Perry’s Role Expands to Postdoc Professional Development

By Melissa Maki
Wendy Perry

Wendy Perry
Photo by Melissa Maki

Wendy Perry, a familiar face to students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), was recently appointed as director of graduate student & postdoctoral professional development programs.  This position, a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and GSAS, was established to assist with the transition of graduate students and postdoctoral research associates into the workplace.

Perry holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with specializations in French and African history.  She currently has two books accepted for publication. While at UNC, Perry served as an academic advisor, instructor, teaching assistant, and resident assistant.  These roles provided her with an understanding of the needs and experiences of graduate students. 

Perry has worked at the University of Virginia for three years, most recently as the assistant director of graduate arts & sciences career services.  Perry’s new responsibilities will include serving as the University’s primary representative on postdoctoral matters and as a central contact to coordinate postdoctoral activities across Grounds.

Perry will continue to serve as the primary career counselor for graduate students.  Her duties will include creating employment resources and organizing workshops to build critical job-seeking skills such as developing curricula vitae and interviewing.

“Wendy brings a wealth of passion and expertise to this position,” says Roseanne Ford, associate vice president for research and graduate studies.  “During her time with GSAS, she has been student-centered and eager to help graduate students achieve their professional and career goals.  Her skills will be of immense benefit to the postdoc community at U.Va. as she adds this important group to her portfolio of responsibilities.”