Jenny Furlong joined the Graduate Center as the Director of Career Planning and 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.
Emily Seamone, one of our adjunct career counselors, has counseled, facilitated workshops, and planned career-related programs for undergraduate and graduate students and alumni for more than 12 years through community and university career centers, including Columbia University and New York University, as well as other schools. Her counseling 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.
Julie Vick, one of our adjunct career advisors, worked in Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania developing and implementing career services for graduate students, graduate alumni, and postdoctoral fellows for 30 years. Although she retired as Senior Associate Director in 2013, she continued to work part-time for four more years. When Jenny Furlong asked her to join the Career Planning and Professional Development staff at the CUNY Graduate Center she jumped at the chance to work with graduate students at a different university.
She is co-author of the five editions of the Academic Job Search Handbook including the new fifth edition published in 2016 with Jenny Furlong and Rosanne Lurie (University of Pennsylvania Press) and has been a Chronicle of Higher Education advice columnist on the PhD job search for 20 years. She was one of three co-founders of the Graduate Career Consortium, an organization of career advisors from research-intensive universities in the United States and Canada who work with doctoral students and postdocs, which serves as an important influence nationally in promoting career services for PhD candidates and postdocs.
She has presented at several universities as well as at meetings of associations including the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, the American Anthropological Association, the Modern Language Association, and the Council of Graduate Schools. Julie has an AB in Classics from Kenyon College, an MS in Library Science from Simmons College, an AM in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Kenyon College.
Julie likes to spend as much time with her three grandchildren as possible; to travel with her husband; and to read, knit, and go to the theatre. She also sings with a chorus that does sing-along performances at assisted living facilities, memory care units, and senior housing.
Annabella 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 Graduate Students
Jared Keel, one of our writing fellows, develops resources and programs related to writing and research in the humanities. A student in the PhD Program in English at The Graduate Center, Jared has taught English Composition at Brooklyn College and been a Writing Fellow in the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Medgar Evers College, where he helped start and run the campus writing center. Before coming to The Graduate Center, he worked as an assistant editor for a publishing company specializing in reference works and resources; before coming to New York City, he was a research associate for an institutional review board overseeing biomedical research in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he moved after teaching English as foreign language in Prague. He originally hails from North Carolina, where the skies are always blue.
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. When his head is not in the clouds, dreaming of the day when sun and earth will again be together, his feet are on the ground in Park Slope, where he lives with his brilliant and beautiful writer wife and three-year old daughter—who is brighter and more beautiful than all the heavens put together. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Daniel Tiger and the Daily Show, which he most enjoys he cannot tell.
Erin 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.
Abbie Turner has been working with the Office of Career Planning and 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 the launch of our new podcast, AlumniAloud. 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 salsa music. She is in her second season of Fantasy Football and feels confident about a championship this year.
Anders Wallace is a PhD Candidate in the Anthropology Program at the Graduate Center. At the Center for Career Planning and 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!
Meira 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.
Joseph Paul Hill has a joint appointment with the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development and the Early Research Initiative. Joseph is enrolled in the PhD Program in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center. His areas of study include the intersections of d/Deaf, disability, and performance studies; the body as spectacle in nineteenth-century U.S. and Western Europe; and the sociology of producing regional theatre in the U.S. In addition to his work with us, Joseph has recently worked as an adjunct lecturer in the Theater Department at Brooklyn College where he taught intro to theatre, acting, and theatre history courses.
Joseph is a Southern California transplant who, after more than five 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 way uptown in an indeterminate area between Manhattan and the Bronx with Moose, his chocolate Labrador. Two of Joseph’s life goals are to be a Returning Champion on Jeopardy and to live within walking distance of a beach.
Our Former Graduate Students
Flannery 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 here). Flannery got her start by teaching first grade at an international school in Kyoto, Japan. Now a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the GC, she has also taught courses on Constitutional Law, the Presidency, and Political Parties and Elections as a teaching fellow at Hunter College.
Flannery received a BA in Political Science and English from the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently completing her dissertation on the role of religious organizations in the shaping of the American welfare state. You can also frequently find her either running or memorizing presidential trivia in the hopes of helping her pub quiz team to victory.