Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunity: Bidisha Ray, Skype-Interview-Master and History Professor, coming to the Academic Career Panel

February 21, 2014

Landing an international faculty position isn’t easy, according to SFU’s recently hired History Faculty member, Bidisha Ray.

Following her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Manchester, she expereinced first-hand the gruel of the international interview process—flying across the world to cities such as New Orleans to have her every word, gesture and trouser crease (that's British for pants) analyzed and judged.

Even more challenging, however, was her Skype interview with SFU--and not because of the usual 'cat-scratch-audio' and 'your-face-looks-like-Lego' glitches.

Wanting to be energized and refreshed for her virtual meeting with the History Department Hiring Committee, Bidisha decided to take a quick power nap. Unfortunately, she (or SFU, but who’s pointing fingers?) forgot to take into account the one hour daylight savings shift. When the panel of Highly-Esteemed Professors (and potential future colleagues) called Bidisha was fast asleep.

“I heard the phone ringing and jumped right up!” said Bidisha.

Find out how, despite being bed-headed and pajama-attired, Bidisha nailed the interview and got the job at the upcoming Academic Career Panel.

Date: March 11, 2014
 2–4 pm  
 IRMACS theatre, ASB 10900  Applied Sciences Building, Burnaby campus. Light refreshments will be served. 
Registration required: 
Register for this event through our websurvey.

To learn more about this event and the other amazing speakers that will be sharing their stories, insights and tips, visitthis post

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