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Career Development Staff


Derek Attig

Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development

Derek is Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development in the Graduate College. In this role, Derek oversees Graduate College Career Development services, 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 institutions around the world. Two Graduate College Career Development staff members have served as President of the organization, and our staff were involved in the development and launch of ImaginePhD, GCC's free digital career exploration tool designed for the humanities and social sciences. In March 2009, the University of Illinois hosted the first Midwestern regional meeting of the GCC, and the University also hosted the Midwest regional meeting in 2019.