Beyond faculty: Exploring career paths in academia

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July 18, 2023 Duration: 57 mins.

Not sure if a research and teaching faculty position is right for you? This webinar on exploring careers in nonfaculty academic positions features insights from a panel of three passionate individuals who support the research and educational activities at their institutions. Their careers encompass diverse roles like advising, curriculum development, research administration, grant writing and program coordination. Collaborating with faculty, administrators and students, nonfaculty professionals enhance the academic experience, promote scholarly activities and support institutional goals. They foster success, design innovative programs, manage research, analyze data and ensure efficiency. Nonfaculty careers provide unique and varied opportunities to apply your scientific expertise and transferable skills within a familiar academic setting.


Paula Checchi

Paula Checchi
CIRM SPARK program director and program manager for graduate recruitment and educational outreach, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Paul Frankel

Paul Frankel
Grants/contracts officer and CCSG-training coordinator, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Michelle Itano

Michelle Itano
Director of the Neuroscience Microscopy Core, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Reinhart Reithmeier

Reinhart Reithmeier, moderator
Professor, University of Toronto

Who should watch

  • Undergraduates considering Ph.D. training
  • Graduate students thinking about their next career step(s)
  • Postdoctoral fellows interested in nonfaculty academic positions
  • Graduate advisers looking to support their trainees’ career development