|Annual Academic Career Conference for PhD Students and Postdocs
September 22, 2009,
Volume 56, No. 04
The Twenty-First Annual Academic Career Conference features several panels and workshops during the course of the fall semester on topics of interest to doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows who are looking for academic jobs and planning academic careers. Speakers are faculty members and administrators from Penn and area colleges and universities. In the last 20 years, nearly 90 faculty members and administrators from Penn and area institutions have participated in this series or in its spring semester counterpart, Faculty Conversations on the Academic Job Search and Academic Life. Penn doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows benefit from faculty, administrators and advanced doctoral students, who are sharing their time to provide advice on preparing for academic careers. Both series are co-sponsored with the Vice Provost for Education.
Going on the Academic Job Market: Advice from Faculty Members
Penn faculty members discuss applying for positions, preparing for interviews and understanding how search committees work.
Science & Engineering: Wednesday, September 23, 4-5:30 p.m., Class of ’49 Auditorium, Houston Hall
• Minghong Ma, assistant professor, neuroscience
• Daniel S. Gianola, Skirkanich Assistant Professor, materials science and engineering
Humanities & Social Sciences: Thursday, September 24, 4-5:30 p.m., Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall
• John M. MacDonald, Jerry Lee Professor of Criminology, criminology
• Josephine Park, associate professor, English, director, Asian American Studies Program
The Insider’s Guide to Graduate Education: Program for First & Second Year PhD Students
Tuesday, October 13, 5:15-6:45 p.m., reception begins at 5 p.m.,Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall
• Andrew Binns, Penn’s Vice Provost for Education, will introduce and moderate a panel of five advanced doctoral students/recent PhDs who will give first-hand advice on being a successful graduate student including getting off to a good start, understanding what a career in research involves, choosing a committee, staying on track and completing one’s program.
Teaching Careers in Different Kinds of Institutions
Tuesday, November 10, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall
Faculty members from area institutions will discuss what makes their institution unique and how to effectively conduct your job search if you are interested in an institution like theirs. Speakers TBA.
Check online for updates at www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/gradstud/acc2009.html
Please RSVP for speaker programs to Helen Kioukis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops by Career Services Staff
Talking About Your Research; October 8, noon, Conference Room 97, McNeil Building
Preparing for the Academic Job Market, Part 2: Preparing for Interviews; October 13, noon, Room 305, Graduate Student Center
Talking About Your Teaching; October 20, noon, Conference Room 97, McNeil Building
Finding the Right Postdoc: Advice from Current Postdoctoral Fellows; November 13, noon, Room 305, Graduate Student Center
Preparing for Conference Interviews; December 7, noon, Room 97, McNeil Building
—Julie Miller Vick, Senior Associate Director, Career Services