Preparing for an Academic Career Short Course

Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Office is pleased to host Dr. John Sowa, Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Biological Sciences at Governors State University, to teach a three-part short course on Preparing for an Academic Career. Dr. Sowa was here previously to deliver a workshop on Best Practices for an Academic Job Search and will go further in depth in this upcoming series.

This course will consist of three 2-hour sessions and will cover:

  • July 13th:        The job search –> where to look, types of institutions, the application process, phone interviews
  • August 10th:   From interview to faculty –> Interviewing, getting the job, getting started as a new professor
  • August 17th:   Succeeding in academics –> getting tenure, teaching well, service, grantsmanship

Each class will run from 11:00 AM  – 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Locations are:
July 13th:       Building 241, Room D172
August 10th:  Building 446 Auditorium
August 17th:  Building 241, Room D172

Please indicate the sessions you will be attending through the registration page.

About the speaker:

John%20SowaJohn Sowa is Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Biological Sciences at Governors State University. His research interests are in the areas of organic and organometallic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, stereochemistry, sustainability and environmental chemistry. He edited the 20th volume of Catalysis of Organic Reactions, has published 35 peer-reviewed articles, and is co-inventor on 3 U.S. Patents. He is a member of the ACS, AAAS and Sigma Xi.

Prof. Sowa obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Manhattan College. His Ph.D. was obtained from Iowa State University with Prof. Robert J. Angelici and he was a postdoctoral associate with Profs. Paul G. Gassman and Kent R. Mann at the University of Minnesota. His previous appointments include: Professor of Chemistry at Seton Hall University, Associate Scientific Director at Gibraltar Laboratories, and Visiting Scientist at The Scripps Research Institute. Prof. Sowa was a participant in the original Academic Career Workshop developed by Prof. Pete Carr at the University of Minnesota. He has also served as panelist and a planning committee member for approximately a dozen Academic Career Workshops based on Carr’s original program.

About Kristene Henne

Kristene “Tina” Henne is Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Lead for the Argonne Leadership Institute. In this role, she facilitates the postdoc appointment process, postdoc career development, mentoring, advises the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and serves as a navigator for postdoctoral issues. Henne has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Purdue University, a B.S. in biology from Governors State University, and an A.A.S. in radiography from Kankakee Community College. She came to Argonne as a postdoctoral researcher in the Biosciences Division in 2009 and became a program coordinator in 2011.
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