Academic Career Weeks 2018


Brown Student Services 5001, 3600 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0G3, CA

Designed for PhD’s, Academic Career Weeks will provide a series of panels and presentations addressing key elements of the doctoral process and the academic job search. Faculty will present on defending, academic applications and the interview.   To register for all events, workshops and to view job postings go to myFuture .  You have access to our services for up to one year after graduation.  Use us, we want to be useful.


Academic Career Weeks 2018 Roster:

Women in Academia Panel

Monday, March 19 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Brown 5001

Presenting Your Research:  Preparing for the Academic Interview

Tuesday, March 20 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Research Commons Room

Strategies for a Successful Thesis Defence  Panel  

Tuesday, March 20 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Brown 5001

Networking at Academic Conferences Talk     

Thursday, March 22 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Thomson House Ballroom

Building Your Teaching Portfolio Workshop 

Friday, March 23 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Brown 5001

The Academic Interview & Job Talk Panel   

Tuesday, March 27 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Brown 5001

Getting the Best Out of Your Supervisor Panel    

Wednesday, March 28 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Brown 5001

Women in Academia Panel
Monday, March 19 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Brown 5001

This panel will focus on the academic career paths of 3-4 women in academia/research. The panelists will share their own career trajectories including challenges and successes, and they will also speak more broadly about working in academia, including tips for navigating a competitive and male-dominated field, how to respond to illegal questions during the interview process, and how to navigate sensitive issues in academic hiring.


Mindy Carter, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University

Dr. Carter conducts research in drama and theatre education primarily with in- and pre- service teachers with a focus on questions of indigenous pedagogy, art processes, and the relations of schooling. Her research projects and writing have provided international insight into teacher identity, pedagogy, arts based research and creativity.

2016-2018 - President for the Art, Research, Teacher Special Interest Group (SIG) at Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)

2016-2018 - Secretary for the Arts Based Educational Research Special Interest Group at American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Karine Auclair, Professor, Department of Chemistry, McGill University

Karine Auclair was born in Jonquiere (now Saguenay), QC, Canada. As a graduate student (1994-1999) in the lab of Prof. J. C. Vederas at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada), she studied the biosynthesis of the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin (Mevacor). Amongst her thesis achievements, she reported the first purified natural Diels-Alderase. Next, she moved to the University of California at San Francisco (USA) to pursue post-doctoral studies with Prof. P. R. Ortiz de Montellano (1999-2001). Her research results contributed to the mechanistic understanding of heme oxygenases and P450 enzymes. In 2002, she started her independent career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). She was promoted Associate Professor of Chemistry with tenure in 2006, and Full Professor in 2016. She was a Visiting Scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim (Laval, Canada) in 2010. Her current research at McGill three research areas: 1) antibiotic resistance; 2) enzymology (especially P450 enzymes); and 3) biocatalysis (including solvent-free mechanoenzymatic reactions). Some of her key contributions include new antibiotic resistance inhibitors, new antibacterial agents, new insights into enzyme allostery, the first molecules able to resensitize bacteria to the host immune defense itaconate, and the development of a process for solvent-free degradation of biomass. Recent awards that she has received include the McGill Leo Yaffe Award for excellence in teaching and the McGill Fessenden Professorship.

Scientific contributions: Karine Auclair has published more >70 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 1 copyright. She is also a co-inventor on 6 patents. The majority of her publications are in high-impact scientific journals, such as: Science (34.4), Nature Chem. Biol. (13.2), Nature Struct. Mol. Biol. (11.6), Angew. Chem. (13.7), J. Am. Chem. Soc. (11.4), Green Chem. (6.9), Chem. Eur. J. (5.9), J. Med. Chem. (5.5), ACS Chem. Biol (5.4), etc. Her articles are also well cited, with more than 2000 citations in total. Many of her publications were highlighted by scientific journals, or selected by reviewers for cover art, back cover art, author highlights. Two were selected as the best article of the year in her department, and one resulted in her being awarded the Fessenden Professorship at McGill.

Specific Expertise: Karine Auclair is a chemist by training, with expertise at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology. In particular, she has experience in organic synthesis, biocatalysis, enzymology, enzyme inhibition, medicinal chemistry, cloning, protein expression and engineering (via mutagenesis or regioselective chemical reactions), and various antibacterial activity studies.

Julie Cumming, Professor, Schulich School of Music

Julie Cumming has taught music history at McGill University since 1992. Her work focuses on early modern polyphonic music, with a focus on the motet, historical improvisation, compositional process, and digital humanities. She was the Interim Dean of the Schulich School of Music in 2016-2017, Director of Graduate Studies (2001-2003 and 2009-2010), and Associate Dean of Research and Administration (2011-2016). She is the winner of several teaching awards, including the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Teaching Award, doctoral level (2017).  She has been a co-investigator on two major grants led by McGill English professor Paul Yachnin (“Making Publics” and “Early Modern Conversions”), she was the PI of a Digging into Data Challenge Grant (2012-14), and is co-leader (with Ichiro Fujinaga, Music Technology) on a SSHRC Partnership Grant, “Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis” (SIMSSA).

Presenting Your Research:  Preparing for the Academic Interview         
Tuesday, March 20 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Research Commons Space

This joint workshop from CaPS and Graphos is intended for graduate students who are entering the academic job market and whose first language is not English.  We will focus specifically on preparing for a brief research talk as part of the interviewing process.  By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Learn how to prepare for the talk, manage nerves, and communicate effectively, 2) Gain tips and strategies on how to manage the speed, clarity and pronunciation of your research talk.


Jillian Aucoin, CaPS Career Advisor

Susan Jackson, McGill Graphos

Strategies for a Successful Thesis Defence Panel             
Tuesday, March 20 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Brown 5001

You managed to write that thesis and now it boils down to your oral defense. Find out how to impress your committee, avoid common pitfalls and enjoy your moment of glory!


France Bouthillier, Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctural Studies, McGill University

Professor France Bouthillier is Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at McGill University since 2015 and Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies (SIS) since 1992.  She has been for 12 years the Director of the SIS and the Graduate Program Director of the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS).  Under her leadership, the MLIS was revamped as the Master of Information Studies,  and a new PhD program in Information Studies was introduced in addition to three graduate certificates in Information and Knowledge Management, Information Architecture and Digital Archives Management. Her research areas include competitive intelligence, knowledge management, business information services, and the management of library/information services. 

Lydia White, Professor, Department of Linguistics, McGill University

Lydia White is James McGill Professor of Linguistics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Cambridge University (1969) and a PhD in Linguistics from McGill (1980). She is Co-Editor of a book series and she is on the Editorial Boards of several international journals. Lydia White is internationally recognized as a leading scholar in the field of generative second language acquisition. For many years, her research has been funded by major grants from SSHRCC and FRQSC. She has published more than 130 scholarly articles and is the author of two acclaimed textbooks that have influenced the training of researchers world-wide. She has supervised more than 25 PhD students working on topics relating to second language acquisition and she has participated in numerous PhD oral defences!

Shawn Robbins, Assistant Professor, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University

Dr. Shawn Robbins is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. He completed his BScPT and PhD at the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and 2010 respectively and did a post-doctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University. Dr. Robbins' research utilizes biomechanical and clinical measures to assess orthopaedic health conditions and the interventions used to treat these conditions in both clinical and laboratory settings.

Networking at Academic Conferences Talk 
Thursday, March 22 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Thomson House Ballroom

Prof Karl Moore will share his insights about networking as an academic.  Based on over +350 interviews he will reveal how successful introverted and extroverted leaders network and how you can too!


Karl Moore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
Associate Professor, Dept. of Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill University
Associate Fellow, Green Templeton College, Oxford University

After completing his MBA at the University of Southern California and Ph.D. at the Schulich School, York University, Karl worked for eleven years in sales and marketing management positions in the high technology industry with IBM, and Hitachi.   Before McGill he taught at Oxford University for five years.  He came to McGill to work with Henry Mintzberg, they co-direct McGill’s Advanced Leadership Program.      

He has taught extensively in executive education programs including at Oxford, Cambridge, Duke, LBS, RSM, Queens, McGill, IIM Bangalore, Renmin (Beijing), and Darden. An active consultant Dr. Moore has worked with Air Canada, BA, Nokia, IBM, Volvo, HP, Motorola, Accenture, Morgan Stanley and other firms.

Dr. Moore's publications include over a hundred and fifty articles, books, chapters in books, and papers with over 2,300 Google Scholar citations. His research has been published in a number of leading journals including: Strategy Management Journal, Business History, MIR, Canadian Journal of Public Health, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Chief Executive, Human Relations, Leader to Leader, and Strategy + Business.  He just finished a book on Leading, Managing, Working Effectively With Millennials and is working on his next book, Introverted/Ambiverted/Extroverted Leaders, is research on Quiet Leaders was recently highlighted in the world renowned Schumpeter Column of The Economist (

He has recognized as a world expert on strategy and leadership.  For three years he has blogged for Forbes and for eight he had done a weekly interview for the Globe and Mail where he interviews leading CEOs one week and the other week the top business professors in leadership and strategy and the world’s best universities.  In January 2015 he started a weekly program, the CEO Series for CJAD in Montreal where does CEO interviews one-on-one for an hour, some of the people interviewed have included:  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Nobel Prize Winner Muhammed Yunus, former Google CFO, Patrick Pichette, and Geoff Molson.

Karl was recently nominated for the 2017 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the Leadership Category as a top thinker in the area for his work on introverts/extroverts in the C-Suite & Millennials. Seven others were nominated including faculty from Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Penn and Dartmouth.

Building Your Teaching Portfolio Workshop   
Friday, March 23 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Brown 3001

This workshop will provide an introduction to the design and preparation of a teaching portfolio. In particular, we will address how to document the diverse elements of your teaching and effectively communicate your pedagogical skills to academic hiring committees.  By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:  Identify content appropriate for inclusion in a teaching portfolio • Select content for your teaching portfolio that demonstrates the breadth and depth of your teaching experience for a specific audience


Carolyn Samuel, Academic Associate, Teaching and Learning Services, McGill University

Armin Yazdan, PhD candidate (Co Facilitator)

The Academic Interview & Job Talk Panel    
Tuesday, March 27 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Brown 5001    

Hear what faculty have to say about the academic job market, get tips on the application process, how to best position yourself to get interviews and job offers, and what to do if your luck is running out. The format will be brief presentations followed by a Q & A


Bernard Robaire, Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, McGill University

Bernard Robaire received his B.A from UCLA and his Ph.D. from McGill University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, he returned to McGill to take up a joint appointment in the Departments of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and of Obstetrics & Gynaecology where he has remained and is currently a James  McGill Professor.  Dr. Robaire’s research interests focus on aging of the male reproductive system, male-mediated reproductive toxicology, mechanisms of androgen actions, and the structure, function, and regulation of the epididymis. This research activity has resulted in over 200 journal articles, 70 book chapters, and editing/co-editing of 10 books. He conceived and has been co-Editor of both editions of the Handbook of Andrology. He has mentored many graduate students (275 PhDs, 10 MSc) and over 20 Postdoctoral Fellows, most of whom have gone on to have successful careers in academia, industry and government. His team’s work has been funded by the CIHR/MRC continuously since he opened his lab as well as by the NIH, March of Dimes, FRQNT, FRQS, and the private sector. Honors awarded to Dr. Robaire during his career include the Award for Excellence in Reproduction from the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and the Distinguished Academic Award of the CAUT.  He received both of the highest recognitions from the American Society of Andrology (ASA): the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Andrologist Award. Over the last few years, he was awarded the R. Howard Webster Foundation Award in Reproductive Medicine, the Prix du Mentor Scientifique (CRCQ), the Prix Guy Rochon (FQPPU), the Gabriel Plaa Award of Distinction of the Canadian Society of Toxicology, and in 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has served as President of CFAS, North American  Testis Workshop, ASA, ACFAS, MAUT and served as both Associate Editor and then Editor-in-Chief of Biology of Reproduction, and is currently Consulting Editor for this Journal.

Brian Lewis, Professor, Department of History & Classical Studies, McGill University

Eric Lewis, Director, Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Prof. Eric Lewis is Director of IPLAI.  He served as the department of Philosophy's placement officer for approximately 20 years, and spends much more time than is healthy thinking about placement strategies for academics! 

Jin Guo, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, McGill University  

Jin L.C. Guo received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame. She is interested in utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to solve Software Engineering (SE) problems. Her recent research focuses on mining domain knowledge from software artifacts and utilizing such knowledge to facilitate automated SE tasks such as trace retrieval and project Q&A.

Elizabeth Patitsas, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education and the School of Computer Science, McGill University

Elizabeth Patitsas is an assistant professor of computer science education, and is jointly appointed to the Department of Integrated Studies in Education and the School of Computer Science. She studies equity issues in computer science, educator practices, and policy issues surrounding broadening participation in computing.


Saima Ahmed

Saima Ahmed, a graduate student in Experimental Medicine at McGill, editor-in-chief of GradLife McGill. Her research aims to examine the impact of eHealth and mobile health tools from the perspective of both health care providers and patients.

Getting the Best Out of Your Supervisor Panel   
Wednesday, March 28, | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Brown 5001    

Learn ways to manage one of your most significant relationships in graduate school and beyond. Learn how to clarify your own responsibilities and those of your supervisor – have a constructive interaction with your mentor and minimize conflicts –present your ideas to an individual or a team for the best outcome –manage the interaction as it matures over the course of graduate studies and carries forward as you become colleagues. This format will be brief presentations by panelists followed by Q & A.


Srikar Vengallatore, Associate Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University

Lisa Travis, Professor, Department of Linguistics, McGill University

Professor Travis has been in the Linguistics Department at McGill since 1984, the year she finished her PhD at MIT.  Since she has been at McGill she has been sole supervisor on 19 PhD theses, and co-supervisor on 11, sole-supervisor on five Master’s theses, and co-supervisor on 3, sole-supervisor on 9 Master’s research papers, and co-supervisor on 2.   On the administrative side, at the departmental level, she was Graduate Program Director for 9 years and Graduate Admissions and Funding Officer for 7 years.  At the university level, she Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for 4 years, and has been the Academic Lead for the Graduate Supervision Workshops in Teaching and Learning Services since 2013.

Robin Beech, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Department of Parasitology, McGill University

Joined McGill in 1992 in Parasitology. Member and Chair of the Undergrad Academic Standing Committee for the Mac Campus, GPD for Parasitology and now Associate Dean in GPS since September 2015

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