James M. Van Wyck

Assistant Dean for Professional Development
Office Phone
008 Clio Hall

James M. Van Wyck is the liaison for the Humanities & Social Sciences. He manages graduate student professional development programs, strategic communications, the GradFUTURES Fellowship programs, including the University Administrative Fellows Program, the GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship Program, and the Community College Teaching Fellowship Program.

Prior to Princeton, he worked for Robert Weisbuch and Associates (RWA), where he served as a senior research fellow and associate.  He was also a multi-year postdoctoral fellow at Fordham University, where he taught literature, public speaking, composition, and upper-level electives including "Literature and Leadership."  James holds a Ph.D. in English literature and languages/letters from Fordham University, an M.A. in English literature from the University at Buffalo, and a B.A. in English from William Paterson University.


  • Serve as liaison to graduate students and departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions
  • Oversee strategic communications and technology initiatives including oversight of the website, MyPrincetonU, social media, storytelling, online programs, video content, and the GradFUTURES Podcast
  • Assist associate dean with strategic partnerships, planning, and operations
  • Develop programs and campus-wide collaborations including signature GradFUTURES Learning Cohorts and the annual GradFUTURES Forum
  • Manage the promotion, administration, and partnerships for the University Administrative Fellows Program, Social Impact Fellows Program, Higher Education Leadership Fellows Program, and the Community College Teaching Initiative
  • Manage the GradFUTURES LinkedIn group and the partnership with LinkedIn Learning
  • Supervise a team of graduate student Professional Development Associates in the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions

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Selected Publications

Co-editor: The Reimagined PhD: Navigating 21st Century Humanities Education (Rutgers University Press, 2021).

"Academia is an Ecosystem, Not a Container: Rethinking (with) Quit Lit," chapter in Leaving the Grove: A Quit Lit Reader (Syracuse University Press, 2022).

"Academia is Not a Container." Nov 2, 2020. Inside Higher Ed.

“Graduate Students Need to Think Differently About Time.” Sep 9, 2019. Inside Higher Ed.

"From the Basement to the Dome: Navigating a Time of Change in PhD Career and Professional Development." Apr 29, 2019. Inside Higher Ed.

"What's Wrong with English Department Websites." Oct 9, 2018. Inside Higher Ed.

"How Advisors Can Bolster Their Career Guidance.” June 10, 2018. Inside Higher Ed.

For a complete list of publications, please see: jamesvanwyck.com