Career and Professional Development

The University of Oregon offers a multitude of professional development resources for graduate students. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in or outside of academia, students can seek career counseling and exploration, resume and CV reviews, interview preparation, teacher training and certificates, graduate workshops, and more.

Director of Graduate Studies

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Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 541-346-4031
Office: Friendly 406
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Alumni Careers

What kind of career can you get with language skills? As the alumni profiles below demonstrate, language study can take you just about anywhere!

Vice Consul, U.S. Consulate


Brandon Rigby, '16
Majored in: Romance Languages, Literature
Language: Spanish

Brandon earned a master of nonprofit management degree at UO before getting his PhD in romance languages, literature, and culture. During this time, he worked as a graduate assistant with Global Education Oregon, assisting Spanish speaking programs with outreach, advising, and pre-departure orientations. Brandon credits his advisor, Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, with encouraging him to take on new challenges like presenting at international conferences and publishing his work. After earning his PhD, he landed a job at the US Consulate in Mexico.

Spanish Lecturer, Cornell University


Nagore Sedano, '19
Majored in: Romance Languages
Language: Spanish

Nagore received a PhD in Romance Languages and a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Oregon. While completing her graduate studies, she taught Spanish language, culture, and literature courses as well as women’s and gender studies classes. Nagore is now a Lecturer of Spanish at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Related Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificates
Communication Ethics Certificate
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate

Graduate Specializations
Translation Studies
Politics, Culture, and Identity
Regional and International Conflict

Graduate Teaching Initiative 

The UO Teaching Engagement Program’s Graduate Teaching Initiative offers UO graduate students structured and rigorous, yet flexible, pathways to develop as college teachers. The program is meant to develop inclusive, engaged, and research-led teachers who will, in turn, help shape the campus teaching culture.

Graduate Teaching Initiative

Additional Career Resources

The Modern Language Association offers career resources for PhDs in the humanities who are seeking jobs in education as well as other fields.

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