Student & New Professionals Summit

Friday, March 17 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Georgia 13


This event will focus on topics that are of most interest to students : building a resume, getting a job, making tenure and getting published. Whether you're planning for a practitioner career or an academic one, you'll want to be at this Summit to learn from experts in the field while networking with colleagues and leading public administrators.



8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Icebreaker/Introductions

We'll kick off the 2017 Student Summit with some time to introduce ourselves and get to know each other before we spend the day taking a deep dive into our career aspirations and how to get there. Ice breakers will be involved!
Presenter:
Angela Kline, Ph.D. Student and Public Administration Fellow, University of Delaware, Newark, DE



8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
A Practitioner or Academic Career

The first step in your career is to determine which path you will take. While most doctoral candidates are encouraged toward an academic career, it is not right for everyone. Jos Raadschelders will help set the stage for the big decisions on your horizon, as well as the content you will hear throughout the rest of this day.
Presenter:
Jos C.N. Raadschelders, Professor, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH



9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Resume Writing

Your resume is important. It introduces you to a potential employer, sells your skills and attributes and hopefully gets you to the next step. But there are a number of considerations to take into account when constructing it: what should be on it, what should not, how long it should be. This session will help you learn how to put together your perfect resume, learn the rights and wrongs and keep you from making big mistakes.
Presenter:
William P. Shields, Jr., Executive Director, ASPA, Washington, DC



10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
PhD Roundtable: Academic Job Search

If you are getting ready to pursue a faculty job or similar position, learn how to make the most of your current network and grow it while you're on the market. Also, learn where to look for positions and how to leverage your current success into interviews.
Presenter:
James Harrington, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX

Practitioner Roundtable: The Federal Job Search

If you are planning to pursue a practitioner career, make sure you are in the audience for this session. There are millions of federal jobs, many of which are open to young graduates, but first you have to get through the interview process. Our presenter will take you beyond USAJobs.gov to master the art of getting your application through the door, to the interview and beyond.
Presenter:
Janice Lachance, Independent Consultant, Washington, DC



11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Modernizing Presentations

This is not the '80s! Presentations have evolved over the years and are slicker and more polished than the simple slide decks and clip art graphics of years past. But there are still critical rules that must be followed to craft a presentation that is compelling for your audience but does not distract from the message. Make the most of this session so your first on-the-job presentations wow your audience.
Presenter:
Stephanie Dolamore, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Baltimore, College Park, MD



12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Young Scholars & Student Awards

Take a few minutes to hear about the 2017 International Young Scholars Workshop in India this summer. This workshop is designed to provide young scholars working in public policy-related fields with an academically rigorous platform for presenting research, scholarly exchange and networking. Learn more during this brief presentation.
Presenter:
Angela Kline, Ph.D. Student and Public Administration Fellow, University of Delaware, Newark, DE



12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Speed Networking

Get ready for a fun, interactive experince to help you make new friends in the room and improve your networking skills—a critical component for everyone’s career path!
Presenter:
Anthony Starke, Doctoral Student, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE



1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Finding a Work/Life/Study Balance

No matter your professional circumstances, or your career track, managing your life is getting harder and harder. Work, friends, family, partners and school all make demands on your time. How do you balance it and how do you set priorities for yourself as to where your attention should be directed? Our panelists will give you their advice and lessons learned on this subject.
Presenters:
Gloria Billingsley, Associate Professor, Jackson State University, Florence, MS
Marla Parker, Assistant Professor, California State University - LA, Los Angeles, CA
Meghna Sabharwal, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX


2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
PhD Roundtable: Writing and Publishing

You may have an excellent research paper but that does not mean getting it published will be easy. The first step is having excellent academic mentors supporting your efforts and giving you pointers along the way, but there is more to this process. Learn about the importance of choosing the right publications, bouncing back from the R&R process, transforming papers into books and more.
Presenters:
Edgar Ramirez, Professor, CIDE, Mexico City, Mexico
Jos Raadschelders, Professor, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Practitioner Roundtable: State, and Local Jobs

Applying for a job with state or local agencies is different from other sectors. This session will help you learn how to get through the process from start to finish, including where you should start your search, the best way to apply, cover letters, resumes, the interview and - most importantly - negotiating salary and compensation when you get the job. Learn from our experts about best practices and things you should never do.
Presenter:
Dan Lasseter, University of Georgia, Athens, GA



3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
PhD Roundtable: Managing Tenure Track

For those headed down an academic career path, getting tenure is your first priority. This session will help you learn how to manage this process. From targeting your research and choosing publications to learning what to emphasize in your CV to juggling classes with research, this session will put you on solid footing.
Presenter:
Tina Nabatchi, Associate Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Practitioner Roundtable: Interviewing Skills

When the call comes for an interview (phone or in-person), are you ready? It's nerve-wracking and your only chance to make a good impression. Your resume got them curious; now you have to keep them interested. Scena will help you develop the interview skills you need to sell them on why you're the perfect candidate for the job - over and over and over again.
Presenter:
Scena Webb, Supervisor, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Dallas, TX