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Leadership & Management

PhD+ AHSS Future Faculty: Scholarship and Service

September 18, 2020 | 4:00 pm

This is part of Level 2: Skills Training of PhD Plus Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Future Faculty module.

In this session, we will have UVA alum, Ph.D.'15, Dr. Laura Alexander, Assistant Professor to share her thoughts on developing one's scholarship and service. The session would be of particular interest to those conducting or planning to engage in community-based research. After addressing these aspects, you will get a chance to ask your questions. 

PhD+ STEM Future Faculty 3.1: Job search & professional community

September 16, 2020 | 12:00 pm

This is the first session of level 3 of PhD+ STEM Future Faculty series

In this session, learn about

  • different kinds of universities that hire STEM faculty and different types of faculty roles
  • how to look for open positions
  • how to build professional community to understand - 1. organizational and departmental culture 2. what constitutes "fitness and collegiality"  3.  faculty life and responsibilities 


PhD+ Consulting 4: Practice Case Interview #3 and Networking for Consulting

October 2, 2020 | 3:00 pm

How can one effectively conduct primary research to learn more about consulting?  Effective networking is a critical part of the job search process and doing it well is particularly important to enter the field of management consulting.  As part of this session, we will conduct a live exercise that demonstrates some core elements of an effective networking phone call.  Additionally, this session will include another practice case interview. 

PhD+ Consulting 3: Practice Case Interview #2

September 25, 2020 | 3:00 pm

In this session, we will see an example of a Bain style “interviewee led” case as well as delve deeper into case interview math and market sizing problems. This session will also discuss tips and strategies from the field of cognitive psychology for developing solid business judgment intuition. 

PhD+ Consulting 2: Communicating Like a Consultant, Practice Case Interview #1

September 18, 2020 | 3:00 pm

This session will start with a lesson on communicating like a consultant using a technique known as the Pyramid Principle.  This session will also build upon the intro to the case interviewing session from the previous week.  We will link some of the core concepts from the pyramid principle to case interviewing and demonstrate the importance of designing MECE (Mutually Exclusive Collectively Exhaustive) structures.

PhD+ Consulting 1: Consulting 101

September 11, 2020 | 3:00 pm

Part I: Intro to Consulting- What is management consulting and what skills are needed? This session will provide an overview of the management consulting industry and different functional focuses within the industry (e.g. strategy, operations, human capital, etc.).

PhD+ STEM Future Faculty 2.16: Managing and mentoring research group

September 10, 2020 | 12:00 pm

Part of Level 2.1 Independent research skills training of PhD Plus STEM Future Faculty 

Learning Outcome

Trainees will discuss strategies and best practices to manage a lab, and navigate the balance between managing and mentoring research group while acknowledging the power differential of a lab head. 

Discussion leader

Sarah Kucenas, Professor of Biology, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, and Associate Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program

PhD+ STEM Future Faculty 2.15: Lab Startup & Finance

September 9, 2020 | 12:00 pm

Part of Level 2.1 Independent research skills training of PhD Plus STEM Future Faculty 

Learning Outcome

Trainees will discuss and learn how to approach startup planning and financial model of lab. This will further help in inforing conversations and negotiations on startup budget with hiring chairs

Discussion leader

 Robert J. Gilliard, Jr., Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry.


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