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


Beyond the Professoriate - Faculty Careers
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Fall 2022 Training Events


Academic Job Search: Applying for Faculty Positions

Monday 9/12 2:00pm-3:30pm. Online event.

As you begin your search for a faculty job, it is important to be aware of all the aspects of this complex process. This workshop provides an overview of what you need to do to ensure a productive academic job search. Topics covered in this session include: finding job opportunities, assessing your goals, and preparing your application packet. Register here.

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


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.


Writing Statements of Current and Future Research

Tuesday 9/13 5:00pm-6:30pm. Online event.

Learn what is expected in these statements. They will critically analyze some sample statements and consider what makes a statement effective. Register here.

Offered by the UW–Madison Writing Center.


Writing Statements of Teaching Philosophy

Monday 9/19 4:30pm-6:00pm. Online event.

Learn what is expected in these statements. They will read and discuss sample statements of teaching philosophy. Register here.

Offered by the UW–Madison Writing Center.


Writing Diversity Statements for Academic Jobs

Tuesday 9/20 4:00pm-5:30pm. Online event.

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. Register here.

Offered by the UW–Madison Writing Center.


How to put Together a Teaching Portfolio if you Don’t Have any Teaching Experience

Wednesday 9/21 11:00am. Online event.

A teaching portfolio is a document providing evidence of your teaching experience and effectiveness. It is an integral part of your application package for faculty positions. But what if you don’t have any teaching experience? How can you put together an effective teaching portfolio that demonstrates your teaching potential and convinces a hiring committee to contact you for an interview? Webinar provided by Beyond the Professoriate. Join for free here, and then register for the event here.

Offered by Beyond the Professoriate.


Composing the All-Important Cover Letter

Wednesday 9/21 4:00pm-5:30pm. Online or at 6162 Helen C. White.

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. Register here.

Offered by the UW–Madison Writing Center.


Faculty Teaching Panel - 7th Annual UW–Madison Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Friday 9/23 1:00pm-2:00pm. HF DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building.

  • Kassem Fawaz, Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering. Recipient of Emil Steiger Teaching Award
  • Stephen Meyers, Professor, Geoscience. Recipient of Chancellor’s Teaching Innovation Award.
  • Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Professor, Law. Recipient of Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
  • Rosemary Russ, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction. Recipient of Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award
  • Moderator: Jessica Maher, Associate Director, Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning.

Register here.

Offered by the UW–Madison Postdoctoral Association.


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.


Writing an Effective Academic CV

Wednesday 9/28 4:00pm-5:30pm. Online event.

Learn about the expectations for CVs for academic job market applications. They willl discuss how audience, purpose, and discipline-specific conventions impact a CV’s effectiveness. In the process, they will look at a few samples and share strategies for drafting and strengthening your own CV. Register here.

Offered by the UW–Madison Writing Center.


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.


Interviewing for Faculty Positions

Tuesday 10/11 11:00am-12:30pm. Auditorium, 1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building.

Successful interviewing relies heavily on effective preparation. Learn from faculty about what to expect from the interview process, and how to get ready for your own interview opportunities. Register here.

Offered by the UW–Madison Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning.


Immigrant Researchers: From Postdoc to PI

Wednesday 10/12 12:00pm. Online event.

This event will bring together four professors from Europe, Asia, and the American continent who have immigrated to the US on their scientific career journeys. During the workshop, the panelists will share their experiences and tips for early career scientists who want to follow this journey. Register here.

Offered by the Genetics Society of America.


Maximizing Productivity and Sparking Synergies among Teaching, Research, and Service at Small Liberal Arts Colleges

Tuesday 10/25 1:00pm-2:00pm. Online event.

This webinar will address a number of the most common questions many faculty at small liberal arts colleges try to answer: How can I be strategic about service? Is there a writing routine I can balance with my teaching schedule? Which kinds of publications should I prioritize, and which ones can I actually get done? They will identify strategies for feeding three birds with one scone within the liberal arts context. Webinar from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Join for free here and register for the event here.

Offered by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.


Mentorship: The Key to Success in the Academic Workspace

Wednesday 10/26 1:00pm. Online event.

Learn key strategies for transitioning to academic careers and success as an assistant professor. They will explore programmatic structures, find opportunities, and utilize networks and organizations for a smooth first-year experience. Attendees will gain insight into the benefits and importance of mentorship and advocacy to ensure growth and career development. Register here.

Offered by the Louis Stokes Center for the Promotion of Academic Careers, Louisiana State University.


The Identity Tug of War: Navigating The Competing and Oftentimes Conflicting Demands of Being a Professional and a Caregiver

Thursday 10/27 8:00am-10:00am. Memorial Union, Great Hall.

Instead of feeling like in order to be successful one has to choose between their career or their families we want to normalize creating environments that ask, “how do we support parents and caregivers at work?” Removing the deficit bias, we want to celebrate and showcase the ability to manage these dual identities as having transferable skills. Get curious about how to examine and consider what success looks like within these roles. Register here.

Offered by the UW–Madison Women and Leadership Series.


Introduction to Teaching at a Community College

Thursday 10/27 12:00pm-1:30pm. Online event.

Panel of faculty will discuss their experiences working in community colleges. Panelists will discuss equity and diversity at community colleges, career trajectories, what they appreciate most about working at community colleges, as well as common misconceptions about the career. Register here.

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


Getting Hired at a Community College: Tips and Strategies from Faculty on Hiring Panels

Thursday 11/10 12:00pm-1:30pm. Online event.

Learn hiring tips from faculty that serve on or work closely with hiring committees at community colleges. How might the interview differ from that of a 4-year teaching or research university? What factors should you consider in preparing your application materials and teaching demonstration? What are some common do’s and don’ts of seeking a job at a community college? Join us to learn the answer to these questions and more. Register here.

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


How to Prepare for a Video Interview for an Academic job

Wednesday 11/16 11:00am. Online event.

Learn how best to approach a screening interview and how to most effectively pitch yourself as a top candidate for the role. Webinar provided by Beyond the Professoriate. Join for free here, and then register for the event here.

Offered by Beyond the Professoriate.


Academic (Faculty) Job Interviews

Wednesday 11/16 1:00pm-2:30pm. 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 & Education.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Teaching in the Community College Setting

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

Community colleges are truly diverse settings, attracting individuals from all different walks of life with a common interest in advancing their education. If you are interested in exploring a career at a community college, then understanding the diversity of their student populations is crucial. This panel consisting of faculty and administrators from various community colleges will share insights on student diversity. They will also explore the types of inclusive teaching strategies that best support community college students and help to create more equitable classrooms. Register here.

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


North Carolina Building Future Faculty Program

Tuesday 3/29 to Thursday 3/31. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Two-and-half day all-expenses paid workshop for postdocs and doctoral students who are interested in pursuing academic careers and who are committed to promoting diversity in higher education. Participants attend presentations on research, teaching and faculty development and have discussion sessions with current faculty. Each participant is matched with an academic department whose interests closely match their own. Apply here by 11/1.

Offered by the North Carolina State University Office for Institutional Equity 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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