Many students start their graduate program with visions of eventually joining the academic ranks. Starting with our admission letter and ending with our hooding ceremony, we spent countless hours studying the literature, collecting data, honing our analytical skills, and hoping to strike publication gold. Yet, few of us were told how to take that next steps toward joining the professoriate, and what do once we got there! In this session, we hope we can answer some of those same questions we had, and those that we are still asking. Among other things, we tackle questions like: How do I get a post-doc? How do I prepare for the academic interview? How do I start a position in the era of COVID-19? What should my work-life balance look like? And how are extension, research, and teaching faculty different? This session (schedule below) includes 10-minute talks, a 30-minute Q&A session, and after, a separate informal zoom networking session including break-out rooms with our speakers and the audience. This session is targeted toward current graduate students (emphasis on PhD Candidates), current Post-Doctoral Researchers, and new academic faculty across Ecology. Each of us organizing this event are in the early years of our current academic positions yet in quite different positions and types of institutions, so we hope we can provide relevant, timely and broadly relevant advice based on our recent experiences.
Supported By:Early Career Professionals Working Group, College and University Education Working Group