Fall 2019

The 2019-20 Academic Job Search Series is co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services, The Graduate School, the Career Center, and the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education.

Note: Most of the seminars will be video recorded and added to the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel. As each video becomes available online, the link will be added to the corresponding seminar below.


Thurs Aug 8, 9:30-10:30 am

WHAT: Careers in the Duke Surgery Office of Research Development
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2019Surgery

Do you want to stay in a university environment and stay involved in research – just not as a PI? Do you like analyzing and evaluating grant ideas/resources/experimental design? Are you often counted on to be an objective, critical thinker when reviewing documents to make sure there are no gaps in logic or presentation? The Department of Surgery at Duke University has a job opportunity for PhD researchers to remain actively engaged in developing groundbreaking original research in a wide range of topics through our Office of Research Development.

Come to this info session to learn more about the current job opportunity in the Duke Surgery Office of Research Development, as well as how PhDs can build careers in other areas of academic research development. The speakers will also discuss translatable skills that are sought-after qualities for these types of academic jobs.

Speakers:
– Lauren Anderson, PhD, Director of Research Development, Department of Surgery (former Duke postdoc)
– Brandon Hall, PhD, Research Development Project Manager, Department of Surgery (former Duke postdoc)


Tues Sept 17, 9-11 am

WHAT: Gender Differences in Academia: Challenges and Choices along Career Paths in Higher Education
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/professional-development/programs/responsible-conduct-research/rcr-forums

Men and women are still treated differently based on gender stereotypes, and higher education is not immune to gender bias. Whether one is seeking a career as a faculty member or some other type of position within academia, knowing the potential challenges one can experience is important. This presentation explores some of the possible situations women and men may encounter as well as provide information on current research findings related to the gender divide in college and university settings. Case studies will be shared so as to explore solutions and develop approaches to addressing gender discrimination.

Speaker: Rhonda Sutton, PhD, LPC, Director of College Leadership Programs, NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Mon Sept 23, 12-1:30 pm

WHAT: The Diversity Statement
WHERE: Carpenter Conference Room, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, rm 249
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events/diversity-statement

Increasing numbers of colleges and universities are requiring a Diversity Statement as part of the application process for faculty positions. What are committee members’ expectations for this statement, and how should you go about crafting one? In this workshop combining interactive exercises, best practices and real-world examples, Dr. Francisco Ramos will guide participants through the process of writing a diversity statement for the faculty job market.

Lunch provided; please bring a beverage to enjoy.


Tues Sept 24, 9-10:30 am

WHAT: Behind the Scenes with the Search Committee: The Academic Application Process (for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Sciences and Engineering)
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2019Search

In this session, a faculty panel in the sciences and engineering will discuss the faculty recruitment process from the search committee’s perspective. Topics include what the search committee looks for in application documents (CV, cover letter, research/teaching statements), the screening process, and selecting candidates to interview.

Panelists:

  • Allison Ashley-Koch, PhD, Professor, Duke Molecular Physiology Institute, Department of Medicine, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Dennis Ko, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
  • Jonathan Viventi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • John Willis, PhD, Professor of Biology

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Tues Sept 24, 3-4:30 pm

WHAT: The Teaching Statement
WHERE: Korman Assembly Room, Perkins Library, rm 217
REGISTER https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events/teaching-statement-1:

A teaching portfolio is more than a collection of documents: it is set of claims about your teaching and evidence to support them. In this workshop, you will examine how claims and evidence can be framed in way that allows you demonstrate your skill (or potential) as a university instructor in a teaching statement supported by materials created by you (such as videos, handouts and student assignments). This workshop is suitable for postdocs and graduate students in all academic disciplines. This workshop is facilitated by Dr. Hugh Crumley, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in The Graduate School.


Thurs Sept 26, 3-4:30 pm

WHAT: Behind the Scenes with the Search Committee: The Academic Application Process (for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
WHERE: Rm 218 Perkins Library
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events/behind-scenes-search-committee-interview-process-humanities-and-social-0

In this session, a panel of faculty in the humanities and social sciences will discuss the faculty recruitment process from the search committee’s perspective. Topics include what the search committee looks for in application documents (CV, cover letter, research/teaching statements), how the committee handles the screening process, and ways that applicants can help themselves become candidates to interview.

Panelists:

  • Keisha Cutright, PhD ’11, Associate Professor of Marketing, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • David R. Long, PhD, Dean of Creative & Liberal Arts, Durham Technical Community College
  • Amy M. Johnson, PhD ’07, Executive Director of the Elon Core Curriculum and Associate Professor of History, Elon University

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Fri Oct 4, 12-1:30 pm 

WHAT: Navigating the Dual Job Search
WHERE: Bryan Research Building 103
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/Dual-Job-Search/Dual-Job-Search

Planning for one person’s career is tough; planning for two people’s careers simultaneously is even harder! In this workshop, we will discuss how to establish professional priorities and how to have productive conversations with your partner. You will also hear from a couple who have successfully navigated a dual job search. Non-Duke affiliated partners are welcome to join us for this session.

Speakers: Sara Stevens-Spradley is the Program Coordinator for Campus Engagement at the Duke Alumni Association. She graduated from Duke’s Masters in Liberal Studies program in 2019. Jackson Spradley is a Lecturer at North Carolina State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke in 2017.


Tues Oct 15, 10-11:30 am 

WHAT: Successfully Negotiating Job Offers for Female Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Brodhead Center, 303 Tower Room
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://bit.ly/2XGS10z

In this workshop, designed specifically for female and female-identified graduate students and postdocs, you will learn how to evaluate and negotiate job offers so that we can start to close the gender pay gap! You will also practice how to identify your value, conduct market research to benchmark salary/benefits and role-play scenarios using effective responses and strategies. This workshop is useful for those targeting any type of job, including academia and industry.


Thurs Oct 17, 9-10:30 am 

WHAT: The Academic Interview (for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Sciences and Engineering)
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2019Interview

In this session, a panel of faculty members in the sciences and engineering will discuss the interview process for faculty jobs, including the campus visit, the job talk/chalk talk, and typical interview questions.

Panelists:

  • Maria Gorlatova, PhD, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Nicholas Heaton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Jennifer Roizen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • John Willis, PhD, Professor of Biology

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Thurs Oct 17, 3-4:30 pm

WHAT: The Interview Process (for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
WHERE: Rm 218 Perkins Library
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events/behind-scenes-search-committee-interview-process-humanities-and-social-0

In this session, a panel of faculty members in the humanities and social sciences will discuss the interview process for faculty jobs, including the campus visit, the job talk, and typical interview questions.

Panelists:

  • John H. Aldrich, PhD, Pfizer-Pratt University Professor of Political Science, Duke University
  • Collie J. Fulford, PhD, Associate Professor of English, North Carolina Central University
  • Mina García, PhD ’07 (Romance Studies), Associate Professor of Spanish, Elon University
  • Linda M. Rupert, PhD ’06 (History), Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Tues Oct 29, 12-1 pm

WHAT: A Humanities Faculty Career at a Small Liberal Arts College: Lunch with Laury Ward, PhD ’11
WHERE: Graduate School Annex/Financial Aid Building, 2nd floor conference room
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events/humanities-faculty-career-small-liberal-arts-college-lunch-laury-ward-phd-11

Dr. Laury Ward, Associate Professor of Classics at Hillsdale College, will join interested students  and postdocs at an informal lunch gathering to discuss her career as a faculty member at a small liberal arts college. This event is part of her visit to campus as the Preparing Future Faculty alumni speaker for 2019. Join the lunch to hear about the differences between faculty careers at a research institution like Duke and a SLAC, to learn how she succeeded on the path to tenure and promotion, or to gain insight on how to navigate the hiring process at religiously influenced institutions. Enrollment is limited to facilitate conversation.


Tues Oct 29, 3-4:30 pm

WHAT: Negotiating the Academic Job Offer (for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
WHERE: Rm 218 Perkins Library
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events/behind-scenes-search-committee-negotiating-offer-humanities-and-social-0

In this session, a panel of faculty members from the humanities and social sciences address common elements that can be negotiated when an offer is extended. They also answer questions about common pitfalls in the process.

Panelists:

  • Sujin Pak, PhD ’06 (Religion), Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Divinity School, Duke University
  • Sarah Roth, PhD, Dean, Arts and Humanities, Meredith College
  • Laury Ward, PhD ’11, Associate Professor of Classics, Hillsdale College
  • Carlton E. Wilson, PhD, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, North Carolina Central University

Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel


Fri Nov 8, 12-1 pm

WHAT: From Lemurs to Student Life: A Career in Academic Administration with Michele Rasmussen, PhD
WHERE: Breedlove Room, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library (rm 349)
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events

Since completing her PhD at Duke in Biological Anthropology (now Evolutionary Anthropology), Dr. Michele Rasmussen has grown her career in academic administration to include higher orders of primates than her subjects at the Duke Lemur Center during graduate school. Now the Dean of Students in the University at the University of Chicago, she draws on prior experiences as Dean of the Undergraduate College at Bryn Mawr College and as an Academic Dean in Trinity College and Director of the Academic Advising Center here at Duke. Pizza provided; bring your own beverage.


Tues Nov 19, 9-10 am 

WHAT: Negotiating the Academic Job Offer (for Postdocs and Grad Students in the Sciences and Engineering)
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2019JobOffer

In this session, a panel of faculty members will discuss the negotiation process. Questions include:

  • What does a typical start-up package look like? How much can you negotiate it, and how can you provide justification for asking for more?
  • How much grant money are you expected to bring if you get hired?
  • What are some common pitfalls in the negotiation process?
  • Can you negotiate for a position for your partner or spouse? If so, when do you bring it up?

Panelists:

  • Krishnendu Chakrabarty, PhD, Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jennifer Roizen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Eda Yildirim, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology