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Observations on Academia

For several years Career Services has organized two academic career series for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows: the Academic Career Conference held in the fall and Faculty Conversations on the Academic Job Search and Academic Life held in the spring semester. The speakers featured in these programs are members of the faculty and the administration. This year more than ten Penn faculty from many departments and several administrators, including the President, took the time to speak on such topics as interviewing, how a search committee operates, negotiating offers, understanding tenure, life in the academy and "having a life." Many others who were asked but had conflicts offered to speak at another time. And five faculty members from other institutions also participated.

For future academics, the importance of hearing faculty members speak on these topics cannot be underestimated. Doctoral students are very grateful for the chance to hear about issues that are or will soon be real concerns and to ask questions about them. Faculty speakers often find it enjoyable to present and discuss these issues with students from various disciplines.

I'd like to thank those Penn faculty and administrators who generously shared their own stories and their observations on academia this year and in past years. During the summer I will soon be contacting potential speakers for the fall. If you're interested in participating, please contact me at .

--Julie Vick,Graduate Career Counselor, Career Services

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 33, May 7, 2002


May 7, 2002
Volume 48 Number 33

A memorial gathering will be held at noon today, in remembrance of Shannon Shieber who was killed four years ago today.

This year's Perkins Award goes to a long-time member of the GSFA faculty.
The School of Veterinary Medicine awards to seven members of its faculty.
The Penn's Way 2002 campaign raised over $400,000.
Speaking Out on Bicyclists vs Pedestrians, and Convenience vs. Confidentiality.
Death of Dr. Frederic Roll, emeritus professor of civil engineering.
Reports from the Senate Committee on the Faculty as well as the Senate Committee on Administration, along with Procedures Regarding Misconduct in Research and Policy for Postdoctoral Fellows.
Two faculty are named to the National Academy of Sciences and one to AAAS.
The expanded PENNCard Policy covers emergency events.
The Three-Year Academic Calendar covers through 2004-2005.