SSA is one of few schools of social work with a full-time career services office. SSA's Director of Career Services, Michael Jogerst, Ph.D., provides career and professional development workshops and seminars for master's and doctoral students. The University of Chicago's Center for Teaching and Learning offers all doctoral students and faculty a variety of workshops, seminars, and tutorials to assist them in preparing for an academic career and in improving their teaching skills.

Doctoral students may apply to SSA's teaching apprentice program. The teaching apprentice program is a unique two-year program where students work closely with a faculty mentor as their teaching assistant in year one and then teach independently in year two. Teaching apprentices also help to develop teaching workshops throughout the year that are designed to prepare doctoral students for the academic job market. All doctoral students may participate in the workshops.

Each year, SSA Career Services assembles a resume book for all graduating doctoral candidates seeking academic appointments and promotes this book to deans and directors of schools of social work.

SSA also provides financial support for doctoral students who are presenting their work at conferences and makes arrangements for students to practice their academic presentation skills.

Graduates of SSA's doctoral program go on to become leaders in the field of social work scholarship. Upon graduating, the majority of our students take faculty positions in universities. Some also take positions in research institutes or government agencies.

Sunny Fischer

Sunny Fischer, AM '82

“I went from opportunity to opportunity. I was lucky. The master’s degree from SSA is a great credential. It allows you to go into many fields.”