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18th Annual Academic Career Conference: Fall 2006 for Ph.D. Students and Postdocs
September 12, 2006, Volume 53, No. 3

Penn graduate students and postdoctoral fellows continue to benefit from faculty, administrators and advanced doctoral students who share their time and advice on preparing for academic careers. The Academic Career Conference, co-sponsored by Career Services and the Deputy Provost, will include several programs in the fall semester with something for graduate students at various levels.

Going on the Academic Job Market: Advice from Faculty Members—faculty members from Penn and other institutions discuss applying for faculty positions, preparing for interviews, and understanding what happens on search committees.

Humanities and Social Sciences: September 19, 4-5:30 p.m., Irvine Auditorium G16.

Science and Engineering: September 25, 4-5:30 p.m, Golkin Room, Houston Hall.

The Basics of the Academic Job Search—Career Services counselors discuss preparing written materials, identifying sources of job openings, obtaining recommendations, the academic timetable, and getting ready for interviews.

Humanities and Social Sciences: September 18, 4-5:30 p.m, Graduate Student Center 305.

Science and Engineering: September 28, noon-1 p.m., Class of 1947, Houston Hall.

Charting Your Course: Understanding the Changing Higher Education  Landscape as You Plan Your Career in Academe—Chris M. Golde, a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the research director for the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate will discuss what Ph.D. students can do to shape their graduate student experience and their career goals and why they should be aware of current trends in higher education; October 10, 4-5:30 p.m., Class of 1947, Houston Hall.

The Insider’s Guide to Graduate Education at Penn: A Program for First-Year Ph.D. Students—advanced doctoral students/recent Ph.D.’s give first-hand advice on being a successful graduate student including getting off to a good start, choosing a committee, staying on track and completing one’s program. Moderated by Janice Bellace, deputy provost; October 30, 4-5:30 p.m., Graduate Student Center 305.

The Toolkit for Second Year+ Ph.D. Students—faculty members speak about getting and documenting good teaching experience, selecting and working with your dissertation committee, staying on track, starting to present your work and other topics of concern for future faculty members; November 15, 4:30-6 p.m., Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall.

Almanac - September 12, 2006, Volume 53, No. 3