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Achieving Your First Academic Faculty Job [top]

Competition is fierce for entering academia. This panel features speakers from research universities, a liberal arts college, and a community college. Speakers will describe the critical qualifications for a strong job application at each institution type.

Perla Myers, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of San Diego
Academic Faculty Jobs at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions

Wilfred Denetclaw, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University
Faculty Careers at a M.S.-Granting Institution

Kerry Karukstis, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry, Harvey Mudd College
How to Get a Tenure-Track Position at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution

Pedro Gutierrez, Ph.D.
Instructor (Asst. Prof.), Biological Sciences, Coastline Community College
Teaching-Intensive Careers at Community Colleges

Michelle Dawson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Nuts and Bolts of Finding Your First Faculty Position at a Research Institution

Maria Benavides, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry & Physics, University of Houston-Downtown
How to Become a Professor at a PUI

Meda Higa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, York College of Pennsylvania
A Faculty Career at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (and how to get there!)

Roland Owens, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, National Institutes of Health
What Does the NIH Look for in Tenure-track Investigators?

Post-academic Ph.D. Careers: a Spectrum of Alternatives [top]

The majority of Ph.D. career paths lead to jobs outside of academia especially during these challenging economic times. This panel presents an opportunity for attendees to network with professionals in the careers of science writing, industrial management, non-profits, policy, etc. (Other presentations to be posted in the future.)

Yvonne Klaue, Ph.D.
Administrative Director of PPM Program, Keck Graduate Institute
If Not Academia, Where Do I Go? An Industry Focus (What career opportunities exist for postdocs, and what skills do you need to be competitive?)

Richard Weibl, Ed.D.
Director, Center for Careers in Science and Technology, American Association for the Advancement of Science
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships: Plug the Power of Science into Public Policy (2010 presentation)

Blogging, Tweeting, & Writing: An Online Presence can Impact Science and Your Career [top]

Web 2.0 social media tools provide new channels for promoting your science and career. How can an online presence through blogs and Twitter be balanced with the traditional measure of scholarship— publications? Panelists will describe how they use online tools to discuss science, engage the public, and publicize accomplishments.

Danielle Lee, Ph.D.
Scientific American blog: The Urban Scientist
Using Social Media to Chronicle Your Science Activities: Research, Teaching, and Outreach

Isis the Scientist, Ph.D.,
Blog: On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess
Social Media Revealed: Useful Science Tool or Another Way to Screw Around at Work?

Jason G. Goldman
Blog: The Thoughtful Animal
Science and Science Communication

Pascale Lane, Ph.D.,
Blog: Stream of Thought: Urine is Golden
Social Media for Outreach

Teresa Lamsam, Ph.D.
Executive Editor, Native Health News Alliance
Career Synergy: Journalism, Academia, & Community

Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.
Executive Director, DiverseScholar and Founding Editor,
Best Practices for Science & Health Reporting in Indian Country with General Advice about Science Journalism

Effective Strategies to Diversify Your Institution’s Postdoctoral Population [top]

This panel will discuss strategies for targeting underrepresented minorities for the goals of 1) broadening the postdoctoral applicant pool in recruitment activities and 2) establishing a support system dedicated to the retention and success of minority postdocs. Additional outreach methods include marketing on niche diversity websites, creating campus visit programs, developing partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions, and proactive recruiting by dedicated Postdoc Office staff. Practices for sustaining underrepresented postdocs include creating local diversity-focused postdoc associations, tapping into national virtual communities, and participating in annual diversity mentoring conferences. PDOs serve as a critical focal point for assessing these diversity efforts as well as modeling effective mentoring strategies for the benefit of all postdocs.

Alberto Roca, Ph.D.
Executive Director, DiverseScholar (a project of Community Partners)
Founding Editor,
Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of Diversity Niche Marketing

LaShauna Connell
Diversity & Recruitment Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania
Institutional Recruiting by a Postdoc Office

Chris Des Jarlais, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Univ of California, San Francisco
Postdoc Preparation Bootcamps

Edward Krug, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Medical Univ of South Carolina
Partnerships between NIH IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellows and Minority Serving Institutions

Effective Time Management in Graduate School [top]

The years spent in a Ph.D. program require different time management skills. The first half is about taking courses, passing exams, and fulfilling requirements. The second half is about becoming an independent researcher. All students are invited to attend and learn time management strategies for graduate school.

Edward Krug, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Medical Univ of South Carolina
What the First Two Years Hold

Postdoc Fundamentals: Selecting a Training Experience to Match Your Career Goals [top]

Advanced PhD graduate students will learn how postdoctoral training can enhance their career goals. Presenters from the life, physical, and social sciences will describe 1) different postdoc types, 2) advisor & project selection considerations, 3) sources of funding, and 4) resources for professional development.

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Postdoc Fundamentals

Edward Krug, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Medical Univ of South Carolina
Career-Focused Postdoctoral Training Programs

Postdoc Fellowships & Opportunities with a Diversity Goal [top]

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity: Pipeline to Tenure-Track

Jerry Bryant, Ph.D.
Fellowships Director, UNCF/Merck Science Initiative
UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships (2004 presentation)

Carlos Garza, Ph.D.
Research Geneticist, NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service
University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Christine O’Brien
Program Supervisor, Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Council
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowships

Muriel Poston, Ph.D.
Acting Deputy Division Director, DBI/BIO, National Science Foundation
NSF Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Anthony Rene, Ph.D.
NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Michael Sesma, Ph.D.
NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Policies and State of the Postdoctoral Condition [top]

Paula Stephan, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Georgia State University
The Economics of the Postdoctoral Position. See article:
Stephan P. Research efficiency: Perverse incentives. Nature 484: 29-31 (2012)

Minority Postdocs for Faculty Diversity [top]

Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.
Executive Director, DiverseScholar and Founding Editor,
Minority Postdocs are the Source for Future Faculty of Color (2013)

Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.
Executive Director, DiverseScholar and Founding Editor,
How Many (Minority) Postdocs? Where Do They Go? (2015)

Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.
Executive Director, DiverseScholar and Founding Editor,
Faculty Career Outcomes of Minority Postdoctoral Scholars (2016)

last updated 5-Mar-2017