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The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development supports the Graduate Center’s students in reaching their career goals. In partnership with other GC offices and programs, we help students develop a multidisciplinary skill set, provide opportunities for training in current research tools, and encourage students in their pursuit of outside funding opportunities.

Our website features career resources for all members of the GC community, as well as for future employers seeking to hire current students or alumni for jobs and internships.

We are currently located in the 3300 suite on the third floor of the Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue). For appointments or additional information about our services and resources, please check in with our Administrative Coordinator in room 3300.08.

Our Staff


Jenny Furlong, Director of Career Planning and Professional DevelopmentJenny Furlong joined the Graduate Center as the Director of Career Planning & Professional Development in February 2013. Dr. Furlong worked most recently at New York University, and previously served as Associate Director of Graduate Student Career Development at Columbia University’ s Center for Career Education, and as Associate Director for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in the Career Services office of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the co-author of the Career Talk column in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Academic Job Search Handbook, 5th ed. (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

Dr. Furlong earned her PhD in Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. Her academic training is in eighteenth-century French literature, history, and culture; she dabbles in book history as well. She lives in Jersey City with her husband, daughter, and three cats. In her spare time, she knits, sews, reads many novels, and rescues cats.


0477f48Emily Seamone, one of our adjunct career advisers, has counseled, facilitated workshops, and planned career-related programs for undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni for more than 15 years through community and university career centers, including the Graduate Center, Columbia University, and New York University. Her coaching specialties include career change and transition, career redirection, work life issues, and career assessment tools. In addition to career counseling, she has a background in mental health and social science research.

Emily’s educational training consists of a master’s degree in social work from Washington University and certifications in career and life coaching and career assessment tools (e.g., Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). Emily lives in NJ with her husband and two children, and in her spare time enjoys DSLR photography and being a perpetual student.


Don Goldstein photoDon Goldstein, one of our adjunct career advisers, came to us after seven years of working with graduate students at the Center for Career Education at Columbia University. Prior to that Don had a long freelance consulting career, which revolved mainly around career counseling, education advising, college teaching, and writing and editing that spanned the private sector, academia, the not-for-profit world, and even agriculture and manufacturing. He also lived abroad in two different countries for eleven years.

Don is a proud graduate of Brooklyn College with a BA in Economics and an MA in the Sociology of Work from York University in Toronto, Canada. He also has a certificate in Career Planning and Development from NYU and is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) personality assessment. Don particularly enjoys helping students with job search skills, written documents, and acing the job interview.

Don lives in Brooklyn and enjoys reading about Brooklyn history and visiting historical places. He admittedly spends too much time watching the Mets, Rangers, and Giants and enjoys hanging out with his friends and his cat, Casey.


imagesAnnabella Bernard, our Administrative Coordinator, has worked in the City University of New York for fifteen years as an Administrative Coordinator and Project Administrator in different capacities. She also has work experience in health care and banking. Annabella is primarily responsible for coordination and administrative functions of the office. She has strong interpersonal skills and is dedicated and committed to helping students; she manages calendars and assists with setting-up meetings and workshops.

Annabella received a BS in Community Health from York College, CUNY and is currently pursuing her MS in Business Management and Leadership online at CUNY School of Professional Studies. She is a lifelong learner who attended continuous education classes at Baruch College, Queens College, New York University, The New School, Gotham Writers’ workshop. She also participates in a writers’ group in Queens and sometimes dabbles with creative writing and poetry.

Our Career Fellows


Abbie Turner has been working with the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development since early 2016. One of her projects in the office tracks the careers of GC graduates since 2003. She is also excited to contribute to our podcast, Alumni Aloud. She is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology at the Graduate Center.

Abbie received a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland (go Terps!) and is currently working on her dissertation. Her research focuses on early reading skills, specifically the most effective instructional practices for word study with beginning readers. She has studied and taught courses on early childhood education and language development. In her time at the Graduate Center, she has been a teaching fellow at Hunter; a writing fellow at Queensborough; a part-time assistant teacher in the Child Development and Learning Center; and an adjunct at NYU, Hunter, and Queens College. She also works as a private tutor with students of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, experimenting with new recipes, and critiquing new movies.


anders-headshotAnders Wallace is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology Program at the Graduate Center. In the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development he focuses on blogging, alumni relations and employer outreach, and resource-building for the Graduate Center student body.

He got his start teaching English in the suburbs of Cairo, Egypt, and Lampang, Thailand. He is currently completing his dissertation, which is an anthropological study of gender identity and performance in self-help communities that teach dating skills to heterosexual men in New York. He has taught a range of courses at Brooklyn College, including ethnographic methods, linguistic anthropology, anthropologies of Latin America, and political anthropology. He has presented his research at a range of conferences in the social sciences and dating industries. A former fellow for Writing Across the Curriculum, he is currently earning his certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy from the Graduate Center. He received his BA from Columbia University in Anthropology and Middle East Studies.

As a New Yorker for the past twelve years, Anders now resides in Astoria, Queens. He grew up between Rome, Italy, and North Carolina—somewhere in the middle-Atlantic, to be precise. Outside of work Anders enjoys cooking, live music, amateur DJ’ing, surfing, and of course, travel!


Joseph Paul Hill, one of our career fellows, helps manage the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development’s digital presence and event promotions. He is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center. His dissertation focuses on the intersections of Deaf, Disability, and Performance Studies and the ways in which deaf- and disability-inclusive theatre companies attract, engage, and educate currently-abled, neurotypical audiences. In addition to his work with us, Joseph has taught intro to theatre, acting, script analysis, and theatre history courses at CUNY and Marymount Manhattan College.

Joseph is a Southern California transplant who, after more than six years in New York City, still has a hard time adjusting to winter-living. He received BAs in English and Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton where he trained as a theatre director. Joseph lives in the Heights with his brilliant and charming wife and their chocolate Labrador, Moose. Two of Joseph’s life goals are to be a Returning Champion on Jeopardy and to live within walking distance of a beach.

Our Writing Fellows


ErinErin Garrow, one of our writing fellows, develops resources and programs related to writing and research in the humanities. After receiving a BA in English from Williams College and while pursuing an MA in English at New York University, Erin acquired and edited novels for Front Street, an independent publisher. Eager to teach and to continue his research, Erin enrolled in the Graduate Center’s PhD Program in English, where he studies how literary modernism has informed critical theory.

During his first years at the Graduate Center, Erin taught composition and Modern literature courses at John Jay College, where he later worked as a writing fellow. Erin spends his free time with his wife, family, and friends, cycling here and there, and watching bad action movies. Erin likes people, dogs, and donuts; if you visit him, consider bringing any of these.


meira-headshotMeira Levinson, one of our writing fellows, develops resources related to writing, humanities research, and education. Meira is a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow at John Jay College, Meira taught composition and literature courses; as an adjunct lecturer, she taught a BA and MA course in children’s literature at Queens College. Before joining the Career Planning team, Meira worked as a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at the CUNY School of Law.

Meira received her MA and BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focuses on religion, gender, and the fantastic in children’s literature and Jewish poetics. Meira loves all things sci-fi and fantasy. She also enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching anything narrated by David Attenborough.


Aaron Botwick is a PhD candidate in the English Program at the Graduate Center. He has taught literature and composition at BMCC, City College, and Lehman. During 2017-18, he was a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Lehman. His dissertation, “The Leap and the Gap: Writing Suicide in Britain, 1844-1930,” chronicles transformations in suicide discourse between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and is particularly interested in the relationship between fictional suicide, the popular press, and early experiments in sociology and psychoanalysis. His work has been published in Nabokov Studies and The Harold Pinter Review.


Elizabeth Goetz, one of our writing fellows, is a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center. Her dissertation examines community and social, domestic, and urban space in offshoots of New York School poetry. She has taught at Hunter College, where she was a teaching fellow for five years, and Borough of Manhattan Community College. Liz earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.

Liz lives in Brooklyn, where she rides her bike to the farmers’ market as often as possible. She also likes running, hiking, and thinking about New York City’s built environment.

Our Former Fellows


11707737_10153130755737737_1547311888959284910_nFlannery Amdahl, our former pedagogy fellow, focused on developing resources and programs for anyone interested in a career related to teaching (check out her blog posts). Flannery is enrolled in the PhD Program in Political Science and is completing her dissertation on the role of religious organizations in the shaping of the American welfare state. She received a BA in Political Science and English from the University of Pittsburgh.


Photo-CPPD-Website-768x1024Jared Keel, one of our former writing fellows, developed resources and programs related to writing and research in the humanities. He is a student in the PhD Program in English at the Graduate Center. Jared received an MA in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MFA in Poetry from the New School. The general area of his dissertation research may be called the natural poetics of philosophical inquiry, or the pragmatic poetics of scientific reflection.

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