Academic Job Search Seminar Series for Graduate Students

This four-week virtual seminar is aimed at third- or fourth-year graduate 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 comprises the academic job dossier. Grad students are encouraged to attend all four 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 Overview and Strategy | Sign up on Handshake
This session will introduce the seminar and lay out the academic job cycle and where to find academic job postings. We will also discuss how to formulate an application plan and how to stay competitive in academia while adjuncting or working in academic-adjacent or industry roles. We will talk about how to research your target institution, some strategies for using that information throughout your academic application, and how to strategize both your selection of referees and how to request letters that will support your applications.

June 8 (Week 2): CVs – Writing the Basic Eight Sections and Beyond | Sign up on Handshake
This session will introduce the CV and how to lay out the basic eight headings and content of an academic CV. We will also discuss possible sections and content beyond the basic eight headings, plus strategy for building an effective CV, and offer a Q&A period about your CV.

June 15 (Week 3): The Job Letter and the Diversity Statement | Sign up on Handshake
This session will discuss job letters in detail (including two possible outlines), what information to include and how to tailor the job letter. We will also examine the diversity statement and how to write it, including starting points and how to determine and address the target institution’s specific diversity concerns.

June 22 (Week 4): Research and Teaching Statements and the Academic Interview | Sign up on Handshake
In our final session, we will discuss research and teaching statements, how to structure them, what to include and some starting points. We will also review the five questions of the standard academic interview.

Wednesday, June 1 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

More dates through June 22, 2022

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