Webinars

Currently Scheduled Webinars, Fall 2014

New for 2014:  all participants will receive a downloadable recording of the event.

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**To purchase the RECORDINGS of previous webinars, please visit the Prof Shop page. **

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Interview Intervention Webinar

In this 90-minute webinar I teach you how to interview effectively for an academic job. In this 90-minute webinar I show you how to interview effectively for an academic job. We cover the major elements of the interview, the most common errors made by candidates, and how to organize and deliver your responses to the major questions. As always, I provide templates for you to use, and abundant examples of both bad and good answers.

I also cover how best to prepare for interviews, whether they are by skype or phone, at the conference, or at a campus visit. Special tips for the dreaded Skype interview included.

Naturally we’ll touch on how to dress for the interview, and the all important issue of body language as well.

As always there will be plenty of time for Q and A at the end.

Scheduled for Thursday 10/30 at 6 PM EST/22:00 GMT

Cost: $50

After completing payment by clicking below, you will be redirected to the dedicated Go-To-Meeting Webinar Registration page, where you will fill out a registration form and be given instructions and an access code to sign in on your chosen day.

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For Grad Students Only–Turn Your Ph.D. Into a Job {POSTPONED–NEW DATE TBA}

This webinar is for current graduate students, on strategizing for the academic and non-academic job markets while in graduate school. It is open to students at any stage in their program, including those just starting this fall. (I love to talk to newbies!)

We will cover:

Understanding the financial risks of a Ph.D.
Evaluating the status and job placement rate of your graduate program
Evaluating the effectiveness of your advisor for job placement
Changing advisors when necessary
Assembling a committee
Reading trends in your field with an eye to the job market
Setting a 5-year timeline to completion
Understanding the role of grants
TA-ing vs. teaching
Participating in departmental life
Avoiding excess service
Attending national conferences
Strategizing your recommenders
Building your CV

We will also discuss strategies to keep your options open for non-academic jobs, including

Finding mentors
Networking
Informational interviews
Identifying and developing your skills

Throughout we’ll address ways that you can “stop acting like a grad student” and take charge of your program and your career.

As always, time for Q and A at the end.

Let no grad student proceed uninformed!

Thursday 8/28 6 PM EST

Cost:  $30

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Past Webinars

 

How To Apply for a Postdoc in the Humanities or Social Sciences {Past}

Postdocs are increasingly common in the humanities and social sciences, but many Ph.D.s are confused about how to apply for them. Is it like applying for a job?  When should I apply and how long am I eligible?  If I only have to teach one course, how should I discuss my teaching? What am I supposed to produce while I’m in the postdoc, and how fast?

This webinar addresses these questions and more. It builds on the material covered in the blog post, The Postdoc App: How It’s Different and Why.  We’ll discuss:

Why social science and humanities postdoctoral programs exist
When to apply
Reading postdoc agendas and missions
Understanding the ethos of a postdoctoral scholar on campus
Composing an effective postdoc cover letter
The elements of a postdoc research proposal
Addressing teaching in a postdoc context
Relating your work to the campus
Understanding the timeline of productivity

Includes 30 minutes of Q and A at the end. You will get a downloadable recording of the event.

(Please note that this webinar is not suitable for scientists seeking postdoctoral positions in labs.)

 

Cost: $50

Thursday 9/11 6 PM EST

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Surviving Your First Year on the Tenure Track {Past}

In this 90-minute webinar I walk you through the biggest challenges of the first year on the tenure track.  Topics we cover include

  • Dealing with new colleagues

  • Handling department politics

  • Finding mentors

  • Establishing a classroom persona

  • Learning to say no to service

  • Establishing a conference schedule

  • Protecting your writing time (and mental health!)

Most importantly, I walk you through the planning that you need to do, from year one, to situate yourself for your eventual tenure case.

This webinar is based on the advising meetings I used to have as Department Head with my first year assistant professors. They all got tenure.  It’s fun, but hard core!

This webinar complements the blog post, Advice For Your First Year on the Tenure Track, but focuses on learning when and how to say no, making choices about time management, laying the groundwork for your tenure case, and staying sane.

Includes abundant time for Q and A with Dr. Karen. You’ll receive a downloadable recording of the webinar.

Cost: $50

Thursday 9/4, 6 PM EST

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What You Need to Know Now About the Tenure Track Job Market [past]

In this 90-minute webinar I walk you through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways you can maximize your chances of success while looking for a tenure-track job.

We’ll cover:

*The big-picture conditions of the U.S. tenure track job market
*How to think like a search committee
*The four core qualities of a successful tenure track job candidate
*The ethos of job market documents
*The most common mistakes made by job seekers
*The three keys to academic interviewing

We also examine the intangible pitfalls that bedevil job documents and interviewing. These include:

 

*the narcissism trap

*excessive humility

*hyper-emotionalism

*the perils of obstinacy

Includes time for Q and A with Dr. Karen.  All participants get a free downloadable recording.

Friday 8/1 at 3 PM Pacific/6 PM EST/23:00 GMT.

Cost:   $100

After completing payment by clicking below, you will be redirected to the dedicated Go-To-Meeting Webinar Registration page, where you will fill out a registration form and be given instructions and an access code to sign in on the day. 

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How To Write an Academic Job Application, Part 1–Cover Letter and CV {past}

In this 90-minute webinar we examine the first two primary documents in an academic job application–the cover letter and cv.  I explain the role of each of these in presenting your profile, and the relative importance of each in the deliberations of the search committee.  I then give recommendations for the most effective content, organization, and tone of each of these documents, with examples, and show the most common mistakes made by job applicants, the errors of thinking that lie behind these mistakes, and the ways to correct them.

The focus is both on specific techniques of writing and self-presentation, but also on the unspoken principles and biases that govern tenure-track hiring.

There will be 30 minutes of Q and A at the end. All participants get a free downloadable recording.

 

Thursday 8/7 at 3 PM Pacific/6 PM EST/23:00 GMT

Cost:   $100

After completing payment by clicking below, you will be redirected to the dedicated Go-To-Meeting Webinar Registration page, where you will fill out a registration form and be given instructions and an access code to sign in on your chosen day. 

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How To Write an Academic Job Application, Part II–Teaching Statement and Research Statement {past}

In this 90-minute webinar we examine the other two primary documents in an academic job application–the teaching statement and research statement.  I explain the role of each of these in presenting your profile, and the relative importance of each in the deliberations of the search committee.  I then give recommendations for the most effective content, organization, and tone of each of these documents, with examples.

The Teaching Statement is perhaps the most difficult of all job documents to write, and I spend particular time on its purpose and execution, and the many common pitfalls common to this document, especially weepiness and hyper-emotionalism. I also introduce organizational tips for the Research Statement with attention to effective sentence and paragraph structure.

 

There will be 30 minutes of Q and A at the end.  All participants get a free downloadable recording.

 

Thursday 8/14 at 3 PM Pacific/6 PM EST/23:00 GMT

Cost:   $100

After completing payment by clicking below, you will be redirected to the dedicated Go-To-Meeting Webinar Registration page, where you will fill out a registration form and be given instructions and an access code to sign in on your chosen day.  

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Targeting Your Skills for a #Postac Career (led by Margy Horton) {past}

In order to grow your post-ac network, craft a solid business plan, or write a credible resume, you need to know your skills–and you need a language in which to articulate those skills.

In this webinar, I (Margy Horton) help you to identify your strongest skills, discover new ways of framing them, construct them into a compelling story, and decide which skills to sharpen in order to enhance your marketability. My experiences in both launching my business, ScholarShape, and organizing a group of Academic Entrepreneurs, have taught me that academics can indeed mine, re-frame, and “sell” previously unknown skills. This presentation is filled with real-life examples from my experiences at the intersections of academia and entrepreneurship.

In the Q and A, you can ask me to speak directly to your situation, and after the webinar, you’ll receive a downloadable recording. When you register for this webinar, you’ll receive a PDF of my list of over 100 skills that are common among academics–a more comprehensive list than any you’ll find elsewhere.

What we’ll cover:

1. How skills are different from knowledge, expertise, and credentials

2. How to identify your marketable skills (Hint: you may have over 100)

3. Four techniques for re-framing and re-labeling your existing skills

4. Why you need to frame your skills as a story (And five templates for writing your skill-story)

5. The “alchemical skills” that you can acquire to elevate your other skills

6. A dozen free or inexpensive ways to develop new marketable skills

7. Q and A

All participants will receive a free downloadable recording of the event.

 

See a short promo with audio here:   TPII Skills Webinar PROMO – Horton

 

Wednesday May 28, 6 PM EST/3 PM Pacific.

Cost: $100

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How To Write a Winning Grant {Past}

In this 90-minute Webinar I walk you through the elements of a winning grant proposal.  I explain the goals and priorities of grant review committees, the most common misunderstandings and mistakes of applicants, and specific techniques of writing that will increase your chances of success.

As always, the webinar will include abundant examples of effective writing, and will include plenty of Q and A time for targeted advice for your situation. You will receive a downloadable recording of the webinar.

We’ll cover:

1.The big picture of grant-writing

2.How and why to construct a hero narrative of your research

3.The three things your proposal must do

4.The four biggest mistakes of grant-writers

5. Instructions for using Dr. Karen’s Foolproof Grant Template

6.How to tailor a proposal

7.Q and A

Thursday 4/10 at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM EST/22:00 GMT

Cost:   $100

After completing payment by clicking below, you will be redirected to the dedicated Go-To-Meeting Webinar Registration page, where you will fill out a registration form and be given instructions and an access code to sign in on your chosen day. 

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How To Publish Your Academic Book {past}

In most fields of the humanities and social sciences, a sole-authored monograph is the primary criterion for tenure. Getting your book done in time for tenure review is the leading source of stress for new assistant professors. You can do it, but it takes advance planning and organization. In this 90 minute webinar I walk you through the basic timeline for getting it done in time. We will cover the following:

conceptualizing your dissertation as a book
getting leave time to write
coordinating publication timeline and tenure review
writing a proposal
submitting your proposal
approaching editors
choosing a press
getting an advance contract
understanding royalties
knowing what to publish as journal articles
setting up a writing schedule
dealing with positive and negative reviews
revising
indexing, copy-editing and cover art

As always there will be time for Q and A at the end. You’ll receive a downloadable recording of the webinar.

Avoid unnecessary anguish and stress by understanding the process and planning ahead.

 

Wednesday 4/16 at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM EST/22:00 GMT. 

Cost:   $100

After completing payment by clicking below, you will be redirected to the dedicated Go-To-Meeting Webinar Registration page, where you will fill out a registration form and be given instructions and an access code to sign in on your chosen day. 

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Women and the Academic Career: What Works, What Doesn’t {past}

In this 90 minute interactive webinar, I walk you through the main challenges for women in the academic career, and offer specific strategies for confronting and overcoming them.

We’ll discuss:
The male-centric model of the academic career track
The tenure track and the biological clock
The perils of “nice”
Unconscious self-sabotaging habits
Techniques of self-promotion
Assertiveness in language and body language
Pitfalls for women on the job market
Interviewing strategies
Negotiating effectively
Achieving work-life balance

30 minutes of Q and A at the end.

Monday March 24 3 PM Pacific/6 PM EST/23:00 GMT.

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Negotiating Your Tenure Track Job (past)

This webinar breaks down the stages of the tenure track offer negotiation process, explains the things that can and can’t be negotiated at different ranks and types of institutions, and provides examples of successful negotiating language as well as common negotiating errors and pitfalls.

Negotiating points we’ll examine include salary, teaching release, moving expenses, start-up funds, conference and travel funding, research leave/junior sabbatical, summer salary, and the spousal hire.

We’ll discuss how to evaluate the culture and expectations of the institution and calibrate requests to the institutional context. We will dispassionately examine the phenomenon of the rescinded offer.

And we’ll consider special challenges for women and people from communities historically marginalized in the academy.  Includes 30 minutes of Q and A.

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Campus Visit Webinar (past)

In this 90 minute webinar I walk you through the basic expectations and potential pitfalls of the dreaded Campus Visit (sometimes called a Fly-Out). We will cover all of the core elements, including:

The three key criteria at play in a campus visit
The single biggest pitfall for candidates
The basic organization of a campus visit
The initial arrangements and scheduling
Preparing for the visit
Meetings with faculty, Head, Dean, and graduate students
The formal interview with the Search Committee
The job talk and Q and A
The teaching demo
Handling meals gracefully
Maintaining your stamina
Evaluating campus climate
What to wear, especially in cold weather

As always there will be time for Q and A at the end. You will receive a downloadable recording of the webinar 24 hours after the event.

Campus visits are hard!  A little advance knowledge will save a world of hurt!

This 90-minute Webinar is scheduled for  Thursday 2/6 at 3 PM Pacific/6 PM EST/23:00 GMT. 

Cost:   $100

After completing payment by clicking below, you will be redirected to the dedicated Go-To-Meeting Webinar Registration page, where you will fill out a registration form and be given instructions and an access code to sign in on your chosen day. 


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Starting a Small Business: The Other #Postac Option {Past}

“If you can only conceive of yourself as a professor, then you have condemned your labor to the mercy and whims of others” (Nate Kreuter, IHE). In this 90 minute interactive webinar for people with Ph.D.s (particularly in the humanities and social sciences), I’ll walk you through the basics of starting your own small business. We’ll talk about ways to re-cast yourself from academic to business owner, psychological obstacles to the transition, and then the nuts and bolts of setting up a business–from a website to invoicing to advertising. Particular focus on using a website/FB page/Twitter for marketing.

Topics include:
I.  Getting Used to the Idea
The post-ac transition
What is entrepreneurialism?
Academia, dependency, and risk aversion
Imagining your niche
Skills vs. outcomes

II. The Nuts and Bolts
Steps to starting a small business
Concept –> Brand –> Name
Creating a simple website/blog
Establishing credibility
Setting rates and policies
Simple ecommerce resources
Show me the $$: Invoicing

III. Finding Your Market
Getting and keeping clients/customers
SEO and basic internet marketing
Blog vs. newsletter
Using Facebook and Twitter

IV.  Growing The Business
Overcoming the fear of self-promotion
Money: not the enemy
Being your own boss

As always, time for Q and A at the end. You’ll get a recording of the webinar the next day.

 Scheduled for Friday Jan 31 3 PM Pacific/6 PM EST/23:00 GMT.

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Interviewing for Your Postacademic Career (led by Allessandria Polizzi)

In this 90-minute webinar, I (Allessandria Polizzi) will walk you through the business interviewing process from beginning to end based on my 15+ years of experience in Human Resources function, and as a corporate hiring manager. I explain the point and purpose of each stage, as well as how to prepare, pitfalls to avoid and other tips and tricks. If you are beginning the journey to a postacademic job search (or are just in the beginning stages of exploration), this webinar will show you what to expect.

 We will cover:

• How to make a great first impression
• The in-person interview (2nd, 3rd and beyond): what to wear, how to prepare and what to do while there
• What’s an assessment and how do I ace it?
• What to do after the interview is over
• Don’t hit the panic button: Tips of the trade to help you land the job you want

Includes Q and A with Allessandria.

Interviewing is a critical element in your postacademic career process. Through interviewing, you share your qualifications for a potential position and also learn about the culture of your future employer. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare allows you to maximize both opportunities.

All participants get a free recording of the event.

 

Thursday June 12 6 PM EST/3 PM Pacific

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Managing Your Career Once You Have a Job [Past]

Congratulations! You have secured the tenure track position! Now what?

This 90-minute webinar explains the basic organization of a successful academic career, and how to avoid the most common pitfalls besetting the naive new assistant professor. We’ll cover:

The all-important skill of time management
Learning to say no
Learning when to say yes
Teaching well but not too much
Dealing with colleagues
Understanding departmental politics
Handling service obligations
Managing your image
Applying for leave
Carving out time for research and writing
Charting your tenure course
Creating and maintaining your national reputation
Aiming for the next job

As always there will be time for Q and A at the end.

One of the most elusive achievements of the tenure track period is any kind of work-life balance.  With a clear sense of the obligations and challenges of the tenure track period you can improve your chances of achieving this balance and having a career that is satisfying and life-sustaining.

This webinar is Thursday 6/6 at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM EST/22:00 GMT.

Cost:   $100

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Webinar Info

Once you pay you are directed to a dedicated access page on Go To Webinar to register for the event. You receive an access code, which you enter on the day of the event to log onto the webinar on your computer or telephone.  I present the webinar live. You can see and hear me, and to see my powerpoint slides.  You can ask questions and comments on the chat/question functions.

Some readers wonder if the webinars are redundant with the blog posts. I work hard to make sure that isn’t the case, and offer fresh new content that goes beyond the posts. I’ve learned that many participants find it is helpful to have the spoken and interactive presentation on the Webinar reinforce the written information on the blog.  One key point of the Webinars, aside from the Q and A, is the abundant use of examples of BAD job market writing or interviewing, with explanations of what exactly is wrong, and how to fix it.

Here are some reactions to previous webinars, and a testimonial from a Campus Visit Webinar client who used it to land a tenure track job:

“The webinar, which took a little less than two hours, was more useful to me than the entire semester of the ‘Preparing Future Faculty’ course I took through my university’s graduate school.”

“I found it very helpful. Why? Because I needed clarity re: the importance of ‘peer reviewed’ journal articles (of which I have none). You helped me see that while the dissertation is made out to be a ‘BIG ISSUE’ in the life of a Ph.D. student, what should now be one’s major concern, as a result of this lame market, is developing an active publishing record so that one can present themselves as a ‘colleague’ in the job market rather than a ‘grad student.’ Many advisors don’t realize this market change.”

“I appreciated the way that Karen focused not only on what we should do, but also on what we should avoid doing. Many of the job books I have neglect this important contrast.”

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me, Karen, at gettenure@gmail.com.


Comments

Webinars — 25 Comments

  1. I would love to attend a webinar, but am finding the times they are offered impossible to attend. (I’m on the west coast, which makes any reasonable east coast time wonky.) Is there any plan for offering these as itunes-type pay-to-watch/download videos, where we can pay for it and then watch at our convenience?

    • Kayko, I’m actually also on the west coast–oregon. Over time I’ve found the 4 pm pacific/7 pm est a decent compromise for most peoples’ work schedules.

      I am still figuring out whether or not to offer them as downloadable files. If and when i do that, it will be announced here on this page and on Facebook as well.

    • I haven’t forgotten the notion—I’m just holding off on moving ahead with it, because I really like that people come to the live event, and fear that they will not do so if they know that they can download it like a podcast later. Thoughts on this?

      • I think the promise of Q&A with you after a live event distinguishes its value far beyond a podcast. Further, I bet folks who participate in a live event would also be interested in buying that particular event’s podcast.

        Thank you so much public online material, btw….what a wonderful resource!

  2. I too would like tips for the first round phone interview. I realize I am asking to late (i had one on Wednesday and another in 5 hours). Wednesday’s seemed a scoping interview: are you still interested and what questions do you have about the job? What are the main objectives of the phone interview?

  3. I would love to attend or hear the webinar for grad students, but I can’t afford the sticker price. Is there a way you would consider reducing the price for the podcast further? Thanks.

      • Can I still use this 30% discount if I sign up for newsletter. I would like to hear two of the webinars, but cannot afford it as I am in my final year of PhD program with no funding source.

        Thanks.

          • I would love to join the webinar for Postdoc App in Social Sciences next week. I have been subscribed for a while but haven’t used the discount yet. Does it still apply?

          • This fall i’ve cut the cost of all webinars in half, from $100 to $50, so that they are more affordable to all. Consequently, I’ve stopped the webzone discount for now–which was not that deep a discount anyway!

  4. Will the “How To Write an Academic Job Application, Part II” be available for download any time soon? I have a job app due in two weeks, and could use the extra advice for my teaching statement. Thank you!

  5. Thank you for the informative webinar “The Campus Visit.” Purchasing this webinar is an excellent investment. I think that now I almost ready for my first campus visit.

    I applied for a tenure-track assistant professorship over the summer and got an invitation for a campus visit. Up to this time, I have not applied to other places. How important is it to make the impression during the campus visit to have applied to other places as well?

    At the end of my job talk, I plan to give an overview of three projects that I proposed in my research statement. I know that it is important to end the job talk strongly. What kind of a slide would you use as your last slide?

  6. Hello:
    The question I have, related to my specific situation, is–Is it possible to get on the tenure track at 50? I did not go straight through the Ph.D.–though I have one, did not get good advice along the way, and taught at art/design schools in NYC who, even in 1990 were not hiring full time people, never mind on tenure track. So, I have 20+ years of higher education teaching experience, was bounced out of a high end Visiting Associate Professor job in 2010 because it was not a good fit, and have been in the long-term unemployed category since then. I have applied for a range of jobs, academic, academic administrative and others and have not gotten one interview. I am fortunate to have moved in with my very generous partner last year, as my unemployment ran out a year and 5 months ago. What do I do now–overqualified at 50?!

  7. Just out of curiosity, have you considered — or might you consider — offering a webinar for people considering leaving academe? (In particular, for people who already have tenure, but who — ahem — are concerned about what looks like an imminent collapse of the higher ed sector?)

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