Career Pathways: Academia

Career Pathways: Academia includes panels and workshops that prepare graduate students for for the academic job market at a research intensive university. In Fall 2024, Career Pathways: Academia will be November 4th through November 7th. Registration is required. If you have any questions, please email

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The pathway to an academic career starts here.
We are preparing for Career Pathways events for the 2024-2025 academic year. The following content from Fall 2023 is for informational purposes only.
Monday, November 6, 2023 | 12 - 1:00 pm | XCITE Commons
Keynote Address
Dr. Lidia Kos

The new Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies invites you to Career Pathways Week! She will be sharing about her own perspective and insight into pursuing a faculty position at a research university. This session is held in-person at the XCITE Commons (Rivera Library) and virtually (Zoom).

Dr. Lidia Kos is UCR's new Vice Provost & Dean of Graduate Studies. Born in Brazil, Kos received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley. She was a Fogarty Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, where she did postdoctoral studies. Kos joins UCR from Florida International University, where she was a Professor of Biology, Associate Dean of the University Graduate School, and Associate Vice President of the Office of Research and Economic Development.
The Keynote will also be accessible via Zoom; link available upon registration. 
Monday, November 6, 2023 | 1 - 2:00 pm | XCITE Commons
UCR Postdoc Panel

Postdoctoral positions are becoming increasingly important to stay competitive on the academic job market. This panel features UCR alumni who participated in postdoctoral fellowships. Our panelists will discuss their experiences around the search and application process, position requirements, and time management.

This panel session will be broadcast over Zoom; link available upon registration.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 | 12 - 12:50 pm | Zoom
Interviewing for Faculty Positions
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Join Dr. Annika Speer, Professor of Teaching, Theatre, Film, and Digital Production at UCR Theatre Department, in this workshop to learn tips for presenting yourself well during both in-person and virtual interviews.

Dr. Annika Speer earned her BFA in Theatre at University of Colorado Boulder. She then went on to earn her MA in Dramatic Arts and her PhD in Theatre Studies with doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined UCR in 2015 and is now a Professor of Teaching, Theatre, Film, and Digital Production at UCR Theatre Department.

Link will be available upon registration.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 10 - 10:50 am | Zoom
An Introduction to Academic Cover Letters
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Dr. Lauren Hammond

Join Lauren Hammond, the Coordinator of the UCR Graduate Writing Center, to learn the basics of effective academic cover letters and how you can better market your academic skills to a hiring committee. Make your cover letter stand out!

Dr. Lauren Hammond is the GWC's Coordinator. She recently received her PhD in English here at UC Riverside. Prior to that, Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Writing at California State University, San Marcos and her Master in Arts degree in English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University (SDSU). 

The workshop will be available via Zoom; link available upon registration.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 2 - 2:50 pm | XCITE Commons
UCR Recently Hired Faculty Panel

This panel consists of UCR alumni who were recently hired at research universities (including at UCR!). The panelists will discuss navigating an academic job search, the application process, job talks, and interviews. Attend to become a well-informed and better prepared candidate on the competitive academic job market.

This panel session will be broadcast on Zoom; link available upon registration.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 3 - 4 pm | XCITE Patio
Career Pathways Week Coffee Social

The Graduate Student Resource Center, in conjunction with XCITE and International Student Services, invite you to join us on the XCITE Patio for an hour of free coffee, tea, snacks, and conversation. Please bring your student ID. There will be a gift card raffle!

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 10 - 10:50 am | Zoom
Academic Cover Letter Clinic

Bring the announcements for any jobs you are applying to and a draft of your cover letter; work with Graduate Writing Center consultants to tailor your cover letter to fit specific positions. Space is limited, so please sign up early to reserve your spot.

This workshop will be over Zoom; link available upon registration.