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Summer 2013 Professional Development Series

2013 Professional Development Summer Institute: Broadening Career Perspectives for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 1:00–5:00 p.m., Durham Hilton (3800 Hillsborough Road)

A limited number of spaces are available for this intensive-half-day professional development experience, designed to broaden empoyment contexts and perspectives for social sciences and humanities PhDs. Participants will leave the institute with an understanding of the job search process for positions beyond faculty careers, new networking contacts, and skills to continue expanding their networks.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, May 20 at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of their selection status by May 24.

The Institute will include a welcome from the Dean of the Graduate School and the opportunity to attend three of nine breakout sessions. Topics include:

•    Career Options Beyond Faculty Positions for PhDs in the Humanities: A Panel Discussion
•    Career Options Beyond Faculty Positions for PhDs in the Social Sciences: A Panel Discussion
•    The Rhetoric of Transforming from CV to Résumé
•    Starting Your Job Search
•    How and Why to Conduct Informational Interviews
•    Take Your Teaching Skills Anywhere: Identifying Transferable Skills from your Teaching Experiences
•    How to Make the Most of a Postdoc: A Panel Discussion

Negotiation, Problem-Solving and Conflict Resolution

Two half-day sessions on Thursday, May 30: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. OR 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Room 4067, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education

•    Morning session for master’s and early-career doctoral students:
•    Afternoon session for late-career graduate students and postdocs:

This seminar is designed to build understanding of mutual interest-based negotiations or solution finding. The content encourages

•    developing understanding of the parties’ interests;
•    clearly asking for what you want;
•    developing alternatives that enhance the possibility of reaching agreement;
•    packaging of the possibilities, and
•    introducing the concepts of anchoring and a zone of possible agreement.

Sometimes, no matter how hard one tries, an agreement is not achieved. In this case, participants will learn to develop and consider using a BATNA or the “best alternative to a negotiated agreement” before they start to negotiate. Participants will evaluate their personal conflict resolution styles. Case studies will reinforce the use of effective styles in negotiating and problem-solving. Case practice includes various topics, such as a competitive job offer, committee service, salary increase and research resources. These cases help define patterns of negotiations when choice and stress are factors. Development of supporting data, options and packaging solutions are examined relative to these cases. Participants are introduced to a negotiations planning work sheet to be used in preparation for negotiations. If time permits, attendees practice their own cases and receive coaching feedback. Several methods of responding to difficult tactics are demonstrated and discussed.

SPEAKER: Jane Tucker, PhD, has over 25 years experience in higher education in both the administrative and teaching areas. She taught negotiation skills in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke and is currently a consultant educator for COACh through the National Science Foundation. She has also taught ADVANCE program seminars in negotiations and teaches with the Center for Creative Leadership, where she works on leadership programs with leaders from both corporations and not-for-profit organizations. She directed three areas of Human Resources at Duke, doing teambuilding and organizational interventions for departments and teaching leadership skills and communication strategies to administrative leaders in the university. She has her own consulting firm and is Principal of J Tucker & Associates, LLC, specializing in negotiation, leadership skills, and executive coaching.

Dr. Tucker received her PhD in Organizational Development from the University of North Carolina and is an alumna of Wellesley College. She has published papers on learning strategies and organizational development. Her current research interest is focused on tactics and strategies used to balance career and home.

Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development

Toby Freedman, PhD
Wednesday, June 12, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
CIEMAS Auditorium

Co-sponsored by the PhD Plus Program in Pratt School of Engineering, The Office of Postdoctoral Services, and the Graduate School

Dr. Toby Freedman is President and founder of Synapsis Search,, a recruiting company specializing in the life sciences. Her practice is focused on recruitment for biotechnology startups, service companies, non-profits, biofuel, consumer health, healthcare informatics and personalized medicine companies for business and scientific positions.  She is also the author of Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development (

Previously, Dr. Freedman served as an executive search consultant in the life sciences at BioQuest, where she conducted searches for CEO, VP and Director level positions for emerging venture-backed biotechnology companies. Before that, she was in corporate development in a biotechnology startup developing cancer therapeutics. She received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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