Happy New Year to you all! I’m pleased to let you know that The Graduate School is taking on a new look and new way of communicating. Welcome to the first issue of our monthly newsletter. We hope that it will keep you up to date on opportunities for professional development, for mentoring, and for gathering across fields and disciplines. Graduate school can be a really isolating experience, and we want to remind you that we are here for support. Our main job is to help you conduct your scholarship well, to keep you healthy and focused, and to partner with you as you plan your steps after Wash U.
We have made some changes to our team to make your path smoother. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming our three associate deans. Angela Wilson, in charge of curricular policies, has returned from her family leave (joined by beautiful young Arthur!). New Interim Associate Dean Angelina Sylvain handles funding policies and program development. Together, they will both be available for support regarding the programmatic details of your graduate experience. Finally, Erin Murdock has assumed the role of Associate Dean for Student Life and is available for consultation regarding professional and leadership development. These represent only a small part of all that they do, but they are here, along with the rest of us, to help you successfully navigate your graduate education experience.
I’ve also sought ways to reach out, virtually, to meet some of you, and I hope to do more. Be on the lookout for “Dinner with the Dean” opportunities, sessions in which I’ve been gathering with a small group of students for informal discussion (food is provided!). Look for more chances in the coming semester.
Finally, I want to call your attention to our new spring initiative – the Pillars of Professional Prosperity – Distinguished Faculty Series. This sequence of conversations with scholars and university leaders is intended to be useful to those aspiring academics, and also to others who seek leadership positions outside of academia. Topics covered include scholarship, mentoring, and managing teams. We hope to see you there!