Melanie Sinche, MA, MEd

Keynote Speaker, Interview Skills Workshop

Job Title: Interim Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs; Director, Career Development Center; Executive Director, Women’s Leadership Center

Current Employer: University of Saint Joseph


  • M.Ed., Counseling, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (2004)

  • M.A., Russian and East European Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1994)

  • A.B., Russian Studies, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY (1992)


Melanie Sinche serves as the Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, the Director of the Career Development Center, and the Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in Connecticut, working with undergraduate and graduate students to help them achieve their career goals. Prior to joining USJ, she served as Director of Education at The Jackson Laboratory, developing career programs for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Melanie is the author of Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science, published by Harvard University Press in August 2016. While working on Next Gen PhD, she served as a Research Associate in the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, conducting research on careers for science PhDs. She has served as the Founding Director of the FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Harvard University, held the same position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health to build the first NIH Career Center for over 9,000 trainees. Melanie received her A.B. from Colgate University, graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and North Carolina State University, and holds the National Certified Counselor credential.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

  • Communication skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Decision-making skills

What I love most about my job:

I have always enjoyed helping PhD-level scientists explore a variety of career paths. It is such a rewarding endeavor! Working one-on-one or in groups with people who are grappling with career decisions is a passion of mine, and I feel fulfilled by this work.

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