Career Center

Curricula for Academic Careers in the Biosciences

The School of Medicine Career Center is proud to offer the following courses and programs to assist Bioscience PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and research/clinical trainees in preparing and pursuing their careers of choice within the broad academic sector.

Open to all Bioscience PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and research/clinical trainees. PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in other disciplines will find relevant programs for academic careers at the Office of the Vice Provost Graduate Education, the Career Development Center, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

These programs replace INDE 231: Future Faculty Seminar, which is no longer offered. Past syllabi, speaker lists and videos of the Future Faculty Seminar are available here.

Questions? Contact Chris Pohalski  pohalski [at] stanford [dot] edu

Career Prep & Practice for Bioscientists: Academia
Winter Quarter (January 8 - March 5, 2015)
3:15 – 4:45pm Thursdays; optional 30-minute informal conversations with panelists afterwardl
LKSC 130 (January 22 will be in Munzer Auditorium)

This quarter-long series of panels, workshops, and discussions will help Bioscience PhD students, MD students, postdoctoral fellows and research/clinical trainees to understand possible work environments, try out new skills and connect with their intended field. Specifically, they will:

Recognizing the value of guest faculty visiting campus, we will leave an additional 30 minutes for trainees to meet and have optional informal conversations with panelists after the formal program, in lieu of more formal and expensive networking receptions. 

We plan to collaborate with a number of university offices: OGE, OPA, SOM Alumni Association, VPGE, and the Center for Teaching and Learning. We will also recruit faculty and alumni panelists from a variety of Bay Area institutions as well as from the Bioscience Departments within Stanford.

Program Objectives: During this program, participants will:

Try out academic skills, and learn how to continue building these skills now.

Syllabus - Winter 2015


Week 1         Understanding and Preparing for Academic Environments and Roles        Workshop
   1/8             Overview of academic landscape. Which environments/roles fit my priorities and values?
Week 2         Search Committee Perspectives                                                         Panel + Networking
   1/15           How do I prepare? What do committees look for? What is the threshold?
Week 3         Choosing the Right Postdoc (for PhD students)      Panel  
1/22              Do I need a postdoc? What will help my academic career prospects? (Munzer Aud.)
Week 4         Making the Most of Your Postdoc (for postdocs)                                           Panel – OPA
   1/29           How do I get the most out of my postdoc experience?
Week 5         Diversity in Academia                                    Panel – Faculty Development and Diversity
   2/5             How do academic institutions recruit, retain, and support a diverse professoriate? 

Practice (tentative)

Week 6       Setting Up a Lab                                                                                                          Panel
   2/12          Strategies for launching a research program
Week 7        Teaching Strategies                                                                Interactive Workshop - CTL
   2/19           Pedagogy, classroom management and administrative strategies. 
                     Collaborators: Center for Teaching and Learning                                                               
Week 8        Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor                                                                               Panel
   2/26           Finding a mentor for yourself; being a good mentor for your advisees. Collaborator:
Week 9        Getting Published                                                                                                        Panel
   3/5             Strategies for getting your work published and building your track record.  

Registration and Target Audience: While open to all, content will be most suitable for Bioscience PhD in Years 2-4 as well as postdoctoral fellows who intend to pursue an academic career. This is a series of panels and workshops, not a formal academic class. Trainees may attend individual sessions on a drop-in basis, with no formal registration.

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