Kimberly Terry was recently recognized by the Graduate Coordinator Network as their Graduate Coordinator for Fall ’14. GCN Historian Jennifer Tipton sat down with Kimberly to find more about her life and career.
How long have you been a Graduate Coordinator?
I’ve been a GC for almost 9 years. I have worked in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, and I am currently with the Department of Psychology. [web]
What motivated you to become a Graduate Coordinator?
I love working with students. One of the great things about this job is that you can have a direct and meaningful impact on a student’s life.
Tell us what you find most rewarding about being a Graduate Coordinator.
This job is never boring! Working as closely as we do with faculty and students, you get a chance every day to help someone with something! Watching my students walk across the stage at graduation and knowing that I helped in that journey is the best feeling. I love having a job that allows me to make a difference in student’s lives!
Describe your most memorable event or experience in your career as a GC.
The most memorable event has to be working on the Liberal Arts Dissertation Boot Camp. After attending a presentation on dissertation boot camps at a NAGAP conference in Austin, several grad coordinators thought this would be a great service for the College of Liberal Arts to provide for our students. We worked on a proposal and submitted it to Dean Raizen. It was accepted and the Dissertation Boot Camp became a reality. We’ve had two years of the bootcamp and it’s really been a success for our students.
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of professional development. Not only were we able to create something beneficial for our students, but we were able to create a good working relationship with our Dean and College staff. Those relationships have proven to be invaluable. Take advantage of professional development opportunities. You never know where they will lead.
Tell us about your experience serving on the GCN Executive Committee.
This is a hard one. There were really so many great experiences. I think my favorite part was serving as Chair of the GCN. You really get to work closely with so many great coordinators and staff from around the University, in a way you wouldn’t normally have access to. I loved having a vision for our organization and working to move us closer to that goal. Plus the EC is always such an amazing group. I was constantly impressed with their ideas and drive. That goes for the whole GCN. We really are a talented group!
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I love to read; mysteries are my favorite! I’m kind of a professional couch potato, so to counter-act that I like to do a few 5K’s a year. My next one is the Trail of Lights 5K in December.