HARTFORD, CT, January 24, 2013 – J. Violet Gannon, former assistant dean of the College and director of The University of Chicago Careers in Health Professions Program (UCIHP), will fill the new position of Director of Career Development at Trinity. Gannon, who will take the reins as director on February 18, will report to Mary Jo Keating ‘74, secretary of the college and vice president for college relations.
Keating noted that the position of director of career development was created to recognize the critical role that career development will play in attracting new students to Trinity, and enable current students and alumni to reach their full potential in the workplace and in graduate degree programs. In addition to supervising the staff in the Career Development Center, Gannon will partner with faculty, administrators, students and alumni to develop an operation that is state-of-the-art in liberal arts education.
“Career development at Trinity is one of the most important departments in terms of providing students with a meaningful, applicable preparation for their successful future in the world,” said Keating.
UCIHP is a comprehensive, four-year, pre-professional program that provides students and young alumni with the resources and support necessary to develop an individualized portfolio of knowledge, experiences, and competencies required for advanced study in health and medicine. Gannon also founded and directed the UCIHP Katen Scholars Program, a summer fellowship in which select undergraduates complete a substantive research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Gannon began her career in higher education at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, where she oversaw a federally funded investigation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse comorbidity. As a researcher in the department of medicine at The University of Chicago Medical Center, Gannon collaborated with faculty and hospital administrators to investigate the role of health care delivery in determining patients’ experiences and health outcomes.
Prior to joining The University of Chicago, Gannon worked at the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group as associate director of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform, where she was responsible for conducting policy analysis and identifying opportunities for strategic and programmatic growth.
Gannon has a B.A. from Brown University and a master’s degree in social policy from The University of Chicago.