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The Graduate College offers workshops that can be requested by University of Iowa student groups (formal organizations or informal groups of students), faculty, departments, or other campus organizations. 

These workshops can be a productive addition to orientations, seminars, courses, research group meetings, and more. They introduce students to the basics of professional and career development topics (like application documents, the job search, and more), freeing up faculty to address field-specific issues in more detail.

To request one of the workshops below, complete the Workshop Request Form.

StrengthsFinder Leadership: This workshop draws on the StrengthsFinder assessment tool to help students better understand their own unique strengths as leaders in an academic and/or work context.

Improve Your Teaching Through Research: Learn about the three-tier framework (Associate, Practitioner, Scholar) for developing your teaching, while earning nationally-recognized, micro certifications through the national Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network.

Mapping your Graduate Experience: This session explores how to use an Individual Development Plans (IDP) to stay on track, communicate with your advisor, and understand your skills, interests, and values.

Grantwriting 101: Students will learn the basics of where to look for grants, how to craft a persuasive proposal, and how to “think like a reviewer.” Please specify STEM (NIH/NSF type opportunities covered) or humanities/social sciences (ACLS/Mellon type opportunities covered).

Resumes & Cover Letters: Develop effective materials for job searches beyond academia. This workshop will discuss the structure, writing style, and tone characteristics common to successful application materials.

Career Exploration: Learn about the broad range of careers available to PhDs and get useful strategies for connecting with people you don’t know. Students in this workshop will use self-assessments and partner discussion to identify target career sectors for additional exploration.

Please note all workshops:

  • are 60-90 minutes in length,
  • require at least 5 students to attend, and
  • room accommodations reserved by the requester.


Looking for additional help as you prepare your materials for a job or fellowship application? The Graduate College can help with one-on-one consulting in our offices in Gilmore Hall and the Medical Research Center. University of Iowa graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can sign up for up to three appointments per academic semester.  (Undergraduates should contact the equivalent offices of the Pomerantz Career Center for careers and Honors at Iowa for fellowships.)

Types of Appointments:

  • Career Consultations: advisors will review your job application materials, including résumés, CVs and cover letters. You will need to provide your materials prior to your appointment.
  • Fellowship Consultations: get detailed and comprehensive advice on your proposal drafts before you send them to the funder. Please send proposals 5 days in advance of your revision deadline for an appointment.
    • ***October 2019: If you are applying for a time-sensitive national fellowship due this month (e.g., NSF GRFP, Mellon/ACLS) and the default time options do not work for your schedule, please email to arrange additional meeting time options.  (Providing information on conflicts to avoid or preferred time options can help facilitate scheduling.)
    • NOTE: We cannot provide feedback on applications for fellowships/awards offered by the Graduate College, GPSG, GSS, or other internal funding; please contact the Writing Center for feedback on these awards.


Elizabeth Savelkoul, PhD

STEM, Health Science, and Social Sciences Appointments

*Temporary location change: For November 2019 and December 2019, Elizabeth will be at Gilmore Hall Monday-Thursday and at MRC on Fridays.  Thursday meetings at Gilmore Hall can be booked normally through the above link.  If you are on the west campus, Monday-Thursday meetings also can be held by Skype or Zoom.

Elizabeth SavelkoulElizabeth Savelkoul, PhD is a Graduate Fellowships Specialist at the University of Iowa Graduate College. Her doctorate focused on evolutionary biology, comparing meiosis genes across the genome sequences of numerous fungi. She now uses a synthesis of her science background and interdisciplinary interests to provide writing feedback, presentations, and resources for both STEM and non-STEM graduate students and postdocs about fellowships and careers. Outside of work, Elizabeth also plays piano for various community theatre productions in the Coralville and Iowa City area.

Elizabeth can assist you with:

  • National fellowships, particularly in STEM fields and social sciences
  • Transferring STEM skills across sectors
  • Academic and non-academic career materials
  • Campus and community resources for graduate students


Brady Krien

Humanities, Social Sciences, and MFA Careers & Fellowships 

Brady KrienBrady Krien is a Graduate Careers and Fellowships Advisor in the Graduate College. Brady is also a doctoral candidate in the English department and has taught in the Rhetoric Department and the Writing Center and served as a mentor for CIRTL’s Teaching-as-Research Fellowship. His research focuses on utilizing digital tools to examine networks of environmental writing in nineteenth and twentieth-century periodicals. Building on his background in the humanities and social sciences, Brady provides concrete guidance and feedback for fellowship and career applications. In his free time, he bikes, hikes, reads, and writes.

Brady can assist you with:

  • National fellowships, especially those in the humanities and social sciences
  • Academic and non-academic career materials
  • Exploring career options inside and outside the academy
  • Developing a professional network and career strategies


Jennifer Teitle, PhD

Humanities, Education, MFA, and Faculty Appointments

Jen TeitleJennifer Teitle, PhD, is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development. With ten years of experience supporting Iowa PhDs and graduate faculty, Jennifer supervises the Graduate College’s student services and helps campus integrate professional development into existing graduate curriculum. Jennifer holds a doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Culture from The University of Iowa. Her interests include co-curricular education, PhD career pathways, and academic culture.

Graduate student appointments (in 413 Gilmore Hall)

  • Career strategy for the humanities, social sciences, and arts
  • Building and maintaining professional networks
  • Creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP) 

Faculty or staff appointments (Locations arranged)

  • Learn about strategies and tools that help PhDs prepare for multiple career pathways
  • LinkedIn for academics (help your graduate students stay connected and build and maintain a department LinkedIn)
  • Consultations on curriculum or grant opportunities integrating graduate student professional development


Lisa Kelly, PhD

Humanities, Education, and MFA Career and Teaching Appointments

Lisa KellyLisa Kelly leads the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning (CIRTL) program at UI.  She has worked in graduate student professional development for 5 years and leads workshops and consultations on effective teaching, communicating research, networking, and preparing for academic and non-academic jobs.  Lisa holds a PhD from Northwestern University in the Interdisciplinary PhD in  Theatre and Drama program where her research focused on nineteenth century celebrity culture -  how performers interacted in public and private spaces, created identity and participated in social activism. Lisa also holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University.  In her spare time Lisa is a director, stage manager, and dramaturg for several Corridor theatre companies.

Lisa can help you with:

  • Academic and non-academic career materials
  • Discussions about CIRTL and teaching strategies
  • Developing a professional network and career strategies