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Spring 2018


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.

Visit the Academic Job Search Series webpage for a complete listing of events.

What Is A Provost? And Other Questions about Working in Academia that You Were Afraid to Ask
Tuesday, January 30, 12-1 p.m.
If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between academic affairs and student affairs or contemplated the distinction between department chairs and department heads, then join us for this presentation and conversation. More information

CV Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Thursday, February 1, 10-11:30 a.m.
In this workshop, you will learn how to craft compelling CVs that emphasize how your specific skills and experiences will fit academic and non-academic institutions. More information

Doctors without (Departmental) Borders: Professional Pathways in Academic Affairs
Thursday, February 8, 3-4:30 pm
Join us for a lively conversation with four PhDs in the humanities/social sciences who play key roles in fostering academic and intellectual work at Duke. More information

Negotiating the Academic Job Offer
Tuesday, February 13, 9-10 a.m.
In this session, a panel of STEM faculty members will discuss the negotiation process. More information | Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Faculty Careers Beyond Duke
Thursday, February 15, 9-10:30 a.m.
In this panel session, STEM faculty from various institutions will discuss their career path, how they prepared to go on the academic job market, and how academic hiring and promotion work. More information | Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Careers in the Sciences and Engineering
Wednesday, February 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Our panel will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of non-tenure-track faculty appointments in the sciences and engineering. More information | Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Postdoc Search Workshop for STEM Graduate Students & Postdocs
Wednesday, February 21, 2-3:30 p.m.
In this workshop, we will discuss how to conduct a postdoc search, how to find positions, what to look for in a postdoc experience, and how to apply. More information

Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
Tuesday February 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
During this program participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives, along with a plan for executing them. More information

Careers in University Research Administration
Tuesday, March 6, 9:30-11 a.m.
Research is the lifeblood of a university like Duke. This panel will provide a wealth of information about an academic career path you may not have considered. More information | Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Faculty Careers Beyond the Tenure Track
Thursday, March 22, 3-4:30 p.m.
Are you looking for a way to maintain your involvement in research, teaching, or service in an academic institution, but not sure you want the same kind of career as tenured or tenure-track faculty in your discipline? Our panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges of faculty positions beyond the tenure-track in the social sciences and humanities. More information | Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

CV Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Thursday, March 29, 1:30-3 p.m.
In this workshop, you will learn how to craft compelling CVs that emphasize how your specific skills and experiences will fit academic and non-academic institutions. More information

Developing an Online Presence with Portfolios
Monday, April 2, 12-1:30 p.m.
In this hands-on session, Dr. Hugh Crumley will explore the elements of an online portfolio that can include embedded video, links to your teaching materials and consistent navigation that will help search committees review your position applications. More information

New Professor Sets Up Lab: The Good, The Bad, and (Not So) Ugly
Monday, April 2, 12-1:30 p.m.
Kimberly S. Chiew, PhD, is a former Duke postdoc who just last year (2017) transitioned to her new position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Denver. Kim will discuss how she set up her lab as a brand-new assistant professor and what she has learned since. More information | Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Perfecting your Pitch: An Application Strategy Workshop for Biomedical PhDs
Friday, April 6, 12-1 p.m.
This interactive workshop is for PhD students and postdocs who are interested in effectively marketing themselves for postdoctoral or faculty positions at academic and non-profit research institutions.  More information | Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Managing a Dual-Sector Career Search for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Monday, April 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
If you’re planning to pursue different sectors of employment at the same time, such as academia and business, then join us for this interactive workshop where you’ll learn effective strategies to manage the overall process. More information

Choosing a Postdoc Position: What to Know Before You Go
Thursday, April 12, 2-3:30 p.m.
In this panel, current postdocs will share their experiences while applying for postdocs, what to look for in a mentor, and how to prepare for the job market afterwards. More information | Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

“You’re Hired – Now What? Starting Your New Academic Position Right” with Dr. Mohamed Noor
Thursday, April 19, 10-11:30 a.m.
Join us for a talk with one of Duke’s favorite professors and mentors, Dr. Mohamed Noor, Professor of Biology and author of the book You’re Hired! Now What? A Guide for New Science Faculty. Dr. Noor will present his thoughts and advice for a successful faculty career. Dr. Noor will be joined by fellow Duke faculty members Dr. Jennifer Roizen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Allison Ashley-Koch, Professor of Medical Genetics, for an informal discussion of the issues faced by new faculty. More information | Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Core Competencies

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Master’s Students
Friday, January 12, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
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

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Ph.D. Students
Wednesday, January 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
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, including the new Duke OPTIONS tool. More information

The Elevator Pitch, or Making a Successful Introduction
Wednesday, January 31, 12-1:30 p.m.
In this workshop, communication expert Joy Javits, President of In the Public Eye, will help you draft, edit, and practice your elevator pitch. You'll receive feedback on how to sharpen your pitch and establish your professional image in this limited-enrollment workshop. More information

Advanced Time Management
Thursday, February 1, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
This workshop will equip you with strategies to understand your strengths in managing short- and long-term goals. You will also learn ways to build new habits and break with old ones to ensure your success. More information

Leveraging Your Strengths
Monday, February 5, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Using the CliftonStrengths assessment, this workshop will help you explore a new way to talk about your skills. We will investigate strategies for communicating your strengths to others, the challenges that your strengths might pose for you, and ways you can use information about your strengths to thrive in a team setting. More information

Cultivating a Successful Presentation Presence
Thursday, February 15, 3-4:30 p.m
Enhance your public speaking skills with coaching from Joy Javits, President of In the Public Eye.This workshop gives you tools, not rules and an education, not a critique. Please bring a 2-minute presentation and your questions to this limited-enrollment workshop. More information

Perfecting your Pitch: An Application Strategy Workshop for Biomedical PhDs
Friday, April 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
This interactive workshop is for PhD students and postdocs who are interested in developing skills to effectively market themselves for postdoctoral or faculty positions at academic and non-profit research institutions. More information

Versatile Humanists at Duke Summer Writing Kickoff
Thursday, May 3, and Friday, May 4
VH@Duke and campus partners will once again offer workshops and conversations to help doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences prepare for summer writing projects. Join us for conversations on “The Strategic Dissertator,” “Writing is Thinking,” summer goal setting, and more.  Graduate students will also have the option to sign up for interdisciplinary summer writing accountability groups. More information

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke
Tuesday, June 5, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Whether you’re a new graduate student or in the later stages of 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

Professional Development Progress Lunches
Summer is a wonderful time to make progress on your professional development goals. Whether your aspirations include updating your LinkedIn profile, starting your teaching portfolio, preparing faculty job application materials, conducting informational interviews, or researching career options, join our informal lunch gathering to share your progress and your questions. Join one lunch or all five.
Wednesday, June 6, 12-1 pm
| Wednesday, June 20, 12-1 pm | Wednesday, July 11, 12-1 pm | Tuesday, July 24, 12:30-1:30 pm | Wednesday, August 8, 12-1 pm


Ph.D. Career Paths

Introduction to ImaginePhD: An Online Tool for Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Students and Postdocs
Monday, January 22, 2018, 12-1:00 p.m.
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

Alumni Lunch: Physical Sciences and Engineering
Tuesday, April 3, 12-1:30 pm
The Alumni Lunch is an opportunity for graduate students in the physical sciences and engineering to meet distinguished and recent alumni in an informal setting. More information.

Alumni Lunch: Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Wednesday, April 4, 12-1:30 pm
The Alumni Lunch is an opportunity for graduate students in the biological and biomedical sciences to meet distinguished and recent alumni in an informal setting. More information.

Alumni Lunch: Humanities and Social Sciences
Thursday, April 5, 12-1:30 pm
The Alumni Lunch is an opportunity for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to meet distinguished and recent alumni in an informal setting. More information.

Science Policy Careers for PhDs Panel
Tuesday, April 24, 5-7 pm
Join Duke INSPIRE and other graduate students for a panel discussion with Duke science doctoral degree alumni who have chosen policy career paths in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The alumni panel will address non-academic careers in public policy and the paths that led them to their current roles. More information.

Career Options for STEM Ph.D.s
Friday, June 1, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Duke postdocs and graduate students are invited to attend a networking event at the North Carolina Biotech Center. Guests will include bench scientists, business owners, entrepreneurs, consultants, CEOs, venture capitalists, government researchers, tech transfer specialists, and patent specialists from local companies. More information