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Pursuing an Academic Career Virtual Event Series

Preparing for an academic job interview in the geosciences: January 20, 2012

Rodin's The Thinker, Columbia University campus Details

Note: This webinar has already taken place. See the References, resources, and the presentation from this virtual event.

2 pm Eastern | 1 pm Central | 12 pm Mountain | 11 am Pacific (1 hr)

Leaders: Rachel Beane, Bowdoin College; Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary; Michael Williams, University of Massachusetts

Registration deadline: January 13, 2012 - Registration is now closed

This webinar provides an opportunity to learn about academic job interviews from multiple perspectives. The presenters have experience on both sides of the interview process. Collectively they have conducted on-campus and phone interviews as faculty, department chair, and dean; held interviews at professional meetings; and mentored graduate students and post-docs during the job search and interview process. During the webinar, we will have time for questions and discussion. We hope you will join us!

Jump down to: References, resources, and the presentation from this virtual event

Goals for participants are:

Time - 2 pm Eastern | 1 pm Central | 12 pm Mountain | 11 am Pacific
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Blackboard Collaborate web conference software with questions and discussion. Participants will receive an email with instructions detailing how to log into the event approximately one week prior to the event.
Registration - There is no registration fee, but registration is required to save a space. Space is limited to 80, so please be sure you can commit before registering. Registration closes when the spaces fill or January 13, 2011, whichever comes first. Please complete the registration form if you are interested and able to participate. Registration for this webinar has closed.
Preparation - Please consider and prepare 1-2 minute responses to the following: 1) Briefly describe you main research focus and explain why it is important. and 2) Pick one course that you would propose to teach and describe how you would engage students when you teach it. To articulate brief informative responses to these prompts, you may find it helpful to view examples of "Elevator Talks".

Please email Rachel Beane (rbeane AT bowdoin.edu) if you have any questions about this event or Monica Bruckner (mbruckne AT carleton.edu) if you have technical questions.


Rachel Beane is Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin College where she has been on the faculty since 1998 and served as department chair. She has been a co-leader for On the Cutting Edge Early Career, Career Prep, and Pursuing an Academic Career workshops. Her introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses emphasize field- and instrument-based laboratories and writing, and incorporate interactive teaching activities and authentic research projects. Her research interests include convergent margin processes, ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism, and microstructural studies using electron backscatter diffraction.

Heather Macdonald is a Professor of Geology at the College of William and Mary where she has been on the faculty since 1983. She has served as department chair, as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and as co-director of the undergraduate marine science minor. In addition to her undergraduate courses, she also teaches courses for graduate students on college teaching and college science teaching.

Mike Williams is a Professor of Geology and Department Head at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mike's research is focused at the cross-roads of ductile structural geology, metamorphic petrology, igneous petrology, and tectonics. Much of his research has involved Precambrian rocks (southwestern U.S.A. or northern Canada) but he has been increasingly involved with rocks of western New England.

References and Resources

Watch the ScreenCast (Quicktime MP4 Video 88.6MB Jan20 12) of this event.

Preparing for an Academic Job Interview Presentation (Acrobat (PDF) 1.3MB Jan20 12) -Presented by Rachel Beane, Mike Williams, and Heather Macdonald, slides presented at the January 20 virtual event.

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