Thursday, March 30th, 2017 11:30 am

Refreshments will be served starting 11:15 am


Chemistry and Biochemistry Byker Auditorium 


While there are many ‘secrets to success’  widely discussed and disseminated in the private sector, most academic professional development focuses on the basic pursuits of research, writing, proposal development and teaching. More fundamental skills involving executive capacity, team building and self-direction are rarely discussed and often poorly developed, despite their profound influence on an individual’s ability to achieve an academic career that is successful on his or her own terms.  In this informal discussion, Julia Haggerty, Assistant Professor of Geography, will share insights from a career spent both in and outside academia. She will focus on the non-research skills and approaches that she believes can kick-start the process of making academia work for you, sharing both her rationale for these skills and specific strategies for cultivating them.

Julia Haggerty is a human geographer working to understand the interactions between natural resource use and the social and economic well-being of rural communities. An assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, she holds a joint appointment with the Montana Institute on Ecosystems and pursues her research with a team of graduate and undergraduate students associated with the Resources & Communities Research Group (resources4communities.org).  Prior to joining the Earth Sciences Department in the fall of 2013, Haggerty worked for five years as a policy analyst for the regional non-profit research group Headwaters Economics. A native of Boston, MA, Haggerty holds a BA from Colorado College (1994) and a PhD in History from the University of Colorado-Boulder (2004). Haggerty was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Otago (New Zealand) from 2005-2007. She was recognized as one of 100 inspiring women in STEM by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine in 2015.

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