Professional Development

Academic Career Panel: tips, stories, and strategies on how to land a post-secondary teaching position

March 04, 2014

Do your career goals include teaching and researching in a post-secondary environment?  

We can help.

Gain tips and insights on the process of landing your first faculty position at the Academic Career Panel, taking place

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2-4pm, 
  • Irmacs Theatre, ASB 10900, Burnaby Campus. 
  • Registration required: Register for this event through our websurvey.

This panel will include faculty and instructors from institutions across BC who have recently—or are still—navigating today’s challenging academic job market. It will address the following questions, along with many more:

What ‘outside of the box’ thinking can help you prepare yourself to be the ideal candidate for the job?

  • Hear how Camosun's Daniel Reeve has managed to stay in an increasingly competitive job market as a college instructor—including landing himself in the Globe and Mail—despite having a M.A. in sea of PhDs.
  • Hear Kwantlen University's Carson Keever share her journey from barely-paid online instructor to continuing faculty member and the career ‘detour’ she took that made all the difference.

What tips and tricks can help you avoid some the 'pitfalls' of the university hiring process?

  • Hear Bidisha Ray’s journey through the international hiring process, including the joys and almost disaster of her SFU Skype Interview.
  • Hear SFU's Meg Krawchuk describe her experience moving from the US to Canada, and the one thing she found more terrifying than the border crossing line up: contract negotiations. 
  • Hear dos and don’ts from SFU recruiter Elizabeth Elle, including tricks and tools to help you strategize on how to navigate the university hiring process with success.

What positions are available in this field beyond the tenure-track model and are they right for you?

  • Hear Gordan Djurdjevic share his decade-long experience working as a sessional at UBC and SFU—what he loves about this type of work, what he doesn't, and how he makes it work.

There will be an informal presenter mingle with light refreshments following the session where you can talk directly to the presenters.

 For any questions about the event, please contact Jackie Amsden,

Livestream: The event will be live-streamed in real-time for those unable to attend in person. Please go to: in advance of the event to check that your software is up-to-date and you are able to view the event.




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