Academic Career Conference

The Academic Career Conference will be held on October 13 and 14, 2022.

If you are interested in attending, please register on WaterlooWorks. Shortly before the conference, you will be added to our LEARN page where you will receive access to our asynchronous content and Zoom links to our live events (schedule listed below).

If you experience any technical issues, please email Graham Mayberry at

Date: October 13, 2022

Time (EST) Events on October 13, 2022
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Welcome/introduction, land acknowledgement, & keynote address:

Treating Your Career Development as a Research Project 

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Lightning talks

  • Preparation, application, and interviewing for academic jobs in North America Dr. Tizazu Mekonnen (Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering)
  • Using Twitter as a Scholar Elise Vist (Multimodal and Public Scholarship Program Developer, Writing and Communication Centre)
  • Happy Accidents: the winding path to a career Jeremy Roth (Lab Instructor, Kinesiology and Health Sciences)

Date: October 14, 2022 

Time (EST) Events on October 14, 2022
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Lightning talks

  • Taking control of your academic identity Laura Bredahl (Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian, Library)
  • Teaching statements and dossiers Dr. Kristin Brown (Educational Developer, TA Training and Writing Support, Centre for Teaching Excellence)
  • Self-reflection as a career decision making super power Kira Bruschke (Career Advisor, Centre for Career Action)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Academic career panel: Faculty perspectives on the hiring process

  • Dr. Lai-Tze Fan (Assistant Professor, cross-appointed: English and Sociology and Legal Studies)
  • Dr. Michelle Rutty (Canada Research Chair; Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Management)
  • Dr. Russ Tupling (Professor; Chair, Kinesiology and Health Sciences)
  • Dr. Milad Kamkar (Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering)