Academic Career Advising:
A Message to Faculty Members

The Tenth Annual Academic Career Conference, co-sponsored by Career Planning and Placement and the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, will be held in September 1998. Each year the Academic Career Conference faculty and academic administrators have participated in panel discussions on issues relating to careers in higher education. For the last three years, the Conference has been followed by a year-long series of "Faculty Conversations on the Academic Job Search and Academic Life." Doctoral students are very grateful for the chance to hear about these topics and ask questions. Faculty panelists have enjoyed discussing such concerns with other faculty members and students from different disciplines.

Over the years many faculty members and academic administrators have spoken at these programs and we very much appreciate their willingness to participate. As we plan for next year's programs, we invite you to suggest colleagues who would be good speakers on these topics. Below are some program titles from previous Academic Career Conferences and Faculty Conversations.

  • Issues Facing Graduate Education
  • Your Job Search: Taking the Long View
  • What You and Your Department Can Expect from Each Other
  • Assembling a Dissertation Committee and Finishing in a Timely Manner
  • Writing a Strong Funding Application
  • Maintaining Relationships with Advisors and Other Faculty Members
  • What to Expect from a Convention Interview
  • Preparing for a Campus Interview for an Academic Job
  • Negotiating an Academic Job Offer
  • Behind the Scenes with a Search Committee
  • Interdisciplinary Options: When Your Ph.D. is in One Field and You Want a Job in Another
  • Making the Most of Your First Job
  • Behind the Scenes with a Tenure Committee
  • Dual Career Couples and Academic Jobs
  • Having a Life: Balancing Professional and Personal Responsibilities

This year graduate students have suggested additional program ideas:

  • Starting a family: timing, maternity leave, etc. for scientists
  • Being lesbian, gay, or bisexual and "being out" in the job hunt and in an academic career
  • Dual career couples when one member of the couple is not an academic

Please send suggestions to us by e-mail to or Thank you for your assistance.

-- Janice Madden,

Vice Provost for Graduate Education


--Mary Morris Heiberger,

Associate Director, and

--Julia Miller Vick,

Graduate Career Counselor,

Career Planning and Placement Service

Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 31, April 28, 1998