Launching and Navigating an Academic Career

A 1-day short course for senior PhD students, postdocs and early-career faculty. ***CANCELLED***

Date: CANCELLED || The University of Saskatchewan 

Description: The course is designed for Ph.D. students, postdocs and early-career faculty at the University of Saskatchewan.  It is meant to demystify the academic career and provide examples of key things to consider early in one’s career to increase the chances of success and fun along the way.

The course is based largely on the recent book: McDonnell, J.J., 2020. Navigating an Academic Career: A Brief Guide for Ph.D. Students, Postdocs and New Faculty. AGU/Wiley, 96p, ISBN: 1119642108.

Instructors: Jeffrey McDonnell (SENS), Maureen Reed (SENS), Andrew Watson (History), Lori Bradford (SENS), Simon Papalexiou (Civil Engineering)

Lecture and discussion topics:

  • Attributes of successful researchers
  • Communicating your work (the elevator pitch, papers, proposals)
  • Applying to academic jobs and the academic job interview
  • The first few years as a faculty member: what it’s like; some strategies

Registration: $25 and includes coffee and lunch. Registration is limited to 50 participants and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that the course regularly sells out so early registration is encouraged.

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