CAMPUS VISITS

I would love to visit your campus and help you reach your goal of creating an ever more positive career climate for your PhD students and postdocs. Your campus will benefit most from a full day visit during which I present to multiple populations and/or consult on program development. For example, I can present to:

STUDENTS & POSTDOCS

“From Skills to Results: Re-Seeing Your Skills Through Non-Academic Eyes”

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After briefly telling her own post-PhD story, Dr. Chambers reveals what the PhD career pipeline really looks like (it is a branching pipeline) and contrasts academic and non-academic understandings “results.” Then she leads attendees through a well-organized sequence of hands-on activities in which they will identify their own most results-rich accomplishments from this new non-academic perspective and learn how to describe them in language that will communicate well to non-academic employers. Huge confidence-builder. She then explains how to use Versatile PhD and takes questions.

The overall tone of this presentation/workshop is positive toward all career options, including academic careers but it is clearly focused on non-academic careers. Customized for your audience: I can do a humanities-only version, a STEM-only version or a version for all disciplines. Whomever your audience is, I can make this presentation/workshop speak to them.

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FACULTY

“Mentoring Doctoral Students for Non-Academic Careers”

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Based on her invited book chapter “Subject Matter Plus: Mentoring for Non-Academic Careers,” this presentation offers faculty a simple three-point plan for how to improve their mentoring in the area of non-academic careers, without adding much to their already-high workloads. Attendees will receive concrete action steps that are doable without a major time investment, and ideas for how to make simple but powerful changes in their interactions with students that will reduce student stress and increase their learning.

Presentation ends with a group discussion activity brainstorming new ways to handle common mentoring situations. This event brings together faculty from all disciplines, creating new bonds of support from peer to peer. Everyone comes away with actionable insights and a new friend or two from another department. At some universities, staff members also play significant mentoring roles, such as where Directors of Graduate Study or Graduate Program.

Coordinators are not faculty members per se but rather, staff. This presentation is appropriate for that audience as well.

DEANS & DIRECTORS

“Making the Leap: Key Factors That Get PhDs Hired into Non-Faculty Jobs”

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It’s become commonplace to say that PhDs have many skills that are valued outside the academy. But what gets new PhDs hired into non -academic jobs, really? Drawing from a significant corpus of qualitative data, Dr. Chambers answers that question in this presentation of primary research, revealing key activities that help PhDs develop the skills and knowledge that got them hired.

She concludes with recommendations for how doctoral programs can make small adjustments that will be extremely helpful towards helping PhD students prepare for the full range of employment outcomes.

PROVOSTS

“Improving the Career Climate at Your University”

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Dr. Chambers originated the concept of “career climate” in her invited book chapter, “Subject Matter Plus: Mentoring for Non-Academic Careers.”

In this short, briskly paced presentation, she defines career climate, connects it to the university’s unique mission and strategic plan, and provides suggestions for how to measure, tweak, and measure again the career climate at your university.

MEETINGS WITH STUDENTS

A full day can also include one or more small-group meetings with graduate students and postdocs to address their individual career questions. Up to 20 can be accommodated in a small-group meeting, depending on the setting.

TERMS & REQUIREMENTS

I generally book 2-8 months in advance, and usually speak only on Mondays or Fridays. Your campus culture will benefit the most from a full-day visit, during which I have contact with multiple campus populations.

A full day visit includes 1-3 major presentations plus as many minor presentations or face-to-face meetings as you can pack into a 10-hour day, such as meetings, panels, luncheons, roundtables and receptions.

For greatest impact, I recommend you have me interact with as many constituencies as possible in my 9 hours: students, faculty, staff, postdocs, deans, even donors if donor cultivation is desired.

The full-day visit is $4,000 plus expenses. It may be possible for me to come for just one presentation, depending on circumstances. One presentation is $2,500 plus expenses. Possible, but honestly the full day is the better value.

• Travel expenses to be underwritten directly by the University rather than reimbursed

• Chambers researches her own flights, and the University books her chosen flights, choosing seats with extra legroom

• Hotel must have non-smoking rooms

• The university provides a laptop with a recent version of either Power Point or Keynote, projector and large screen, clip-on mike and hand-held remote to advance slides

• The university duplicates Chambers’ paper handouts and distributes them to attendees, and/or emails them later to attendees

• Payment is appreciated on the day of my visit, or very shortly after.

PREPARING PhDs FOR NON-ACADEMIC CAREERS