About the Director

Jenny Furlong, Director of Career Planning and Professional Development

Jenny Furlong, Director of Career Planning and Professional Development

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, 4th ed. (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), both of which were written with Julie Vick. Dr. Furlong earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. 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 and four charming cats–Dexter, Maverick, Buddy, and Mathilda.  In her spare time, she knits, sews, reads many novels, and watches the Walking Dead.


About the Career Counselor

Emily Seamone, our adjunct career counselor, 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. Her 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.


About the Graduate Assistants

Flannery Amdahl, our pedagogy fellow, focuses on developing resources and programs for anyone interested in a career related to teaching.  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 B.A. 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.


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Jaclyn Kelly is a Presidential Research Fellow at the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development focusing on scholarly and professional writing strategies, and non-academic career resources. She has worked on studies at three universities, private-sector service providers, and non-profit agencies. Her research areas of interest include evaluation approaches for non-profits, and international comparisons of public policy legislation geared toward children and older adults.

Jaclyn holds a BS in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, an EdM in Measurement and Evaluation from Columbia University, and is a doctoral candidate at The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in Political Science. In her spare time, Jaclyn can be found toting an iced coffee on her way to bookclub to improve her own reading and writing skills, and caring for her two frisky cats, Fren-fren and Stansfield.

photoJiaqi Wang joined the office in September 2013, with experience in second language teaching and educational consulting. Prior to the Graduate Center, he worked at Teachers College, Columbia University and Neworiental Education Group. Jiaqi is currently a Ph.D. student at the Linguistics Program at the Graduate Center. He is interested in the nature of the grammar of human languages and how it is acquired so swiftly and effortlessly by young children. In his spare time, Jiaqi enjoys movies and TV shows, and reading Jerry A. Fodor’s philosophy. Jiaqi earned his M.A. in Applied Linguistics at Columbia University, and his B.A. in English and B.E. in Software Engineering at Sichuan University in China.

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