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News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office

As we move into summer, this is an excellent time to start preparing for applying for jobs next fall. If you are planning to apply for faculty jobs, consider attending the Faculty Job Search Retreat in July. You can find more details about this event below.


Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs

Career and Professional Development

The Faculty Job Search Retreat

Tuesday, July 18, 12:30 - 5 p.m., Illini Union


Going on the academic job market this Fall? Mark your calendars and join us for valuable advice from faculty experts, the Graduate College Career Development Office, and others from around campus. This afternoon retreat includes an overview of the application process, a faculty panel that will take you behind the scenes with a search committee, hands-on activities to help you write strong cover letters, and presentations on academic job search strategies and application documents.

Your Research and Teaching

Personal Digital Archiving

Friday, April 28, 11 a.m. - noon, Main Library, room 314

This workshop will provide an overview of preservation strategies and resources for managing and gaining intellectual control over your digital files, including photos, videos, tweets, and blogs, and helping to ensure their long-term accessibility. Participants will explore emerging tools and best practices for managing their personal digital archives (the workshop will not be covering management of analog and paper-based material), including file naming, metadata creation, and replicated storage. Learn more about Savvy Researcher and register online.


Teaching with Technology Seminar Series: The Design Studio

Wednesday, May 3, noon - 12:50 p.m., Armory Building, room 428

Deana McDonagh will share how she brings experiential learning into the classroom to encourage learning by doing. She will also share student project work that embodies this approach. Experiencing the experience of another enables students to design real solutions, for real people within real contexts. The session will be informative, enjoyable and a little hands-on for those who wish to experience being drunk or concussed without any long term effects. This seminar is sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL).


Call for Presenters: August 2017 Grad Academy and Grading Symposium


Faculty, postdocs, academic professionals, and experienced TAs are invited to participate as presenters and facilitators in the Graduate Academy for College Teaching (August 21-22, 2017), CITL's program for new TAs with classroom teaching responsibilities, and the Symposium on Grading & Office Hours (August 22, 2017), our program for those TAs with non-classroom responsibilities. There are opportunities to create your own concurrent session, facilitate a lesson from a pre-existing lesson plan, or facilitate microteaching sessions (a great choice for those with some experience but who may not feel like an expert quite yet).

Opportunities and Resources

Money Smart Week 2017

Money Smart Week is April 22 – 29 and features free financial education events. Opportunities on campus and in the community include learning about home ownership, saving for dreams, credit management, a community shred and much more. Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and organized by local organizations, you can see the full calendar of events online. 


Social Media Analytics Conference

Tuesday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. - noon, NCSA auditorium


This half-day event brings together researchers at all levels, faculty, and outside industry partners to understand and share developments in social media analytics research. Registration is free, but space is limited. For a full schedule visit the Social Media Summit page. Questions? Reach out to


Boneyard Creek Community Day

Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. - noon, various locations

Help restore the beauty of natural waterways by volunteering for the 12th annual Boneyard Creek Community Day. Individual and team registration is open online. Everyone can participate as work sites vary from projects in the creek to those more suitable for families and seniors. After volunteering, a free lunch for volunteers will be served at Scott Park, where there will be music and interactive learning displays.


Postdoc Post is distributed on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month to current Postdocs at Illinois. Please see our website for submission information

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in Postdoc Post, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.