Participants in the 2009 inaugural Putting Your Ph.D. to Work summer
institute included, front row, Helene Delpeche, Mary McDonald,
Elizabeth Soslau and Lauren Miltenberger; and, back row,
Tracy Davenport, Deeanna Button, and Berit Rabe. Read about the most recent institute on UDaily.
The institute's primary goals are
to assist with preparation for the
academic job search process, and
acculturation and successful transition
into the first year of a faculty
appointment. Special focus is given to
developing and honing job application
documents such as the CV, cover letter,
research statement, teaching statement
and ePortfolio, with the help of instructor
feedback and peer review.
Lauren Miltenberger participated in
the 2009 institute as a doctoral candidate
in public policy and credits the program
with helping her obtain her first fulltime
university teaching position in
2010. "The process of obtaining an
academic position can seem very
mysterious, and this program
helped make it very clear and
straightforward," said Miltenberger.
Now an assistant professor of
public administration at Villanova
University, Miltenberger added,
"While you're in graduate school,
you're focused on your studies, your
dissertation, your research
contribution, and the more practical
concerns of actually finding a job
are not covered in any course that
you take as a graduate student. The
program provided excellent advice and
insights into that process."
This year's institute will again be co-taught by Gabriele Bauer of CTAL and Marianne Green of CSC. Visit the CTAL website this spring for updated information about this year's upcoming institute. Participants’ successful completion of the institute appears on their official transcript as UNIV 608.