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2022 Professional Development Series



The APPAM Professional Development Virtual Series began in Summer 2020 when the world was on lockdown from the pandemic. Back by popular demand, the series was brought back for a third consecutive year after the success of the last two years. Check out the webinars below that cover diverse, relevant public policy topics hosted by experts in the field.                                                         

Marketing Yourself: Job Document Review and Resume Writing

Wednesday, August 10 at 3:00 pm ET

Experts from various sectors will cover what they look for in new hires and resumes. These professionals will share what they look for in the hiring process and include topics such as goal-setting, resume writing, job document review, interview techniques and more.





Chike Isgiuzo
Clemson University
PhD Candidate




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Kirk Heffelmire
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
Federal Government

Sarah Needler
The Council of State Governments
State Government
Saurabh Shah
American University




Navigating the Current Job Market

Wednesday, August 24 at 3:00 pm ET

Panelists who have gone through the hiring process will discuss topics on how to navigate the job market post-graduation. These professionals will provide tips on networking, locating available positions, career services that may be helpful, and weighing the pros and cons of remote work.



Nishank Varshney
University of Minnesota
PhD Candidate


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Ene Ikpebe
Florida State University
Recent Hire
Matthew Stagner
Vice President
Natan Teklemariam
Clemson University
Sebastian Tello Trillo
University of Virginia
Recent Graduate


PhD? Tips for Pursuing a Terminal Degree

Wednesday, September 7 at 3:00 pm ET 

This session will provide advice from current PhD candidates, program directors and recent graduates. Speakers will discuss their experience in pursuing a terminal degree to help students with deciding where to apply, what to highlight, interview techniques, and more.




Tyler Frank
Washington University in St. Louis
PhD Candidate



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Umair Ali
Arizona State University
Program Director
Rajeev Darolia
University of Kentucky
Program Director
Julie Kim
University of Southern California
Program Director



Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Fellowships and Grant Assistance

Wednesday, September 21 at 3:00 pm ET

This panel features professionals who currently review fellowship applications and those who have gone through the application experience as fellows themselves. Speakers will share their experience and touch on topics such as how to find fellowship and grant opportunities, preparing applications, budgeting, writing proposals, meeting requirements, and managing deadlines.




Becky Rafter
Georgia Institute of Technology
PhD Student