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Finding and attaining the right fit: understanding faculty roles at US academic institutions and overview of the faculty job search process

Planning your independent research career

Writing a research statement

Applying for faculty jobs

Faculty interviews and job talks: communicating your value

Writing a teaching philosophy

Writing a diversity statement (2022)

Negotiating your faculty compensation and start-up package

  • Searchable database of faculty salaries by rank from the Chronicle of Higher Education, based on data from the US Department of Education
  • Report on medical school faculty salaries. Division of Operational Studies, Association of American Medical Colleges. (n.d.). Association of American Medical Colleges. Available in the Eskind Biomedical Library.
  • Summary salary survey data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), available from HigherEdJobs. (Note the date: HigherEdJobs has older data on their website. Newer data is available for purchase on the CUPA-HR website.)
  • The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, from the American Association of University Professors, lists average salaries for tenured and nontenured professors as well as average compensation per course for part-time instructors.
  • NIH OITE video presentation by Dr. Sharon Milgram about Evaluating Positions and Negotiating Offers
  • Considerations in negotiating your startup (2012 handout from UCSF; the numbers are outdated but principles still apply)
  • Slides from Dr. Kathy Gould's presentation

The search committee perspective: who would you choose? (2023)

CV review round robin (2022)

Vanderbilt Resources

The BRET Career Development ASPIRE program provides career and professional development support for VU and VUMC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences. We provide a range of programs relating to professional development for a range of academic and nonacademic careers, and we provide confidential individual advising services by request. Follow us on Twitter @VUbretASPIRE and @VUBRETPhDJobs.

  • Our Path to Career website about Faculty Job Search is a compendium of our favorite articles and resources about navigating an academic job search.
  • The BRET ASPIRE Program interviews alumni about their careers in the Beyond the Lab series; a range of faculty and other careers are included in the series.

The Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching promotes university teaching that leads to meaningful student learning. CFT is a terrific resource for any member of the Vanderbilt community who wants to improve their teaching practices. They have created over 80 fantastic teaching guides on topics ranging from course development to fostering inclusivity in the classroom, and their Certificate in College Teaching is excellent preparation for any graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who aim to be educators in colleges or universities. Sign up for their e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on their latest workshops and resources.


Other Resources

The NIH Office of Intramural Education & Training (OITE) has a YouTube playlist of their presentations about the Academic Job Search.

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is a consortium of institutions seeking to enhance excellence in STEM undergraduate education through development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing evidence-based teaching practices for diverse learners. They offer online workshops and courses in pedagogy and faculty job search.

The CarpeCareers column at InsideHigherEd is written by graduate and postdoctoral career advisors at universities across the country. The series offers solid career and professional development advice from professionals who know the value of an advanced degree and all that grad students and postdocs have to offer.