Higher Education Administration

Higher education administration is an excellent career path for any PhD interested in university operations. This career offers room to grow, and the skills gained in these positions can easily transfer to other types of institutions, like NGOs or government work. Key to success in this field is to gain experience in how universities and similar institutions operate. A PhD can volunteer for a range of academic service opportunities in his/her department, conduct informational interviews with staff at his/her university, and look for internships or part-time job opportunities of interest. For more details on this career path, see outside resources, like Versatile PhD and NCA's Teaching and Educational Institutions page. 

Career Exploration
(Year 1-2)
Core Competency Development
(Year 2-4)
Job Search
(Year 5+)

Various Career Panels and Speakers through TGS

One-on-One Appointments through NCA

Conduct an Informational Interview

Subscribe to Relevant Publications 

Attend NU Club Events

TGS Resources for New Students

NCA List of External Career Resources

Explore Versatile PhD


Fellowship in Leadership 

One-on-One Counseling and Consultation through Center of Leadership 

Management for Scientists and Engineers 

Speaking and Presenting

RSG Research Communication Program

CLIMB Communication Resources for Scientists

Advanced Professional and Presentation Skills for Graduate Students Seminar


New TA Conference 

New TA Conference Workshop Leader

WCAS/TGS Teaching Fellowship 

Writing and Research

Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantships

Fellowship Proposal Writing Workshops and Consultations

Dissertation Bootcamp

Ongoing Writing Workshops

Graduate Writing One-on-One Consultations

Kaplan Institute Affiliates Program

Kaplan Institute Research Workshops

Revisit NCA's Resources on Teaching and Educational Institutions Page

Prepare for Interviews with NCA

Create a CareerCat Profile

NCA and TGS Workshops on Interviewing, Cover Letters, etc.

One-on-One Appointments through NCA

TGS List of External Resources for the Job Market