Redefining the Postdoctoral Experience – New Training for New Careers

The Rutgers Postdoctoral Association proudly invites you to attend the 8th Annual Rutgers Postdoc Symposium, co-sponsored by the Public Engagement Project. The Symposium highlights postdoctoral research around Rutgers and offers professional development workshops and networking sessions. This year's workshops feature a variety of academic and alt-ac scholars and educators who will speakabout: Preparing for Jobs Outside Academia; Preparing for Jobs Within Academia; and Polishing Your Communication Style. The afternoon plenary session features a keynote address by Dr. Franklin Carrero-Martinez, Acting Deputy Science and Technology Adviser, U.S. Department of State.


Time and location

Friday, April 28, 2017
1:00 pm– 6:00pm

Great Hall and Main Auditorium
RWJMS Research Tower
Busch Campus
675 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, NJ 08854


For more information and to register, please click here


Op-Ed Writing

Thaler Pekar will lead a workshop on transforming academic work to op-eds aimed at a general audience. A short application is required to attend this workshop. 


This workshop is co-sponsored by the Rutgers Institute for Research on Women.


  • Thaler PekarCEO of Thaler Pekar & Partners, and an  internationally recognized pioneer in the field of organizational narrative, leadership storytelling, and persuasive communication

Time and location

Thursday, March 23, 2017
10.30am - 12 noon


Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building
Conference Room

162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Visitor parking
Lot 71A
Lot 82


Attendance at this workshop is limited. You may apply to attend  here. You will be notified via e-mail about the success of your application.


The application deadline is Monday, March 13, 11:59pm.



Developing Your Academic Presence on Twitter 

In the decade since its inception, the social media platform Twitter has gone from experiment in microblogging to well-established site for social and professional organization and networking. Among its 300 million-plus users are thousands of academics who use it build and maintain social connections and friendships; conduct research; share and spread ideas, publications, and works-in-progress; teach and engage students in and out of the classroom; document talks, meetings and conferences; and network with like-minded others. In this workshop, Prof. Mary Chayko will review some of the affordances, opportunities, and consequences of Twitter for academics, and will demonstrate techniques for building and expanding an academic presence on Twitter. Strategies, policies, and best practices for the safe, productive, effective use of Twitter will be discussed. Participants need not have expertise or experience on Twitter but should sign up for a Twitter account prior to the workshop.


Organizer and speaker: 
  • Mary Chayko, Teaching Professor of Communication and Information, School of Communication and Information (SC&I), and author of Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-social Life

Time and location

Thursday, September 28, 2017
4:30pm - 6:00 pm


Alexander Library
Information Handling Lab 413
169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Visitor parking
Lot 26
Lot 30
College Avenue Deck



This workshop is limited to 24 participants.


To register,  please fill out the form here


The Rutgers Public Engagement Project is run by the Institute for Research on Women


Thinking Like a Social Scientist, Writing Like a Journalist: Tales from the Field

Journalists present stories about what's happening in the world to a general audience. But how do they notice things? What counts as news? How do they know what questions to ask? One source of ideas, of thinking about words like poverty, power, privilege, gender, and class, is social science. Ted Conover will talk about how his background in social science made him a better journalist, and share some examples from his researches among railroad tramps, Mexican migrants, Aspenites and corrections officers.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Rutgers Program in Criminal Justice, Rutgers School of Communication and Information, and Rutgers Sociology Department.


  • Ted Conoverauthor of Immersion: A Writer's Guide to Going Deep

Time and location

Monday, February 20, 2017
4:30pm - 6:30 pm


Alexander Library
Teleconference Lecture Hall
169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Visitor parking
Lot 26
Lot 30
College Avenue Deck


You can access the recording of the event by clicking here.



Organizing 101: How to Change the World (Or at Least your Corner of It)

Would you like to learn how to organize a campaign to improve your community or influence public policy? Benn Marine, a veteran organizer of LGBTQ and other progressive campaigns will be offering a nuts-and-bolts workshop for interested students. He will share his insights about how people can join together and make a difference in their community.


  • Benn Marine. Benn has worked for marriage equality in Maine, Rhode Island, Oregon, New Jersey, and Indiana, and on non-discrimination campaigns in Utah and Idaho. He has organized to give voters more voice in elections, pass background checks on firearm sales, and for universal single payer healthcare. He is on the board of Maine Trans Net, which offers peer support for transgender people and their loved ones.

Time and location:

Thursday, October, 19, 2017
12:30pm - 2:00 pm

199 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ08901

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