Academic career

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While women outnumber men in postdoctoral positions, they remain a minority in permanent academic positions, in particular in professorial positions (see the UNIL gender equality statistics). Studies reveal that a major factor leading women to leave academia is their lack of integration and of formal and informal support structures during the postdoctoral phase (Leeman & Stutz, 2008, p.3).

 

Through workshops and individual mentoring, PROWD Academic career aims to offer women planning to apply for a professorship detailed information on recruiting procedures, advice on the different stages of the application process and on academic career in general, and answers to specific questions many women have about the difficulties related to their experiences and their profile. It also aims to provide opportunities for exchange between participants.

 

With a particular emphasis on the specific issues and difficulties female academics may encounter, PROWD Academic career complements the workshops and activities offered by the Graduate Campus, which PROWD participants are encouraged to follow as well:

  • Academic Career: Demands, Expectations and Preparation
  • Creating the postdoc’s job-hunt package
  • Career cafés

Main elements of the programme

Programme kick-off event

Date and time: October 10th 2019, 12.00 to 5.30

 

The first part (12.00-2.00 pm), which is open to a broad academic audience, will include a presentation of the programme and the intervention of experts specializing in issues related to women’s careers, both academic and non-academic. 

In the second part (2.00-5.30 pm), the participants in both tracks of PROWD will follow a workshop titled Combattre le sexisme ordinaire,” led by Siara Isaac, teaching advisor at the EPFL Teaching Support Center trainer.

 

Languagethe official part of the event and the workshop will take place in French. Participants will be free to speak in French or English as they prefer.

Workshop “Beyond the obvious: Academic Career Planning for Female Scientists”

Date and time: November 11th, 2019, 9.00-5.00

 

Description :

Every career is built on a variety of factors. Despite the conviction that expert recognition is the main constituent of an academic career, it is now commonly recognized that factors such as knowledge about university organization, transferable competencies, and scientific vision are increasingly important for the career planning process. During the workshop we will talk about frequently discussed as well as hidden career elements, expectations towards skills, self-presentation in the CV, and scientific vision.

 

Participants will

  • reflect on other than purely scientific aspects of career building elements and their importance
  • review their academic application documents
  • Discuss changes linked to career transition points
  • realize the power of a compelling scientific vision and its convincing presentation

 

Animation : Dre Monika Clausen, trainer and coach for industrial partners, university clients and individuals.

 

Langue : The workshop will be given in English. Participants can speak in French or English as preferred.

Workshop “Postuler à un poste de professeure”

Date and time: January 14th, 2020, 9.00-5.00

 

Description:

Postuler à un poste professoral peut être intimidant, et les différentes étapes de la procédure sont souvent mal connues. Cet atelier présentera le fonctionnement de la procédure, depuis le moment de l’annonce du poste jusqu’à la décision d’engagement. Il montrera aussi et surtout quels éléments essentiels vous aideront à augmenter vos chances de succès.

Cet atelier vous aidera à être bien préparée au moment de la postulation, en offrant des réponses aux questions suivantes :

  • Comment fonctionne le processus de recrutement
  • Comment fonctionne la commission de recrutement et qui décide quoi
  • Comment interagir avec la commission de recrutement
  • Comment préparer votre dossier de candidature
  • Comment préparer votre visite : présentation, entretien, discussion avec les membres du département/institut/faculté

Trainer:

Franciska Krings, full professor of Organizational Behavior (Faculty of Business and Economics), 2011-2016 Vice-rector in charge of junior faculty development, UNIL

 

Language: the workshop will be given in French. Participants can speak in French or English as preferred.

Workshop "PowerTraining: Rôles, pouvoir et défis quotidiens dans un environnement institutionnel

Date and time: April 2nd, 2020, 1.00-5.00

 

Description:

  • Phénomènes et processus liés au pouvoir dans les structures hiérarchiques 
  • Parler sans se comprendre : le langage des hommes et le langage des femmes 
  • Comprendre les jeux de pouvoirs et répondre aux attaques verbales et non-verbales

Les femmes travaillant dans des entreprises organisées hiérarchiquement se retrouvent souvent dans des situations où elles ont l’impression que « quelque chose se passe ou se trame », sans toutefois comprendre de quoi il s’agit exactement ni connaître les règles du jeu. Elles sont mal à l’aise ou en colère et ne trouvent pas toujours les mots pour pouvoir réagir habilement ou même jouer le jeu. Cet atelier traite des codes et des pratiques tacites, et vise à donner aux femmes la liberté de décider, dans une situation concrète, si elles souhaitent jouer le jeu avec habilité ou se tenir à l’écart.

 

Trainer: Sibyl Schädeli, trainer and coach specialized in issues of leadership and power.

 

Language: The workshop will be given in French. Participants can speak in French or English as preferred.

Programme closing event

Date and time: May 12th 2020, 1.00 to 5.30 (followed by an aperitif)

 

Participants will first take part in one last workshop titled “Active networking — An important professional success factor” (1.00 to 5.00), with trainer Dr. Monika Clausen (in English).

 

The workshop will be followed by a reflexive wrap-up discussion (5.00-5.30) and a festive aperitif.

Mentoring

Throughout the programme, each participant will be mentored by one or several UNIL professors, who may give them feedback on their applications or project funding requests or advise them on more general aspects of the academic career.

 

For mentors

Other events (optional)

Other shorter events (lunch-time workshops, informal meetings, etc.) will be organized based on participants’ demands and interests, on topics such as family and mobility, dual careers, the trial lecture, etc.

 

More information on these events will follow.

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