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


Summer 2024 Training Events


Writing Workshop: Articulating Your Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Values on the Job Market

Tuesday 5/28 9:00am-10:00am. Room 4421, Sterling Hall.

Dr. Jess Maher, Associate Director of the Delta Program, will share strategies for articulating your DEIB values on the job market. The landscape of diversity statements has changed quite a bit in just the last year, so Dr. Maher will present a workshop focusing on best practices for writing diversity statements and cover letters along with answering interview questions and presenting a job talk. Register here.

Offered by the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association


Panel Discussion: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Faculty Job Market

Tuesday 5/28 10:00am-11:30am. Room 4421, Sterling Hall.

A panel of experts from UW–Madison will share strategies for advertising our DEIB work in faculty job market materials. Given the recent changes in diversity-related policies in many universities, discussion topics will include: 1) what DEIB-related questions to expect during faculty job materials, 2) how DEIB-related initiatives can be implemented as new faculty, and 3) how to share our DEIB work with interviewers. Register here.

Offered by the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association


How to Prepare for Faculty Job Applications

Friday 5/31 2:00pm-3:00pm. Online event.

Are you thinking about applying for tenure-track professor positions in the future? Do you have questions about the process of preparing your materials and what applying for jobs is like? Attend this event to get your questions answered. They will have a short presentation and then panelists will discuss their experiences. Register here.

Offered by Northwestern University Postdoctoral Association


First Year Faculty Teaching Academy

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6/4 to 6/20. Online course.

This intensive, 6-session 3-week online course is designed for future faculty and early career faculty in their first years of teaching interested in learning how to create a great learning experience for your students while developing a solid foundation of best teaching practices and strategies. Register here.

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


Preparing Your Teaching Demo for a Job Interview

Wednesday 7/10 11:00am-12:15pm. Online event.

As part of the interview process for a faculty position in the U.S., you may be asked to lead a teaching demonstration. In this one-part online workshop, they’ll discuss ways to go into your teaching demo with preparedness, confidence, and adaptability. Register here. Registration opens 6/17.

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


Spring 2024 Recruitment Events


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.


Fall 2024 Recruitment Events


The 2024 Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Future Faculty Career Exploration Program

Wednesday 9/25 - Saturday 9/28. Rochester Institute of Technology, NY.

The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program is a rigorous four-day program designed for participants to experience a “behind the scenes” glimpse into life as a faculty member here at RIT. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with RIT's diverse administration, faculty, and students while on campus. The program offers additional opportunities to enhance interview skills, practice job-talk presentations, and explore the research, teaching, and service expectations of RIT Faculty members. Apply here by 3/22.


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.


Feedback, questions or accessibility issues:
© 2024 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System