Entering the professional world of academia will be the biggest career challenge to date for newly christened PhD s and individuals seeking careers at colleges and universities. The application and interview process may be challenging as job descriptions and expectations may vary widely between departments and universities. This professional development series event will provide a broad sense of how to gain a faculty position and what is expected once that goal is achieved. The format will consist of a discussion on a variety of questions posed to the panel by the chair followed by a question and answer sessions with the audience. Topics will include the application and interview process, networking, job descriptions/expectations, challenges facing the newly hired in academia, teaching, teaching strategies, research, service, time allocation, and differences between assistant/adjunct faculty and tenure track positions. The goal of this event will be to prepare individuals entering the world of professional academia with the information they need to be successful.