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Twentieth Annual Academic Career Conference for PhD Students and Postdocs

September 9, 2008 , Volume 55, No. 3

Since the first Academic Career Conference 20 years ago, more than 80 faculty members and administrators from Penn and area institutions, have participated in it or in its spring component, Faculty Conversations on the Academic Job Search and Academic Life. Penn graduate students and postdoctoral fellows benefit from faculty, administrators and advanced doctoral students who share their time and advice on preparing for academic careers. The Academic Career Conference will include a variety of programs and workshops for those whose career goal is a faculty position.

The Twentieth Annual Academic Career Conference for PhD Students and Postdocs–Fall 2008 is co-sponsored by Career Services and the Associate 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 what search committees do.

Humanities and Social Sciences, Friday, September 19, noon-1:15 p.m., Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

• Susan Yoon, assistant professor of education, University of Pennsylvania
• Jessica Goldberg, assistant professor of history, University of Pennsylvania

Science and Engineering, Monday, September 22, 4-5:15 p.m., Golkin Room, Houston Hall

• Shu Yang, Skirkanich Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
• Charles Branas, associate professor of epidemiology, department of biostatistics and epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania

The Insider’s Guide to Graduate Education: A Program for First- and Second-Year PhD Students

Tuesday, October 14, 5:30-6:45 p.m. (reception begins at 5 p.m.), Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

• Andrew Binns, associate provost for education, University of Pennsylvania, 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, choosing a committee, staying on track and completing one’s program. 

Outcomes Assessment: National Context and the Future of College Teaching

Monday, November 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

• Robert Nelson, associate director, Provost’s Office, University of Pennsylvania

Teaching Careers in Different Kinds of Institutions
Thursday, November 20, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

• Benjamin Olshin, assistant professor of philosophy, history, and history of science, The University of the Arts
• Jamie Taylor, assistant professor of English, Bryn Mawr College
• Scott Van Bramer, professor and chair of Chemistry, Widener University

Please RSVP for speaker programs to Emily Rollins at rollinse@upenn.edu.

Workshops by Career Services Staff

Preparing Written Materials for the Academic Job Search;Monday, September 15, noon-1 p.m., Graduate Student Center, Room 305

Talking About Your Research; Monday, October 6, noon-1 p.m., Graduate Student Center, Room 305

Talking About Your Teaching; Tuesday, October 7, noon-1 p.m., McNeil 97

Finding the Right Postdoc for You: Advice from Current Postdocs; Thursday, November 13, noon-1 p.m., Location: TBA

Preparing for Conference/Convention Interviews; Tuesday, December 2, noon-1 p.m., McNeil 97

—Julie Miller Vick, Senior Associate Director, Career Services


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