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

 


Spring 2022 Training Events


 

Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy Statement

2-part workshop: Thursdays 1/27 12:00pm-1:30pm and 2/3 12:00pm-2:00pm. Online event.

Draft a peer-reviewed statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences in this interactive, two-part online workshop. Participants will work to draft and edit a teaching statement, which is often required for US academic job applications. We will discuss elements of teaching statements, evidence of effective teaching tailored for different academic jobs, and strategies to get started or polish existing teaching statements. Participants from all disciplines will become better equipped and prepared to communicate their teaching practice through this workshop's collaborative, peer-review process. Register here.

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

 

Composing the All-Important Cover Letter

Monday 1/31 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 Academic CV

Monday 2/14 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 Academic Job Search Application

Monday 2/14 1:00pm-2:00pm. Online event.

In this webinar, trainees planning to go on the academic job market will be presented with general overviews of the application process. They will learn about best practices for preparing their application package, as well as general pitfalls. The audience will also be able to field their questions concerning the application process and materials such as CVs, research statements, teaching statements, and more. Register here.

Offered by the American Society for Cell Biology.

 

Writing Statements of Current and Future Research

Wednesday 2/16 4:00pm-5:30pm. 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.

 

Writing Statements of Teaching Philosophy

Thursday 2/17 5:00pm-6:30pm. 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.

 

Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy Statement

2-part workshop: Thursdays 2/17 12:00pm-1:30pm and 2/24 12:00pm-2:00pm. Online event.

Draft a peer-reviewed statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences in this interactive, two-part online workshop. Participants will work to draft and edit a teaching statement, which is often required for US academic job applications. We will discuss elements of teaching statements, evidence of effective teaching tailored for different academic jobs, and strategies to get started or polish existing teaching statements. Participants from all disciplines will become better equipped and prepared to communicate their teaching practice through this workshop's collaborative, peer-review process. Register here.

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

 

Writing Diversity Statements for Academic Jobs

Friday 2/18 1:30pm-3:00pm. 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.

 

Advice for Academic Job Applicants

Friday 2/25 2:30pm-3:30pm. Online event.

Two faculty share their experience with academic job applications. Register here.

Offered by the Big10+ Postdoc Alliance.

 

How CIRTL Impacted My Career: Hearing from Teaching Faculty

Wednesday 3/16 1:00pm-2:00pm. Online event.

Are you considering a faculty career focused on teaching? These careers - whether at R1 institutions or primarily undergraduate institutions - can provide faculty with ample opportunities to develop and refine their teaching and course design skills, while also valuing research and service as important components of faculty work. Hear Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) alumni reflect on how they came into these positions: what made them pursue this career path; its benefits, stressors, and rewards; and how CIRTL shaped their interests, skills, and community. Register here.

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

 

Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy

Wednesday 3/30 12:30pm-2:00pm. Union South.

You’ve been developing your unique pedagogical style through your teaching and mentoring experiences and professional development; now you need to effectively communicate your teaching philosophy in a formal statement for job applications or a teaching portfolio. Whether you are just getting started or you’ve already written a draft that just needs some fine-tuning, the hands-on exercises and constructive peer feedback you’ll receive in this workshop will help you further develop your teaching philosophy statement. Participants who already have a draft teaching philosophy are encouraged to bring it. Register here.

Offered by The Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning.

 

Getting The Job: Developing Your Diversity Statement

Wednesday 4/13 12:30pm-2:00pm. Biocommons, 1st floor of Steenbock Library.

Employers are increasingly asking candidates to provide a diversity statement as part of their application. This workshop will support you in crafting this important document. Starting with individual reflection on topics of inclusion, diversity, and equity, participants will draw upon personal and professional experiences to begin writing their story. We will consider how to incorporate  inclusive teaching and/or mentoring practices into the diversity statement, and explore strategies for highlighting work towards equity and/or enhancing diversity in academic and community spaces. Participants who already have a draft diversity statement are encouraged to bring it. Register here.

Offered by The Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning.

 

Getting The Job: Building Your CV and Cover Letter

Wednesday 4/20 12:30pm-2:00pm. Union South.

In addition to familiarizing participants with the formats, purposes, and structures of various academic and professional CVs and cover letters, special attention in this workshop will be placed on how to effectively highlight your teaching and mentoring experiences and professional development. Participants are encouraged to bring a draft copy of their CV and a cover letter for a (hypothetical or real) position of interest. Register here.

Offered by The Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning.

 

Faculty Careers in Diverse US Institutions: Assessment & Preparation

Thursday 4/28 4:00pm-5:00pm. Online event.

This event will help to understand different faculty career paths in diverse US institutions, plan your long-term career goals, and prepare your academic portfolio. Register here.

Offered by INet NYC.

 

Panel On Interviewing For Teaching-Related Positions

Friday 4/29 12:00pm-1:00pm. Online event.

Prepare to successfully interview for jobs in academia that involve teaching! Come to this panel discussion to get real-life tips on what search committees are listening for at different types of institutions and academic roles. Register here.

Offered by The Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning.

 

Workshop Your Answers to Interview Questions for Teaching-Related Positions

Friday 4/29 1:15pm-2:45pm. Online event.

Building off of the panel discussion about interviewing for teaching-related positions, this workshop will help you:

  • Learn the types of interview questions, and review typical questions asked in teaching-related roles
  • Apply the STAR framework for responding to interview questions
  • Practice concisely responding to interview questions to communicate your skills and experience
  • Consider questions you might ask at your interview

Register here.

Offered by The Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning.

 

Acing Acedemic Job Interviews

Tuesday 5/10 1:00pm. Online event.

This panel session will provide insight and strategies into navigating the academic hiring process. Attendees will learn tips from early career faculty members for successful academic job interviews and the transition to faculty positions. Join the National Postdoctoral Association for free as an affiliate member here, then register for the event here.

Offered by the National Postdoctoral Association and the Louise Stokes Center for Promotion of Academic Careers.

 

Careers in Academia - National Institutes of Health Career Symposium

Wednesday 5/11 10:00am-1:10pm. Online event.

Get the answers to all your faculty career questions through an introductory seminar (10:00am-10:50am) followed by small group discussions with faculty from research-intensive (11:00am-12:00pm) and teaching-intensive institutions (12:10pm-1:10pm). Session information here. Register here.

Offered by the National Institutes of Health.

 

WiscProf: Future Faculty in Engineering Workshop

Monday 5/23 to Thursday 5/26. UW-Madison College of Engineering campus.

Provides scholars from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, the foundation for a successful faculty career in an engineering discipline. This exciting, expenses-paid four-day program is an invaluable opportunity to learn more about academic careers and how to succeed in a faculty position. Apply here by 3/31.

Offered by the College of Engineering.

 

 


Spring 2022 Recruitment Events


 

Rising Star Program to Increase Faculty Diversity, University North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Expenses paid campus visit with a $500 honorarium. Opportunities to complete a job talk, chalk talk, and multiple one-on-one faculty interviews. Workshops on the faculty environment and negotiating hiring packages. Apply here by 2/28.

 

 


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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