1. Cultivating a Network of Mentors – Oct. 16, 2017, 3:30-5 p.m., 124 Sparks
Will map broader networks, beyond professional development series, and discuss importance of cultivating them in order to make the most of postdoc. Will introduce various resources at Penn State and beyond (job market, research & teaching).
2. Preparing for Job Interviews – Nov. 13, 2017, 2-3 p.m., 132 Burrowes
Will focus on academic job interviews. Three faculty panelists from English and history–Jyoti Balachandran, William Blair, and Claire Bourne–will offer brief presentations on common challenges and useful strategies for negotiating them. Panel will include time for Q&A.
3. Planning for Publications – Feb. 2018
Will discuss strategies for setting realistic publication goals as well as creating plans and developing writing habits to facilitate accomplishing those goals. Will include conversation about planning for larger projects such as first book manuscript. May include presentation by someone from university press.
4. Negotiating Teaching Challenges – March 2018
Speakers will facilitate workshop focused on common pedagogical challenges faced by postdocs and junior faculty.