Past "What's It Like..." Sessions

Sponsored by CRLT and Rackham, this new series spotlights faculty worklife at different kinds of colleges and universities to help you explore career possibilities.

What's It Like to Pursue an Alternate Academic Career in (STEM)

Friday, January 25, 2013, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
CRLT Seminar Room, 1013 Palmer Commons

Panelists:

  • Dr. Manja Holland, Research Programs Officer, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, U-M
  • Dr. Peggy Liggit, Director, Faculty Development Center, Eastern Michigan University
  • Dr. Bruno Vanzieleghem, Assistant Director of Operations, University of Michigan Energy Institute

What's It Like to Work at a Community College?

Friday, September 25, 2009, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
CRLT Seminar Room, 1013 Palmer Commons

About a third of full-time and two-thirds of part-time faculty teach at community colleges. What’s it like to teach at a two-year institution? This panel features full-time faculty and administrators who work or have worked at three community colleges. Panelists will discuss typical salaries, work portfolios and job search strategies.

Panelists:

Navigate to resources on community colleges and job searches.

What's It Like to Work Where There's a Teaching-Research Balance?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 2:30-3:40 p.m.
Michigan Room, Michigan League

This panel spotlights faculty worklife at master's institutions, where work expectations include a relatively even mix of teaching and research. Faculty will discuss faculty worklife at their institutions, strategies for getting hired at a master's institution, and tenure expectations.  

Panelists:

Navigate to resources on master’s institutions and job searches

What's It Like To Work at a Liberal Arts College?

Friday, January 25,  2013

Interested in teaching at a liberal arts college? A faculty panel from liberal arts colleges will discuss job search strategies and faculty worklife. In addition, participants will learn about the (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships at Oberlin and Kalamazoo Colleges for University of Michigan Ph.D.s/)

Panelist Include:
Link to a video of this session

  • Dr. Emanuela Grama, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of History, Oberlin College
  • Dr. Shanna Kirschner, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Allegheny College
  • Dr. Andy Mozina, Professor, Department of English, Kalamazoo College
  • Dr. Drew Wilburn, Associate Professor, Departments of Classics and Archeological Studies, Oberlin College

Past panelists have included:

Navigate to resources on liberal arts colleges and job searches

What's It Like To Work at a Postsecondary Minority Institution?

February 12, 2010, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Assembly Hall, Rackham

What’s it like to work at a college or university with a high proportion of underrepresented students?  Panelists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other diverse contexts will discuss their worklife and hiring advice, from different disciplinary and institutional perspectives. 

Panelists:

Moderated by:

  • Dr. Robert Sellers, Professor of Psychology, Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan

Navigate to resources on postsecondary minority institutions and job searches

What's It Like to Be a Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Member?

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
CRLT Seminar Room, 1013 Palmer Commons

A majority of postsecondary instructors are part-time (Wilson, 2010), and about a quarter of tenured or tenure-track faculty transitioned to their current positions from a part-time position (Schuster, 2006). This session will focus on the diversity of non-tenure track instructional careers at different institutional contexts, such as full-time lecturer and online instructor positions. Panelists represent a mix of those who hire lecturers, as well as U-M PhDs who had or currently hold such positions.

Panelists:

Moderated by:

  • Dr. Mary Wright, Assistant Research Scientist, CRLT, University of Michigan

Navigate to more resources on non-tenure-track faculty positions.

What's It Like to Be a Postdoctoral Researcher?

Wednesday, October 6 2010, 1:10 - 2:20 p.m.
Michigan League, 2nd Floor

Thinking about a postdoc after graduation? This panel will offer strategies for getting a postdoctoral position, as well as for working productively at one.

Panelists:

Navigate to additional resources on postdoctoral positions.

What’s It Like To Have a STEM Career in Different Types of Universities?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 1:10 - 2:20 p.m.
Michigan League

Thinking about a faculty career after graduation? This panel focuses on the range of faculty careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Panelists will offer strategies for getting a faculty position, as well as for working productively at one, from different institutional perspectives.

Navigate to resources on STEM careers

What’s It Like To Be an Academic Administrator?

October 5, 2011, 2:30 - 3:40 p.m.
Michigan League

Thinking about a faculty career after graduation? This panel session focuses on a variety of positions in academic administration at different institutional types, especially positions with faculty appointments. Panelists will speak about balancing a faculty and administrative career, pros and cons of being in administration, and career steps for those who seek such a position.

Navigate to resources on careers in academic administration

What's It Like To Be a Postdoctoral Scholar?

October 10, 2012, 1:10 - 2:20pm
Michigan League

Thinking about a postdoc after graduation? This interdisciplinary panel will offer strategies for getting a postdoctoral position, as well as working productively at one.

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