Academic Hybrid Positions

About the Panel

What does it mean to be an academic "hybrid"? Hear from speakers who spend part of their time in the university classroom teaching on an adjunct or affiliate basis, or doing research, and part of their time doing administrative work supporting and/or directing university programs across a range of fields.


Vera Dragisich, PhD, Senior Lecturer and Executive Officer in the Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago: Vera Dragisich's combined teaching and administrative roles include director of graduate and associate director of undergraduate studies, where she advises students and trains teaching assistants as well as serves as chair of the graduate admissions committee. 

Gary Jaeger, PhD, Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department and Assistant Director of Vanderbilt University's Writing Studio: Gary Jaeger's research interests are primarily in moral psychology, metaethics, and social and political philosophy.  He earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a BA from Johns Hopkins University, where he double majored in philosophy and writing.  Before coming to Vanderbilt, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Stephanie Murray, PhD, Director and Advisor, Intercollegiate Degree Programs, Carnegie Mellon University

M. Stephanie Murray is Director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs at Carnegie Mellon University, in which students combine creative training in the arts with academic study. She earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Chicago in 2011 with a dissertation on Early Modern English Drama.

Deborah Stevenson, PhD, Director, Center for Children's Books
Editor, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Deborah Stevenson is the director of the Center for Children’s Books and
the editor of the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books at the
Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Hilary Strang, PhD, Deputy Director of the Master of Arts in Humanities Program, University of Chicago: Hilary Strang is Deputy Director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities and Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Chicago. She has degrees in cultural studies and critical theory from Brown University and Carnegie Mellon, and a Ph.D. in English from Chicago.