International Guest Speakers

This semester we have two international guest speakers delivering workshops for the IAD PhD programme:

Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student 4/3/16

Hugh Kearns, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

What do research higher degree (RHD) students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you.

This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your RHD. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a RHD.

The workshop helps you to understand how to increase your effectiveness and outcomes in the following key areas:

  • how you deal with your supervisorGreen-Globe-psd448121
  • how you structure your study time
  • your attitude (or lack thereof!) in relation to your research
  • dealing with writer’s block or having difficulty writing
  • getting the help you need when you are stuck
  • juggling multiple commitments and never having enough time
  • keeping on going when the going gets tough

Hugh Kearns BAgSc, MEd, MMHS

Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from a lecture tour of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Harvard and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published six books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

Hacking the US Academic Job Market 29/4/16

Karen Kelsky, USA, author of The Professor is in: The essential guide to turning your PhD into a job’

If you are seeking to develop your academic career and are keen to gain international experience this workshop will help you consider what to expect and to plan ahead in order to maximise your prospects of success.

This workshop will be led by Karen Kelsky, a former professor at two US universities (Illinois and Oregon), who will walk you through the conditions of the current American academic job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and how you can maximize your chances of success while looking for an academic job.

It will address:

  • The conditions of the academic job search in a time of economic upheaval
  • How to think like a search committee
  • The four core qualities of a successful job candidate
  • The all-important 5-Year Plan
  • The ethos of effective job market documents
  • The most common mistakes made by job seekers
  • The keys to academic interviewing
  • Negotiating your US offer
  • Challenges for UK clients on the US market

Karen Kelsky currently runs a consulting business to help research students and junior faculty to think ahead and plan for an academic career. Karen has developed her reputation in this field through working with leading US universities, her blog The Professor Is In and recent book ‘The Professor is in: The essential guide to turning your PhD into a job’.

For more information on both workshops click here



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