Speakers for Academic Career Series
For several years Career Services has organized two academic career series for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows and co-sponsored them with the Deputy Provost. The Academic Career Conference, in the fall, and the Faculty Conversations on the Academic Job Search and Academic Life, in the spring, feature speakers who are members of the faculty and the administration. This year more than 20 Penn faculty and several administrators, including the new Deputy Provost, took the time to speak on such topics as interviewing, how a search committee operates, negotiating offers, understanding tenure, preparing for your new faculty position, and parenting in the academy. Many others who were asked but had conflicts offered to speak at another time. Seven faculty members from other institutions also participated.
For future academics, the importance of hearing faculty members discuss these topics cannot be underestimated. Doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows 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.
We’d like to thank those who generously shared their own stories, observations on academia, and advice on the job search this year and in past years. During the summer we will contact potential speakers for the fall. If you’re interested in participating, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
—Julie Miller Vick, —Jennifer S. Furlong,
Associate Director Career Counselor
Career Services Career Services
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 34, May 23, 2006
May 23, 2006
Volume 52 Number 34