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PhD/Postdoc Specific Secondary Education Panel

Thursday, June 14 12-1PM | TGS Commons| PhDs and Postdocs – Lunch Provided! 

Interested in learning more about opportunities in Secondary Education as a PhD? Come hear recruiters, educators, and administrators provide advice and insight on navigating the process. Speakers include Philosophy PhD and Academic Dean and Theory of Knowledge Instructor from Beacon; Physics PhD and science teacher at ETHS; and Carney, Sandoe & Associates recruiters. This panel will take place in TGS Commons and lunch will be provided! Register in handshake today (Events>Speaker/Panel). 

See panelist bios below:

Todd Ferguson is the Academic Dean at Beacon Academy, a Montessori based International Baccalaureate high school, in Evanston. He also teaches IB courses in Philosophy and Theory of Knowledge. After completing his undergraduate degree in English from Trinity University, Todd earned his MA and PhD in philosophy from Purdue University. Todd recently worked for seven years as a bioethicist at the American Medical Association where he directed the AMA’s Fellowship in Physician Ethics and Professionalism. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy and is co-editor of Restoring Hope: Decent Care in the Midst of HIV/AIDS (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).  

Jonathan Ball has been with Carney Sandoe since 1997. He has served as Placement Associate, Associate Director of Recruitment and Member Services, Director of Recruitment and School Services, and Director of Marketing. He was promoted to Managing Associate in 2005 and has been placing Development, Advancement, and Communications candidates since 2010. Jonathan implemented a comprehensive college recruitment program and instituted a client marketing, retention, and customer service program. Additionally, Jonathan has chaired a résumé critique and job search strategy panel at Columbia University Teachers College, and was a speaker at the doctoral symposium at Stanford University on careers in independent education.

Jonathan is currently the Director of Advancement for the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute and chairs CS&A’s volunteer committee.

Mark Vondracek is holds a PhD in Physics and currently teaches at Evanston Township High School. Upon receiving a doctorate in high energy particle physics, Mark went into high school teaching in Chicago Public Schools in 1995. After three years in the city, Mark went to Evanston Township High School, and just completed his 20th year. He teaches all level of physics, along with the nationally recognized Chem/Phys Program. He is a coach and sponsor of numerous academic teams and programs, as well as a research adviser, keeping alive a long tradition of original student STEM research. Being very fortunate to have been recognized with numerous state and national awards, Mark was named one of the Top 50 Finalists for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize in 2015, which has allowed him and students at ETHS to be involved in collaborations and activities with schools around the world.