerts, plays bridge (poorly), and has been known to cook and host dinner parties at her home. She exercises regularly, despising every moment.
2 Jessica Horowitz Assistant Dean for the Graduate School, Loyola University Chicago PhD, Higher Education Administration, Loyola University Chicago Jessica Horowitz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from University of Wisconsin Madison, her Master s degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University and her PhD from Loyola University Chicago in Higher Education Administration. She has spent some of her early professional career working with at risk students in post secondary settings, and moved into academic administration. In her current position as Assistant Dean in the Graduate School, Dr. Horowitz focuses on student academic issues, including overseeing and enforcing policies and processes; creating and implementing new initiatives and projects for students and graduate faculty; and collaborating with graduate school and university staff and faculty on workshops and professional development programs for graduate students. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Social/Behavioral IRB at Loyola. Dr. Horowitz s research interests include mentoring development, assessment of graduate outcomes and attrition issues at the graduate level. She serves on the Executive Board of the Illinois Association of Graduate Schools and is current chair of the Excellence in Teaching Award for the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools. Alison May Assistant Director Services for Students with Disabilities, Northwestern University PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University Alison May is a native of the East Coast, hailing from the small, gateway to the ocean town of Salisbury, Maryland. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Dartmouth College, where she became interested in disability services through working in its Academic Skills Center during her sophomore through senior years. She came to Evanston in 1997 to begin her doctorate at Northwestern in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program with a concentration in learning disabilities, earning her degree in After receiving her PhD, Dr. May worked at Columbia College Chicago, where she served as Director of its Conaway Achievement Project and Services for Students with Disabilities Office. She also taught courses in disabilities and language development in Columbia's Early Childhood Education Program for seven years and is a certified special education teacher. She then worked as the Director for Oakton Community College's Student Support Services TRiO Program which, like the Conaway Achievement Project, works with first generation college students, low income college students, and students with disabilities. Now, as the Assistant Director for SSD's Evanston campus (since 2007), Dr. May especially enjoys doing academic coaching and strategy work with her students. She is close to completing her coaching certification and recently published an article in the Journal of Learning Disabilities regarding stereotypes of undergraduates with learning disabilities. She enjoys exercise, reading, time with friends and family, and her two cats. Christine McCary Assistant Director of Graduate Services for the Biological and Physical Sciences Division, Career Advising and Planning Services (CAPS), University of Chicago PhD, Immunology (IGP), Northwestern University Christine McCary is Assistant Director of Graduate Services for the Biological and Physical Sciences Division in the Career Advising and Planning Services (CAPS) office at the University of Chicago. Dr. McCary received a BS in Cellular/Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Maryland, a Certificate of Management for Scientists and Engineers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a PhD in Immunology from Northwestern University. In between college and graduate school, she spent two years as an Academic Adviser at the University of Maryland. Throughout graduate school she served on Northwestern University's Graduate Leadership Council, in the positions of Career Services and Professional Development Chair and the Public Relations and Community Outreach Chair, among others. In 2011, she served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Graduate Professional Students as the Employment Concerns Chair. Since graduating from Northwestern, Dr. McCary worked in the University of Chicago's Office of Biosafety as a Biosafety Research Fellow before joining the CAPS team in November Todd Murphy Associate Director Center for Leadership, Northwestern University PhD, Communication Studies, Northwestern University Todd Murphy is the Associate Director of Northwestern University's Center for Leadership and a faculty member in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science. Previously, he taught in the School of Communication and was an Academic Advisor in the Athletic Department. During his time as a Northwestern grad student, he was a lab instructor in the Undergraduate Leadership Program (ULP), the precursor to the Center for Leadership, and earned his PhD under Paul Arntson, ULP s founder. Dr. Murphy focuses on equipping leaders to mobilize individual differences in order to maximize team performance. This is built on his research into the effects of surface level and deep level diversity on team dynamics. His courses include Paradigms and Strategies of Leadership (McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science), Field Study in Leadership (McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science), Team Leadership and Decision Making (School of Communication), as well as Leader as Coach (an experimental course in the Kellogg School of Management). He is also part of a campus collaboration to launch BioExcel, a summer academic experience for incoming freshmen, constructing and teaching the leadership component of the program. His current projects include leading ULP, establishing a global strategy for the Center (beginning with initiatives in Rwanda and Liberia), and advising Northwestern s Feinberg School
3 of Medicine on curricular approaches to teamwork and leadership. Through his creation of the Center s Leadership Ventures program, Dr. Murphy helps students launch projects that give back to the NU and Evanston communities as they continue their leadership development. Notable projects include the creation of NU Channel One (NUCH1), Northwestern s own student run web channel, and Evanston After School, a web site that serves as a resource for parents seeking extracurricular programs in the Evanston community. He also conceived and launched the Alderman Internship Program, which places undergrads in offices of Evanston Aldermen and city officers, giving them firsthand exposure and experience in local municipal government and leadership. Sacha Patera Associate Director Office of Corporate Relations, Northwestern University PhD, Chemistry, Brandeis University Sacha (Alexandra) Patera currently serves as the Associate Director of the Northwestern University Office of Corporate Relations, connecting corporate funding with scientific needs. At Northwestern, she concentrates her efforts on the areas of physical and life sciences, technology, engineering and math, and works closely with faculty members in those areas. Her corporate portfolio encompasses primarily pharmaceutical, biotechnology, technology, and engineering companies involved in chemical, life, and nano sciences. Dr. Patera is a board member of the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) organization, and the co chair of the NACRO Benchmarking Committee, which under her leadership recently produced the whitepaper, Five Essential Elements of a Successful Twenty First Century University Corporate Relations Program. Originally from Montreal and a McGill University alumna, Dr. Patera holds a PhD from Brandeis University in Chemistry, and has pursued executive education at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business. Her personal scientific interests are in biophysics and structural biology. She has been at Northwestern University since 1994, as a postdoctoral fellow, research associate, senior lecturer and assistant director of the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Graduate Program. In addition to her corporate relations responsibilities, Dr. Patera teaches student professional development workshops and bioethics courses at Northwestern, consults for the Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies Biological Sciences programs and serves on several university committees including the Science and Engineering Committee for Multicultural Affairs (SECMA), BioProfessionals Committee, and the Corporate Liaison Network (CLN). Higher Education Administrator Contacts The following individuals have agreed to serve as contacts for Northwestern University PhD students for informational interviews and general career/job search advice. Steven Anderson Associate Director, Driskill Graduate Program (formerly IGP) PhD, Immunology Steven Anderson received a BS degree in Zoology from Duke University in After working five years as a research technician, first at Duke and later at Southern Illinois University, he entered graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis. He graduated with a PhD degree in Cell and Integrative Biology in His postdoctoral training began with one year in Kyoto, Japan, in the lab of Dr. Tasuku Honjo, and continued in the lab of Dr. Roger Perlmutter at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Anderson joined the faculty in the Microbiology Immunology Department of Northwestern University in 1995, and has served as the full time Associate Director of the IGP since This job involves coordinating the day to day operations of the graduate program. Doris Andrea (D.A.) Dirks Coordinator, Student Organizations for Social Justice & LGBT Resource Center d PhD, Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology Doris Andrea (D.A.) Dirks is the Coordinator of Student Organizations for Social Justice and the LGBT Resource Center at Northwestern University. Additionally, Dirks chairs the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer and Ally Campus Advisory Network and is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee. Dr. Dirks has a BA (Art History, 1994) and an MA (History, 1996) from the University of Calgary, and an MA (Higher Education & Student Affairs, 2008) and a PhD (Educational Leadership, 2011) from Western Michigan University. She is an advocate and activist in Canada and the United States. Dr. Dirks was the Chair of the Graduate Students Advisory Committee ( ), and Co Chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee (2002) at Western Michigan University, President of the National Association of Graduate Professional Students ( ), and Chair of the PeaceJam Great Lakes Task Force ( ). Currently Dr. Dirks is serving on the NASPA GLBT Issues Knowledge Community leadership team as a Vice Chair for Transgender Inclusion. She has also conducted hundreds of trainings on race, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, and the intersection of identities at colleges, high schools, and non profit organizations. When not advocating for social justice, Dr. Dirks runs with friends and rescues cats, but not simultaneously.
4 Lonnie Dunlap Executive Director, University Career Services l PhD, Social Sciences (Specialization: Work & Family) Lonnie Dunlap started her professional work as a career counselor (community and higher education settings) and moved from career counselor to administration, eventually becoming the Executive Director of University Career Services at Northwestern University in 2002.In her academic work she completed an interdisciplinary doctorate in Social Sciences with a specialization in Work and Family.Dr. Dunlap also was adjunct faculty in Women s Studies at Washington State University and has served as a consultant as a career specialist.a particular interest area is life long career development.she has received awards for teaching and campus diversity advocacy.her current role with University Career Services is to oversee a centralized office on campus offering comprehensive services to undergraduate and graduate students and alumni with a staff of twenty three.she is active in several professional associations including National Career Development Association and National Association of Colleges and Employers. Garth Fowler Assistant Chair, Department of Neurobiology g PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience Garth A. Fowler received his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the Psychology Department at the University of Washington. His graduate thesis focused on the processing of visual motion information and its importance in planning motor movements. After defending his thesis in 2001, Garth moved to The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, in La Jolla, California, for a postdoctoral research fellowship. There he continued studying visual information processing, this time looking at the allocation of attention and the planning of eye movements. In 2005 Garth accepted a position at Science magazine, as the Outreach Program Manager for the career development section of the magazine, Science Careers. At Science, Garth worked with universities and research institutes to better train and prepare young scientists for careers both at and away from the bench. He did numerous workshops on topics such as writing grant proposals, laboratory management, interviewing skills, and writing scientific manuscripts. Garth joined the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology at Northwestern University as the Assistant Chair in Currently he serves as the departmental administrator, manages the departmental support staff, is the Co director of the MS degree in Neurobiology, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, is the Faculty Master for an undergraduate residence, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Postdoctoral Association. Monica Gerlach Director of Planning, The Graduate School m PhD, Philosophy As Director of Planning within TGS, Monica Gerlach is responsible for strategic and financial planning; she also manages the graduate aid allocations process and other initiatives as needed, including the interdisciplinary cluster initiative and the Kellogg/TGS partnership. Prior to joining TGS, she worked for the Education Advisory Board (EAB), a best practices research firm located in Washington DC serving over 200 universities and colleges. The majority of her two years with the firm was spent conducting research with the University Leadership Council, a research program serving provosts and academic affairs leaders. In this capacity she served as the lead consultant on two publications, one focused on elevating academic advising and the other on maximizing space utilization. At the end of her time with EAB, Dr. Gerlach was transitioned to the firm s business intelligence team to help launch a new product aimed at providing universities with greater visibility into their outside spending to achieve cost savings. Before joining EAB, she received her PhD in Philosophy from Duke University as a James B. Duke Fellow. At Duke, her research focused on ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of international law, and her work on legitimacy was published in the books series The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice: Coercion and the State. Dr. Gerlach received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame. Adam Goodman Director, Center for Leadership a PhD, Leadership Adam Goodman directs Northwestern University s Center for Leadership, which offers academic and applied leadership development programs for undergraduate students, PhD students and high potential staff. He is a faculty member and teaches leadership courses in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. He also teaches leadership coaching in the Kellogg School of Management and teamwork and decision making in the School of Communication. An active consultant today and for over 25 years, Dr. Goodman has advised over 100 CEOs, senior officers, executive teams and boards of directors and given hundreds of invited speeches and workshops in the United States and around the world. Previously, he was a co founder or partner of three management consulting firms, was President and CEO of the University of Colorado s Leadership Institute, and he was a Special Assistant to the President of the University of Colorado with responsibility for external and student affairs.
5 Stephen Hill Associate Director, Office of Fellowships s PhD, Ethnomusicology/Anthropology Following two years in the Peace Corps, Stephen Hill entered the Ethnomusicology program at UIUC. He completed fieldwork in Tanzania and defended the dissertation in His first position was a three year replacement job in the School of Music at Northwestern University. During these three years he applied widely but a weak job market combined with his developing interests outside a traditional academic path led him to the Office of Fellowships. Fortuitously, that office was able to expand at the exact time he needed a position and he has been there ever since. That office s mandate is to work with students and alums who apply for major external fellowships, scholarships, and grants. In this position, Dr. Hill uses his academic and administrative skills in ways commensurate with his strengths and beneficial for the institution. In many ways, the position provides more and better contact with students, which was always his motivation and interest in academia. This position is very satisfying because he helps students develop and polish ideas at the highest level and does not, incidentally, deal with unmotivated students nor department politics. Jennifer E. Hobbs Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs jennifer PhD, Biological Sciences Cancer Biology Jennifer E. Hobbs is the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for Northwestern University. She obtained her BS in biology from Loyola University Chicago, and her PhD from The Graduate School of Northwestern University, via the Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences located on the Feinberg School of Medicine campus. Dr. Hobbs did her postdoctoral training at St. Jude Children s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, where she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society. She joined the Northwestern University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in 2011 following her work at Northwestern s Brain Tumor Institute. Her previous research experiences include investigating coagulation factors in pancreatic cancer and utilizing proteomic techniques to investigate chromatin remodeling and gene regulation in brain tumors. During her postdoctoral fellowship she led the postdoctoral Career Development program at St. Jude Children s Research Hospital and initiated monthly workshops aimed to improve postdoctoral training, grant writing, career planning, leadership and communication skills. In her current role, she aims to help improve the postdoctoral experience at NU, including improving the welcoming process, clarity of policies, access to career and professional development resources, and the sense of community for postdocs. Additionally, she serves as a resource to postdoctoral fellows, faculty members and administrators on recruitment, appointment, training, development and postdoctoral policies. In this position, I interact with many of Northwestern University s most talented scholars across all disciplines. In a given week I have the opportunity to interact with postdoctoral fellows, graduate students looking for postdocs, faculty members, Deans, administrators and many other people here at NU. It is a unique, exciting position that has great potential and will allow me to augment the training of talented researchers and scholars, whose contributions help to drive the research enterprise here at NU. Steve Lee Assistant Director of the CLIMB Program PhD, Chemistry After receiving his PhD in chemistry, Steve Lee purposely chose not to do a traditional postdoc, because he was more interested in teaching and working closely with students. He taught chemistry in a variety of faculty positions for 10 years after which he shifted careers slightly to his current position, where he is able to work closely with students, without having to do any grading (his least favorite part of teaching). In his current position, Dr. Lee uses his scientific training and administrative and communication strengths to help students develop their own professional skills. Bruce A. Lindvall Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences b PhD, Higher Education Administration Bruce Lindvall s background in higher education spans four decades of administrative, student services, and admissions work at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. His educational background includes a BS in mathematics, an MS in Guidance and Counseling, and PhD in Higher Education Administration. He currently serves McCormick as Assistant Dean for graduate studies which means he works with prospective graduate students, current undergraduate students, and current graduate students in a variety of roles. Julia Moore Director of English Language Programs PhD, Linguistics Julia Moore earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics at Northwestern University in Her dissertation work examined the acquisition of the English article system by native speakers of Mandarin Chinese. As a graduate student, she developed the pilot version of Northwestern's International Summer Institute. This experience allowed her to apply for lecturer position while she completed her dissertation. She now serves as the Director of English Language programs at Northwestern, a joint appointment in The Graduate School and Linguistics (WCAS). In this role she manages and trains graduate student instructors, develops new programs and pedagogical technologies, and advising international students and scholars and their departments on language issues.
6 Barbara Shwom Director, The Writing Place PhD, English Literature Barbara Shwom holds a faculty position at Northwestern, where her responsibilities are half academic, half administrative, directing the Writing Place, Northwestern's writing consultation center. Her current role involves her in teaching and designing learning experiences outside the regular curriculum both in the writing center and in programs sponsored by the writing center. Writing Center administration has become a legitimate academic field, with its own professional journals and conferences, suggesting the close relationship between teaching and administration. Additional Resources: Online Resources: Job Postings, Articles and Advice The Chronicle of Higher Education Articles and job postings related to the academic and non academic job search Greater Chicago Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Faculty and staff positions at academic institutions in Chicago and the Midwest and academic job search resources. Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) HERC offers job listings and job seeker resources and advice. Academic360 A collection of internet resources that have been gathered for the academic job hunter. Academic Keys Source for academic employment. HigherEd Jobs Leading source for jobs and career information in academia. ScienceCareers Positions for scientists in industry, academia, and government. PhDs.org Academic, government, industry, and nonprofit positions for PhDs. ResearchGate Social networking site for researchers that includes job postings from around the world. InsideHigherEd Higher education news, jobs, career advice and events for college and university faculty, adjuncts, graduate students, and administrators. Resources on Conducting Informational Interviews University Career Services Resources on Informational Interviewing