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Career Advice by PhDs, For PhDs

Coming July 1st, 2019

Our mission is to support graduate students and postdocs launch successful careers in academia and beyond.  We are pleased to launch a new program of study to help students and postdocs navigate the academic job market.  The units listed below will be added to Aurora by July 1st, 2019, making Aurora a career-neutral resource for graduate students and postdocs.

Program of Study: Faculty Career Strategies

Students learn how to launch a successful faculty job search. Video seminars are taught by PhD experts working in academia either as faculty or career education professionals. Topics include writing c.v.s and cover letters, first-round interviews, on-campus interviews, and negotiating a job offer. Learning prompts will help students apply this new knowledge to their own job search.

Module 1: Preparing Application Packages

Students and post-docs will be able to identify the components of an academic job application package and strategies for developing their own application materials. 

How to Apply for a Faculty Position in a STEM Discipline

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Define the purpose of the application package.

• Identify the documents required for an academic job application.

• Create a strategy for applying to academic positions.

• Format their application documents appropriately.

Dave McDonald, PhD, Associate Director of Graduate Career Services, Duke University

How to Apply for a Faculty Position in a Humanities or Social Science Discipline

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Define the purpose of the application package.

• Identify the documents required for an academic job application.

• Create a strategy for applying to academic positions.

• Format their application documents appropriately.

Dan Olson-Bang, PhD, Director, Office of Professional & Career Development, Graduate School, Syracuse University

How to Write a Teaching Statement for Academic Job Applications

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Identify what a teaching philosophy is (and is not)

• Recognize how a teaching philosophy differs from a teaching statement.

• Analyze the four parts of a successful teaching philosophy.

• Apply effective strategies for telling their story and composing their teaching philosophy.

Barbi Honeycutt, PhD, Founder, FLIP It Consulting
How to Apply for a Faculty Position in a Humanities or Social Science Discipline

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Define what a research statement is.

• Identify the purpose of the research statement.

• Write an effective research statement using appropriate structure.

• Apply strategies to promote their research to fit the type of institution that’s hiring.

Brian Rybarczyk, PhD, Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Academic & Professional Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Module 2: The Interview Process

Students and post-docs will be able to identify the different stages of the academic job interview process, and strategies to prepare for a successful interview.

How to Prepare for First-Round Interview for Academic Jobs

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Understand the academic job search process.

• Identify the types and content of screening interviews.

• Prepare for virtual screening interviews.

• Create a platform of important information that they want to communicate to interviewers.

Johanna Frances Yunker, PhD,  Assistant Director for Higher Ed Careers,  Graduate School Office of Professional Development, University of Massachusetts Amherst

How to Prepare for On-Campus Interviews

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Prepare through practice for an on-campus interview.

• Request the information they require from an institution to prepare properly.

• Apply strategies to set themselves apart from other candidates.

• Adapt to unexpected situations.

Laura Lohman, PhD, Director, Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence, Queens University of Charlotte

The Faculty Job Interview: Your Teaching Demonstration

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Apply strategies to prepare and practice for a variety of formats of teaching demonstrations.

• Create a list of appropriate questions to ask the committee members before they prepare their demonstration.

• Establish rapport with students they don’t already know.

• Identify the department’s goals for the teaching demonstration.

Barbi Honeycutt, PhD, Founder, FLIP It Consulting

How to Prepare for a Humanities or Social Science Discipline

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Successfully prepare for a job talk in their discipline.

• Develop an existing research project into a job talk.

• Effectively present their research as a job talk.

• Identify hiring committee expectations of a job talk.

Robert Pearson, PhD, Director of Graduate Career Services, University of Texas at Dallas

How to Prepare a Job Talk in a STEM Discipline

Module 3: Negotiating a Job Offer

Students and post-docs will be able to apply research strategies to negotiate a job offer for a faculty position.

How to Negotiate a Job Offer in a Humanities or Social Science Discipline

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Engage in research to negotiate effectively.

• Identify what can be negotiated.

• Communicate what they need from the institution.

• Appropriately negotiate the offer of an academic position

Lisa Krissoff Boehm, PhD, Dean, College of Gaduate Studies, Bridgewater State University
How to Negotiate a Job Offer in a STEM Discipline

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Engage in research to negotiate effectively.

• Identify what can be negotiated.

• Communicate what they need from the institution.

• Appropriately negotiate the offer of an academic position

Jackie Wirz, PhD, Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies, Oregon Health & Science University

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