For Future Faculty Series

 

Preparing for success on the job market and beyond

  • Understanding institutional fit
  • Preparing your job application materials
  • Conducting your job search
  • Developing your research program
  • Advancing your teaching skills

 


Recorded Training Events


 

Writing Center Recorded Workshops
Includes recordings and handouts. Requires UW–Madison log in. Available until 9/1.

 

Beyond the Professoriate - Faculty Careers
Recorded webinar series and workbook. Log in for free here, then go to:

 


Summer 2022 Training Events


 

Writing Statements of Teaching Philosophy

Monday 6/27 4:00pm-5:30pm. Online event.

Learn what is expected in statements of teaching philosophy for academic job applications. They will read and discuss sample statements of teaching philosophy. They will talk about the purpose of the statement (“What should I communicate through this document?”), its formal conventions (“How should I organize it? What examples should I use?”), and how to craft a statement that genuinely captures your approach to teaching and learning. Register here.

Offered by the Writing Center.

 

Composing the All-Important Cover Letter

Tuesday 7/5 4:00pm-5:30pm. Online event.

In this workshop, you will learn how you can make the clearest, most direct case for how you are the best qualified candidate for an academic position. We will introduce you to effective structures and strategies in cover letter writing. Participants will have a chance to look at and discuss sample letters, and do some drafting/revising of their own. Register here.

Offered by the Writing Center.

 

How to Start a New Lab: Social Media/Inclusive Hiring

Thursday 7/7 3:00pm. Online event.

Speakers will talk about how to start a new lab, and how to use different mediums to hire postdocs, lab managers or technicians. In this webinar, you will learn how to prepare starting a new lab and what mediums you can use to start a new lab, including hiring. Register here.

Offered by The American Society for Cell Biology

 

Preparing Your Teaching Demo for a Job Interview

Thursday 7/14 12:30pm-1:45pm. Online event.

As part of the interview process for a faculty position, you may be asked to lead a teaching demonstration. In this interactive workshop, discuss ways to go into your teaching demo with preparedness, confidence, and adaptability. Register here.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning.

 

2022 Sloan Kettering Institute Academic Job Search Bootcamp

Thursday 7/14 and Friday 7/15. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.

Provides senior postdocs in biomedical fields with guidance and strategies for entering the faculty job market, navigating the interview process, and ultimately securing job offers. Bootcamp participants receive expert advice from faculty and postdocs who have recently gone through the process. This year, the bootcamp will have a second part for those invited to present their research at the Maximizing Excellence in Research Educational Technology (MERIT) Emerging Leaders Symposium. Apply here by 6/17.

Offered by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

 

Applying to Faculty jobs at Undergraduate Colleges

Tuesday 7/19 12:00pm-1:30pm. Online event.

Applying for academic jobs and making the transition from grad student to postdoc and then to faculty member requires advanced planning and strategy. Come hear from faculty who serve at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) to get their advice and feedback on how to prepare and approach a faculty position. Register here.

Offered by Rutgers University iJOBS.

 

Going on the Academic Job Market this Fall? Here's What you Need to Know

Wednesday 7/20 11:00am. Online event.

As we head into academic job market season, we know there is always anxiety. What’s the timeline for applying and hearing back? How many jobs will be posted? What should you be prepared for in the current market? Webinar provided by Beyond the Professoriate. Join for free here, and then register for the event here.

Offered by Beyond the Professoriate

 

Applying to Faculty Jobs at R1 Universities

Friday 7/22 9:00am-10:30am. Online event.

Applying for academic jobs and making the transition from grad student to postdoc and then to faculty member requires advanced planning and strategy. Come hear from faculty at Research Level 1 (R1) to get their advice and feedback on how to prepare and approach a faculty position. Register here.

Offered by Rutgers University iJOBS.

 

Career Panel – Teaching Faculty at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

Friday 7/22 10:00am. Online event.

Learn about teaching-focused faculty careers in this virtual career panel that will include faculty from 4-year predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) in Wisconsin. Panelists will address what they perceive as the unique aspects of their jobs that differ from faculty experiences at research-intensive 4-year universities, as well as skills and qualifications of successful candidates. Part of the Southern Wisconsin Aspire Regional Collaborative (SWARC) Scholar Program, a career development program for postdocs and graduate students interested in teaching at 2-year colleges and 4-year PUIs. Register for the career panel here.

Offered by the Southern Wisconsin Aspire Regional Collaborative.

 

Southern Wisconsin Aspire Regional Collaborative (SWARC) Scholar Program: Paid Internships to Explore Teaching-Focused Faculty Careers

SWARC is a career development program for postdocs and graduate students interested in teaching at 2-year and 4-year primarily undergraduate institutions. SWARC is now recruiting for the first cohort of SWARC Scholars. SWARC Scholars will explore careers at primarily-teaching institutions, and increase their awareness and understanding of inclusive teaching and mentoring practices through virtual and in-person internships, mentorships, and gatherings. Scholars will receive a $2,000 stipend. Apply to SWARC here. Applications are being reviewed with rolling acceptance until the program is full. Applicants are also encouraged to attend the virtual career panel on 7/22. The program is intended for individuals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, and STEM is broadly defined to also include social sciences (psychology, economics, sociology, political science). Applicants must also be from one or more groups designated as underrepresented and/or minoritized in STEM. These groups include underrepresented minority racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Offered by the Southern Wisconsin Aspire Regional Collaborative.

 

Panel Discussion on Faculty Careers

Tuesday 8/9 11:00am-12:30pm. Online event.

In this discussion panelists will be talking about their respective faculty positions in a broad range of academic settings. They will talk about how a faculty position would be like, what preparation is needed to transition from a postdoc and what success means at their institutions. Register here.

Offered by The Postdoc Academy.

 

How to Write an Academic CV

Wednesday 8/17 11:00am. Online event.

Your CV serves as a comprehensive record of your educational background, teaching experience, academic research, and scholarly service. This document represents your academic credentials when applying for postdoctoral positions or for faculty positions at four-year institutions. Webinar from Beyond the Professoriate. Join for free here, and then register for the event here.

Offered by Beyond the Professoriate.

 

What I Wished I Would Have Known as a New Full-Time Faculty Member

Tuesday 8/30 1:00pm-2:00pm. Online event.

In this session, a panel of Assistant Professors from different disciplines and institutions will share their experience, insight, and advice to help support the success of new full-time faculty members. Webinar from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Join the Center for free here, and then register for the webinar here.

Offered by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

 

Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy Statement

Two-part workshop: Tuesdays 9/13 and 9/27. Online event.

Draft a peer-reviewed teaching philosophy statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences. This popular webinar always fills up fast. Register here (registration opens 8/15).

Offered by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning.

 

NextProf Nexus 2022

Tuesday 9/27 to Friday 9/30. Berkeley, CA.

Part of a nationwide effort to strengthen and diversify the next generation of academic leaders in engineering. This preeminent event is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore and prepare for a faculty position in academia. Join a select cohort of diverse engineering PhD students, recent doctoral graduates, and top faculty and deans from around the country. All costs will be covered for selected applicants. Apply here by 6/15.

Offered by University of Michigan Engineering, University of California, Berkeley Engineering and Georgia Tech College of Engineering.

 

Virginia Tech Future Faculty Diversity Program

Sunday 10/2 to Wednesday 10/5. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Program designed to assist Virginia Tech departments in identifying and recruiting talent within strategic populations that are historically underrepresented. Includes professional development workshops as well as opportunities to meet college deans, faculty, and students. Participants also take part in tours of research facilities and meet with current faculty to gain a greater awareness of research and teaching opportunities, discuss their career prospects and academic work, and job talk. Apply here by 8/15.

Offered by the Virginia Tech Office for Inclusion and Diversity.

 

 


Other Helpful Resources


 

Faculty Corner – Recorded Interviews/Talks about Becoming a Professor

Do you ever wonder what the joys and challenges are of being a professor? How best to prepare for a tenure track job? How to achieve work-life balance? What the best practices are in running a lab? Learn the answers to these types of questions in these recorded events with University of Michigan faculty. Access the recordings here.

 

Future PI Slack Group

The Future PI Slack group is an informal peer mentoring group for biomedical postdocs who are interested in staying in academia. They also have channels for those exploring non-academic options. They use the Slack messaging service to communicate about grant applications, conferences, the faculty job search, and other topics of common interest. The community has approximately 500 active members from around the world as of October 2020. Join here.

 

The Academic Job Search Handbook

The Academic Job Search Handbook is the comprehensive guide to finding a faculty position in any discipline. Beginning with an overview of academic careers and institutional structures, it moves step by step through the application process, from establishing relationships with advisors, positioning oneself in the market, learning about job openings, preparing CVs, cover letters, and other application materials, to negotiating offers. Of great value are the sixty new sample documents from a diverse spectrum of successful applicants. The handbook includes a search timetable, appendices of career resources, and a full sample application package. This fifth edition features new or updated sections on issues of current interest, such as job search concerns for pregnant or international candidates, the use of social media strategies to address CV gaps, and difficulties faced by dual-career couples. The chapter on alternatives to faculty jobs has been expanded and presents sample résumés of PhDs who found non faculty positions. E-book available through the UW-Madison library here.

 

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