Career Services

The MA Career Services office serves all master’s students in the Social Sciences Division and offers specialized programming for CIR throughout the year. Find their dedicated career resources pages here.

Shelly L. Robinson, Senior Director of Career Services & Professional Development

Shelly L. Robinson leads career and professional development activities for the MA programs in the Division of the Social Sciences (MAPSS, MACSS, CIR). She oversees our career services operations, collaborates with administrative staff and academic leadership regarding policies and initiatives, and leads Divisional efforts in MA career and professional development. She has over 15+ years in student affairs administration with past experience in advertising, human resources, talent acquisition, and operations management.   

Shelly earned her PhD from Purdue University (Communication) where she concentrated in organizational communication, multiculturalism, and learning theory and design. She also holds an MA in Communication and a BA in Telecommunications. Her current research interests include career-related discourse and educational policy and communication pedagogy. Over the years, she has taught communication, strategic writing, public speaking, career development and preparation, and critical thinking courses. At UChicago, she teaches the Graduate Practicum in the Social Sciences course for those interested in gaining applied experience or writing a professional thesis.  

Phone: (773) 834-1621 
Office: 1155 E. 60th Street, Room 285F

Lauren Sheely, Employer Relations Manager

Lauren works to cultivate and maintain relationships with government, corporate, and non-profit companies in the Social Science sector and connect these employers with students in the MAPSS, Committee on International Relations, and Computational Social Science programs. She also advises students in all three programs on all areas of career development. Lauren is a Chicago native with previous experience in donor relations and dramaturgy at several cultural institutions, including Court Theatre. She works extensively in the arts and culture sector, specifically at the intersection of dance and disability/chronic illness. Lauren holds a BA in Theatre and Dance from Grinnell College, and an MA in Humanities with a concentration in Theater and Performance Studies from University of Chicago’s MAPH program. 

Phone: (773 )834–1641
Office: 1155 E. 60th Street, Room 285G