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Alumni-in-Residence Program Events

Next Event

Public Scholarship: The Art of Writing Op-Eds

Date: June 6, 2022
Time: 12 PM CDT
Location: Zoom

Join Clay Risen, MA ’01 (MAPSS), deputy op-ed editor at the New York Times, who will discuss how writers can make their work stand out, what editors are looking for, and how to increase your chances of placing your op-ed. This virtual session will be moderated by Dave Nussbaum, op-ed expert and founder of Psychgeist Media, a non-profit that helps researchers share their research with the public in an accurate and engaging way. Participants are also invited to join break-out sessions with Clay and Dave to discuss individual projects and pitch ideas.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

The Balancing Act; The Experience as Faculty of Color with Neil Roberts, PhD '07

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Time: 12 PM CDT
Location: Zoom

Have you wondered what it is like to be a faculty member of color in the academy? What are the most rewarding aspects of the job? What are some of the most challenging aspects? What strategies should be implemented to improve their experiences? This panel aims to provide a glimpse into the lived experiences of faculty of color for current and aspiring academics. 

SUPERPOWERED: Tips and Considerations for Potential Entrepreneurs with AiR Alicia Menanteau, PhD'99 (Sociology)

Have you ever thought what it would take to open your own business, be your own boss, and use the skills from your graduate degree to power your success? Join Alicia Menanteau, PhD an accomplished professional who started her own business using the superpowers gained from her degree. This presentation offers a view of entrepreneurship and considerations to keep in mind should you ever consider going into business for yourself.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time: 4 PM Central Time
Location: Zoom

Approaching the International Academic Job Market with AiR Shali Wu

Joined by alums:
Leigh Jenco, PhD’07 (Political Science) and Luis Felipe Barrón, Córdova PhD’04 (History)

Ever wonder what it would take to land an academic job outside the USA? As academic jobs in the US stagnate, the academic job market overseas is expanding. Join us to discuss how you can navigate the academic job market outside the US.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Time: 10 AM Central Time
Location: Zoom

Finding Your Frame: A Motivational Workshop for Putting Your Future in Focus with AiR Pamela Paresky


Are you wondering what’s next for you? Or if you know where you want to go, are you wondering how to get there? Join AiR Pamela Paresky, PhD’05 (Psychology and Human Development), Senior Visiting Research Associate, Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge and Senior Scholar, Network Contagion Research Institute, for a clarifying conversation to help put your future in focus.

Event Details:

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 3 PM Central Time
Location: In-person (TBD)

Finding Your Comparative Advantage with Wendy Edelberg

Your interests, experiences, and expertise give you a unique skill set that is valuable in different domains.  Join Alumni-in-Residence Wendy Edelberg, PhD’03 Economics, for a conversation on identifying those skills and ways to give yourself an advantage in navigating and excelling at your professional path.

Geared to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows,
and recent Division alumni

Event Details:

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time: 10 AM Central Time
Location: Zoom

Pursuing Careers Outside the Academy with David Bholat

Join Alumni-in-Residence, David Bholat, PhD, for a workshop designed to demonstrate how PhD students and recent graduates can draw on their entrepreneurial experience and research skills to find jobs outside the academy. The talk itself will eclectically draw on philosophy and social science research just as David draws on these every day in leading high-performing data science teams.

The workshop will provide participants with a framework for thinking about whether to pursue a career outside the university, tips on finding non-academic jobs, as well as suggestions on navigating the application process, including resume writing and interviewing.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Time: 10 AM Central Time
Location: Zoom

Networking Skills You May Not Know with Alumni-in-Residence Rochdi Younsi and Brian Portnoy

Have you ever wondered how to approach networking? How to present yourself in writing and in person to leave the best impression that could help grow your network and opportunities?

Both Rochdi Younsi and Brian Portnoy, Alumni-in-Residence, have been approached by students and professionals seeking guidance. Join us as they speak about the things they have learned over their careers and common pitfalls individuals make in trying to network and advance their careers. Geared to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and recent alumni of SSD, this session is moderated by Katherine Kinzler, Professor of Psychology.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 4 PM CST
Location: Zoom

What I Wish I Knew in Graduate School with Neil Roberts

Graduate School is both challenging and rewarding. How can you get the most out of your graduate school experience and prepare for next steps? What are things you that would be really good to know that could smooth out the journey?

Join us as Professors Neil Roberts (Williams College, Alumni-in-Residence), Jasmin DeJesus (UNC Grennsboro), and Antonio Sotomayor (UIUC) reflect on their experience as graduate students, the students they have mentored, and what would have made their time at graduate school both personally and professionally more rewarding. This session is moderated by Katherine Kinzler, Professor of Psychology and Deputy Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2021
Time: 5 PM Central Time
Location: Zoom

Networking with Purpose with Rochdi Younsi

Whether you want a career in or outside academia, building a network that can support and advance your research, professional, or personal goals is key.

Throughout his career, Alumni-in-Residence Rochdi Younsi, PhD, has helped numerous students and young professionals align their goals and network with purpose. This workshop will provide students with a framework to understand their own goals and objectives and impart practical networking skills they can apply immediately.

This is a limited capacity event so please sign-up soon. Those who attend the workshop will have an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Younsi.

Event Details:

Thursday, August 12, 2021 | 11 AM Central Time
Social Sciences Research Building Tea Room
1126 East 59th Street, Chicago, Illinois