Jenny 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.
Emily 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, 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.
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.
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.
Joseph Paul Hill
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 Disability, Deaf, and Performance Studies and the ways in which disability- and d/Deaf-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 seven 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.
Sarah Hildebrand develops content for our blog and manages our social media. She is a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center. Her dissertation analyzes the relationship between writers of autobiographical narratives of sexual violation and their imagined audiences to propose an intervention in literary trauma theory and sharpen our understanding of rape culture. Sarah has taught composition and literature courses at Lehman College, Ramapo College, and Otisville State Correctional Facility through John Jay College’s Prison-to-College Pipeline Program.
Sarah received BAs in Literature and Spanish Language Studies from Ramapo College and an MA in English from the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a former Connected Academics Fellow with the Modern Language Association and a former Research Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice. Her post-PhD back-up plan is to return to her work as a climbing arborist.
Carly Batist is a PhD student in Biological Anthropology and also a member of the inter-institutional New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP). Her dissertation research focuses on vocal communication in black-and-white ruffed lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar, where she conducts fieldwork. In the CP&PD office, Carly plans events and creates resources specifically for STEM students that explore both academic and non-academic career paths in the sciences.
Carly is a born-and-bred New Yorker, who grew up fairly close by on the North Fork of Long Island. Prior to starting her PhD, she received a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and an MS in Primate Behavior from Central Washington University. When she’s not wearing her PhD hat, Carly loves horseback riding, hiking, and being on the water. She is an avid NY sports fan and enjoys watching and attending Yankees, Rangers, Red Bulls, and Giants games. (Although in the case of the Giants, “enjoys” is probably better replaced with “puts up with.”)
To learn more about Carly’s research, visit the Primate Molecular Ecology Lab (PMEL) website.
Former Staff Members & Fellows