The proposed session builds on the successes of interactive doctoral student panels sponsored by SIG ED at earlier ASIS&T annual meetings. This year’s panel features faculty in various stages of their academic careers. The panelists are prepared to address audience questions on topics of concern to doctoral students, such as the traditional academic job market, alternative career paths including post-doctoral opportunities, the development of personal research agendas, and the challenges of online instruction.
The panel discussion will focus on the academic job market and how applicants can present themselves in the best light depending upon the type of position sought. By interacting with the panelists, doctoral students will gain valuable insights on finishing their dissertation, weighing postdoctoral opportunities, and preparing for their first academic position. This session will also provide an anonymous mechanism for doctoral students and new faculty to ask questions without feeling inhibited or intimidated. The panel may be of greatest benefit to those doctoral students nearing the end of their doctoral program, but will also be useful to new doctoral students and new assistant professors.