Pathway to the Professoriate

The Pathway to the Professoriate program helps students and postdocs learn more about the pathway to an academic career and develop skills that they will need to get there.  Past topics have included selecting a postdoc, keys to a successful faculty application, the tenure process, and mentoring.  Is there a particular step in the academic career path you would like to hear more about?  Contact Pam Carpentier.

Upcoming Events

Coming soon:  Academic Job Search Series in May/June.  Check back for more details!


Recent Events

Finding a Postdoctoral Position

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017, 12:30-2 in Pancoe 4103 (Evanston)

Join Drs Oriana Fisher (Postdoc, Rosenzweig Lab), Erica Hartmann (Assistant Professor, CEE) and Andrew Stephens (Postdoc, Marko Lab) as they discuss how they identified potential post-doctoral labs, interviewed and advice for choosing a post-doctoral position that can lead to successfully obtaining a faculty position.  Please RSVP to Deborah Klos Dehring ( if you are planning to attend.

Insights from a Successful Job Search

Thursday, Nov 2, 12-1:30, Ward 5-230 (Chicago)

BioProfessionals is pleased to present a Pathway to the Professoriate panel:  Insights from a Successful Job Search.  Some of Northwestern’s newest faculty, Gemma Carvill (Neurology), Paul DeCaen (Pharmacology), and Alicia Guemez Gamboa (Physiology) will discuss their recent experiences on the academic job market.

BioProfessionals and NUPF Current and Future Research Careers Symposium

August 21, 2017

The first panel of the day will focus on Breaking into Academia with a panel of new faculty and experienced faculty that have served on search committees.

Insights from A Successful Job Search

Friday, November 18, 2016, 12-1:30 in McGaw 1-401 (Chicago)

We are pleased to welcome some of Northwestern's newest faculty, Gabriela Caraveo Piso, Monica Laronda, Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, Jeffrey Savas, and Deborah Winter, to talk about their experiences on the job search.

Choosing a Postdoc

Thursday, October 27, 12-1:30 in Gray Seminar Room (Chicago) 

Kristen Mighty from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will discuss what to ask in an interview, what to look for, and how to get your best offer.  We will then be joined by Northwestern faculty Brian Mitchell, Marc Mendillo, and Marie-Pier Tetreault along with current postdoctoral fellow Dean Procter to talk about how they chose their postdocs and how their postdocs helped them along in their careers.

Dr. Stephanie Watowich

Wednesday, October 26, 12-1:30pm in Pancoe 1401 (Evanston)

Dr. Watowich will be here for a career discussion on faculty positions at an NIH-designated comprehensive cancer center.  Dr. Watowich has experiences in teaching, administrative positions in education, and has been recognized for excellence in teaching.  She is currently the Co-Director for the Center for Inflammation and Cancer.  Her lab primarily focuses on basic immunology cancer research.

Finding a Postdoc

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 12-1:30, in McGaw 2-403 (Chicago)

Mearah Quinn-Brauner from Northwestern Career Advancement will discuss networking, cold emails, and drafting your materials.  After that, Northwestern faculty Stephen Miller, Julie Kim, and John Crispino will discuss with us what makes postdoctoral applicants stand out to them.

Teaching at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

Monday, May 23, 2016, 10-11 career discussion, 12-1 lunch. 

Dr. Janice Pellino (Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Carthage College) and Dr. Barbara Sisson (Assistant Professor of Biology, Ripon College) will discuss how they got to their current positions and what kind of experiences were beneficial to preparing them for a career in teaching.  They will describe the differences between teaching at a PUI from a Research I University, the importance of teaching statements in the application, and conducting research with only undergraduate researchers. 

Finding a Great Postdoctoral Position

April 25, 2016, 12:30-1:30, Pancoe 1401 (Evanston)

Join Drs Xiaomin Bao, Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy  and Evan Scott as they discuss how they chose their post-doctoral lab, interviewed and advice for choosing a post-doctoral position that can lead to successfully obtaining a faculty position. 

Work-Life Balance in Academia

Monday, April 11, 2016, 4-5pm in Searle seminar room (Chicago)

Come joing current Norhtwestern faculty CJ Heckman, Danielle Maatouk, Margrit Urbanek, and Derek Wainwright as they discuss how they balance their personal lives with their careers as faculty member.

Insights from a Successful Job Search

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12-1pm in McGaw 1-401 (Chicago)

Hear from some of Northewestern's newest faculty members about how they successfully navigated their own job searches.

Applying for Faculty Positions

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 12-1pm in Cook 4123 (Evanston)

Join Drs Jason Brickner and Laura Lackner as they discuss what is involved in putting together a faculty position application and how applications are evaluated by search committees.

Finding a Great Postdoctoral Position

May 11, 12-1, 2015, Pancoe 4103 (Evanston)

Join Drs Erik Andersen, Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy and Yuan He as they discuss how they chose their post-doctoral lab, interviewed and advice for choosing a post-doctoral position that can lead to successfully obtaining a faculty position.

Research Faculty Positions

May 4, 2015, 11-12pm, Gray Seminar Room (Chicago)

Come meet current research faculty and current tenure-track professors that have transitioned from research faculty positions.  They will discuss their experienes, their career paths, and give advice to current students/postdocs.

Starting Off Your Academic Career on the Right Track

December 3, 2014, 11:30-1pm

Northwestern faculty Bill Funk, Ronen Sumagin, and Brian Mitchell will talk about their experiences with academic job searches and what you should be thinking about now as a graduate student.  Space is limited and RSVP to is required.

Location:  Morton 7-660 (Chicago)

Careers at Small Liberal Arts Colleges

November 5, 2014, 3:30-5pm

Shubik DebBurman, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Neuroscience Program at Lake Forest College, will present two talks:  "An undergraduate-­centered research program model: Insight into Parkinson's Disease" and "The Juggling Act of a Small College Professor: Nuts and Bolts of Career Preparation".  He will discuss not only how to plan for a career at a small college, but also how to start and sustain a research program at a small liberal arts college.

Location:  Pancoe 3103 (Evanston).  Will be videostreamed for those looking to view on their computer.

Insights from a Successful Job Search

October 20, 2014, 4-5:30pm

Join some of Northwestern's newest faculty members, Congcong He, Danielle Maatouk, and Derek Wainwright, as they discuss their own experiences on the academic job hunt.  Space is limited and RSVP to is required.

Location:  Morton 7-660 (Chicago)

Lab Management, Mentoring and Leadership

May 12, 2014

What's in a faculty job application?

June 3, 2014