Graduate Program Administrator/Academic Advisor III

Department of Political Science, Department of International Affairs, Center for International Trade & Security (CITS), School of Public & International Affairs

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Dr. Callaghan (formerly Dr. Morgan) earned her MA and PhD from the University of Georgia, where she taught English for several years before joining SPIA. She now administers the MA and the PhD in Political Science & International Affairs and the Master in International Policy (MIP) and can handle any questions you may have, whether they’re about a graduate program, Athens, or other aspects of student life and wellbeing. She is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science part-time at Valdosta State University with a specialty in reference & instruction librarianship. She recently completed the Federal Advisor Certificate through the Partnership for Public Service.

In her free time, she enjoys playing with her two rescue dogs, board games with her husband, and making overly elaborate Halloween costumes.

Questions about graduate studies? Please email or drop by a weekly Ask the Advisor session Tuesdays at 2pm EST to chat about our graduate programs. Please note: I do not have an office phone, so email is the best way to contact me.

Education
  • Master of Library and Information Science, Valdosta State University (ongoing)
  • Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Georgia, 2015
  • M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Georgia, 2010
  • B.A.,  English Literature and Creative Writing, Mississippi University for Women, 2008
More About

I’m an Air Force brat who grew up a little bit of everywhere. I came to Georgia in 2008 for my MA in English Language & Literature and loved UGA and Athens so much that I never left. I taught freshman composition and English literature at UGA while earning my graduate degrees and also worked as a writing consultant in the UGA Writing Center, where I worked with students one-on-one to develop and refine their writing. I completed my PhD (also in English Language & Literature) in 2015. My dissertation focused on the roles of cognitive dissonance and narrative structure in promoting social activism through British women writers’ fiction of the 18th and 19th centuries, with a central focus on Jane Austen. After finishing my PhD, I took a job at UGA and later came to SPIA in 2018.

My favorite part of this job is the many opportunities to work with graduate students in a variety of capacities. In addition to the administrative side of my role, I also teach workshops on writing topics such as cover letters and resumes, provide one-on-one writing consultations, and offer guidance on career issues and professional development. I coordinate approximately 60 Double Dawg pathway students across three programs and help them navigate earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously. When I’m able to, I also participate in SPIA recruiting events and grad fairs.

I am a lifelong learner and recently began a Master of Library and Information Sciences (MLIS) degree part-time at Valdosta State University. My particular areas of interest are reference & instruction librarianship and rare books & special collections.

When I am not working or studying, I enjoy playing with my two rescue dogs, Wendy and Joan, attempting to help my pub trivia team PhDoom! win despite my woeful lack of sports knowledge, and spending time with my fiancé.

Areas of Expertise

Federal hiring processes, academic and technical writing, academic research, resume and cover letter best practices

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Federal Advisor Certificate, Partnership for Public Service, 2023

University of Georgia Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion, 2022

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes
Henry James’s Daisy Miller. Ed. Kristin Boudreau and Megan Stoner Morgan. Broadview Editions. Buffalo, NY: Broadview, 2011.

Refereed Journal Articles
“Speaking with a Double Voice: John Home’s Douglas and the Idea of Scotland.” Scottish Literary Review (Spring/Summer 2012).
“Pride and Potentiality: Doubling Elizabeth Bennet.” Persuasions On-Line 32.1 (Winter 2011): [n.pag.]

Book Chapters
“The Lion, the Witch, and the War Scenes: How Narnia Went from Allegory to Action Flick.” Fantasy Fiction into Film. Eds. Leslie Stratyner and James R. Keller. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007.