APA Pre-Conference: Surviving Academia


The APA pre-conference is designed for early career psychologists or anyone who manages or mentors them.

Topics Covered

  • Understanding University Structure and the Tenure Process
    • In order to be a successful faculty member, you need to understand how colleges and universities are structured and function, the expectations of faculty members beyond teaching and conducting research, and tenure review process.  With this knowledge, you can begin to plan and then successfully manage your tenure and promotion process.
  • Teaching and Course Design
    • All faculty members are expected to be capable and successful teachers.  However, graduate students and postdocs receive little or no education on how to teach or design a course.  A good professor understands how his/her courses fit into the overall programmatic curriculum, how to identify appropriate learning goals, and how to accurately assess student performance and learning.
  • Leadership and Management in Research
    • Running a research lab requires not only securing funding and publishing results, but also leading and managing a team students, postdocs, and professional laboratory staff.  Being a thoughtful leader and manager helps create a competent, successful team, and allows you to develop each member of your team to be competent and function independently.
  • Mentoring Students and Trainees
    • Effective mentoring can help maximize the performance and success of those you work with. Whether you are working with undergraduates, graduate students, or post-docs, learn about key components, and rewards, of effective mentoring
  • Funding and Financing your Research
    • Faculty are expected to apply for and receive external funds to help support teaching and research.  Understanding the missions and goals of funding agencies is key to submitting a successful proposal.  Once you receive a grant, managing the funds responsibly is as important as accomplishing the proposed work.

Other Amenities

Lunch, and a light breakfast and afternoon snack are provided with registration. Also, all materials and handouts are covered with the registration fee.


Greg Neimeyer, PhD

Associate Executive Director, Education Directorate

Director, Continuing Education and the Center for Learning and Career Development

American Psychological Association

Dr. Neimeyer is professor emeritus of psychology in the department of psychology at the University of Florida. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 17), he is also a recipient of its Award for Outstanding Research in Career and Personality Psychology. A previous chair of the Executive Board of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs in the United States, Dr. Neimeyer also has served as the Director of Training of the APA-approved doctoral training program in counseling psychology at the University of Florida, as well as Graduate Coordinator.  The author of over 200 scholarly journal articles and 10 books, Dr. Neimeyer has also been an active contributor to the literatures on professional development and continuing education. His teaching and mentoring have received numerous recognitions, and have resulted in his induction into the Academy of Distinguished Teacher Scholars as a lifetime member. He currently serves as the Director of the Office of Continuing Education in Psychology and the Center for Learning and Career Development at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C

Jim Diaz-Granados, PhD

Executive Director, Education Directorate

American Psychological Association

Dr. Diaz-Granados currently serves as the Executive Director for Education at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. There he oversees ten offices and 60+ staff dedicated to procuring and producing resources for educators and students from K-12 to postgraduate, advocating for authorizations and appropriations in support of psychology in education on Capitol Hill, and administering various critical quality assurance processes for the discipline and profession of psychology. Prior to joining APA in 2015, Dr. Diaz-Granados was Chair and Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Studies in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, TX. He received his PhD in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to Baylor, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina. His research focused on the developmental, behavioral, and neurochemical aspects of alcohol abuse and addiction. His laboratory was funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Veterans Affairs Administration. A longtime leader in psychology higher education, Diaz-Granados joined the executive board of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology in 2010, and was named board chair in 2012. As a member of the APA Commission on Accreditation, he served as co-chair for program review and chair of the Research Working Group. He is pleased to bring his experiences as a teacher, mentor, federally-funded researcher, university administrator, and advocate for education policy at the national level to today’s workshop.

Garth A. Fowler, PhD

Associate Executive Director, Education Directorate

Director, Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Education

American Psychological Association

Dr. Fowler is an Associate Executive Director for Education, and the Director of the Office for Graduate and Postgraduate Education and Training at the American Psychological Association. Garth joined the APA in 2013, after serving as the Director of the MS Program in Neurobiology and the Assistant Chair of the Department of Neurobiology at Northwestern University.
Garth leads the APA’s efforts on programs, resources, and policies that promote and enhance disciplinary education and training in psychology at the graduate and postdoctoral level. He is oversees the development of APA resources that assist faculty responsible for the education, career development, and professional development of trainees in psychology, and APA resources that serve graduate students and postdoctoral fellows directly. Throughout his career, Garth has been active in education, training, and career development for young scientists. He publishes peer-reviewed papers on career and professional development for graduate students and postdocs, and has been a workshop organizer, an invited speaker, or keynote presenter at over 100 events. He has served as a panelist for two National Academies of Science Committees (State of the Postdoctoral Experience, and the Committee on Research Universities), and as a member of the board for the National Postdoctoral Association (2009 – 2012). Most recently he served as a member of the Selection Committee for the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships (2015, 2016) and was Chair of the Selection Committee in 2017.

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