408: INVITED PRESENTER SYMPOSIUM: "Alt-AC:" Finding Happiness in Careers Beyond the Ivory Tower

Anne Farrell; Julie Kohler; Sandy Morrison; Emily Hittner; Lorena Aceves; Mindy Scott; TeKisha Rice

10:00 AM
11:15 AM
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Invited Symposium
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  • Students and New Professionals
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About the Session

Invited Presenter Symposium is a session in which the presenter(s) were invited; all attendees are welcome to attend.

Panel: Anne Farrell, Ph.D., Chapin Hall of the University of Chicago; Julie Kohler, Ph.D., National Women’s Law Center and Democracy Alliance; Sandy Morrison, M.S., Department of Defense and Auburn University; Emily Hittner, Ph.D., dating app Hinge; Lorena Aceves, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

Discussant: Mindy Scott, Ph.D., Child Trends
Chair: TeKisha M. Rice, Ph.D., CFLE, Virginia Tech

This Session is Sponsored by MAXQDA - The Art of Data Analysis; Organized by the NCFR Students and New Professionals.

Academic jobs are becoming increasingly competitive and graduate students are interested in ways to apply their research skills beyond academia. Therefore, providing resources for students to explore and obtain non-academic positions remains an important priority for NCFR. Building on prior years, this workshop convenes a panel of scholars pursuing careers outside of the ivory tower. Panelists will discuss how to locate opportunities, recommendations for interviews, and how to increase chances of securing an offer. The panel will begin with introductions and an overview of key information about the “alt-ac” job market, followed by an audience Q&A.


  • Alternative options to traditional academic jobs.
  • Networking and locating non-academic positions.
  • Navigating the “alt ac” job market (e.g., applying, interviewing, negotiating)
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