ImaginePhD Project Lead

Teresa Dillinger

Product Design & Development Lead

Annie Maxfield

Content Development Lead

Sarah Peterson

For questions about the ImaginePhD project, please contact Teresa Dillinger.


Subcommittees and Involvement Opportunities for GCC Members


Sarah Peterson, Chair

Develop and curate content around the 16 job families contained in ImaginePhD, including resources on career exploration, building job skills, networking, and applying.

Name Office Institution
Sarah Peterson, ChairIndependent Career ConsultantUnaffiliated
Christine KellyDirector, Career DevelopmentClaremont Graduate University
Jennifer LevyAssistant Director, Career CenterDuke University
Jennifer MacDonaldAssociate Director for Graduate Career Development, Career ServicesThe New School for Social Research
Claire SalinasHumanities Programming Consultant, Humanities CouncilWashington, D.C.
Val ShepardProgram Manager, UCLA Graduate Student Resource Center, Graduate Student Resource CenterUCLA
Lana Smith-HaleGraduate Student Consultant, Career ServicesUniversity of California, Santa Barbara


Robert Pearson, Chair

Creates curriculum with learning outcomes for: student users; faculty members; trainers, professional societies, etc.

Name Office Institution
Robert Pearson, ChairDirector, Office of Graduate StudiesUT Dallas
Kelly AhnAssociate DeanColumbia University
Clarence Anthony Jr.Career Coach, University Career CenterUniversity of Michigan
David BlanchaSTEM Manager, Graduate Student Services, Career CenterUCLA
Bernadette SoDirector, Graduate Student Career Development; Wasserman Center for Career DevelopmentNYU
Johanna YunkerAssistant Director for Higher Ed CareersUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst



Create a social media marketing campaign to promote ImaginePhD in conjunction with the GCC Communication and Outreach committee.

Name Office Institution
Clarence Anthony Jr.Career Coach, University Career CenterUniversity of Michigan
Derek AttigDirector, Graduate College Career DevelopmentUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Erik OswaldGraduate Career Consultant, Graduate Career ServicesUniversity of Notre Dame
Helen PhoAssociate Director, Career ServicesUniversity of Pennsylvania


Giulia Hoffmann and Nai-Fen Su, Co-Chairs

Develop guidelines for authorship, attribution, and conducting research using ImaginePhD. Develop a research agenda.

Name Office Institution
Giulia Hoffmann, CO-CHAIRGraduate Student Career Advisor, Career Center UC San Diego
Nai-Fen Su, CO-CHAIRCareer Counselor, The Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesMedical College of Wisconsin
Julie Fabsik-Swarts, MS, CFRE, CAPExecutive DirectorNational Postdoctoral Association
Gaeun SeoCareer Development Specialist: Graduate and International Advisor at Cornell Career ServicesCornell University
Brian RybarczkAssistant Dean, Graduate Student Academic & Professional DevelopmentUNC - Chapel Hill
Valerie ShepardProgram Manager, UCLA Graduate Student Resource Center, Graduate Student Resource CenterUCLA


Dinuka Gunaratne, Chair

Identify and connect with organizations and individuals who may provide financial support to build and maintain ImaginePhD.

Name Office Institution
Dinuka Gunaratne, ChairCareer Education Coordinator (Graduate Students) Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research/U of A Career CentreUniversity of Alberta
Susanne KillianAssociate Director, Graduate Student Career Advising, Career ServicesPrinceton



Work with the GCC Executive Council and ImaginePhD Project Lead to create and hone a sustainability plan that works with the GCC’s strategic plans and supports the ImaginePhD project.

Name Office Institution
Teresa DillingerAcademic Administrator for Professional Development, Graduate Studies University of California, Davis
Amy PszczolkowskiAssistant Dean for Professional Development, The Office of the Dean of The Graduate SchoolPrinceton University
Dewis ShallcrossDirector of Student Development and Special Events, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesThe Citadel


Annie Maxfield, Chair (At Capacity – not taking new members)

Act as a feedback loop between potential users, tool designers and content creators to enhance usability, design, function, content and resources. Create platforms for stakeholder feedback, and communicate changes to the tool based on that feedback throughout the creation process.

Name Office Institution
Annie Maxfield, ChairInterim Director, Graduate Student Resource Center & Associate Director, Graduate Student Relations & ServicesUCLA
Melissa BostromAssistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development, The Graduate SchoolDuke University
Jenny FurlongDirector, Office of Career Planning and Professional Development at The Graduate CenterCity University of New York (CUNY)
Natalia MartinResearch Associate, DiRita LaboratoryMichigan State University
Nicole ReizGraduate Professional Development Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts and SciencesUniversity of Kansas
Chris RiosAssistant Dean, Graduate SchoolBaylor
Elizabeth SalisburyDirector of Graduate Services Operations, Graduate and Professional EducationUniversity of Delaware
Susan MartinProgram Director, Doctoral Students, University Career CenterUniversity of Maryland
Deborah WillisProgram Manager for Professional & Academic Development| Rackham Graduate SchoolUniversity of Michigan