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Teresa Dillinger, Ph.D.

Director, GradPathways Institute for Professional Development

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Teresa Dillinger manages professional development programs for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UC Davis. She is the director of the GradPathways Institute, a campus-wide initiative that partners with other units such as the Internship and Career Center, the University Writing Program, and the Center for Educational Effectiveness, among others, to provide professional and career development opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.  She co-directs the Professors for the Future (PFTF) program designed to recognize and develop the leadership skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity, and academic service.  She is the nationwide project lead for ImaginePhD - a free, online career exploration and planning tool for the humanities and social sciences.

Teresa Dillinger has over 20 years of experience in career and professional development advising. She completed both her Master’s and Ph.D. in Geography at UC Davis before embarking upon a career in academic administration.

Students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff may contact Teresa Dillinger, PhD. by emailing



Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

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Professor Hartigan-O’Connor earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. She joined the faculty of the History department at UC Davis in 2007 after serving on the faculty at San Jose State University. She is a specialist in early American and women’s history, publishing articles and a book on gender and economic life, as well as co-authoring a textbook and co-editing a Handbook of American women's and gender history. Her stature in her field is undeniable. She has been a board member of Women and Social Movements, an elected trustee of the Business History Conference, and is a founding and standing editor of Oxford Bibliographies Online (Atlantic History). She is a Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program and is PI on an American Historical Association Graduate Student Career Diversity Grant. At Davis, she has worked across disciplines on the board of directors of the Feminist Research Institute and the executive committee of the Institute for Social Sciences. As Director of Cross-Cultural Women's and gender History and as chair of the History Graduate Program, Professor Hartigan-O’Connor has developed the leadership skills essential for the role of Associate Dean.

Students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff may contact Ellen Hartigan-O-Connor, PhD. by emailing

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