Appointment of New Director of Career Planning and Professional Development

The Graduate Center is delighted to welcome Dr. Jennifer Furlong as the new Director of Career Planning and Professional Development. She earned her Ph.D. in romance languages at the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in comparative literary studies at Northwestern University. An expert in eighteenth-century French literature, history, and culture, Dr. Furlong is also highly skilled in career planning and development for graduate students. She comes to us most recently from NYU 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.

Furlong’s series of columns and articles, coauthored with Julia Miller Vick, appear regularly in the online “Advice: Career Talk” section of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Among the most recent articles are: “Finding an Internship to Change Careers,” “Seven Resolutions to Advance Your Career,” “Seeking the Mentors You Need,” and “How New Graduate Students Should Spend Their Summers.” Furlong and Vick also coauthored the fourth edition of The Academic Job Search Handbook (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), an invaluable companion for those seeking teaching positions in higher education.

Dr. Furlong’s arrival represents a big step towards fulfilling one of the Graduate Center’s three major goals outlined in the Strategic Plan 2012–2016—to increase and diversify its graduates’ professional prospects for careers both inside and outside the academy.

As Dr. Furlong establishes the new office for career planning and professional development within Student Affairs, she will be meeting with Graduate Center students, administrators, faculty, and staff. “I especially welcome, and will profit from, student input,” she said, “and I plan to employ students to help me establish new resources in career services.” Among her objectives over the next year are: creating a website; organizing workshops and programs on CV writing, grant writing, fellowship applications, and teaching skills; and meeting one-on-one with students. She will also be collaborating with the Office of Institutional Advancement in developing a network of alumni who can offer students professional advice on careers, both in and out of the academy, and provide contacts with employers.

Dr. Furlong is holding walk-in hours on Monday (noon–2 p.m.) and Wednesday (4–6 p.m.). To schedule appointments at other times, students may also email

Submitted on: MAR 11, 2013

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