We are an international organization that provides professional development and career coaching to graduate students and PhDs who are interested in non-faculty careers. While our focus is primarily on North America, we have members from the U.K and Australia, too. Our founders, Jennifer Polk and Maren Wood, earned PhDs in history. They know first hand the challenges of transitioning from academia to life beyond the professoriate.
Graduate students, ABDs, and graduate degree holders who are exploring career options or looking for a non-faculty job. Our members include current students, recent graduates, postdocs, adjunct instructors, and professors. Most are based in the United States or Canada, but we welcome members from other parts of the globe. Email us or join an upcoming “I Joining Beyond the Professoriate Right For You?” webinar to learn more.
For all the details about our plans and packages, see this page. Our most popular options are the Basic Membership plan, which features access to all our recorded content and members-only discussion forums and groups, and the 3 Month Pro Membership Package, which includes live events and group strategy sessions.
Mentors are members who can give advice to PhD job seekers and career explorers. Generally speaking, they are a few years into a career beyond the professoriate, and want to help others succeed in their own nascent non-faculty careers. Most mentors are also featured in videos on the site.
We welcome ABDs, PhDs, and other terminal degree holders to be panelists or speakers at our online events (webinars). To indicate your interest in being a panelist, please fill out this form. If you’d like to pitch a specific topic for a workshop or presentation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (Please note that we tend to plan several months in advance.)
We accept submissions for either our University Affairs blog or our own blog.
To submit to the Transition Q&A series, please fill out this form.
To submit a guest post on a topic related to careers for PhDs beyond the professoriate, please fill out this form.
All conference sessions will be recorded and made available to stream on our website a few days following the live event. Expect to be able to watch all the recordings on May 15th. Access to all videos will expire on June 15th.
Yes! Institutions or individuals can purchase tickets on behalf of students, postdocs, or others. Receive a discount when you purchase a minimum of 10 tickets in a single order. Please purchase all your tickets in one order to receive the best discount. To see discount options, head over to eventbrite.
You can also make Beyond the Professoriate an event on your campus. Streaming options are available. The cost to stream is based on the estimated number of students who will attend, or who will access the recordings during the replay period. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Does your campus need PhD-specific graduate student and postdoc career resources? Consider purchasing or subsidizing Beyond the Professoriate memberships for your students or postdocs. You can also purchase tickets for our annual online conference. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
We welcome institutions to purchase or subsidize community memberships for their students or postdocs. We will be launching an institutional subscription site in Fall 2018. Using integrated single-sign-on, your students will be able to access our library of on-demand videos. To learn more and to join our waitlist, email email@example.com