Note: Career Pathways sessions are divided by discipline. Please attend with your discipline cohort.
All graduate students are expected to attend the Career Pathways session according to their discipline and will also have the opportunity to chose two other sessions to attend.
What if I decide I am not interested in a tenure-track position, are there other career options for PhDs? This session explores the technical and soft skills that are transferable from doctoral training to careers in academic administration and industry through a panel discussion with alumni.
William F. Tate
Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences
Dean William F. Tate IV is an urbanist and social scientist, interested in the application of epidemiological and geospatial models to explain the social determinants of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) attainment and related developmental outcomes. Before becoming Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education in July 2014, he served as Chair of the Department of Education for twelve years. During this time, he participated in interdisciplinary academic and research projects including the Psychiatric Epidemiology Program in the Washington University School of Medicine and the Institute for Public Health. As Dean, Professor Tate works with student organizations, faculty, graduate program directors, department chairs, other deans and executive officers to ensure sustained high quality and to support the positive trajectory of the programs leading to all Ph.D.’s awarded by Washington University in St. Louis, as well as all non-professional Master's degrees. He serves as Chair of the governing bodies of the Graduate School, including the Graduate Council and the Professional and Graduate Student Coordinating Committee.
Rob Patterson, Ph.D.
Director, Writing Center
Washington University in St. Louis
Rob Patterson, PhD is director of The Writing Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He manages a staff of 25 tutors who provide over 4000 hours of tutorials and an additional 60 workshops each year for all undergraduate and graduate students at the university. Rob is also responsible for his colleagues’ ongoing pedagogical training, improving and building upon existing writing center offerings and programs, and assessing the center’s impact. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and his graduate degrees in Medieval English Literature at Washington University.
Catrina Adams, Ph.D.
Education Director, PlantingScience Program Director
Botanical Society of America
Catrina Adams, Ph.D. is education director for the Botanical Society of America, a 501(c)(3) membership society with a mission to promote botany. In pursuit of this mission, she directs the PlantingScience program, an online science mentoring community that matches teams of middle and high school students with plant science mentors as they work on designing and carrying out their own investigations. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her graduate degrees in Anthropology at Washington University, with a specialty in paleoethnobotany (how people used plants in the past).
Matthew Hynes, Ph.D.
Matthew Hynes, Ph.D. is a Team Leader at EAG Laboratories in Maryland Heights, MO. He received his B.A in Chemistry from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. His doctoral work focused on controlling surface chemistry on the microscopic scale using photoreactive self-assembled monolayers. After his doctoral work, he took a position as a Visiting Scholar at Standard University working to develop a novel biosensor. His varied background led him to a position at EAG Laboratories in 2013 and became a Team Leader in 2015.