Speaker Bios

Career Day
Saturday, 7 May 2016

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Derek Attig

Derek Attig, PhD, is Assistant Director for Student Outreach in the Graduate College Career Development Office at the University of Illinois. Derek got a PhD in History and worked in nonprofit communications before joining the Graduate College. While getting the PhD, Derek taught, consulted at a teaching and learning center, wrote for various websites, and more. (Derek is an enthusiastic haver of side gigs.) In addition to working with graduate students to figure out where they want to go and how to get there, Derek writes for Book Riot. You can find Derek on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Christine Buske

Christine Buske, PhD, is a neuroscientist by training and passionate about tech startups and research. She combined these two passions in 2011 when she joined the Papers team while finishing her PhD (University of Toronto). Her work has heavily involved UX, strategy, marketing, outreach, and relationship development. She continues on this path and is excited to have recently joined Mendeley, as a product manager responsible for iOS and Android. Christine fell in love with teaching and after leaving academia she gets her fill through public speaking and guest lecturing. She also blogs about living in London, business travel, and leaving academia for the private sector. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Mary Chaktsiris

Mary Chaktsiris, PhD, is a policy analyst with the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) working in the areas of accessibility and indigenous education. Mary joined COU while completing a PhD in History, and she enjoyed teaching and designing inquiry-based learning experiences as a former teaching fellow. She remains interested in exploring other policy areas in higher education, such as graduate education and teaching and learning. You can find Mary on Twitter @pastensetoronto.

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Nandini Chaturvedula

Nandini Chaturvedula, PhD, is an Associate at the Austin office of Ross Strategic, a Seattle-based environmental and natural resource management consulting firm. At Ross, Nandini works primarily with philanthropic foundations, NGO’s and university-affiliated centers on strategic planning, evaluations, and other collaborative processes. Prior to joining Ross, she was a post-doctoral fellow in Lisbon, Portugal. She earned her PhDin history from Columbia University in 2010.

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Monica A. Evans

Monica A. Evans, MLIS, PhD, is Workforce Analyst at the US Department of Labor. She serves as a program lead for numerous workforce development policy initiatives. Her previous federal experience includes managing technical assistance contracts and supporting public health programs in the US and Latin America as part of the Presidential Management Fellows Program. Prior to working for the federal government, Monica was a teacher, library administrator, and international education researcher/ Fulbright Fellow in Brazil. Monica is passionate about helping people develop professionally. She created a mentoring program to connect DC-area interns with seasoned professionals. She also shares resources via twitter @monicaaevans and can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/monicaaevans. Please note, all views expressed by Monica are her own and do not represent the federal government.

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Daniel Fincke

Daniel Fincke earned his PhD at Fordham University. After teaching 93 university classes in just 11 years as a graduate student teacher and then an adjunct professor, he leveraged the success of his popular philosophy and atheism blog Camels With Hammers to become a full time independent online philosophy teacher. Providing an alternative to the MOOC model, Daniel offers self-motivated students from around the world individualized, live, interactive, small group classroom education and philosophical mentoring. He also offers philosophical advice services for people who do not have psychological problems but want the benefit of a philosopher’s rigorous approach to rational problem solving to help them solve their challenges in working out their beliefs, values, emotions, and difficult choices in every day life.

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Joseph Fruscione

Joseph Fruscione, PhD, was an adjunct professor of English and First-Year Writing for 15 years in the Washington, DC, area. Since leaving academia in May 2014, he’s worked as a freelance editor, writer, and post-ac consultant for The Professor Is In. He co-founded and co-runs PrecariCorps, a nonprofit that supports adjuncts financially and professionally. He’s written a book (Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry, 2012), edited an essay collection (Teaching Hemingway and Modernism, 2015), and written numerous pieces about higher ed. Find him on Twitter: @ProfessorEx74.

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Ania Gruszczynska

Dr Ania Gruszczynska, PhD, completed a doctorate in sociology at Aston University (Birmingham, UK) in 2009 and has since worked in a variety of project management roles in higher education sector. She has recently taken on a role as IT project manager at Birmingham City University where she is responsible for software projects and developing good project management standards. In addition, she is a qualified coach and brings her understanding of issues involved in academic productivity and careers into her part-time coaching practice with PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. She is also a keen runner, with a passion for long distances and blogs about ultramarathon running and coaching at chasingyourgoalscoaching.wordpress.com.

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Ysette Guevara, PhD, is Founder and Director of Play of Minds On Fire, providing seriously fun personal development programs to youth and the caring adults in their lives. She has a soft spot for young people aging out of foster care, and youth development professionals dedicated to holistic, energetically sustainable approaches to service work. The experiences of leaving academia, losing a parent, and recovering from burnout informs the deepest levels of Ysette’s effort to help individuals find their way through major life transitions with integrity and the spirit of play. Find her on Twitter, Minds On Fire, and Social Justice Solutions.

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Cathy Hannabach, PhD, is the president of Ideas on Fire, which provides editing, indexing, and academic consulting to progressive, interdisciplinary academics. She also founded and directs the Grad School Rockstar Program and FacultyRockstar Program, which help interdisciplinary scholars turn their intelligence and inspiration into tangible, effective, and repeated work in the world. Cathy hosts the Imagine Otherwise podcast, which highlights the people bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. She received her PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis. You can find her on her website (cathyhannabach.com) and on Twitter (@channabach).

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Rachel Leventhal-Weiner

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, PhD, is the Education Policy Fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children. She has worked for nearly a decade in Higher Education as an administrator, professor, and advisor. Currently, Rachel combines her methodological training with legislative advocacy, working towards equitable opportunities for Connecticut’s public schoolchildren. Rachel earned her PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Connecticut and her Master’s degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. As a sociologist of education, Rachel explores how children’s aspirations toward higher education vary across families and communities. She writes about faculty and family life for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae, blogs at www.roguecheerios.com, and co-hosts a weekly podcast on gender and gender stereotypes, Boy vs. Girl. Follow her on Twitter @rglweiner.

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Josh Magsam

Josh Magsam, PhD, is the Community Support Manager for Portland, Oregon based Discogs.com, an open-source, community-built discography of audio recordings with a collector-oriented public marketplace. A passionate advocate for adjunct and non-tenured instructor rights, Josh is also an active member of the Portland area VersatilePhD group. He also blogs at The Cognitive Turn and can be found on Twitter, @MercenaryInk. Josh holds a PhD in Renaissance Drama from the University of Oregon.

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Dominique Riviere

Dominique Riviere’s career trajectory is marked by jobs she never even knew existed. With a PhD in Curriculum Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, she has been able to seek out a world of opportunities. She recently became the inaugural Program Manager of Grants and Operations for Studio [Y], a platform embedded in Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District that supports Canada’s youth to become top-performing systems leaders. Dominique has previously worked in both the government and higher education sectors as a policy analyst, researcher and lecturer, on topics broadly related to diversity, access and inclusion. She is always happy to share her views on being a “freelance academic“, as well as on everything else. You can find her on Twitter at @justdominique_.

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Christopher Stewart

Christopher Stewart graduated with a PhD in French Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. He spent 4 years as an Assistant Professor of French Linguistics at the University of Texas-Arlington. He then worked on the voices for the world’s best-known digital personal assistant for 2 years at Nuance Communications Text-to-Speech R&D in Merelbeke, Belgium. He currently does big data statistics for the world’s largest retailer as a Senior Data Scientist at Tata Consultancy Services in Bentonville, Arkansas. He also holds a Visiting Researcher appointment in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas-Arlington. Visit Chris’s website for more information, or check out his profile on LinkedIn.

Sarah Stoeckl

Sarah Stoeckl, PhD, is a Sr. Project Manager in the Standards department at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). ISTE is a non-profit with a global reach focused on meaningful use of education technology. The ISTE Standards are a pedagogically-focused framework for teaching and learning with technology. Sarah’s works involves projects, products, and initiatives that support the use and implementation of the ISTE Standards in K-12 and beyond. Sarah completed her PhD in English Literature at the University of Oregon in 2012 with a focus on trauma, grief, and the First World War in modernist novels. Post-PhD but before joining ISTE, she worked at a handful of jobs and initiatives focused on technology, education, and community action. You can find her on Twitter at @sarah_stoeckl.

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Johanna Frances Yunker

Johanna Frances Yunker (PhD in Musicology) is the Assistant Director for Higher Ed Careers in the Graduate School Office of Professional Development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In this position, Johanna leads programming to prepare graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for a broad array of career opportunities in higher education and non-profits. She has previously held faculty positions at two universities, worked as an Instructional Consultant in a center for teaching, and has done part-time editing work, all while continuing her research on the film music of East Germany.

Professional Development Day
Saturday, 14 May 2016

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“Mastering the Art of the Persuasive Resume”

Melissa Dalgleish is a graduate professional development specialist who manages the research funding, career, and skills development programs for STEM students and postdocs at The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. She previously launched and managed York University’s Graduate Professional Skills program. As a freelancer, she consults for graduate administrators and career services professionals working to establish professional development programs for PhDs, prepares job documents for graduate-trained researchers moving into non-professorial careers, and provides grant development services. With Daniel Powell, she co-edits the MediaCommons #Alt-Academy project Graduate Training in the 21st Century and teaches about professional development and identity at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Melissa is also a regular writer on PhD and career issues for Hook & Eye and Chronicle Vitae. In her spare time, she writes literary biography and hangs out with her two companions, one human and one feline. You can find Melissa online at www.melissadalgleish.com or on Twitter.

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“How to Build a Robust Professional Network from the Ground Up”

Michelle Erickson, PhD, is founder of PhDs At Work, bringing together PhDs working in industry and other non-academic sectors while providing insight and advice to those who wish to do the same. Erickson has industry-spanning experience that includes technology, financial services, media and entertainment, and both the non-profit and philanthropic sectors. She has also held teaching appointments at New York University and Stern College for Women. Erickson holds a PhD in French Literature and Performance Studies from New York University.

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“5 Things Every PhD Should Know When Conducting a Job Search on LinkedIn”

Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD, specializes in helping individuals and businesses succeed when the stakes are high. As owner and operator of Career Path Writing Solutions, LLC, Heidi offers consulting, coaching, writing, and editing services to clients including job seekers, college and graduate school applicants, executives, and businesses. Heidi holds a PhD from Duke University and has been interviewed for US News & World ReportVitae, Youngstown State University Alumni Magazine, PhD Career Guide, and Integrative Academic Solutions. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, a Certified Employment Interview Professional, a member of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches, and a Career Thought Leaders Associate. You can follow Heidi on Twitter (@HeidiGiustoCPWS) and Facebook (Career Path Writing Solutions) and learn more about her by viewing her LinkedIn profile.

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“How to Translate Your Skills into Language Employers Understand”

Chris Humphrey, PhD, is a project management professional who has spent the last 15 years working in business management, training and consulting. Chris is the founder of the careers blog Jobs on Toast, which is dedicated to helping researchers find fulfilling careers outside academia, and he writes and speaks internationally on job hunting and career change. Chris holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of York (UK) and he is the author of The Politics of Carnival: Festive Misrule in Medieval England. Keep up with all the latest post-ac news by following Chris on Twitter @chrishumphrey and on Facebook.

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“Hiring From the Employer’s Perspective”

Catherine Maybrey, PhD, is the Graduate Career Strategist in the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster University and the owner of CM Coaching Services. A longstanding advocate of the need for career services developed specifically for graduate students and the post-academic job search, Catherine has spoken at numerous conferences and events to educate graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on the realities of and opportunities in the post-academic market, and has worked with universities in her private practice to develop career programs and services for graduate students. She blogs on her website, and contributes to the Academica Forum. A self-described LinkedIn evangelist, you can find her there or follow her @Cate_Maybrey on Twitter.

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“The Business End: Small Business Basics for Academic Professionals”

Daveena Tauber, PhD, is the owner of ScholarStudio, a consulting practice dedicated to graduate student success. Based in Portland, Oregon, Daveena works with clients nationally and internationally, offering workshops to faculty members and students, and provides individual writing consultation as well. Daveena works from the premise that building writing skills in students and advising skills in faculty are keys to addressing student attrition at the graduate level, particularly among diverse and “non-traditional” students who comprise the fastest-growing segments in graduate education. Daveena is a passionate and empathetic spokesperson for the value of writing as a lever for student success and is an engaging and dynamic presenter.