Director of Career Development
Derek is Director of Career Development in the Graduate College. In this role, Derek oversees the Graduate College Career Development Office, develops new strategies to support graduate students’ and postdocs’ professional and career development, and builds relationships on and off campus to help students succeed at Illinois and beyond. Before joining the Graduate College in 2015, Derek taught at the University of Illinois, worked in nonprofit marketing, and advised graduate students at the university’s Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning. Derek holds a B.A. in History and Women’s Studies from Beloit College and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Graduate Career Consortium
Graduate College Career Development staff are active in the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC) whose members provide career services to graduate students at research institutions nationwide. The 25th Annual meeting of the GCC occurred in June 2013, with leadership from the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame. In March 2009, the University of Illinois hosted the first Midwestern regional meeting of the GCC.