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Fall 2013 Professional Development Series

Academic Job Search Series

The 2013 Academic Job Search Series is co-sponsored by Duke Career Center, the Graduate School, and the Office of Postdoctoral Services.

Note: Most of the seminars are being video recorded and can be seen on the Duke Postdoctoral Services Youtube Channel.  As each one becomes available online, the link will be added to the corresponding seminar description below.

Sciences and Engineering Seminars

Thurs Sept 5, 9:00–10:30 a.m.

WHAT: Behind the Scenes with the Search Committee: The Academic Application Process (for postdocs and graduate students in the sciences and engineering)
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg (http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkId=2832)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/STEM-Application-Pckg

In this session, a faculty panel in the sciences and engineering will discuss the faculty recruitment process from the search committee’s perspective. Topics include what the search committee looks for in application documents (CV, cover letter, research/teaching statements), the screening process, and selecting candidates to interview.

Panelists:

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services Youtube Channel

Thurs Sept 12, 9:00–10:30 a.m.

WHAT: The Academic Interview (for postdocs and graduate students in the sciences and engineering)
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg (http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkId=2832)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/STEM-Interview-Process

In this session, a panel of Duke faculty members in the sciences and engineering will discuss the interview process for faculty jobs, including  the campus visit, the job talk/chalk talk, and typical interview questions.

Panelists:

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services Youtube Channel

Tues Sept 17, 9:00–10:30 a.m.

WHAT: STEM Faculty Careers Beyond Duke (for postdocs and graduate students in the sciences and engineering)
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg (http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkId=2832)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/STEM-Faculty-Careers-Beyond-Duke

At R-1 institutions like Duke, faculty often focus on research, grant-writing, and publications, sometimes to the exclusion of teaching. However, many postdocs and graduate students seek positions that provide more of a balance between teaching and research. In this session, faculty from schools that focus on both teaching and research will discuss applying, interviewing, and negotiating for positions at their respective institutions. They will also discuss the split between teaching and research, what a typical day is like, and “what they know now that they wish they’d known then”.

Panelists:

  • Jason Andrus, PhD, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Meredith College
  • Antonio Izzo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Elon University
  • Garrett Love, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences, North Carolina Central University
  • Kathy Zarilla, PhD, Discipline Chair for Science, Durham Technical Community College

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services Youtube Channel

Tues Oct 1, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

WHAT: Negotiating the Academic Job Offer (for postdocs and graduate students in the sciences and engineering)
WHERE:  Rm 143 Jones Bldg (http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkId=2832)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/STEM-Negotiating-the-Offer

In this session, a panel of Duke faculty members will discuss the negotiation process. Questions include:

  • What does a typical start-up package look like? How much can you negotiate it, and how can you provide justification for asking for more?
  • How much grant money are you expected to bring if you get hired?
  • What are some common pitfalls in the negotiation process?

Panelists

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services Youtube Channel

Thurs Dec 5, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

WHAT: “How To Give a Job Talk, and Why It’s Not the Same as a Research Talk” with Bill Schrader, PhD, Deputy Scientific Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Building (http://maps.duke.edu/map/?id=21&mrkId=2832)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/How-To-Job-Talk-STEM

The job talk is not about your research. Although you will certainly be talking about your research, the job talk is your chance to show how you are the right fit for the institution. In this talk, Dr Bill Schrader will discuss how you can tailor your talk not only to showcase your research, but also to demonstrate that you are the best candidate for the job. Having held positions in academia, government, and industry, Dr Schrader will compare what all three employers are looking for in a job talk.

PRESENTER: Dr. William T. Schrader received his PhD in Biology from Johns Hopkins University in 1969 and did post-doctoral research at Vanderbilt Medical School before joining the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, where he became Assistant Dean of the Graduate School in 1991. He joined Ligand Pharmaceuticals in 1995 as Vice President for Endocrine Research, and in 2000 he co-founded XenoPharm, Inc. and served as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President for Research. Dr. Schrader joined the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in 2003 as Deputy Scientific Director. In that role he deals extensively with postdoctoral training and career development. An author of over 100 scientific papers, he has served on numerous editorial boards, study sections and advisory panels for educational, governmental and for-profit organizations.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services Youtube Channel

Humanities and Social Science Seminars

Thurs Sept 12, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

WHAT: Behind the Scenes with the Search Committee: The Academic Application Process (for postdocs and graduate students in the humanities & social sciences)
WHERE: Rm 217 Perkins (http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkId=2750)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/Application-Package-HumSS

In this session, a panel of faculty in the humanities and social sciences will discuss the faculty recruitment process from the search committee’s perspective. Topics include what the search committee looks for in application documents (CV, cover letter, research/teaching statements), the screening process, and selecting candidates to interview.

Panelists:

  • Candace Bailey, PhD, Professor, Music, North Carolina Central University
  • Rodney Clare, PhD,  Associate Professor, History, Elon University
  • Thomas Gould, PhD, Dean and Department Head, Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer, Durham Technical Community College
  • Ann Marie Rasmussen, PhD, Professor of German and Director of Graduate Studies, German Studies, Duke University

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services Youtube Channel

Tues Sept 17, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

WHAT: The Academic Interview (for postdocs and graduate students in the humanities & social sciences)
WHERE: Rm 217 Perkins (http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkId=2750)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/Interview-Process-HumSS

In this session, a panel of faculty members in the humanities and social sciences will discuss the interview process for faculty jobs, including  the campus visit, the job talk, and typical interview questions.

Panelists:

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services Youtube Channel

Tues Sept 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

WHAT: Negotiating the Academic Job Offer (for postdocs and graduate students in the humanities and social sciences)
WHERE: Rm 217 Perkins (http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkId=2750)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/Negotiating-the-Offer-HumSS

In this session, a panel of faculty members from the humanities and social sciences address common elements that can be negotiated when an offer is extended. They will also answer questions about common pitfalls in the process.

Panelists:

  • Tamah Morant, PhD, Director of Graduate Program and Teaching Associate Professor, Economics, North Carolina State University
  • Angel Harris, PhD, Professor, Sociology, Duke University

Seminars for All Postdocs and Graduate Students

Fri Oct 4, 12:00–1:15 p.m.

WHAT: The Tech Savvy Job Search (for postdocs and graduate students in all departments)
WHERE: Rm 229 Social Sciences (Computer Lab) (http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkId=2824)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/Tech-Savvy-Job-Search

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use an RSS aggregator to simultaneously collect search results from hundreds of job posting sites, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and many other well-established, reputable sources of academic job postings (it really is much more efficient than getting email alerts.) This session is in a computer lab.

PRESENTER: Hugh Crumley, PhD, Director, Certificate in College Teaching Program, Duke University Graduate School

Tues Oct 8, 12:00–1:30 p.m.

WHAT: The Teaching Statement (for postdocs and graduate students in all departments)
WHERE: Rm A156 LSRC (http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkId=2766)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/Teaching-Statement

A teaching portfolio is more than a collection of documents: it is set of claims about your teaching and evidence to support them. In this workshop, you will examine how claims and evidence can be framed in way that allows you demonstrate your skill (or potential) as a university instructor in a teaching statement supported by materials created by you (such as videos, handouts and student assignments).

PRESENTER: Hugh Crumley, PhD, Director, Certificate in College Teaching Program, Duke University Graduate School

Fri Oct 11, 12:00–1:15 p.m.

WHAT: Academic CV Writing (for postdocs and graduate students in all departments)
WHERE: 201 Flowers Building, Duke West Campus, 2nd floor (http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkId=2694)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/Academic-CV

An exceptional CV goes far beyond simply listing your academic accomplishments. This document allows you to market yourself to search committees as a compelling candidate with directly relevant skills and knowledge. The drafting process for this document is your opportunity to emphasize how your specific skills and experiences will fit within and enrich the targeted academic institution. In this workshop you will learn how to craft a compelling academic CV that highlights the knowledge, skills, results, and distinctions that comprise your qualifications.

PRESENTER: Paul Miceli, PhD, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services, Duke Career Center

Fri Oct 18, 12:00–1:15 p.m.

WHAT: Academic Cover Letter Writing (for postdocs and graduate students in all departments)
WHERE: 305 Languages Building, Duke West Campus (http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkId=2772)
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/Academic-Cover-Letter

Academic cover letters are your opportunity to expand on the information in your CV, tell your story for an institution in a way that makes it explicit how and why you add value, and illustrate your communication and persuasion skills all at once. The drafting process for this document is your opportunity to emphasize how your specific skills and experiences will fit within and enrich the targeted academic institution. In this workshop you will learn how to craft a powerful structure for your cover letter in order to make explicit the fit between what you bring and what the institution wants.

PRESENTER: Paul Miceli, PhD, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services, Duke Career Center

Communicating with the Media Series

Talking to Reporters
Office of News & Communications Staff
Friday, October 4, 9:00–11:00 a.m., 103 Bryan Research Building (corner of Research Dr and Coal Pile Dr)
Registration: http://bit.ly/registration_reporters

Don’t get caught off guard! Learn how to handle an interview, become a resource for reporters, and use media outreach to bolster your research visibility. Co-sponsored with the Office of News & Communications, whose staff has trained over 500 faculty in these principles. Participant pre-work: Prepare a 60-second elevator pitch of a current research project, accessible to a lay audience.

Writing Op-Ed Articles
Office of News & Communications Staff
Friday, October 25, 9:00–11:00 a.m., 217 Perkins Library
Registration: http://bit.ly/registration_oped

Do you want to share your opinions effectively in an op-ed piece … and get published within days? Several participants in last year’s workshop published op-ed articles that grew out of their workshop experience! Join staff from the Office of News & Communications and get the inside scoop on how you can get published in leading newspapers. They have trained many Duke faculty and students to apply their principles and achieve success. Participant pre-work: Identify three current news stories that relate to your research.

Using Social Media Effectively
Office of News & Communications Staff
Friday, November 15, 9:00–11:00 a.m., Von Canon Room, Bryan Center
Registration: http://bit.ly/Using-Social-Media

How can you leverage your social media presence to increase your visibility as a scholar? Learn from the experts at the Duke Office of News & Communications how you can best use blogs, Twitter, and other social media options wisely to establish your professional profile. 

Core Competencies Series

Orientation Week 2013 Professional Development Workshop
Gautham Pandiyan, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mi-Co
Wednesday, August 21, 1:30–3:00 p.m., 217 Perkins Library
Registration: http://bit.ly/ProfDevWkshp_Orient2013 

Duke alumnus Gautham Pandiyan leveraged his multidisciplinary experiences and an on-campus internship to jump-start his career. Now a leader in the Triangle business community, he will share strategies that helped him develop important skills, network effectively, and focus on his career while in graduate school. Open to new and returning graduate students.

Graduate Student Etiquette Dinner
Mary Crane, Owner, Mary Crane & Associates
Wednesday, September 4, 5:30–8:30 p.m., Durham Marriot Convention Center
Registration link was sent via email to eligible Graduate School students on Thursday, August 8

Important professional relationships are formed and strengthened in social settings including formal meals and cocktail hours. The Professional Dining Etiquette Program is designed to enhance students' competence and comfort in any professional-social setting. Graduate students will learn rules for navigating a professional lunch or dinner, which are often part of the search process in both academic and professional interviewing contexts, and an integral part of professional careers. Students will also learn tips on how to select appropriate restaurants, timing of business discussions, addressing wait staff and other essential skills. Co-sponsored with the Duke Career Center.

Creating an Individual Development Plan
Brian Rybarczyk, Director of Graduate Academic and Professional Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Wednesday, September 11, 3:00–4:30 p.m., 217 Perkins Library
Registration: http://bit.ly/registration_individualplan

An IDP is a tool to identify professional goals, reflect on past accomplishments, assess skills relative to career goals, and plan actions for academic progress to achieve short- and long-term career objectives. When students are actively involved in their own development process, they not only experience individual growth but also greater gains in productivity and satisfaction with their career trajectory. In this workshop, participants will reflect on their developmental needs related to career objectives and will results in the generation of tangible goals and actions as part of the IDP process. Co-sponsored with Women in Science and Engineering.

Pre-work for participants: Complete a Skills Self-Assessment either through (1) Science Careers’ MyIDP website [for sciences] or (2) download Professional Skills Self-Assessment document [for all disciplines]. Bring a laptop and/or printed results to the workshop to access your completed assessment.

Networking: Building Professional Relationships for Graduate Students
Wednesday September 18, 12:00–1:30 p.m., Flowers 201
Registration: http://goo.gl/uKyFM7

Get ready to network with alumni during Homecoming Weekend events! Graduate students frequently report that face-to-face networking feels uncomfortable, inauthentic, or both. Because you will work with others for most of your working life, your ability to build and maintain productive relationships is foundational. In this highly interactive workshop you will learn and practice how to create conversation with people you don’t know learn networking norms and strategies, and identify effective ways to follow up to create and sustain mutually beneficial professional relationships. Sponsored by the Duke Career Center.

How to Handle Difficult Conversations
Rhonda Sutton, PhD, LPC, LPCS, Owner, InnerSights Counseling and Consultation
Thursday, October 17, 2:00–3:30 p.m., Perkins Library 217
Registration: http://bit.ly/register_conversations

As a graduate student and in your professional career that follows, you’ll find yourself navigating difficult conversations—announcing a career path change, handling a conflict with a colleague, or managing your committee’s expectations for your progress, for example. This workshop will help you consider your options in approaching difficult conversations and prepare to handle them in the most professional way possible. Learn more about Dr. Sutton at her website, www.innersightscounseling.com.

Presenting Yourself Successfully
Joy Javits, Founder, In the Public Eye
Thursday, October 24, individual one-hour appointments available, Graduate School 207

Do you have an upcoming conference presentation, challenging conversation, or other situation for which you’d like one-on-one coaching? Communications professional Joy Javits will conduct individual sessions during this time for you to get the practice that you desire. Morning and afternoon appointments are available by registration. Open only to Graduate School students (doctoral and research master’s).

Career Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Saturday, November 2, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Frank Porter Graham Student Union, UNC Campus
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/n5jp853

Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State University are co-sponsoring a full day of career workshops and networking opportunities open only to graduate students and postdocs. Registration required; registration fee of $15 includes lunch. Co-sponsored with the Duke Career Center.

Master’s and PhD Career Fair
Thursday, November 21, 12:00–4:00 p.m., Friday Center, UNC Chapel Hill

Join 60+ employers as part of this annual event, co-sponsored by a consortium of six North Carolina universities. For registration, directions, and more details, visit the Master's and PhD Career Fair website. Sponsored by the Duke Career Center.

Entrepreneurship Series

Thinking like an Entrepreneur: An Introduction
Carl Nordgren, Visiting Associate Professor, Markets & Management Studies, Duke University
Monday, September 23, 2:00–3:30 p.m., 217 Perkins Library
Registration: http://bit.ly/Thinking-Entrepreneur-Intro

Whether you are interested in for-profit entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, or simply want to explore a new perspective, you can benefit from the principles of this workshop that helps you view the world through an entrepreneurial lens. This talk will help you be more usefully creative and more effectively entrepreneurial in all of your life’s work and in all of your adventures. It will help you see problems as opportunities, help you generate better ideas, identify your most promising ones, and nurture them to make them better.

Thinking like an Entrepreneur: Intensive Workshop 1
Carl Nordgren, Visiting Associate Professor, Markets & Management Studies, Duke University
Monday, September 30, 1:30–3:30 p.m., 218 Perkins Library
Registration: http://bit.ly/Thinking-Entrepreneur-Intensive

This workshop introduces 'the Generative Way', an approach to creative and entrepreneurial work that is based on academic research with highly successful entrepreneurs and Professor Nordgren’s 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and creative professional. This workshop will help you build the entrepreneurial principles and practices tool kit that will serve you along the way, including divergent discovery and convergent creation, the importance of being action-oriented, and kaleidoscopic thinking.

Thinking like an Entrepreneur: Intensive Workshop 2
Carl Nordgren, Visiting Associate Professor, Markets & Management Studies, Duke University
Wednesday, October 23, 2:00–4:00 p.m., 218 Perkins Library
Registration: http://bit.ly/entrepreneur_pt2

Starting from scientific research on naturally generative complex forces, this workshop examines how we can influence complexity to meet our entrepreneurial goals. Professor Nordgren will leverage two case studies of start-ups in which he’s been involved to demonstrate how these ideas were put into practice.

Entrepreneurship Workshop: Insights from Duke Alumni
Saturday, October 19, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Washington Duke Inn
Registration: http://bit.ly/Entrepreneurship-Workshop-Alumni

A group of Duke alumni will share their stories of becoming entrepreneurs and their strategies for success, from conceiving an idea to finding investors. The workshop will include a networking lunch and the opportunity to receive feedback on a five-minute pitch of your business idea. Enrollment is limited and is open only to Graduate School students. Read our panelists' bios to learn more!

  • Maya Ajmera, MPP., Founder, The Global Fund for Children, and Visiting Scholar and Professorial Lecturer at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University
  • Todd Brady, MD, PhD, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Domain Associates and President and Chief Executive Officer, Aldexa Therapeutics
  • Lucinda Camras, PhD, Founder, Camras Vision and Visiting Research Scientist, Duke University
  • Micah Gilmer, PhD, Senior Partner, Frontline Solutions, Inc.; and Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Innovation, Department of Public Policy, and Social Entrepreneur in Residence, University of North Carolina
  • Nathan Kundtz, PhD, Founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Kymeta Corporation

Put your enthusiasm for entrepreneurship to work! Participate in the Duke Start-Up Challenge. Share your business idea by October 30 to sign up.

PhD Career Paths Series

Careers in Industry for Physical Scientists (Versatile PhD Online Panel Discussion)
Monday, September 23 through Friday, September 27, online
No pre-registration required; set up membership at Versatile PhD website for access

Free online panel discussion featuring STEM PhDs currently working as working as scientists, systems engineers, product developers, etc. in a variety of industry sectors. Panelists introduce themselves on Monday, September 23 and answer your questions until Friday, September 27. Asynchronous; visit the STEM Forum during that week and look for threads starting with the word "Panel." Registration at Versatile PhD is free and can be anonymous. Co-sponsored with the Duke Career Center.

Science Education, Communication, and Outreach: A Quasi-Linear Career Path
Dr. Stephanie Chasteen, Science Teaching Fellow, University of Colorado at Boulder
Thursday, September 26, 3:30–4:30 p.m., 217 Perkins Library
Registration: http://bit.ly/registration_quasi-linear

Dr. Stephanie Chasteen has explored diverse opportunities after completing a Ph.D. in Physics: she’s worked as an intern for National Public Radio, a museum and teacher educator, a science education researcher, and an education reformer. An “eclectic generalist,” she’ll share her career path and success stories in creating her blog and business. Learn more about her at http://sciencegeekgirl.com.

E-Learning and Instructional Design Careers (Versatile PhD Online Panel Discussion)
Monday, October 14 through Friday, October 18, online
No pre-registration required; set up membership at Versatile PhD website for access

Free online panel discussion featuring PhDs working in instructional design from across the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. Panelists introduce themselves on Monday, October 14 and answer your questions until Friday, October 18. Asynchronous; visit the Humanities Forum during that week and look for threads starting with the word "Panel." Registration at Versatile PhD is free and can be anonymous. Co-sponsored with the Duke Career Center.

Workshop for Faculty: Preparing Graduate Students in the Social Sciences and Humanities for a Comprehensive Job Search
Dr. L. Maren Wood, Founder, Lilli Research Group and contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education's PhD Placement Project
Monday, October 28, 10:00–11:30 a.m., Biological Sciences 154
Registration: http://bit.ly/facultyworkshop_jobsearch

Faculty and departments can reinforce the value of the doctoral degree by communicating the career options available to PhD-qualified job-seekers. This workshop will be led by Dr. L. Maren Wood, founder and lead researcher of Lilli Research Group, an educational consulting company. Having studied the career outcomes of 3,200 history PhDs, Dr. Wood offers a unique perspective on the challenges facing current graduates. Where do PhDs find employment upon graduation? What can students do in graduate school to prepare for a comprehensive job search? And what can faculty members do to help support and encourage students who – by choice or necessity – pursue employment beyond the professoriate? To help answer these questions, Dr. Wood will share preliminary results from the American Historical Association’s study of careers for history PhDs, which will be published in November.

Dr. Wood graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009 with a PhD in Early American history. In 2012, she left academia (and the adjunct world) to start the Lilli Research Group, a company that helps departments, graduate schools, and professional associations track the career outcomes of PhD alumni. Wood also designed and teaches the Lilli Research Group Boot Camp for Post Academic Job Seekers, a month-long course to help PhDs transition to post-academic employment.

Beyond the Professoriate: Preparing for a Comprehensive Job Search in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Dr. L. Maren Wood, Founder, Lilli Research Group and contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education's PhD Placement Project
Monday, October 28, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Bryan Center, Von Canon Room
Registration: http://bit.ly/beyond_professoriate

In today’s job market, it is important to realize the flexibility of career options available to PhD-qualified job-seekers. Dr. L. Maren Wood offers a unique perspective on the academic job search and careers beyond the tenure track for graduate students. She will lead a workshop for current graduate students interested in exploring their employment options. What can graduate students and recent PhDs do now to prepare for a comprehensive job search? Dr. Wood will share preliminary findings from the American Historical Association’s study on the career outcomes of 3200 history PhDs, which will be published in November. Lunch will be provided to all participants who pre-register by October 24.

Dr. Wood graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009 with a PhD in Early American history. In 2012, she left academia (and the adjunct world) to start the Lilli Research Group, a company that helps departments, graduate schools, and professional associations track the career outcomes of PhD alumni. Wood also designed and teaches the Lilli Research Group Boot Camp for Post Academic Job Seekers, a month-long course to help PhDs transition to post-academic employment.

A Humanities PhD's Career in Academic Administration and Nonprofit
Dr. Rebecca Bryant, Director of Community, ORCID
Friday, November 1, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Friedl Building 225
Registration: http://bit.ly/humanities_career_path

After completing her PhD in musicology, Rebecca Bryant leveraged the transferable skills and experiences she’d developed as a graduate student to begin a career in academic administration, serving as Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Career Services in the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a decade. More recently, she has transitioned into a new role as Director of Community at ORCID, an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. Join us for an informal lunch and conversation. Lunch provided to all participants who pre-register by October 28.

Career Decisions: How to Find a Science Career that Fits YOU
Bill Lindstaedt, Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); co-creator, myIDP
Friday, November 1, 2:00–4:00 p.m., Nanaline Duke Building 147
Registration: http://bit.ly/Career-Decisions

Do you want to find a career path that you'll enjoy and find rewarding? Of course! But HOW do you find such a path, especially since there are so many different directions scientists can go with their careers? There are more than FIFTY career options available to biomedical science PhDs. If you'd like to see a list of these career options, while learning about how to select the best option for you, then don't miss this thought-provoking and interactive workshop. Here you will learn about a logical, step-by-step process for exploring your career options and deciding which will provide the best fit for your own set of skills, values and interests.

This workshop uses the myIDP tool from Science Careers. Please bring a laptop or tablet to use myIDP during the session. Co-sponsored with Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services and the School of Medicine Biomedical Graduate Education.

A Natural Sciences PhD’s Career in Government and Academia
Dr. Melissa Kenney, Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
Monday, November 4, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Teer 114
Registration: http://bit.ly/nov4_registration

Since completing her PhD in Water Quality Modeling and Decision Analysis at Duke, Dr. Melissa Kenney has done a postdoc at Johns Hopkins, funded by the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics; held a AAAS fellowship, hosted by the NOAA Climate Program Office; and served as Lead PI of the US Global Change Research Program’s National Climate Indicator System. Now a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, she brings a unique perspective on working in both government and academia. Lunch provided for the first 15 people who register before 10 a.m. on November 1.

Careers in Industry for Life Scientists (Versatile PhD Online Panel Discussion)
Monday, November 18 through Friday, November 22, online
No pre-registration required; set up membership at Versatile PhD website for access

Free online panel discussion featuring life science PhDs currently working in the pharmaceutical, agriculture, biotech, and consumer goods industries. Panelists introduce themselves on Monday and answer your questions until Friday. Asynchronous; visit the STEM Forum during that week and look for threads starting with the word "Panel." Registration at Versatile PhD is free and can be anonymous. Co-sponsored with the Duke Career Center.