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academic career development

Arrive, Survive, and Thrive
in Academia

College Students


Our Specialty 

We are a boutique career development firm that provides tools and resources to support career advising and professional development for universities, institutes, and professional organizations. 


Our resources and tools are written and created to support the life cycle of doctoral and post-doc students moving into academia and young academics through promotion, tenure, and mid-level academics moving into administration.


Our Mission 

Our mission is two-fold. First, to help individuals learn how to arrive, survive, and thrive in their life science careers. Secondly, support those in university and college career advising, new faculty orientation, and professional organization career development efforts with tools that complement or add to their current offerings. 

Our Story

Academic Career Development Services began in 2017 as the brainchild of a serial entrepreneur and seasoned academic who desired to help those in the life sciences arrive, survive, and, most importantly, thrive in their life science careers. 


With three decades on the college campus as a researcher, professor, and administrator, Tim watched doctoral, post-doc, and young academics face many challenges when navigating their careers. The interaction and questions from students regarding their career challenges lead to writing the first career development book and creating a professional development course. 

After the positive response to the class and book, we opened the doors to Academic Career Development with the mission to design tools and resources for students, young faculty, career advisors, institutes, and professional organizations.

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Universities & Professional Organizations

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Students & young academics



" I cannot speak enough on how much I treasure the advice and guidance I have received from Dr. Lightfoot.  I know without a doubt, that I would not be where I am in my career development if it were not for his advice and guidance from this service.

Dr. Heather V.

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma University

Professor & Students

"Finding the Best Faculty Job For You is a must-read book that highlights the importance of job searches, the interview process, and negotiation strategies.


The tools and insights Dr. Lightfoot shares in his book have been instrumental in elevating my research agenda. It should be required reading for any student looking to land a job in academia"

Dr. Dominique W.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 


"Dr. Lightfoot has put together what may be the first, and certainly the most comprehensive, how-to guide for new university faculty.


His ability to weave the critical details of success with his 30+ years' experience creates an insightful and invaluable resource for all new or nearly new faculty."

Dr. G.ary L.

Dean, University of Rhode Island

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