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 2021 Event Presentations/Materials


 

Composing the All-Important Cover Letter

The cover letter is where you can make the clearest, most direct case for how you are the most qualified candidate for an academic position. This workshop 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. Provided by The Writing Center.

 

Writing an Effective Academic CV

In this workshop, 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. Provided by The Writing Center.

 

Writing Statements of Teaching Philosophy

In this workshop, you will get a chance to 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. Provided by The Writing Center.

 

Writing Diversity Statements for Academic Jobs

Diversity statements are a new and increasingly common addition to academic job applications. Join them for a workshop on writing 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. Provided by The Writing Center.

 

Writing Statements of Current and Future Research

Come to this workshop to learn how to write an effective statement about your current and future research. They’ll critically analyze some sample statements and consider what experts recommend yours should include. Provided by The Writing Center.

 


Spring 2021 Events


 

Intersections Science Fellows Symposium

Wednesday 1/6 through Friday 1/8. Online event.

This multi-institutional, postdoc-led, faculty-advised initiative seeks to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic science by giving mid-to late-stage postdocs from diverse backgrounds the chance to showcase their work; network with leaders from institutions with open faculty searches; and receive 1:1 mentoring and professional development. Register here.

 

Writing an Effective Academic CV

Thursday 2/11 4:00pm-5:30pm. Online event.

In this workshop, 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. Register here. Presentation/materials here.

Sponsored by The Writing Center.

 

Trauma-Responsive Teaching

Tuesday 2/16 12:00pm-1:00pm. Online event.

Learn general principles and practices associated with trauma-responsive teaching in this one-session workshop. Participants will learn what trauma-responsive teaching is, understand how trauma affects learning and classroom behavior, and explore teaching techniques that you can bring back to your own classrooms. Register here.

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

 

Writing Statements of Teaching Philosophy

Wednesday 2/17 4:30pm-6:00pm. Online event.

In this workshop, you will get a chance to 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. Register here. Presentation/materials here.

Sponsored by The Writing Center.

 

Composing the All-Important Cover Letter

Thursday 2/18 4:30pm-6:00pm. Online event.

The cover letter is where you can make the clearest, most direct case for how you are the most qualified candidate for an academic position. This workshop 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. Presentation/materials here.

Sponsored by The Writing Center.

 

The 2021 Academic Lab Management & Leadership Symposium

Online event.

The course is designed to equip postdocs and junior faculty in the biomedical, physical and life sciences with the professional competencies to lead innovative and productive research programs. However, graduate students and research staff may also find this training informative and may attend. Register here.

Tuesday 2/23 12:00pm-3:30pm.

  • Developing Your Leadership Vision
  • Managing Communication & Conflict

Thursday 2/25 12:00pm-3:30pm.

  • Conducting Your Job Search
  • Negotiating Your Academic Job Offer

Tuesday 3/2 12:00pm-3:30pm.

  • Recruiting & Staffing Your Lab
  • Diversity/Inclusion in Higher Education

Thursday 3/4 12:00pm-3:30pm.

  • Sustaining Your Lab
  • Navigating Tenure

Sponsored by The Torrey Pines Training Consortium.

 

Writing Diversity Statements for Academic Jobs

Thursday 2/25 4:00pm-5:30pm. Online event.

Diversity statements are a new and increasingly common addition to academic job applications. Join them for a workshop on writing 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. Register here. Presentation/materials here.

Sponsored by The Writing Center.

 

Writing Statements of Current and Future Research

Wednesday 3/3 4:00pm-5:00pm. Online event.

Come to this workshop to learn how to write an effective statement about your current and future research. They’ll critically analyze some sample statements and consider what experts recommend yours should include. Register here.

Sponsored by The Writing Center.

 

Teaching College Students on the Autism Spectrum

Tuesday 3/23 9:30am-11:30am. Online event.

How prepared are you to teach students with unique abilities, such as those on the autism spectrum? In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the characteristics, portrayals and experiences of college students on the autism spectrum, as well as engage in activities and scenarios aimed to most inclusively teach this student population. Participants across disciplines will come away with new insights and approaches for serving these students, as well as incorporate principles of universal design that may benefit their students more generally. Register here.

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

 

How to Break Into STEM Academia

Friday 4/2 2:00pm. Online event.

Get insider tips from professors and a postdoc who will share their expertise on how to successfully apply and interview for positions, develop research and teaching programs, prepare for a chalk talk. Register here.

Sponsored by SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science).

 

Future Faculty Conference - Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

Monday 5/24 and Tuesday 5/25. Online event.

Aims to promote the early-career development of researchers working in exciting new directions in all areas of chemistry. As a participant, you can present your research to a diverse audience, network with researchers in your field(s), and learn about ongoing research at UChicago. Apply here by 3/1.

Sponsored by The University of Chicago Department of Chemistry

 

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.

Sponsored by The Rochester Institute of Technology.

 


Helpful Resources


 

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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