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Career Panel – Hybrid Careers: How to Use your Advanced Degree In and Outside the Academy

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Pizza and Refreshments Provided – please register to attend by April 19th!

The College Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the College Office of Graduate Affairs invites you to attend our panel “Hybrid Careers: Using Your Advanced Degree In and Outside of the Academy.” Presented in collaboration with the Graduate Student of Color Network and co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The goal of this panel is for you to learn about opportunities and strategies to multitask your degree.

This panel features scholars who have “hybrid” careers that space the academy and at least one other professional industry. We invite you to engage with these influencers who bring commercial, creative, and corporate expertise to their academic leadership, research, teaching and service to KU.

Meet our panelists:

Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is an Associate Professor of Theatre.

Dr. Hodges Persley is an award winning teacher, artist and scholar who teaches courses on Hiphop culture, acting, African American theater, race and performance, improvisation, and transnational performance.She has taught in England, Germany and France. Dr. Hodges Persley is union actress and director with performance credits in theater, television and film.She is the Artistic Director of KC Melting Pot Theater, Kansas City’s premier African American theater company.

Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at University of Kansas.

Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Burns-Wallace served as a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) with the U.S. Department of State, where she worked in Guangzhou and Beijing, China; Pretoria, South Africa; and in Washington D.C.  Dr. Burns-Wallace holds a dual bachelor’s degree in International Relations and African American studies from Stanford University, a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Joey Orr
Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Research at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Dr. Orr currently directs of the Integrated Arts Research Initiative and is affiliate faculty in Visual Art. Previously he served as the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where his major project aligned three exhibitions around artistic research. He received his MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a practice-based PhD from Emory University. He recently co-edited “Inhabiting Cultures,” a special forum for the Journal of American Studies (Cambridge University Press). He is a founding member of the idea collective, John Q.



April 24
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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College Office of Graduate Affairs (COGA)
College Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Office of Multicultural Affairs


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