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Preparing Graduate Students for the Changing Employment Landscape: An Informal Faculty Conversation with Dr. Brenda Bethman
April 10, 2015 @ 10:10 am - 11:30 amFree
The Alternative Academic Careers for PhDs Carolina Seminar invites all faculty members—and especially directors of graduate studies and placement directors—to join us for an informal dialogue and conversation about graduate student career preparation with Dr. Brenda Bethman. This event will focus on how faculty and directors of graduate studies and departments can better support students with professional development experiences that are responsive to the realities of the post-PhD job market.
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About Dr. Brenda Bethman
Dr. Brenda Bethman has been working in higher education since 1993, when she began studying for a master’s degree in German literature at Temple University. Originally she went to graduate school with the intention of becoming a faculty member and headed off to UMass Amherst for a Ph.D. in Modern German Studies. Along the way, she started working as a conference and grant coordinator for the DEFA Film Library and discovered that while she liked teaching and researching, she was clearly born to work in administration. Dr. Bethman has been the Director of the UMKC Women’s Center since January 2007. In addition, she serves as Acting Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and teaches for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Honors Program.
Dr. Bethman is the co-founder of Alt/Academix, a consulting firm that provides workshops and individual consultations to help graduate students and PhDs make themselves marketable for academic administrative positions. She has presented and published on #altac careers, social media, assessment, women’s leadership, women’s literature, Elfriede Jelinek, Marlene Streeruwitz, Ingeborg Bachmann, and feminism in a variety of venues. She is the author of “Obscene Fantasies”: Generic Perversions in Elfriede Jelinek, published in Peter Lang’s Austrian Culture Series. She is also the co-founder and co-editor of the Student Affairs Women Talk Tech blog, and one of the founding members of the #femlead Twitter chat. She holds a B.A. in German Literature from Dickinson College, an M.A. in German Literature from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in Modern German Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from UMass Amherst.