Pursuing an Academic Career in the Geosciences:
A Series of Webinars for Graduate Students, Post-docs, and Early Career Faculty

This series of webinars has already taken place. Slides and screencasts are available on the webinar information pages.

Beginning an academic career is challenging. This series of virtual events offered resources for and insights into important aspects of effective career development and the job search process. Each webinar involved an online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with opportunities for questions and discussion.

Registration was $30 for each event ($20 for NAGT members; learn more about becoming a member of NAGT). Registration for webinars like these closes when the spaces fill or one week prior to the event, whichever comes first. Registered participants receive an email with instructions detailing how to log into the event approximately one week prior to the event. Participants may register for one or more webinars.


This series is targeted to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows planning a future academic career, to research scientists interested in a faculty position, and to early career faculty. Goals for participants are to:

  • Gain insights on ways to talk about your research, from informal, yet important, "elevator" talks to the formal research presentation given during an on-campus interview
  • Learn more about negotiating during the hiring process and afterwards (e.g. during promotion)
  • Explore strategies for effective networking in academic careers

Schedule of Topics

To learn more, please visit one or more of the following webinar information pages:

February 21, 2013: Effectively communicating your research: From elevator talks to job interview presentations
Leaders: Elizabeth Ritchie (University of Arizona), Timothy Bralower (Pennsylvania State University), and Heather Macdonald (College of William & Mary)
Time: ~1 hr

March 28, 2013: Early career negotiations: Negotiating for what you need to be successful
Leaders: Christopher Thorncroft, SUNY at Albany; Kate Miller, Texas A&M University; Julie Bartley, Gustavus Adolphus College
Time: ~1 hr

May 16, 2013: Networking for academic careers
Leader: Tracey Holloway (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Time: ~1 hr

Pursuing an Academic Career Conveners

This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education .

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