The Catholic University of America

Center for Academic and Career Success

The office is located in McMahon Hall, Room 102

Phone: 202-319-6262       Email: success@cua.edu

Walk-In Consulting Hour: M-Th 3:30-4:15 pm (Resume/Cover Letter Critique/Quick Questions) No Appointment Necessary!

To schedule an appointment call us (202-319-6262) or stop by (102 McMahon Hall)

An Integrated Approach From Orientation Through Graduation
At the Center for Academic and Career Success we provide the guidance, resources and support that lead you to academic and career success. Whether you need help forming an academic plan or choosing a career pathway our integrated approach provides individual support that helps you flourish in your studies while helping you prepare for a career that will bring you joy and satisfaction.

From the first steps on campus, students participate in a wide array of exciting learning opportunities.  An Academic and Career Advisor will assist students in exploring and identifying academic and career interests, goals and the creation of plans by which to achieve them.  In the process, the Advisor will model and promote independence and autonomy with the goal of supporting student’s personal, academic and professional success.

The Academic and Career Advisor will assist and educate students in tracking their academic and career progress, introduce pertinent academic and career resources, and present extracurricular, internship and networking opportunities that will help students identify and achieve their personal, academic and career goals..

Services Policy
The policy for access to services provided by the Center for Academic and Career Success may be found here.
 
DIRECTIONS TO CAREER SERVICES

   

 

Co-Directors
Center for Academic and Career Success

Anthony Chiappetta
Co-Director

chiappetta@cua.edu
 
 
 
 
 
 

  • More About Tony:

    I earned my M.Ed. in Counseling from Springfield College in 1998 and B.A. in Psychology at Villanova University in 1994.  I have been advising students at Catholic University for over 7 years, conducting presentations and in-person session for students, faculty/staff, and alumni on achieving both career and academic goals.  Outside the office, I can often be found in an impromptu conversation somewhere between McMahon Hall and the Pryzbyla Center.  Feel free to stop me with a question anytime.

 

Colin Pears
Co-Director
pears@cua.edu
 
 
 
 

  • More About Colin:

    Originally, from New England, I earned my BA in Political Science from the University of Maine, my MA in Political Science and my MA in Philosophy from Boston College, and then my PhD in Philosophy from Catholic University here in Washington, DC.  Since 2010 I have managed the academic support and advising operations here at Catholic University while teaching and supporting the First-Year Experience and the Humanities programs.  Coming from a non-traditional educational background that celebrated the liberal arts, I have a passion for student support and mentoring. 

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Academic and Career Advisors
Humanities & School of Business


Kathryn Marshall
Associate Director
for Academic and Career Advising
marshalk@cua.edu
 
 
 
 

  • More About Kathryn:

    As the Associate Director at the Center for Academic and Career Success at CU, I provide academic and career advising for students interested in exploring majors, internships, writing resumes and cover letters, along with developing strong interview and job search strategy skills.

    I earned a BS degree from Florida State University and a M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina. I am certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory.

Lynsey Hayes
Academic and Career Advisor
hayesle@cua.edu
 
 
  

  • More About Lynsey:

    As a member of the advising team since the summer of 2017, it has been a pleasure working with the students at Catholic U. In my role as an Academic and Career Advisor, I currently provide academic advising to incoming freshmen in the School of Business and the Humanities. Additionally, I assist students with cover letters, resumes, and interview skills across all four years. During my time in Higher Education I have served as an Anatomy and Physiology Teaching Assistant, Education Coordinator and Academic Advisor, all with the goal of supporting students as they progress through their academic journey.

    I received my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and my Masters of Science in Integrative Exercise Physiology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

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Brigid O'Dowd
Aademic and Career Advisor

odowd@cua.edu
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Academic and Career Advisors
Hard Sciences

Nickolas Atlas
Academic and Career Advisor

atlasnr@cua.edu


 
 
 
 

 

  • More About Nick:

    I am originally from the great state of Connecticut and came to Washington, DC in 2008 to begin my undergraduate studies at CUA. I graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in History and immediately began working as a staff member for the university. I've worked in several offices on campus and joined the Center for Academic & Career Success in November of 2017. I received my master's degree in History from CUA in May 2017. I currently live in DC with my 2 year old dog Count Atlas who is a Jack Russel/Chihuahua mix. 

     

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Soad Mahfouz
Academic and Career Advisor

mahfouz@cua.edu
 

 

  • More About Soad:

    I have been working with students in higher education for over a decade in different capacities, including admissions, career guidance, and academic advising.  I was drawn to the field of career counseling while working on my Master’s thesis, which examined the factors that influence choosing a major. 

    As the Assistant Director, I help with providing career counseling to CUA students and alums. I also assist students with their resumes and cover letters, job/internship searches, and interview skills. In addition, I am responsible for the Career Peer Advisors (CPA) program.   

    I earned my BA degree in Psychology and English Literature, and my MS degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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Academic and Career Advisor

@cua.edu
 

 

  • More About :

    I have been working with students in higher education for over a decade in different capacities, including admissions, career guidance, and academic advising.  I was drawn to the field of career counseling while working on my Master’s thesis, which examined the factors that influence choosing a major. 

    As the Assistant Director, I help with providing career counseling to CUA students and alums. I also assist students with their resumes and cover letters, job/internship searches, and interview skills. In addition, I am responsible for the Career Peer Advisors (CPA) program.   

    I earned my BA degree in Psychology and English Literature, and my MS degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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Academic and Career Advisors
Social Sciences

 

Danielle Gallagher
Academic and Career Advisor
gallagherd@cua.edu

  • More About Danielle:

    I came to Catholic University by way of James Madison University, where I completed my M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration and B.S. in Mathematics with a Secondary Education Concentration. While at JMU I gained experience in several functional areas, including career and academic advising, pre-health advising, residential life, and disability services. As an Academic and Career Advisor, my goal is to help Catholic University students make informed academic and career decisions, which will ultimately lead towards success here at Catholic and in their future. I start every morning with a cup of (black) coffee and although I am sadly not a current a pet owner, love all cat related things.

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Tracey Thomas, Ph.D.
Academic and Career Advisor



 
 
 

    • More About Tracey:


      I earned a Ph.d in English Literature from Indiana University with a specialty in Victorian Literature; I also have an MA in Library Science from the University of Chicago, with a particular study in Children’s Literature.  I have been advising students at Catholic U for three years, during which I worked closely with departmental advisors, disability services and tutoring services to help students access all the resources available to create a coherent educational plan that addresses each student’s unique abilities, aspirations, interests, and values.  And, all I want for Christmas is for the Cubs to win the World Series (again).

       

       

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Honors

Julia Browne
Academic and Career Advisor
brownej@cua.edu
 
 
 
 

  • More About Julia:


    I come to Catholic University with almost 20 years of career and academic advising experience. Given my interdisciplinary background, I am particularly excited to be working with the students in the University Honors Program. 

    I received my BA in political science from Hartwick College and earned my MS Ed in counseling psychology from St. Bonaventure University. I am certified in MBTI and love to use it in ways that facilitate self-understanding, communication and professional development. I am here to help students clarify their goals, and develop and implement a strategy to be successful in the short and long term. I love tea, travel and family.



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Academic Coaches

Vanessa Bisbee
Academic Coach
bisbee@cua.edu



 
 

 

    • More About Vanessa:

      I have worked in academic advising, career advising, and student services for ten years. I have also taught at the high school and college level. A transplant from the West Coast, I earned a B.A. at Willamette University and an M.S. in Education at Western Oregon University. My job is to help students navigate the difficulties of transitioning to college and to develop the study skills that will help them succeed in their academic and professional careers. 

       

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Andrew Litke, Ph.D.
Academic Coach
litke@cua.edu



 
 

 

    • More About Andrew:


      After floating around several different disciplines in college, I fell in love with the academic study of the Hebrew Bible during my junior year and earned my BA in Religion from Furman University and after that, my MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. I then came to Catholic University of America in 2009 where I earned my MA and PhD in Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures. Both of my parents are teachers, and they instilled in me a deep love of the liberal arts and a profound respect and concern for each of my students. I love that as an Academic Coach, I have the opportunity to help students process new ideas and life experiences as they develop throughout their collegiate years.


       

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Josef Thomas Simpson, Ph.D.
Academic Coach
simpsonjt@cua.edu
 
 
 
 

  • More About Josef:

    I am a first generation college student and began my college education at a community college. I quickly transferred to Biola University where I earned a BA in philosophy. I continued my education earning an MA in philosophy from Fordham University, and then another MA and a PhD in philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. As a first generation college student, I am in a unique position to understand the difficulties that young men and women face early in their higher education careers. My experiences and upbringing have given me a passion for education and the skills to succeed which I strive to pass on to those students I coach in academic and life skills. In addition to my work as an academic coach, I teach part time at the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies and the School of Philosophy.

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New Hire
Academic and Career Advisor

@cua.edu
 

 

  • More About :

    I have been working with students in higher education for over a decade in different capacities, including admissions, career guidance, and academic advising.  I was drawn to the field of career counseling while working on my Master’s thesis, which examined the factors that influence choosing a major. 

    As the Assistant Director, I help with providing career counseling to CUA students and alums. I also assist students with their resumes and cover letters, job/internship searches, and interview skills. In addition, I am responsible for the Career Peer Advisors (CPA) program.   

    I earned my BA degree in Psychology and English Literature, and my MS degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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Employer Relations

Peggy Julian
Associate Director, Employer Relations

julianp@cua.edu
 
 
 
 
 
 

  • More About Peggy:

    I have been working in higher education for over the past 14 years. I began working in the School of Engineering at The Catholic University of America in 2001 and left in 2015 as the Director of Student Services and Academic Support. I am very excited to be back on campus serving CUA students in a different capacity in the Office of Career Services.

    As the Associate Director of Employer Relations, I hope to develop long lasting relationships with a wide range of employers to give the CUA student body and alumni a variety of employment opportunities.

    My goal is to broaden outreach programs to keep returning employers coming to the Career Fairs and excite new organizations to create long lasting relationships with CUA promoting career placement sustainability.

    I earned my M.A. in Education Administration from The Catholic University of America in 2008.

 

Graham Bottrel
Senior Associate Director, Employer Relations & Assessments

bottrel@cua.edu
 
 
 
 
 

  • More About Graham:

    Following 10+ years of a career in social services, I transitioned into higher education with a focus on career services.  My career transition allowed me to work at colleges and universities including Drexel University and Harcum College.  Prior to CUA, I spent 6 years at George Washington University (GW) as the Associate Director of Employer Relations with the goal of connecting students and employers through recruiting, networking, and branding opportunities.  During my time at GW, I had the pleasure of offering career-related programming to students with disabilities, student veterans, minority students, international students, and student athletes.

    As the Senior Associate Director, I will once again have the opportunity to connect students and employers by cultivating relationships with new employers, maximizing CUA connections, and enhancing opportunities for students and employers to connect and discover each other.  Additionally, I am responsible for student career outcomes data.  

    I earned my Master’s degree in Higher Education, Assessment & Evaluation from Kaplan University and my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.  Additionally, I am certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment (MBTI).

Student Employment


Amanda Jones
Assistant Director, Student Employment
jonesa@cua.edu


 
 
 

  • More About Amanda:

    I began working in the Career Services Office in August 2006, at the beginning of the academic year, and it hasn't been any less exciting. There is always something new and exciting going on in our office. As the Student Employment Coordinator, I enjoy interacting with students and their supervisors, though I have to admit that my favorite part is getting ready for National Student Employment Week because I get to walk around campus taking pictures of students at work. The rest of the year I help students and their supervisors with work-study questions, and also answer student questions about on-campus employment.

    I have a Master's degree in Public Health, in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley where I majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish Literature.

     

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Administrative Assistants

Erica Fuller
fullerem@cua.edu



 
 


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Michele Gibbs
gibbs@cua.edu



 
 


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