Academic Career Development

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The future faculty team in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides workshops and individual consultations to assist graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in their academic career development. The annual job search series features workshops on academic packet preparation in the fall semester followed by interviewing and job talk preparation in the spring term. 

Spring 2021 Future Faculty Job Search Academy

Navigating the academic job market for the first time – especially in the current environment -- can be a challenging experience. The Future Faculty Job Search Academy will leverage a set of asynchronous resources along with a series of synchronous workshops and peer interactions to help you prepare for academic interviews and job talks. New this semester, we are offering an additional workshop on preparing your professional online brand.

How will it work?

The flipped design of this workshop series combines asynchronous independent preparation with synchronous remote workshops. Each week, you will work independently through the asynchronous materials for an introduction to the topic and then, at the end of the week, you will join the synchronous workshop led by CTL experts to address common challenges experienced during the process. You can ask questions to the group discussion board throughout the workshop series via the Microsoft Teams channel.

What is the schedule?

Week 1: Preparing for Interviews

  • Attend: FFJSA Kick-off: Preparing for Interviews | Tuesday, February 2 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET
  • Use asynchronous materials to prepare for Friday’s workshop
  • Attend: Academic Interviewing | Friday, February 5 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Week 2: Preparing for the Job Talk

  • Use asynchronous materials to prepare for Friday’s workshop
  • Attend: Dynamic Job Talk | Friday, February 12 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Week 3: Developing your Online Professional Brand

  • Use asynchronous materials to prepare for Friday’s workshop
  • Attend: Preparing your Professional Brand | Friday, February 19 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

What if I cannot attend the workshops?

Since the synchronous meetings are designed to be interactive working sessions rather than presentations, you will receive greater benefit from attending the remote workshops live. However, we recognize that schedule conflicts will arise and so we will post recordings of all workshops in the appropriate Teams channel.

Why should I join this Academy?

At a time when we are socially separated – either across campus or across the world – embarking on an academic job search can feel particularly isolating. This program is intended to bridge that gap, bringing you in closer ongoing contact with both your peers and CTL advisors. The Academy will ensure you make time to prepare for the most successful interview and job talk experience.

How do I join?

Complete the application form by Monday, February 1 at 11:59pm. Once your application is received, you will be added to the Spring 2021 Future Faculty Job Search Academy on Microsoft Teams. Contact Dr. Kate Williams with questions at

What did I miss?

Fall 2020 Future Faculty Job Search Academy: Preparing your application packet

Participants in this three-week, intensive working group created their job search strategy and crafted drafts of the entire job search packet including CV, cover letter, teaching statement, research statement, and diversity statement.


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