The University of Iowa

Graduate Success Appointments

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. Starting 3/11/20, all newly scheduled meetings temporarily will be held online by Zoom web conferencing due to the campus coronavirus response; if you prefer to meet by Skype, phone, or e-mail, please indicate this in the notes while booking a meeting.  During this time, we are also offering additional consultation topics focused on online teaching.   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 (Elizabeth, Brady, Jen, Lisa): Advisors will review your job application materials, including résumés, CVs and cover letters. You will need to provide your materials prior to your appointment.  We also can hold career advising meetings (job search preparation, interview advice/practice, etc.).
  • Fellowship Consultations (Elizabeth, Brady): 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.
    • 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.
  • Teaching/CIRTL Consultations (Brady, Lisa): Consult about any stage of the CIRTL program (Lisa) or teaching strategies, including online teaching (Lisa, Brady).

If none of the default meeting times will work well for you, please contact us at to discuss additional scheduling options.


Elizabeth Savelkoul, PhD

STEM, Health Science, and Social Sciences Appointments

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:

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


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