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APPAM Introduces 2021 Virtual Professional Development Series


APPAM is proud to bring back for a second year the Professional Development Webinar Series, after the success of last year's program. All new topics, all new speakers, but the same informative and relaxed atmosphere you have come to expect from this program. 

Registration is required for all events. All events are at 1:00PM EDT and run for an hour.

More panelists to be added shortly, and more information about later webinars coming soon.



Putting Your Best Foot Forward (July 28)
Subject: Fellowship and Grant Application Assistance

Assistance with preparing fellowship or grant applications, budget, proposal, meeting requirements, and managing deadlines.

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Carlos Echeverria-Estrada

Claremont Graduate University


Steven Coulthart

SUNY Albany

Elizabeth Koebele

University of Nevada, Reno


NORC at the University of Chicago



Is a PhD For Me? (June 16)
Subject: Applying to a PhD Program
This session provides advice from a PhD program director as well as PhD candidates/recent graduates. Participants discuss their experience helping students with deciding if and where to apply, what to highlight, interview techniques and more!

Moderator: Rajeev Darolia, University of Kentucky

  • Sarah Charnes, University of Washington
  • Tina Fletcher University of Pennsylvania
  • Bonnie Keeler, University of Minnesota


Landing your Next Gig (June 30)
Subject: Navigating the Current Job Market
This session will address navigating the current job market in the midst of a pandemic. The session aims to assist recent graduates, students nearing graduation, and those affected by COVID with job search techniques. Individual speakers will be members that have navigated the job market during the Covid-19 pandemic or similar job market in 2009.

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Philip Gigliotti

SUNY, University of Albany


Jenifer Cole

State of Wisconsin Department
of Workforce Development

Regina Gray

U.S. Department
of Housing
and Urban Development

Benjamin Kreider

Manhattan Strategy Group




Stay Tuned!

Career Fluidity (August 11)
Subject: Non-Linear Career Paths

This session, based off suggestions from Policy Council, will focus on navigating between academic and non-academic jobs. Particularly focusing on the concern that it is hard to get into academia if you have left.


Ask the Experts (August 25) 

All members will have the opportunity to register for this final meeting. The session set in a speed dating manner, will provide an opportunity for small groups (three to four individuals) to interact with a single policy professional at a time and ask their most pressing questions. Experts will rotate through various breakout rooms so that participants can hear from several experts from different types of organizational backgrounds (academics, practitioners, and government employees). 



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