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 Events


 

Writing Center Workshops - Fall 2021

 

  • Writing the Diversity Statement - available until 12/25
    Learn about what’s expected in diversity statements for academic job applications. They will talk about how to write a diversity statement that demonstrates to search committees how your teaching, research, and service will enhance diversity and equity efforts on their campus. They’ll discuss what a diversity statement is, study samples from across disciplines to identify effective strategies, and begin crafting rough drafts.

 

  • Composing the Cover Letter - available until 1/1
    Learn how you can make the clearest, most direct case for how you are the best qualified candidate for an academic position. They will introduce you to effective structures and strategies in cover letter writing.

 

  • Writing an Effective CV - available until 12/25
    Learn about the expectations for CVs for academic job market applications. They’ll discuss how audience, purpose, and discipline-specific conventions impact a CV’s effectiveness. In the process, they’ll look at a few samples and share strategies for drafting and strengthening your own CV.

 

 

  • Writing Statements of Teaching Philosophy - available until 12/25
    Learn about what’s expected in statements of teaching philosophies for academic job applications. They will read and discuss sample statements of teaching philosophy. They’ll 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.

 


Fall 2021 Training Events


 

Delivering an Effective Job Talk and Chalk Talk with School of Medicine Department Chairs

Tuesday 8/24 12:00pm-1:00pm. Online event.

A panel of three department Chairs from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine describe what they are looking for when attending faculty job talks and chalk talks. Register here.

Offered by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy Statement

Thursday 9/9 2:00pm-3:30pm. Online event.

Draft a peer-reviewed teaching philosophy statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences in this two-part workshop. Cap: 50. Registration here.

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

 

Careers at a Primarily Undergraduate Serving Institution (PUI) 

Thursday 9/16 12:00pm-1:00pm. Online event.

Many postdocs at research intensive institutions go on to have rewarding teaching careers at PUIs. A focus on research during your time at UW may, however, make it difficult to acquire and later prove that you have the teaching skills necessary to be competitive. During this month’s career exploration series, meet a skilled researcher who navigated this issue and is now an assistant professor at a small Franciscan Liberal Arts University. Join Carina Collins as we track her career progression from her UW–Madison postdoc to designing and delivering curriculum in biochemistry for undergraduate students at Marion University. The event will be an informal discussion with plenty of time for your questions. This event is restricted to UW–Madison postdocs only. Register here.

Offered by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

 

Composing the All-Important Cover Letter

Monday 9/20 5:00pm-6:30pm. 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.

 

Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy Statement

Thursday 9/23 2:00pm-3:30pm. Online event.

Draft a peer-reviewed teaching philosophy statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences in this two-part workshop. Cap: 50. Register here.

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

 

Writing Diversity Statements for Academic Jobs

Thursday 9/23 5:00pm-6:30pm. Online event.

In this workshop, you will learn about what’s expected in diversity statements for academic job applications. We will talk about how to write a diversity statement that demonstrates to search committees how your teaching, research, and service will enhance diversity and equity efforts on their campus. We’ll discuss what a diversity statement is, study samples from across disciplines to identify effective strategies, and begin crafting rough drafts. Register here.

Offered by The Writing Center.

 

Writing an Effective Academic CV

Friday 9/24 12:30pm-2:00pm. Online event.

In this workshop, you will learn about the expectations for CVs for academic job market applications. We’ll discuss how audience, purpose, and discipline-specific conventions impact a CV’s effectiveness. In the process, we’ll look at a few samples and share strategies for drafting and strengthening your own CV. Register here.

Offered by The Writing Center.

 

Preparing Your Faculty Job Application Materials with School of Medicine Junior Faculty

Tuesday 9/28 12:00pm-1:00pm. Online event.

A panel of three Junior Faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine provide helpful tips on Faculty Job Application Materials used to facilitate their successful experiences. Register here.

Offered by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Writing Statements of Current and Future Research

Wednesday 9/29 5:00pm-6:30pm. Online event.

In this workshop, you will learn what’s expected in statements of current and future research for academic job applications. We’ll critically analyze some sample statements and consider what makes a statement effective. Register here.

Offered by The Writing Center.

 

NextProf Nexus

Monday 10/4 through Thursday 10/7. Tentatively Ann Arbor, MI.

A three-day program that is part of a nationwide effort to strengthen and diversify the next generation of academic leaders in engineering. This event is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore and prepare for a faculty position in academia. Apply here by 7/6.

Offered by Michigan Engineering, Berkeley Engineering, and Georgia Tech College of Engineering

 

Exploring Careers in Teaching at a Community College: Introduction to Teaching at a Community College (event series part 1)

Thursday 10/5 12:00pm-1:30pm. Online event.

Become familiar with teaching careers at community colleges in this three-part series that explores the joys and challenges of teaching at a community college, the broad diversity of students in their courses, how that diversity enhances learning, and the ins/outs of finding a full-time teaching position at a community college. No cap. Register here.

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

 

Research, Teaching, and Mentoring at Minority-Serving Institutions & Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Thursday 10/7 2:00pm-3:30pm. Online event.

Hear faculty from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) share their perspectives on being faculty at different types of institutions that serve diverse student populations. No cap. Register here.

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

 

Writing Statements of Teaching Philosophy

Friday 10/8 12:00pm-1:30pm. Online event.

In this workshop, you will learn about what’s expected in statements of teaching philosophies for academic job applications. We will read and discuss sample statements of teaching philosophy. We’ll 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.

 

Developing A Teaching Philosophy And Crafting Your Teaching Statement

Wednesday 10/27 11:00am. Online event.

In this webinar, participants will engage with early-career faculty to learn about the process of developing a personal teaching philosophy. Panelists will outline their experiences crafting a teaching statement that effectively conveys this philosophy and putting this philosophy into action in the classroom. After attending this webinar, participants will leave with a clear understanding of what a personal teaching philosophy is and how to prepare a teaching statement as part of a faculty job application. Register here.

Offered by the American Society for Cell Biology.

 

Exploring Careers in Teaching at a Community College: Getting Hired at a Community College: Tips and Strategies from Faculty on Hiring Panels (event series part 2)

Tuesday 11/2 12:00pm-1:30pm. Online event.

Become familiar with teaching careers at community colleges in this three-part series that explores the joys and challenges of teaching at a community college, the broad diversity of students in their courses, how that diversity enhances learning, and the ins/outs of finding a full-time teaching position at a community college. No cap. Register here.

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

 

Understanding Levers of Change in Academia

Wednesdays 11/10 and 11/24 11:00am-12:30pm. Online events.

Enacting change in complex institutions is daunting. In this two-part workshop, participants will do a deep dive into the structural aspects of change (regimented processes, deadlines, and rules) and the social components of power in higher education (key stakeholders, institutional culture, and unspoken norms). Register here.

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

 

Acing Academic Job Applications: Writing Memorable Diversity Statements

Friday 11/19 1:30pm-3:00pm. Online event.

This webinar will cover the elements of strong diversity statements, guiding participants on how to highlight their past experiences, think critically about how they can promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their new position, and how to avoid common pitfalls that candidates often make. Register here.

Offered by the Louis Stokes Center for Professional Development.

 

Academic (Faculty) Job Interviews

Tuesday 11/30 2:00pm-3:30pm. Online event.

After you submit your faculty job package, the job interview is the next major hurdle to securing a position. In this workshop, learn the "do's and don'ts" of academic job interviewing and hear what interview committees like to see. In addition, the workshop will address job talks, chalk talks and teaching talks - important elements of many academic job interviews. Register here.

Offered by the National Institutes of Health Office of Intramural Training and Education.

 

Exploring Careers in Teaching at a Community College: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Teaching in the Community College Setting (event series part 3)

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

Become familiar with teaching careers at community colleges in this three-part series that explores the joys and challenges of teaching at a community college, the broad diversity of students in their courses, how that diversity enhances learning, and the ins/outs of finding a full-time teaching position at a community college. No cap. Register here.

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

 


Fall 2021 Faculty Recruitment Programs


 

Future Faculty Career Exploration Program

Wednesday 9/22 through Saturday 9/25. Online event.

A rigorous four-day program designed for African American, Latino American, and Native American scholars and artists to experience a “behind the scenes” glimpse into life as a faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology. Register here by 3/15.

Offered by The Rochester Institute of Technology.

 

Stanford.Berkeley.UCSF Next Generation Faculty Symposium

Tuesday 10/19 through Wednesday 10/20. San Francisco Bay Area, CA.

Platform designed to highlight the work of exceptional early-career scientists in the broad field of quantitative biological and biomedical sciences, with a track record of research productivity and demonstrated contributions to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. Apply by here by 8/9.

Offered by Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco.

 

Emerging Scholars Symposium - A Faculty Diversity Outreach Program

Wednesday 10/27 through Friday 10/29. Online event.

For postdocs who are underrepresented in their discipline. Participants will: engage with East Carolina University (ECU) academic leaders, including deans in their academic discipline; gain knowledge about the University and topics of interest for new faculty; meet with ECU faculty to learn more about their programs; and showcase their research through the delivery of a presentation. Apply here by 9/21.

Offered by East Carolina University.

 

Intersections Science Fellows Symposium (ISFS)

Monday 11/1 through Wednesday 11/3. Online event.

An initiative that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic science by showcasing the work of mid-to-late-stage postdocs from diverse backgrounds in the life sciences and providing opportunities for them to network with hiring institutions and receive 1:1 mentoring and professional development. Applications to become a Fellow due here by 8/31.

Offered by multiple institutions.

 


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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