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Publish and Cherish: Preparing for a Career in Academia

Hosted by the Education Technical Group
Presented by Deborah Boehm-Davis, Facebook Reality Labs; Patricia DeLucia, Rice University; and Gabriella Hancock, California State University, Long Beach
Moderated by Brittany Neilson, ETG Student Representative

9:00–10:00 a.m. Pacific  |  11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Central  |  12:00–1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__Vs_jzYWRq2zofYGztD5ww.

About the Webinar

Although presentations offering career advice have been plentiful in the human factors/ergonomics community, the focus has seemed to be relevant for industry positions for the most part. This leaves a gap of information being disseminated for those interested in academic careers. To help fill this gap, the Education Technical Group (ETG) offers this webinar only for HFES members on guidance for students, early-career professionals, and mentors of students regarding how to pursue an academic route in HF/E. The webinar is also aimed at professionals who are interested in switching domains from industry or government to academia, or pursuing an adjunct position in addition to their current position. Presenters will discuss the application process for academic positions, give advice on building a successful career in academia, and provide tips for achieving work-life balance as an academic. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. Based on interest in the webinar, ETG may develop a workshop at a future HFES Annual Meeting. Knowledge of HF/E career opportunities may aid in applying the information presented in this webinar, but no expertise or experience is necessary.

About the Presenters

          Deborah A. Boehm-Davis


Deborah A. Boehm-Davis, PhD, is research manager at Facebook Reality Labs. She also is University Professor Emeritus of Psychology and former dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. Prior to joining George Mason, she worked on applied cognitive research at General Electric, NASA Ames, and Bell Laboratories. Boehm-Davis has served as HFES president and secretary-treasurer and as president of Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She was awarded the Franklin V. Taylor Award for career achievements from the APA and the Paul M. Fitts Education Award from HFES.


         Patricia R. DeLucia

Patricia R. DeLucia is a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University. She received a PhD in experimental psychology in 1989 from Columbia University and completed a National Research Council research associateship at Armstrong Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. DeLucia is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Psychological Association’s Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology) and Division 3 (Experimental Psychology), the Psychonomic Society, and the Association for Psychological Science. She is editor in chief of Human Factors. DeLucia received several awards at Texas Tech University, including the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr., Faculty Distinguished Research Award; the President’s Academic Achievement Award; and the Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award. She also received the HFS Paul M. Fitts Education Award, and the APA Division 21 Franklin V. Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology (2014).


          Gabriella Hancock

Gabriella Hancock is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). She earned her PhD in applied experimental and human factors psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2017. Her research interests include human performance under stress and workload, the psychophysiological assessment of cognition, individual differences, and human-technology interaction. She investigates these issues as director of the Stress and Technology Applied Research (STAR) Laboratory. Hancock also serves as the faculty adviser for the HFES CSULB Student Chapter and as a co-administrator of the HF/E Women's Organization for Mentoring and Networking (HFE WOMAN).


           Brittany Neilson​

Brittany Neilson is a doctoral candidate in the Human Factors Psychology program at Texas Tech University.  She is the HFES Education Technical Group Student Representative, and she worked with the TG officers to develop this webinar.  She is passionate about mentoring students and spreading awareness of HF/E to students.