NCA Student Career Week

April 15 - 19, 2024

NCA Career Week is a recurring series of webinars and other virtual programming that focus on various career-related topics and concerns in academia. This week focuses on student topics and concerns, but future weeks will focus on other important groups of scholars and educators like, but not limited to, adjuncts, associate professors, and non-tenure track streams.

Make sure to check your email on the day of the event for a Zoom link. If you have not received a link by 9:30am EDT, please email Patrick West.


Addressing Burnout – 2024: A Sanity Odyssey 

Monday, April 15 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT  

In a post-pandemic world, anxiety and burnout for students are more prevalent than ever. During this webinar, we’ll identify factors that contribute to, symptoms of, and ways to mitigate or prevent burnout. We’ll also emphasize the importance of seeking help and building a support network, including reaching out and communicating with coaches, mentors, and confidantes. We’ll conclude by discussing with students the urgent need to shift perspective and manage expectations to prevent burnout.


Brian Barbeau 
Vice President of Association Placement Services 
Community Brands 

Mastering the Matrix and Beating the Bots: Transforming your Academic CV into an ATS-friendly Resume 

Wednesday, April 17  

11:00 AM – 12:00 p.m. EDT 

Join this insightful webinar to learn how to transform your academic CV into an Application Tracking System (ATS)-friendly resume that impresses hiring managers. Discover formatting techniques, essential content tips, and AI tools to optimize your resume for success in the digital job market. Get ready to stand out in the job market by mastering the rules of the game. 


Casey Stratton 
Assistant Professor, Salisbury University 

Unlocking Success: Lessons from NCA's Dissertation Awardees 

Friday, April 19 

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT 

Join us for a stimulating virtual webinar where three recent winners of the NCA Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award will share their stories and insights. Learn firsthand how Celeste Wagner, Meredith L. Pruden, and Ashley Garcia crafted award-winning dissertations on topics ranging from gender-based violence to online subcultures and racialized politics in sports. 

Winning Dissertations: 

  • Celeste Wagner, “Responding to Media Coverage of Gender-Based Violence in Argentina and the United States: A Mixed Methods Study of the Intersecting Roles of Gender, Class, and Racialized Ethnicity Among General and Activist Publics” 
  • Meredith L. Pruden, “’Maintaining Frame’ in the Incelosphere: Mapping the Discourses, Representations and Geographies of Involuntary Celibates Online”  
  • Ashley Garcia, “(Re)Scripting the Black-Activist-Athlete: Remembering the Racialized Politics of Sport in the NFL’s Protests During the National Anthem”  


Dane Claussen, National Communication Association 

Presenters : 

Ashley Garcia, Instructor, Santa Rosa Junior College 
Celeste Wagner, Assistant Professor, University of Florida 
Meredith L. Pruden, Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University