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Annual Academic Career Conference for Doctoral Students, Recent PhDs and Postdoctoral Fellows
September 28, 2010, Volume 57, No. 05

The 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 21 years, nearly 100 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 Associate Provost for Education.

Check for updates at www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/gradstud/calendar.html.

Going on the Academic Job Market:
Advice from Faculty Members

Faculty members discuss applying for positions, preparing for interviews and understanding how search committees work.

Science & Engineering: Monday, October 4, 5-6:30 p.m., Golkin Room, Houston Hall

David Pope, professor of materials science and engineering & undergraduate chair, Penn

Michael Sears, assistant professor of biology, Bryn Mawr College

Reneé H. Moore,assistant professor of biostatistics, School of Medicine, Penn

Humanities & Social Sciences: Tuesday, October 5, 5-6:30 p.m., Class of ’49 Auditorium, Houston Hall

Emily Hannum, associate professor of sociology, Penn

Robert St. George, associate professor of history, Penn

Rachel Sagner Buurma, assistant professor of English, Swarthmore College

Faculty Careers in Different Kinds of
Teaching-Focused Institutions

Wednesday, October 6, 5-6:30 p.m., Golkin 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.

María Luisa Ortega Hernández, associate professor of Spanish, Community College of Philadelphia

Irene Kan, assistant professor of psychology, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Putting Together a Strong Job Talk

Friday, October 8, noon-1 p.m., Room 402, Claudia Cohen Hall

Yvonne Paterson, professor of microbiology, School of Medicine/professor of nursing & associate dean for research, School of Nursing, Penn

Applying for Academic Jobs in
Departments Other Than Your Own

Tuesday, October 12, 5-6:15 p.m., Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

Frances Barg, assistant professor of family medicine and community health, School of Medicine & assistant professor of anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences

Amy Hillier, assistant professor of city & regional planning, School of Design, senior fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics & senior fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives, Penn

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

Wednesday, October 13, 5:15-6:45 p.m., (refreshments, 5 p.m.), Golkin Room, Houston Hall

Andrew Binns, vice provost for education, and a panel of advanced doctoral students/recent PhDs discuss getting off to a good start, understanding a career in research, choosing a committee and staying on track.

Workshops by Career Services Staff

Talking about Your Research: Thursday, October 14, noon-1 p.m., Conference Room 97, McNeil Building

Talking about Your Teaching, featuring Bruce Lenthall, director, Center for Teaching and Learning: Wednesday, October 20, noon-1 p.m., Conference Room 97, McNeil Building

Finding the Right Postdoc: Advice from Current Postdoctoral Fellows: Thursday, November 4, noon-1 p.m., Room 305, Graduate Student Center

The Case for Grad Student Parents, featuring Mary Ann Mason, professor and co-director of the Center, Economics & Family Security at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Family Resource Center and Career Services: Thursday, November 18, 10-11 a.m., Family Resource Center Suite 240, Houston Hall

Preparing for Screening Interviews: Tuesday, November 30, noon-1 p.m., Room 305, Graduate Student Center

—Julie Miller Vick,
Senior Associate Director, Career Services,

Almanac - September 28, 2010, Volume 57, No. 05