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New Faculty Zoom with Ajenai Clemmons, Ph.D.’21, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Denver

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

New Faculty Zoom with Ajenai Clemmons, Ph.D.

As part of a series of short, focused conversations with PhD and postdoc alumni who successfully navigated the academic job market during the pandemic, we'll feature Ajenai Clemmons, Ph.D.'21, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, the Josef Korbel School of International Relations at the University of Denver. Ajenai defended her dissertation during summer 2021 after securing a job at the same institution where she completed her master's degree. She assumed her new position in fall 2021. We'll ask each guest five questions about their experiences as new faculty members.

5 Questions:

  1. Could you tell us a bit about your institution and your responsibilities there as a new assistant professor?
  2. How did you adapt to changes in the application and interview process and/or onboarding for your position due to the pandemic?
  3. Given the impact of the pandemic, are there any specific experiences, credentials, or qualifications (eg, online teaching experience) that your department or institution now seeks in potential hires?
  4. What advice would you offer current postdocs and grad students who will be applying for faculty positions soon?
  5. What is the hiring outlook at your institution? (please note that the answer to this question may be “We don’t know yet.”)

This event is open to Graduate School students, postdocs, and Graduate School alumni within five years of graduation. A link with Zoom meeting details will be sent to confirmed registrants. This event is part of the 2021-22 Academic Job Search Series and the Alum Zooms series and is co-sponsored by The Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Questions? Contact The Graduate School's professional development team at

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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Communication
  • Teaching and Mentoring
  • Academic Job Search Series