Academic Job Search Seminar Series for Graduate Students

This eight-week virtual seminar is aimed at third- or fourth-year graduate and post doc students who are planning to be on the academic job market this application cycle or next, or early-career graduate students who want a thorough understanding of what the academic job dossier comprises. Grad students are encouraged to attend all eight sessions as each week builds upon the last, but each week’s educational content portion may be attended as a standalone workshop.

June 1 (Week 1): The Academic Job Market | Register on Handshake
This session will introduce the series, the academic job cycle and where to find academic job postings. We will also discuss unique concerns around the job market in the era of COVID-19.

June 8 (Week 2): CVs 101 – Writing the Basic 8 Sections | Register on Handshake
This session will introduce the CV and lay out the basic eight headings and content of an academic CV.

June 15 (Week 3): CVs 201 – Beyond the Basic 8 | Register on Handshake
In this session we will discuss possible sections and content beyond the basic eight headings, strategy for building an effective CV, and have a Q&A period about your CV.

June 22 (Week 4): Writing the Job Letter | Register on Handshake
This session will offer a brief overview of the standard documents comprising an academic dossier and then discuss job letters in detail including structure, content, strategy and tailoring.

July 6 (Week 5): Effective Research and Teaching Statements | Register on Handshake
In this session we will discuss research and teaching statements and their structure, content and format. Bring job letter questions! We will address those specific concerns at the end of the session.

July 13 (Week 6): Diversity Statements and Application Tailoring | Register on Handshake
This session will cover the diversity statement and some starting points for writing it. We will also talk about how to research your target institution and some strategies for using that information throughout your academic application.

July 20 (Week 7): Preparing for the Academic Interview | Register on Handshake
In this session we will introduce the common academic interview questions, how to prepare for interviews, and we will also discuss temporary and contract positions and some strategy around applying to and remaining productive in those roles.

July 27 (Week 8): Academic Search Strategy for the Current Market | Register on Handshake
This final meeting serves as both a standalone session around application strategy and implementation as well as a wrap-up of the seminar as a whole. We will discuss staying competitive in academia while adjuncting or working in academic-adjacent or industry roles, how to formulate an application plan, and will conclude the eight-week seminar with a general Q&A.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 11:00am

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