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 2024 Training Events


 

Writing Your Cover Letter for the Academic Job Market

Thursday 1/18 11:00am-12:00pm. Online event.

Learn the basic structure of an academic cover letter, how to tailor it to your target institution, and how to include the information that will make you a compelling candidate. Register here.

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

 

Learn about Hiring from Faculty Hiring Committee Members

Friday 1/26 3:oopm-4:00pm. Online event.

Join faculty panelists from several institutions across the country to discuss their experiences as members of academic search committees. Panelists will discuss the process of the search, how their campus/department approaches a search and any advice they may give to graduate students and postdocs looking for academic positions. Panelists will also answer audience questions. Register here.

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

 

Introduction to Academic CVs

Monday 1/29 3:oopm-4:00pm. Online event.

Get an introduction to the academic CVs in this online event. We’ll review common formatting and content tips, explore ways to tailor a CV for individual academic job applications, and discuss how and when to update your CV content. Register here.

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

 

Early Career Faculty Panel

Thursday 2/1 3:oopm-4:00pm. Online event.

Join faculty panelists from several institutions across the country to discuss their experiences as members of academic search committees. Panelists will discuss the process of the search, how their campus/department approaches a search and any advice they may give to graduate students and postdocs looking for academic positions. Panelists will also answer audience questions. Register here.

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

 

On the Academic Job Market: Writing an Effective Academic CV

Wednesday 2/14 3:00pm-4:30pm. 6191 Room, Helen C. White Hall.

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 review a few samples and share strategies for drafting and strengthening your own CV. Register here.

Offered by the Writing Center.

 

Teaching and Research in Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

Monday 2/26 5:30pm-6:30pm. Online event.

Panel discussion featuring academics with expertise in biological and physical sciences, and molecular engineering. They will share insights into what motivated their decision to pursue this career path, discuss their responsibilities and institutional expectations, and highlight the competencies required for success in this path. Register here.

Offered by The University of Chicago myCHOICE program.

 

How to Write an Academic CV That Will Make You Stand Out​

Wednesday 2/28 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 postdoc positions or for faculty positions. Register here (select UW–Madison).

Offered by Beyond the Professoriate.

 

Writing Your Diversity/Inclusion Statement for the Academic Job Market

Friday 3/15 3:oopm-4:00pm. Online event.

What is it? Who reads it? How do I write it? Together we will define its function; explore its controversies; and learn from real examples. Register here.

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

 

Institute for Future PUI Faculty

Monday 4/1 to Saturday 4/13. Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

At Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs), such as Lafayette College, a faculty member’s foremost responsibility is teaching. This is an immersive training program for chemistry postdocs and graduate students interested in pursuing a teaching-intensive faculty position. A select cohort of individuals will be invited to this intensive two-week experience. Apply here by 12/15.

Offered by Lafayette College.

 

Exploring Teaching Careers at Research Universities with CIRTL Alumni

Wednesday 4/3 12:00pm-1:00pm. Online event.

Faculty members who primarily teach, rather than do research, have become increasingly important for delivering courses to STEM undergraduates. Learn about the teaching faculty career path and ask questions of CIRTL alumni who are junior teaching faculty in this online panel event. Panelists will discuss the rewards and challenges of these positions, the opportunities for stability and advancement, and how non-tenure line faculty live in a research department. Register here.

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

 

Writing Your Research Statement for the Academic Job Market

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

Join faculty panelists from several institutions across the country to discuss their experiences as members of academic search committees. Panelists will discuss the process of the search, how their campus/department approaches a search and any advice they may give to graduate students and postdocs looking for academic positions. Panelists will also answer audience questions. Register here.

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

 

Writing Your Teaching Statement for the Academic Job Market

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

Learn best practices for writing a teaching statement (also called a teaching philosophy statement) for the academic job market. Register here.

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

 

Exploring Teaching Careers at Teaching Intensive Universities with CIRTL Alumni

Wednesday 4/10 12:00pm-1:00pm. Online event.

Nationally, more undergraduates are educated at community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and specialized BS and MS universities than at research universities. These faculty become leaders at their institutions, usually serve as advisers as well, and may engage in some research. Learn about what it’s like to teaching at a teaching-intensive university and ask questions of CIRTL alumni who are teaching at these institutions in this online panel event. Panelists will talk about how much teaching they do, opportunities for leadership and advancement, and more. Register here.

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

 

WiscProf: Future Faculty in Engineering Workshop

Monday 5/20 to Thursday 5/23. UW-Madison College of Engineering campus.

Aims to broaden participation in the nation’s engineering faculty ranks by providing scholars 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 3/1.

 


Spring 2024 Recruitment Events


 

Building Future Faculty Program

Wednesday 3/20 to Friday 3/22. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

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 sessions covering life as a faculty member at a research-extensive university, expectations of new faculty and resources available to faculty for help with research and teaching. 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 9/15.

Offered by the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, North Carolina State University.

 

The Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center Second Annual ExCEL Scholar Award Competition

Thursday 4/14. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.

They are seeking mid- to late-stage postdocs with outstanding research achievements who are preparing to transition into an independent position in academia. Selected candidates will be invited to present their research at the ExCEL (Excellence in Career Enrichment Leadership) Symposium at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine on March 14, 2024. During their visit, awardees will also interact with trainees and faculty in one-on-one meetings and networking events. Apply here by 1/10.

 


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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