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Spring 2020 Events


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 2019-20 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.

Careers in Academic Administration
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

You like working in academia, but you want to explore options for careers beyond tenure-track and teaching-focused positions. This overview will introduce you to major categories of employment opportunities in academic administration and help you get started in exploring the options of greatest interest. More information

Honing Your Versatility as a Future Faculty Member (for Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences)
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Higher education is far from monolithic, yet it’s a challenge for many doctoral students to get a full understanding of what faculty roles and teaching duties entail at different colleges and universities. In this lively lunchtime conversation, six visiting faculty—all 2019-2020 Fellows through Duke’s Mellon Humanities Unbounded grant—share an insider view of faculty life at institutions beyond the R1 university. What are the joys and challenges of these roles? What might doctoral students expect in different educational settings, and how can they best prepare to teach in a rapidly changing higher ed landscape? More information

Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 9:30 am to 11:00 am

For better or for worse, your experiences and the training you receive as graduate students and postdoctoral researchers can greatly impact and shape the rest of your career. However, there are strategies and resources that can enhance your chances of getting what you came for. During this program participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives, along with a plan for executing them. Topics covered include: The importance of setting goals and developing an IDP, introduction to the SMART goals model, resources for crafting and executing your IDP, and strategies for establishing expectations and effectively communicating research and career goals with your mentor/PI. More information

STEM Faculty Careers Beyond R1 Institutions
Friday, February 28, 2020, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Academic positions can take many forms depending on the institution. The average day at an R-1 institution is very different compared to a liberal arts college or a community college. In this panel session, STEM faculty from various types of institutions beyond R1 will discuss their career path, how they prepared to go on the academic job market, and how academic hiring and promotion work. They will also discuss the split between research, teaching, and service, as well as work-life balance. More information

Graduate Student Conversation with Alumnus Julius S. Scott (Ph.D. History)
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

As a doctoral student in the History Department at Duke University in the 1980s, Scott wrote a dissertation called “The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of Revolution,” which reshaped the field through its study of the circulation of ideas and information in the Greater Caribbean and beyond during the era of the Haitian Revolution. As a faculty member in the department from 1988 to 1994, he worked with a remarkable cohort of graduate students who have in turn expanded and transformed the field of Atlantic history. Scott’s dissertation became a highly regarded work that was widely shared among historians, and it was published for the first time in 2018. More information

From Europe to the US and Back Again: Strategies for a Mobile, Multi-Lingual Academic Career
Monday, March 2, 2020, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

This workshop will offer strategies for taking a career in the humanities across national and linguistic bounds. The focus of this event will be how to develop a professional profile that allows PhD students to make their research and teaching skills relevant in international settings. Dr. José María Rodríguez García, Associate Professor of Romance Studies, will guide the conversation with Kostis Kornetis, Teaching Associate in Modern European History at the University of Sheffield, UK. More information

Webinar: Non-Faculty Positions in Higher Education (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Would you like to stay in higher education but aren’t interested in faculty positions? During this panel discussion, you will have the opportunity to hear from panelists with Ph.D.s in Humanities and Social Sciences who have found fulfilling careers in higher education. They will discuss their paths, how to locate job opportunities, and how to apply for these types of jobs. More information

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Careers in the Sciences and Engineering
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 9:30 am to 10:30 am – cancelled due to COVID-19

Want to keep doing research or teaching in an academic institution, but not sure you want the same kind of career as your tenured or tenure-track PI? The panel will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of non-tenure-track faculty appointments in the sciences and engineering. More information

Webinar: Seeking Tenure While Latina: Experiences of Latina Faculty at Research 1 Institutions 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Struggles related to involvement, unwritten expectations and cultural taxation (Padilla, 1994), play a role in the underrepresentation of Latinas in tenured positions. This presentation will unpack the experience of Latina faculty seeking tenure at R1 institutions. The presenter will discuss reported experiences, emergent themes related to involvement and engagement, and practical implications for faculty of color, especially Latinas, as they navigate the tenure process. This presentation should particularly benefit underrepresented faculty members seeking tenure or seeking a career in academia. Additionally, findings from the study can be informative for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff as they provide insights into institutional dynamics and challenges that many underrepresented groups face, particularly in Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). More information

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Webinar: Mastering Academic Time Management: Transitioning to a Faculty Role
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

This webinar is specifically designed to address these issues and provide participants with concrete skills to successfully transition from graduate student/postdoc to professor. Specifically, participants will learn: The three biggest mistakes that new faculty make in managing their time, why and how to align work time with institutional and personal priorities, how to create time for academic writing and research, how to organize a network of support and accountability for writing productivity and balance. More information


Core Competencies

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Ph.D. Students
Monday, January 13, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:15 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, including the new Duke OPTIONS tool. More information

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Master’s Students
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 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

Handling Difficult Conversations
Thursday, January 23, 2020. 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Difficult conversations are a part of our professional careers, so to be successful in them we must learn, practice and hone the skills necessary for this type of work.  As with many aspects of life, the more you practice the more confident you will be in handling difficult conversations.  In this workshop participants will learn how to actively bring their concerns to the table with the goal of working toward the best win-win scenario for everyone. More information

Making Genuine Connections: Using Improv to Effectively Network
Friday, January 24, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Does networking feel awkward? Do you hate small talk? Do you feel like networking is inauthentic? If so, this workshop is for you. Learn how to find your own networking voice to connect with others in an authentic way and develop strategies to overcome the doubts that you have about networking. Try out improv comedy activities in a fun and supportive environment to warm up and connect with others and then apply those simulations to tangible takeaways to help you connect with others in various networking settings. No prior acting experience needed. More information

Identifying Your Mentoring Style
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 9:30 am to 11:00 am

A mentor is someone who recognizes the potential in another person and helps them to develop that potential. Most of us can recognize potential when we see it. But the second part of the equation – helping someone to develop their potential – is where we struggle. If you are a mentor or expect to mentor others in the future, come learn about a powerful mentoring tool: the CliftonStrengths assessment. The CliftonStrengths assessment helps you discover what you naturally do best, and helps you to understand and work more productively with others. More information

Mentoring Diverse Groups: How to Bring Out the Best in All
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

This workshop is for anyone in a mentoring role! It will focus on skills and topics such as active listening, providing constructive feedback, and maximizing equity and inclusion. More information

Expressing Yourself: Improving Communication by Understanding Preferences
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Have you ever wondered why a colleague always wants an agenda to prepare for a meeting or needs to know the big picture in order to work on the small details of a project? Using a free online assessment to explore your Myers-Briggs personality preferences, we’ll focus on how you can leverage a better understanding of others’ preferences to improve your communication with your research colleagues. More information

The Elevator Pitch, or Making a Successful Introduction
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The elevator pitch can serve as your introduction in networking opportunities. How can you make it as effective as possible? 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

Speed Networking with Duke Alumni
Friday, March 6, 2020, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Whether you're interested in meeting professionals in industry, startup, government, or academia, you'll find leaders in these sectors among Duke alumni. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet Duke alumni in a speed-networking context. More information

Taking Ownership of Your Professional Development, or What I Wish I’d Known when I Started Graduate School
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Sometimes your graduate program feels like a series of deadlines set by other people. How can you take control of your experience and set your own timetable to achieve your career goals? In this workshop, Maria Carnovale, Ph.D. ’19 shares three key strategies that can help you take ownership of your graduate education. Dr. Carnovale is currently Lead Policy Analyst for Duke Science & Society. More information

Coping with COVID-19: An Online Conversation
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Many graduate students and postdocs have attended mentoring and communication workshops led by Melissa Segal, who is a licensed social worker and a Duke business manager. Please join her for an hour-long Zoom session to discuss whatever's on your mind – how to cope with stress during the coronavirus pandemic; how to navigate communication and relationships; and how to (try to) maintain a normal-ish schedule under abnormal circumstances. More information

Professional Development Progress Virtual Gathering
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | Friday, April 10, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | Friday, April 17, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | Friday, April 24, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursday, April 30, 2020, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | Friday, May 1, 2020, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Whether you’re seeking structure, feedback, or community in working on your professional development goals, please join in this informal gathering to share what you’re working on with graduate student colleagues, find solutions to challenges you’re encountering, and create accountability to keep your progress moving forward. The gathering will be hosted by Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development. Registration is limited to 10 participants to allow for conversation via Zoom.

Coping with COVID-19 Online Conversation: COVID-19 and Grief
Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

We are all grieving many losses, including those of normalcy, connections, roles, and safety. Join this interactive online session to learn about the stages of grief, to give ourselves permission to grieve, to brainstorm how we can provide self-care, and to discuss how we can support others. This session will be highly participatory, so postdocs and graduate students should be prepared to join in the discussion. More information


PhD Career Paths

Leaving the Ivory Tower: Managing the Emotional Side of Career Change
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 9:30 am to 10:30 am

A large part of how we define ourselves and how others define us is based on what we do for a living – our professional identity. But what happens when we are no longer a [fill in the blank]? How do we deal with the loss of self, the loss of professional status, the loss of affiliation with an elite group that we’ve been aligned with as long as we can remember? More information

Building a Career in the Federal Government with Vijeth Iyengar, Ph.D. ’16
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Join us for an informal conversation with Dr. Vijeth Iyengar about his path to a career in the federal government through the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) and into his current role as Brain Health Lead and Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More information

Cultivating Resilience: How to Call Out Self-Doubt and Lean On Your Values During Career Transition (Webinar)
Friday, February 7, 2020, 3:00 pm

Contemplating your exit from academia can be stressful, scary, and complex. Stepping into a new career identity brings with it many difficult emotions as well as intense confusion about career goals and trajectories. This webinar will teach you how to turn into your difficult emotions, identify the painful beliefs you hold about yourself, shed the prison of self-doubt you have created for yourself, and begin a new leg of your career journey with a greater sense of freedom. This VersatilePhD webinar is offered through The Graduate School's subscription. More information

Working for Education Technology Companies After Your Ph.D. (Webinar)
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:30 pm

The rapid development of education and learning technologies around the world can offer many career opportunities for PhDs.  But what kind of knowledge and skills are applicable? And how might PhDs build a meaningful career in this growing industry? The webinar is part of the PhD Pathways Webinars offered through VersatilePhD. More information

A Conversation with Alumni in the Physical Sciences and Engineering
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Join recent and distinguished alumni in physical sciences and engineering disciplines for an informal conversation hosted via Zoom. More information

A Conversation with Alumni in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Join recent and distinguished alumni in biological and biomedical sciences disciplines for an informal conversation hosted via Zoom. More information

A Conversation with Alumni in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Friday, April 3, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Join recent and distinguished alumni in humanities and social sciences disciplines for an informal conversation hosted via Zoom. More information

Publish and Pivot: Turning your PhD Skills into Careers in the Private, Non-profit and Government Sectors (Webinar)
Monday, April 27, 2020, 11:30 am

Join Dr. Mrim Boutla for an interactive webinar that will help you become more aware and fluent in the transferable skills, knowledge and value you have been gained through your PhD, and how to translate those into industry- and sector-specific talking points to increase your credibility and competitiveness as an emerging professional.  This webinar will review critical skill sets, career options and trends as well as practical exercises and resume guidance you can immediately use to clarify and reach your own definition of career success. The webinar is part of the PhD Pathways Webinars offered through VersatilePhD. More information