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Other Pathways: Networking with Alternative Academics

October 29, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Are you a graduate student who is interested in considering a variety of career options? Alt-ac refers to alternative academic careers, positions within or around the academy but outside the ranks of the tenure-track teaching faculty that are filled by Ph.D.-trained professionals. At this event, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about these careers to six alt-ac professionals from across the Triangle. By networking with these professionals, who come from a broad spectrum of academic fields and who now hold a range of positions across their universities, attendees will learn about what kinds of positions fall beyond the tenure-track, how to market themselves for these positions, and the day-to-day details of what alt-ac careers are like. The event is split into two hours: During the first hour, attendees will spend about ten minutes talking with each alt-ac professional in a “speed-dating” round. During the second hour, the event will break for a light reception in which attendees can speak to alt-ac professionals one-on-one and in a more informal setting. The event is free, but requires REGISTRATION:

The alt-ac panelists who will be in attendance are:

Allison Portnow, Public Programs Manager, Ackland Art Museum
Beth Shuster, Assistant Dean, Academic Advising, UNC
Beth Overman, Assistant Director of Graduate Academic and Professional Development Programs, NCSU
Donna Bickford, Associate Director of Office of Undergraduate Research, UNC
GiGi Taylor, ESL Specialist, Writing Center, UNC
Alice Dawson, Senior Assistant Dean, Academic Advising Program, UNC

For further details or any questions, contact the organizers: Charlotte Fryar ( or Sertanya Reddy (



October 29, 2015
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Graduate Student Center
211A West Cameron Ave.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
(919) 962-2505
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