The Office of Graduate Student Services (GSS) combines graduate academic advising, international education, and career development to help students plan their studies for their future career. GSS is dedicated to providing guidance throughout a graduate student’s tenure at the Elliott School and worldwide career opportunities to current graduate students, graduate alumni, and prospective employers.
Academic Advising: Advisors will help guide you in your graduate studies as you choose your courses, develop your plan of study, and navigate your requirements and resources here at GW and the Elliott School. Advisors are assigned by program – find out who your advisor is here and read more about them below!
Sarah Denes (pronounced ‘Dennis’, IA & Grad Certificates) has worked in higher education since 2009, and prior to joining the Elliott School, she worked with faculty and students in the School of Languages and Literatures at Penn State. In her spare time, she enjoys running, biking, traveling, eating great food, and hanging out with her husband, Sam, and dog, Ellie.
Elizabeth Lusk (GC, IDS, ISTP, IEP, SPS) received a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership and a specialization in Student Affairs at Old Dominion University (ODU). Her passion for exploration and travel led her to study abroad in Ireland during her undergraduate career and Hong Kong during her graduate coursework. Elizabeth is actively engaged in the leadership of her local alumni chapter and is a member of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.
Patrick Murphy (AS, EES, LAHS, MES, MIS) received a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Iowa. He spent two years working at World Learning on a Department of State-funded exchange program. Specifically, he worked with undergraduate exchange students from the Middle East, North Africa, and East Asia. He is passionate about higher education and, specifically, the globalization of U.S. college campuses.
Jonathan Walker (MIPP) oversees ESIA’s student services through the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising and the Office of Graduate Student Services. He also works in tandem with ESIA’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion to shape the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Jonathan is a graduate of Fayetteville State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. He completed a Master of Science in College Student Personnel at Arkansas Tech University.
International Education: Explore international programs, internship grants and study abroad options. Gain experience by adding a truly international component to your studies! Find out more here.
The coaches will help you design a career path that is strategically aligned with your future goals, academic program, and personal interests. The workshops will show you how to sine in an interview or successfully negotiate salary. The networking programs and site visits will connect you to prospective employers and Elliott School alumni mentors. Find out more here
Sharon McCoy served as an Associate Director in the White House Presidential Personnel Office prior to GW, where she contributed to the recruitment, placement, and retention of political appointees at national security agencies. From 2014 to 2016, Ms. McCoy was a Press Assistant in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Before her work in the Federal Government, she was a Research Fellow at GovLoop and served as a Program Assistant for the Washington, D.C. semester programs of the University of Georgia (UGA) and New York University (NYU). From 2013 to 2015, she volunteered as a staff member for the group, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). A speaker of Spanish, she has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, including the countries of Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Uruguay. Ms. McCoy received a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego.
Tara Sonenshine served as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs until 2013. Tara has a distinguished career in government, non-profits, and the media. She has demonstrated expertise in foreign policy, programming, communications strategy, and public policy and has had extensive dealings with business, community and governmental leaders worldwide. Her high-level experience in the media includes producing news programs for network television and authoring articles for national print and online media.
She is the winner of 10 News Emmy Awards and other awards in journalism for programs on domestic and international issues. Having served on the Board of Trustees at the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and other organizations, she has actively consulted to the private sector, NGO sector, and multiple clients on media outreach, board development, and strategic communications including facilitation and moderating programs for The Wilson Center, The United States Institute of Peace, Voice of America and others. Tara has worked at The White House as Deputy Director of Communications.
Jim Wylde has 25+ years of experience in global career and leadership development. His background includes 16 years with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and subsequent service as a consultant to international organizations such as the World Bank Group, along with public, private, and non-profit organizations, and universities. For nine years, he managed his own leadership coaching and facilitation practice, WyldeFire Creatives LLC, during which time he was also a Principal Consultant with Contacts Count, a networking training and consulting firm.
He holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Oberlin College. As a coach certified through the International Coach Foundation (ICF), he has focused on dynamic communication and global public service. Earlier in his career, Jim served as Director of Cooperative Education at the American University Career Center. With a passion for all things international, Jim speaks Spanish, studied in Tours, France and lived in San José, Costa Rica. His personal mission is to inspire and equip the global leaders of the future. Jim is a co-author of the book Strategic Connections: The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative World (AMACOM 2015).
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