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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 5:00PM EDT.

More panelists to be added shortly, more Information coming soon for later webinar.

Subject: Job Document Review and Resume Writing 
In this session, academic, practitioner, and government professionals will cover what they look for during the hiring process. Topics will cover resume writing, job document review, and interview techniques.
Moderator: Erika Liliedahl, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • Kavita Choudhry, Mathematica
  • Liana Fox, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Daniel Mallinson, Penn State Harrisburg


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

  • Sarah Charnes, University of Washington
  • Tina Fletcher University of Pennsylvania
  • Bonnie Keeler, University of Minnesota
More speakers to be announced soon


Landing your Next Gig (June 30th)
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.


Stay Tuned!


Getting Accepted (July 14, 2021)
Subject: Research Guidance and Proposal Submissions

This session will provide guidance on identifying possible collaborators or datasets, getting your research seen (with a focus on submitting conference proposals), and will review research strategies/statements/questions.


Putting Your Best Foot Forward (July 28, 2021)
Subject: Fellowship and Grant Application Assistance

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


Career Fluidity (August 11, 2021)
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, 2021)

All members will have the opportunity to register for this final meeting. This 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. Fifteen experts will rotate through various breakout rooms so that participants can hear from several experts from different types of organizational backgrounds (50% academics, 30% practitioners, and 20% government employees).

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