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RJ Holmes-Leopold

Director of the Career Center, Career Center


  • Doctor of Education, Higher Education Management, University of Pennsylvania (expected 2022)
  • Education Specialist, Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, University of Iowa (2017)
    Seminar paper: The impact of intensive courses on the development of critical thinking skills among liberal arts college students
  • Master of Arts, College Student Personnel, University of Maryland, College Park (2001)
    Thesis: The relationship of race and gender to adult gay and lesbian identity development
  • Bachelor of Arts, Politics and Communications Studies, Cornell College (1999)

Work Experience

  • Director of the Career Center, Carleton College (2018 – present)
  • Senior Director Alumni Engagement and Leadership Annual Giving, Cornell College (2015-2018)
  • Director of the Career and Civic Engagement Center, Cornell College (2010-2015)
  • Director of Career Engagement Programs, Cornell College (2005-2010)
  • Assistant Director of Residence Life and Coordinator of Living and Learning Communities, Cornell College (2004-2005)
  • Residential College Director, Washington University in St. Louis (2001-2004)
  • Campus Advocate, Office of Judicial Programs and Student Ethical Development, University of Maryland (2000-2001)
  • Assistant Coordinator for Programs and Training, Department of Resident Life, University of Maryland (1999-2001)

Professional Involvement

  • Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN)
    • Co-Chair, Voice of the Liberal Arts Committee (2020-Present)
    • Member, Voice of the Liberal Arts Task Force (2019-2020)
    • Member, Benchmarking Committee (2019-2020)
  • Career Leadership Collective
    • Career Mastermind (2019-2020)
  • Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC)
    • Chair, Pre-Law Advisors National Council (2017-2019), Chair (2019-2021), Chair-Elect (2017-2019)
    • Conference Chair, 2016 Quadrennial Conference (2013-2016)
    • Designated Member (2010-2017)
  • Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors
    • President (2012-2014), President-Elect (2010-2012)
    • Ex-Officio Member (2014 – Present)


  • ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree (2021)
  • PLANC Dean Gerald Lee Wilson Excellence in Pre-Law Advising Award (2021)
  • MAPLA Donald Racheter Impact in Pre-Law Advising Award (2022)

At Carleton since 2018.