November CIRTL Web Series: the Academic Job Search

Kate Stuart
November 3, 2014
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CIRTL Web Series

November: The Academic Job Search

This series will look at the various aspects of a faculty member’s position; offer strategies for managing personal and institutional expectations; and provide ideas about creating the right career path.

November 4, 2014
Where Do I Want to Teach? Faculty Careers at Different Types of Institutions

  • Anne Axel, Assistant Professor, College of Science, Marshall University
  • Zach Pratt, Assistant Professor of Biology, St. Norbert's College
  • Peter Hyland, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Cottey College

What kinds of positions are you looking for after you finish your degree? What balance do you want between teaching and research?  What are the differences teaching at a small liberal arts college, research university, and a community college?  What is important to you regarding course load, student contact, research support, department size, or tenure requirements? The diversity of post-secondary institutions may be far broader than you have considered. Hear a panel of new faculty from very different institutions talk about their teaching experiences and academic life.             

November 11, 2014

The Academic Interview: What to Expect and How to Prepare

  • Bob Pitz, Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • Jed Sparks, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
  • Allison Rober, Assistant Professor of Biology, Ball State University

You’ve been selected to come to campus for a day or two of interviewing. How do you prepare before you get on the plane? What can you expect? What might give you that extra edge? What commons missteps should you avoid? Join the discussion and hear the perspectives of recently hired faculty as well as those who have served on many hiring committees. Bring your own questions and experiences to the discussion.

November 18, 2014
Thriving in Your First Year as Faculty

  • Jan Allen, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Cornell University Graduate School
  • Adam Fritsch, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University
  • Darrel Ramsey-Musolf, Professor of Landscape Faculty and Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

What does the first year as a faculty member hold for you? What can you do as a graduate student to prepare for it? What should you know before that first class, first committee meeting, or first new research initiative? What tips, tools, and strategies might make both your first years’ teaching and research more effective and rewarding? If your first year is not in a tenure track position, how can you make the most of it?  Come hear from a panel of faculty as they reflect on how to have a successful first year of first year as an academic faculty member.

November 25, 2014
Pulling It All Together: Getting Started with Your Job Search

  • Don Gillian Daniel, Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Delta Program

In developing your written credentials and preparing application materials for your job search, it is crucial to represent your professional experience, accomplishments, expertise, professional development experiences (e.g., CIRTL engagement) in the most impactful manner possible. For this session, participants are asked to bring their CV or a job application letter to this online workshop.  Materials will be swapped, peer reviewed and discussed in real time.  Learn how to write your way into an interview.