Press Kit

Brief bio (50 words):

Jennifer Polk is co-founder of Beyond the Professoriate. She helps PhDs launch meaningful careers. Jen also speaks and writes on issues related to graduate education and career outcomes for doctoral-degree holders. Read more about her at FromPhDtoLife.com. Jen earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2012.

Longer bio:

Jennifer Polk is an entrepreneur and career coach for PhDs. She works with graduate students and doctoral degree holders based in Canada, the United States, the UK, Australia, and elsewhere. In addition to her coaching business, Jen is co-founder of Beyond the Professoriate, an mission-driven organization that provides career education, information, and other services to both institutions and individuals.

Jen speaks on campuses and at conferences throughout North America on issues related to graduate education and career outcomes for PhDs, and her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, University Affairs, Vitae, and Academic Matters. Find Jen online at FromPhDtoLife.com, which features resources for PhD career changers, and at her award-winning University Affairs blog. Jen created and hosted Self-Employed PhD, an online network of freelancers, independent consultants, entrepreneurs, and small business owners for two years. SEPhD is now part of the Beyond the Professoriate Community, a membership site for individuals working both in and out of academia. For three years Jen hosted #withaPhD chat, a twice-monthly Twitter discussion. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2012.

Web links:

Website, https://FromPhDtoLife.com

BP Website, https://BeyondProf.com

Twitter, https://twitter.com/FromPhDtoLife

BP Twitter, https://twitter.com/BeyondProf

Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/beyondprof

LinkedIn, https://ca.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-polk-bab56443

BP LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/company/16196873/

University Affairs blog (named Beyond the Professoriate as of October 2017), http://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/beyond-the-professoriate

Press photos (click to download full images; thumbnails shown below):

Jennifer Polk; photo by Nadalie Bardowell
Jennifer Polk; photo by Nadalie Bardowell
Jennifer Polk; photo by Nadalie Bardowell
Jennifer Polk; photo by Nadalie Bardowell