The 2017 Open Doors Conference


April 22, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF)

Open Doors is a free career education conference for Iowa graduate students and postdocs providing first person career advice from professionals in diverse fields, ample networking opportunities, career development workshops, and a free lunch! See attached poster.


Dorothy Zolandz

Dorothy Zolandz
Deputy Executive Director, National Academy of Sciences

Ph.D. Chemistry, Harvard University

Dorothy Zolandz is the Deputy Executive Director of the Division on Earth and Life Studies at the National Research Council of the US National Academy of Sciences. Her responsibilities in this role include strategic business development and oversight of projects across a broad spectrum of environmental, climate, natural resource, and life sciences issues. She previously served for over ten years as Director of the NRC’s Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST), where she developed and oversaw all studies relating to the chemistry and chemical engineering disciplines. Prior to joining the staff of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Zolandz held a postdoctoral appointment at the California Institute of Technology. She holds the Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University, and a B.A. in chemistry from Douglass College at Rutgers University.


Craig Eley

Craig Eley
Assistant Director of Humanities Networks, UW-Madison Center for the Humanities

Ph.D. American Studies, University of Iowa

Before taking a position with UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, Craig Eley was an ACLS Public Fellow working at To the Best of Our Knowledge, a weekly radio program produced by Wisconsin Public Radio. He has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and he has held research fellowships at Penn State University and the Smithsonian Institution. He’s currently piloting a podcast project and working with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision to commission new musical works based on archival sound collections.



From C.V. to Resume

Learn about key differences in structure, writing style, and mindset to adapt your CV or resume for multiple settings.

Presented by Elizabeth Savelkoul
Elizabeth Savelkoul

Ph.D. Biology, University of Iowa

Elizabeth Savelkoul works at the UI Grad Success office at the University of Iowa Graduate College, developing resources, delivering presentations, and giving feedback to both STEM and non-STEM graduate students and postdocs about careers and fellowships. She holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Iowa.

The Pitch: Presenting Your Research and Skills in Short-Form Communication

Providing short, understandable summaries of your work can help you get hired, win grants, sell ideas, and network professionally. This workshop covers the core strategies for developing pitches, written proposals, websites, social media, and more.

Presented by Matt Gilchrist
Matt Gilchrist

M.F.A., Non Fiction Writing

Prior to joining the Rhetoric faculty as a lecturer in 2011, Matt served six years as the assistant director of the University of Iowa Writing Center where he served as acting director in 2008 and 2014. He earned his MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2004. His scholarly interests include writing center pedagogy, online writing instruction, collaborative writing, socio-cultural approaches to literacy education, writing program administration, and creative writing in diverse contexts.

Leverage your Graduate Student Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistants develop essential professional skills such as explaining difficult concepts in basic terms, independence, and the ability to motivate others and evaluate their progress. Learn how your teaching experience can translate across sectors and open new career pathways.

Presented by Lisa Kelly
Lisa Kelly

M.F.A. Theatre Pedagogy, Virginia Commonwealth University

Lisa manages the Tutor Certification Program and Tutor Iowa at UI and she creates and facilitates workshops to help tutors learn pedagogical skills. She works with faculty to develop initiatives to improve student success in gateway courses and helps students improve their study and time management skills. She also partners with the CIRTL program to facilitate workshops using improv theatre to teach graduate students how to improve communication and presentation skills.