Eva Kubu named associate dean and director of graduate student professional development

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by Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications

Eva Kubu, director of Career Services, will be joining Princeton University’s Graduate School in the newly created role of director of graduate student professional development. Her appointment is effective July 1.

Kubu, who will also serve as an associate dean of the Graduate School, will lead efforts to develop a comprehensive and integrated program of professional development offerings for all graduate students, preparing them for diverse career paths.

“Doctoral education is all too often viewed solely as training to become a faculty member,” said Sarah-Jane Leslie, dean of the Graduate School and Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy. “While many of our graduate alumni go on to have careers in academia, an almost equal number go on to make spectacular contributions across the entire spectrum of career possibilities. We need to ensure that our graduate students feel fully prepared and supported as they explore the complete array of options before them. Eva brings a wealth of experience, insight, creativity and innovative vision, and I am delighted that she will be joining the Graduate School to lead these essential efforts.”

Kubu will report to Leslie. She will work directly with the dean, faculty, and campus and external partners to ensure professional development is a key component of formal and co-curricular graduate education at Princeton.

At least annually, Kubu will organize and chair a Professional Development Summit for all campus partners working in the area of graduate student professional development. She will also work to ensure that graduate students are central figures in Princeton’s developing innovation ecosystem. 

“I am deeply honored to have been selected to launch the professional development hub for graduate students at Princeton,” Kubu said. “I look forward to collaborating with faculty, staff, students, alumni and industry partners to build a cutting-edge professional development model that will ensure that all graduate students are prepared for successful careers within academe as well as the nonprofit and corporate sectors.”

Kubu has worked in the Office of Career Services since 2009, first as associate director of communications and outreach, then as director of external relations and operations and interim executive director. She was named director in 2015.

Prior to Princeton, Kubu was a marketing and communications manager for Rutgers University Career Services and an associate director of placement for DeVry University, where she also served as an adjunct instructor and consultant.

Kubu also was a managing partner at an executive coaching and leadership development firm. 

She has received numerous awards for her work, including Princeton’s Donald Griffin ’23 Management Award, the National Association of Colleges and Employers Innovation Excellence Award, the Metropolitan New York Career Planning Officers Association Alva C. Cooper Award for Innovative Career Center Planning and the DeVry University Innovative Teaching Award.

Kubu is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the Society of Human Resource Managers and the American Association of University Women, among others. She serves on the board of directors for Dress for Success Central New Jersey.

Kubu received a B.A. in psychology from Rutgers and an M.S. in higher education administration from Drexel University. She also holds a mini-MBA certificate in social media marketing from Rutgers Business School.