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Fall 2017


Academic Job Search Series

Graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring career options in academia can participate in the Academic Job Search Series throughout the 2017-18 academic year. The series addresses tenure-track faculty positions during the fall semester and broad career options in academia during the spring semester. You can find topics relevant to all students as well as specialized panels for two broad disciplinary areas: the humanities and social sciences, and sciences and engineering. This series is offered every two years and is co-sponsored with the Duke Career Center and the Office of Postdoctoral Services.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Seminars

Behind the Scenes with the Search Committee: The Academic Application Process (for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Sciences and Engineering)

Tuesday September 19, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
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. More information.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Academic CV & Cover Letter Workshop for STEM Graduate Students & Postdocs

Wednesday October 11, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Academic cover letters are your opportunity to expand on your CV, tell your personal narrative, and convince the reader how you will add value to their department. In this workshop, you will learn how to craft compelling CVs and cover letters that emphasize how your specific skills and experiences will fit within and enrich academic institutions. More information.

The Academic Interview (for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Sciences and Engineering)

Tuesday October 17, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
In this session, a panel 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. More information.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Managing a Research Budget: Panel Discussion for STEM Graduate Students and Postdocs

Tuesday Oct 31, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Research budgets can be a nebulous topic unless you are a faculty member. How many grants should you apply for? How many graduate students or postdocs could you take on? Where does the money for your salary come from? Come to this panel to discuss these questions and more with faculty. More information.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Humanities and Social Sciences Seminars

Behind the Scenes with the Search Committee: The Academic Application Package (for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences)

Thursday September 28, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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. More information.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

The Interview Process for Faculty Positions (for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences)

Tuesday Oct 3, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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. More information.

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Humanities and Social Science Postdocs: What, Where, Why, and How

Wednesday October 4, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
With so much emphasis on the tenure-track job market, it can be easy for graduate students to overlook postdoctoral opportunities. Join us for an informal, engaging conversation about postdoc appointments and how they can advance an academic career.  We’ll discuss how to locate and evaluate opportunities, how to be a competitive candidate, and how to make the most of your time as a postdoc. More information.

Negotiating the Academic Job Offer (for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences)

Monday October 23, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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 also answer questions about common pitfalls in the process. More information.

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Seminars for All Graduate Students and Postdocs

The Tech-Savvy Academic Job Search

Monday September 11, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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.) Bring your laptop. This workshop is suitable for postdocs and graduate students in all academic disciplines. More information.

The Teaching Statement

Monday October 2, 12:00 pm  to 1:30 pm
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). This workshop is suitable for postdocs and graduate students in all academic disciplines. More information.

Inside Graduate Admissions: An Introduction for Future Faculty

Tuesday October 17, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Graduate students and postdocs preparing for faculty careers at research institutions will likely participate in graduate admissions—but they likely have little information about the process. Who does the system work for, and who falls through its cracks? Drawing on firsthand observations of admission committees and interviews with faculty in 10 top-ranked doctoral programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, Julie Posselt, PhD, will pull back the curtain on a process usually conducted in secret. More information.

Gender Differences in Academia: Challenges and Choices along Career Paths in Higher Education

Thursday October 19, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Men and women are still treated differently based on gender stereotypes, and higher education is not immune to gender bias. This presentation explores some of the possible situations women and men may encounter as well as provide information on current research findings related to the gender divide in college and university settings. More information.

Understanding Power and Politics in Higher Education

Tuesday October 24, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Many postdocs and graduate students are aiming for a traditional tenure-track job, but have little experience with how the university system “actually works” in terms of budget realities, politics, and the hierarchy of decision-making. In this seminar, Belinda Lee Huang, PhD, will discuss the key topics. More information.


Core Competencies

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Master's Students

Friday, September 8, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Whether you’re a new master's student or about to finish your program, this workshop will help you familiarize yourself with the career and professional development resources, programs, and opportunities available at Duke and beyond. More information

Graduate Etiquette Workshop and Luncheon

Saturday, September 16, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Learn how to project a professional image and optimize your confidence in professional interactions. This workshop will be centered around a catered lunch to demonstrate the art of dining graciously.  More information

Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring

Tuesday, September 12, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
How can you establish supportive mentoring relationships? What is the role of good mentoring in your success as a graduate student? Join in the conversation in this interactive workshop. More information

Preparing for Corporate America

Friday, September 22, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
This talk will help you identify key skills and competencies that will help position you for a successful career launch and upward professional trajectory in corporate America. More information

How Do You Lead People Who are Not Like You? A Myers-Briggs Type Workshop

Tuesday, September 26, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
This interactive workshop will help you learn not only about your own behaviors and preferences but also how people with different personality types might perceive them, impacting your effectiveness as a leader.  More information

Cultivating Intercultural Communication for Collaboration

Friday, September 29, 12:00 to 2:00 pm
In this workshop, you will learn the three major cultural communication styles and how your preferences might interact with those of the people you work with; all participants must complete an assessment of communication preferences by September 20. More information

The Two-Hour Job Search, Featuring Steve Dalton

Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
In this workshop, Fuqua career coach and The 2-Hour Job Search author Steve Dalton offers an exact process – rather than a series of tips – for effectively turning strangers into advocates, leading to more internal referrals and more job interviews. The recording of this event is available here through 10/1/2018 to authenticated Duke users. More information

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Ph.D. Students

Tuesday, October 3, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Whether you’re a new PhD student or about to finish your program, this workshop will help you familiarize yourself with the career and professional development resources, programs, and opportunities available at Duke and beyond. More information

Presenting Your Research in U.S. Industry Culture

Friday, October 20, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
This workshop will help you prepare and present your research to appeal to audiences in the US corporate world. More information
 
Preparing Ph.D. Applications: A Workshop for Master’s Students
 
Tuesday, October 31, 12-1:30 pm
Gain insights into the decision-making processes of doctoral admissions committees with this workshop. More information

Ph.D. Career Paths

Translational Science Training Program

August 28 to August 29
The TSTP is an innovative training program that, in one two-day course, intertwines interdisciplinary scientific content, understanding of the drug development process, professional skills development, clinical trial terminology, and career exploration for graduate students and postdocs. Application deadline July 28. More information

Info Session: Duke DIscovering Career Options in Translational Science (DICOTS)

August 29, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Learn about the DICOTS Network, which supports graduate students who are interested in exploring career options outside the traditional academic track, such as public policy, global health, industry, and regulatory affairs. Applications close 9/15. More information

Ask Me Anything with Dr. Desney Tan, Microsoft Health

September 6 to September 8 (online)
Join Desney Tan, Senior Director of Microsoft's Clinical Sensing and Analytics group, for an AMA hosted by Versatile PhD. More information

Insight Data Science Fellowship Info Session

October 3, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Greg Antell, Program Director for Insight Data Science Boston, will discuss careers in data science and data engineering and will share information on the Insight Data Fellows Programs, tuition-free professional fellowships for students and postdocs looking to transition to these careers. More information

Ask Me Anything with Dr. Peter Fiske, Technology Entrepreneur

October 11 to October 13 (online)
Join Peter Fiske, author of the science careers classic "Put Your Science to WORK!", for an AMA hosted by Versatile PhD. More information

“Career Opportunities Beyond the Bench: One Man’s Journey through Big Pharma, Consulting, and Government” with Nader Halim, Ph.D., MPH, Senior Director, Pfizer

October 26, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Nader Halim, Ph.D., MPH, will discuss how he made the leap from academia to industry, describe his job duties and what a typical day is like at Pfizer, and give first-hand advice to grad students and postdocs who are considering moving from academia to industry. More information

An Environmental Sciences Ph.D.’s Career Path in Research, Conservation, Education, and Public Policy

November 7, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Join us for this limited-enrollment lunch for informal conversation with Dr. Hilary Swain, Executive Director and Senior Research Biologist at Archbold Biological Station, who has crafted a career that combines ecological research, conservation, and education. More information

Introduction to ImaginePhD: An Online Tool for Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Students and Postdocs

November 9, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and November 15, 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
This workshop will introduce you to the ImaginePhD online tool, designed for humanities and social sciences PhD students, postdocs, and alumni. We’ll complete skills and interests assessments, explore the tool’s resources for careers of interest, and begin creating a plan for career exploration and professional development. More information for 11/9, more information for 11/15