PhD Career Pathways Beyond the Academy

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Graduate Student Affinity Group, Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 34
Organizers: Joshua Merced, Natallia Leuchanka Diessner
Chairs: Natallia Leuchanka Diessner

Call for Submissions

Call for Panelists: Virtual Panel session on “PhD Career Pathways Beyond the Academy”

Dear AAG Community,

We are two doctoral candidates who are organizing a virtual panel session at the 2021 AAG Annual Meeting. We are seeking panelists who can speak to their experience and knowledge regarding the pursuit of careers outside of traditional academia. We believe the session would benefit from having a diverse representation of former doctoral students who found success and satisfaction in careers in the private sector, non-governmental non-profits, governmental agencies (federal, state, or local), or other sectors outside of the academy.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: While this session will be useful for Master-level students, it is specifically geared toward doctoral students across all geography related disciplines (including disciplines that may not specifically fall under “geography” but are related nevertheless - e.g. human dimensions of natural resources, sustainability science, anthropology, urban and regional planning, etc.). We also invite academic faculty members to the conversation to continue exploring how to support graduate student professional development.

Panelists will be asked to prepare a 5-7 minute presentation about their experience and any of the topics covered in the abstract. A working abstract for the panel session is below.

WORKING ABSTRACT:
This virtual panel engages with AAG’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Task Force’s Career and Research Mentors initiative launched in August 2020. The panel will explore the following topics:

(1) Broad introduction: Why look at careers outside of academia?
- Statistical trends around graduating doctoral candidates, available tenure-track jobs, etc.;
- Seeking a culture of support, meaning, life-work balance, etc.;
- Seeking opportunities to conduct applied research and have a more immediate impact on societal change via practical solutions;

(2) Specific opportunities and challenges PhDs in geography and adjacent disciplines experience in non-academic careers;

(3) Strategies and innovations employed to recruit and draw interest to non-academic career pathways;

(4) Strengthen the understanding of the value of the skills, toolkit, and networks developed from a research-based PhD program;

(5) Identify hiring trends across sectors;

(6) Navigating conversations with academic mentors on pursuing a non-academic career, while encouraging the creation of space for additional mentorship of non-academic professionals;

(7) How to obtain experience and knowledge to address gaps in the technical skills developed from the PhD process to prepare for non-academic careers.


IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING A PANELIST, please send us a brief biography and narrative of what you might be able to provide to the conversation. You are welcome to use these guiding questions to structure your narrative:

(1) Tell us about yourself: discipline/field of your doctoral degree; how involved you are with AAG; where you are located geographically; your current position/employer; any other experience you would like to share about your non-academic career path. We anticipate building a diverse panel in terms of experiences, disciplines, sectors, and identities.

(2) What was your experience applying to jobs outside of academia during/post your doctoral degree?

(3) What professional experiences do you have outside of academia?

(4) What advice do you have for students seeking careers outside of academia?

(5) Do you know of or have access to any career resources that might be useful for doctoral students seeking a meaningful career outside of the academy? If so, please share!

If you would like to participate as a panelist, please email Natallia Leuchanka Diessner at nhe4@wildcats.unh.edu by October 30, 2020. We strongly encourage and welcome scholars and professionals of color, as well as other underrepresented minority candidates to express interest in participating.

Kind regards,

Natallia Leuchanka Diessner, PhD Candidate
University of New Hampshire

Joshua Merced, PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Description

This virtual panel engages with AAG’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Task Force’s Career and Research Mentors initiative launched in August 2020. The panel will explore the following topics:

(1) Broad introduction: Why look at careers outside of academia?
- Statistical trends around graduating doctoral candidates, available tenure-track jobs, etc.;
- Seeking a culture of support, meaning, life-work balance, etc.;
- Seeking opportunities to conduct applied research and have a more immediate impact on societal change via practical solutions;

(2) Specific opportunities and challenges PhDs in geography and adjacent disciplines experience in non-academic careers;

(3) Strategies and innovations employed to recruit and draw interest to non-academic career pathways;

(4) Strengthen the understanding of the value of the skills, toolkit, and networks developed from a research-based PhD program;

(5) Identify hiring trends across sectors;
(6) Navigating conversations with academic mentors on pursuing a non-academic career, while encouraging the creation of space for additional mentorship of non-academic professionals;

(7) How to obtain experience and knowledge to address gaps in the technical skills developed from the PhD process to prepare for non-academic careers.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Panelist Alberta Carpenter National Renewable Energy Laboratory 12 8:00 AM
Panelist Juha Uitto Global Environment Facility 12 8:12 AM
Panelist Matthew Cutler NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center 15 8:24 AM
Panelist Maike Dziomba 12 8:39 AM
Panelist Ashima Sood Anant National University, Ahmedabad 12 8:51 AM
Panelist Konty Kevin New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 12 9:03 AM

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