Pursuing a Career in Academia: Panel Discussion with Tri-State Faculty


Life as an academic can be challenging. Meetings, grading, committees, and the demand of a busy office or classroom. You know what they say—if it were easy then everyone would be doing it. Nonetheless, working in any capacity for an institution of higher learning is both prestigious and rewarding. An academic gets to encourage students along their paths to success, teach intriguing subjects, and perhaps make significant contributions to scholarship.

For those interested in this career trajectory, the Preparing Future Faculty certificate program (PFF) will host a panel discussion on March 1st with representatives from the University of Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, and Xavier University. Any student may attend and ask faculty members from these institutions questions about life as an academic, what a day in an academic department looks like, and how one goes about the process of earning tenure.

Students may also learn about the PFF program itself. The PFF program is a certificate track offered at the University of Cincinnati designed to improve students’ academic job search skills and teaching abilities. The program coordinator, Patrick Barney, will be in attendance to answer questions about joining PFF and completing requirements for the certificate. Having the PFF certificate on one’s CV can give the edge needed to compete with other academic faculty applications, so attending the information session will be of extreme benefit to all students interested in pursuing a career in academia.

The information session will be held in TUC 427 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 1st.  Please register your intent to attend at https://form.jotform.co/73544850687872. We look forward to meeting you.


Written by Patrick Barney, PFF Program Coordinator