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Managing Your Faculty Career Once You Have a Job with Karen Kelsky (for Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Students and Postdocs)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

One of the most elusive achievements of the tenure-track period is work-life balance. With a clear sense of the obligations and challenges of the tenure-track period, you can improve your chances of achieving this balance for a career that is satisfying and life-sustaining. This 90-minute talk explains the basic organization of a successful academic career, and how to avoid the most common pitfalls besetting the naive new assistant professor. Our speaker is Dr. Karen Kelsky, author of The Professor Is In and the blog Pearls of Wisdom, who will join us via webinar.

The talk will address such important topics as learning to say no, understanding departmental politics, handling service obligations, managing your image, and carving out time for research and writing. It will also help you consider how to create and maintain your national reputation and aim for the next job.

This event is part of the 2015-16 Academic Job Search Series, co-sponsored by The Graduate School's Professional Development Series, the Duke Career Center, and the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Questions about this event? Contact The Graduate School's professional development team at

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Perkins Library 217
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  • General
  • Professional Development