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2015 Graduate Faculty Workshop

We invite you to attend a workshop that brings together graduate faculty from across the University of Nebraska to explore broadening student opportunities after graduate school.

With more Ph.D. graduates in the U.S. than jobs available in academia, many graduate students and postdoctoral associates will need to consider alternative careers. Faculty can encourage students to identify, develop, and articulate the transferability of key skills throughout their academic study and find their place in today’s job market.

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Conference Highlights

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Welcome presentation by University of Nebraska Provost & Dean of Graduate Studies, Susan Fritz

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Remarks and perspectives from University of Nebraska President, Hank M. Bounds

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Voices/perspectives of academic and non-academic speakers and participants

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Discuss how the University of Nebraska can help graduate students prepare for non-academic careers

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Nationally recognized speakers

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Social and professional networking reception



Suzanne Ortega

Suzanne Ortega, Ph.D.

Suzanne Ortega became the sixth President of the Council of Graduate Schools on July 1, 2014. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the University of North Carolina Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (2011-14). Previous appointments included the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of New Mexico, Vice Provost and Graduate Dean at the University of Washington and the University of Missouri. Dr. Ortega’s masters and doctoral degrees in sociology were completed at Vanderbilt University.

Paula Chambers

Paula Chambers, Ph.D.

Paula Chambers was dissertating in English at Ohio State in 1999 when she started the first ever listserv on nonacademic careers for humanities PhDs. The listserv grew and became a leading national resource. In 2010, she transformed it into Versatile PhD, a web-based career education service for doctoral students and new PhDs interested in nonacademic careers. Today, with over 70 institutional subscribers and nearly 60,000 individual members, Versatile PhD now serves all of the research disciplines: humanities, social science and STEM.



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Friday, October 30, 2015

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1:00 - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Conference presentations and reception

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A morning session will be available for graduate students and postdoctoral associates interested in “Life After Grad School.” Please forward the link below to your students and postdocs.

Graduate Student and Postdoc Workshop Information