Michael Tessel, Senior Director, GRAD Career Development & Employer Relations
Michael oversees career development resources for all graduate students and postdocs including advising, events, employer relations, and the GRADTalk program. He also advises Ph.D. scientists. He received his Ph.D. in cancer biology from Northwestern University and has an A.B. from the University of Chicago.
Deborah Blumenthal, Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Experiential Education
Deborah works with employers to facilitate career connections for graduate students and postdocs. Deborah also coordinates the GRAD Global Impact internship program and manages the GRAD Gargoyle job and internship board. Deborah graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master’s in Humanities.
Josephine Cai, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development
Jo is the dedicated career advisor for graduate students and alumni at both the Graham School and M.S. students in the Physical Sciences Division. She also manages career related programming for international graduate students. Originally from Singapore, Jo has an M.A from University College London and is a certified career development practitioner with the Career Industry Council of Australia.
Celeste Cruz-Carandang, PATHS Coordinator
Celeste is the coordinator for the PATHS program. In her role, she works with on and off-campus partners to support the professional advancement of Ph.D. students in the Humanities Division, Social Sciences Division, and Divinity School. A Chicago-area native, Celeste graduated from the MAPH program in 2017 and worked at University of Chicago Press and the Art Institute of Chicago prior to joining UChicagoGRAD.
Briana Konnick, Associate Director, Graduate Career Development
Briana serves as the dedicated career advisor for all Ph.D. students and postdocs within three divisions: BSD, PSD, and PME. Prior to joining UChicagoGRAD, Briana served as Program Coordinator for the Career & Postdoc Services Office at The Scripps Research Institute where she received her Ph.D. in virology.
Kathrin Kranz, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development
Kathrin is the dedicated career advisor for graduate students and postdocs in the Social Sciences Division. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and an LL.M. in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining UChicagoGRAD, Kathrin worked as an Assistant Professor at a liberal arts college.
Michael O’Toole, Assistant Director, GRADTalk
Michael is the coordinator of GRADTalk, helping graduate students and postdocs to build their public speaking skills and prepare for interviews, presentations, and job talks. Michael graduated from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology.
Courtney Wiersema, Associate Director, Graduate Career Development
Courtney is the dedicated career advisor for students in the Humanities Division, the Divinity School, and the History Department. She received her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Notre Dame and has also worked as a director of undergraduate studies and an instructor of history and writing.