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WiSE Offers Post-Doc Tenure-Track Boot Camp
Whether you have just started your post-doctoral career and are thinking about your future options, or are actively planning to enter the tenure-track job market in the fall, the inaugural WiSE Post-Doc Tenure-Track Boot Camp is for you.
This interactive workshop will take place Tuesday, June 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 369 Link Hall. It will cover a broad range of topics, including preparing for the academic job search, crafting and using Individual Development Plans (IDPs) to determine your job search values and goals, best practices in writing research and teaching statements, and successful negotiating strategies for salary, teaching load and tenure-track path.
Full catering will be provided during lunch and coffee breaks, and breakfast will also be available each day from 8 a.m. Registration is open until Wednesday, June 13, at 5 p.m.
“I am honored to help organize, but most importantly, participate in the inaugural WiSE Post-Doc Tenure-Track Boot Camp,” says Samantha England, research assistant professor in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S). “The preparative skills necessary not only to be competitive in the academic job market, but also to be successful once in position, are many and diverse. This program offers everything: from training in best practice for interviewing and negotiating, through real-time feedback on application documents, to faculty panel events on managing and funding. Furthermore, the opportunities to network and receive peer-mentoring from other post-doctoral colleagues are unparalleled.”
“As a new faculty member at SU, and a former postdoc for four years, I am excited to be involved in hosting the inaugural Postdoc Tenure-Track Bootcamp,” says Nicole L. Fonger, faculty liaison for WiSE postdocs and assistant professor of mathematics and mathematics education in A&S and the School of Education, respectively. “In an incredibly competitive job market, it is essential to have training and support for postdocs to further develop their identities as scholars, teachers and leaders in their field.”
The boot camp will include faculty panels on how to successfully navigate the tenure-track process and avoid early career mistakes, and on funding and grant literacy, with plenty of opportunities for networking as well.
Participants will work on research and teaching statements together during the workshop, so come prepared with your laptops, a short statement on your teaching philosophy and three paragraphs describing your research: What is your research? What is the significance of your research? What technologies do you use?
Post-docs of all genders are welcome.
The event is sponsored by WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship Faculty Affairs and the Graduate School within the Office of Academic Affairs also offered advice and support.