While the career path of PhD graduates has traditionally focused on faculty positions, there are a range of alternative careers in which sociology graduates can apply their research skills. Applied sociologists who are not members of the professoriate often continue to engage in research activities in a range of occupations. However, this kind of work is not typically discussed within sociology programs and thus is not obvious to graduate students as a career option. Students’ increased interest in alternative career paths has created a greater demand for sociology departments to address non-faculty career options. This session is intended to be a forum in which students and sociologists working within or outside of academia can openly discuss issues such as attitudes toward applied careers outside of the professoriate, work-integrated and experiential learning options, building students’ non-academic and alt-academic networks, and the similarities and differences in skills required of sociologists conducting research within and outside of the professoriate.
- Kristin Atwood, Victoria Division of Family Practice
- Sara Cumming, Sheridan College
- Nicholas Spence, University of Toronto
- Loleen Berdahl, University of Saskatchewan
- Andrea Dean, Western University