I was dissertating in Rhetoric and Composition at Ohio State in 1999 when I realized I’d probably be happier in a non-academic career. Not finding much information on career options for humanities PhDs, I started the first ever online community about that subject. That community, a listserv, grew and became a lifesaving resource for thousands. I continued managing the list after graduating in 2000 while pursuing my own successful non-academic career, most notably as a Grant Writer and Director of Development for local and national non-profits.
In 2010, I left fundraising to upgrade my online community into Versatile PhD, a leading web-based career resource for doctoral students and new PhDs interested in non-academic careers.
Then in 2018, after eight years of running and developing Versatile PhD, I sold it in order to spend more time with family and to pursue my other passion, The Nia Technique (www.valleynia.com).
Today, as a Nia teacher, I help people get fit and well through movement while also deepening their mind-body relationship and reconnecting them to their sensations. I teach three Nia classes a week in the Los Angeles area and also produce Nia events and teacher training programs.
I am excited now to bring Nia to the academy during my campus visits: my newest available workshop is “The Embodied Scholar: Mind-Body Integration for Academics” (see Campus Visits).
5 MINUTE VIDEO ON THE VERSATILE PHD STORY
“Paula was both engaging and personable as she discussed the variety of opportunities which are open to Ph.D.s and graduate students. Her passion for helping all of us find our ideal career was apparent to everyone.”Brice Russ
“The most informative and eye-opening presentation I have attended during 7 years of PhD study.”Kazuya Toyama
PREPARING PhDs FOR NON-ACADEMIC CAREERS