June 24, 2016
The below story is republished here from The Graduate School at the University of
The Graduate School is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Heather M. Brandt as part-time Associate Dean for Professional Development beginning July 1, 2016. An Associate Professor in the Arnold School of Public Health, Dr. Brandt will design and execute programs and services that contribute to the professional and career development of USC’s 6,800+ graduate students, and the faculty and staff with whom they work.
This new position, created in response to the findings of the Provost’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Graduate Student Life, will help enhance and strengthen professional development opportunities for master’s and doctoral students in areas ranging from grant writing and financial literacy to intellectual property and work-life balance.
“Dr. Brandt’s deep knowledge of, and demonstrated commitment to, the professional success of graduate students across campus makes her the perfect choice for this important initiative,” said Jessica Elfenbein, the Graduate School’s Senior Associate Dean. “We look forward to the many contributions Dr. Brandt will make to graduate student life at USC.”
An honors alumna of the University of Iowa, Dr. Brandt earned her MSPH and PhD in public health and graduate certificates in gerontology and women’s studies at the University of South Carolina.