Faculty Careers:
STEM and Life Sciences

Complete quizzes for each of the lessons with a score of 80% or higher on each to earn a certificate of completion. To apply, email aurora@beyondprof.com

Are you ready to apply for academic jobs? Watch this webinar by Dr. Laura Lohman and evaluate your readiness for the job market and make a plan of action.

Preparing Application Documents

As you apply for academic jobs, make sure to set aside plenty of time for writing job application documents– preparing these documents requires more effort than it might seem at first. 

Expect to write multiple drafts.

We’ll discuss the purpose of each job application document so that you can include content that aligns with the hiring committee’s expectations.

Now is the time to collect relevant materials and examples for your various documents

Is your CV up to date?

Do you have your course evaluation data and course syllabi on hand?

If you are missing information, you’ll want to develop a plan to find the evidence you need and to brainstorm examples.

Your peers and mentors will be especially valuable at this stage.You might ask to view sample documents or portfolios to help prepare yours.

You might also request feedback on your drafts and practice your research and teaching philosophy “pitches” with them.

Remember that each department and institution will want to see that you’ve tailored your documents for them. They want to see how you might fit in and how enthusiastic you are about the position.

How to Apply for a Faculty Position in a STEM Discipline

This introduction will provide you with an overview of the application process for faculty positions in a Humanities or Social Sciences discipline. You’ll learn important information for creating your C.V. and Cover Letter. 

How to Write a Teaching Statement for Academic Job Applications​

A successful teaching statement will have four components. Learn how to structure your teaching statement and develop strategies for telling your story to hiring committees.  

How to Put Together a Teaching Portfolio for Academic Job Applications​

This lesson will teach you how to create a teaching portfolio that reflects your success and growth as an educator. 

How to Write a Research Statement for Academic Job Applications​

Learn strategies for writing an effective research statement to promote your research in a way that aligns with the needs of a hiring institution.

How to Write a Diversity Statement for Academic Job Applications

Write a diversity statement that accurately reflects your experiences and goals, and effectively addresses diversity, equality, and inclusion. 

Interviewing and Negotiating For Faculty Positions

You’ve applied to several positions and now you’re waiting to hear back from employers. This is a great time to prepare for the next step ahead: interviewing.

PhDs seeking academic jobs typically undergo different types of interviews, each with their own set of expectations.

The lessons in this module will help you learn:

    • How to prepare for first-round interviews, including how to set up your space and computer equipment for video interviews;
    • How to prepare for the various components of the on-campus interview, with a particular focus on the teaching demonstration and job talk;
    • How to carefully negotiate an academic job offer by paying attention to your needs and personal situation.

Empower yourself with information and knowledge about your skills, the department, and the institution as you move through the interviewing stages.

Remember that while you’re being interviewed by the hiring committee, you’re also interviewing them. 

Your goal in the interview process should be to find out whether the hiring department and institution are a good fit for you.

Be honest with yourself about your needs and desires. Chances are that you don’t want to end up in a workplace that makes you miserable.

Don’t wait until you’re actively negotiating to think about situations in which you would absolutely reject an offer. Now is the time to identify “deal breakers” and questions you might ask as you watch out for red flags.

Most importantly, be patient with the process and with yourself!

How to Prepare for a First-Round Interview for Academic Jobs

Did you get a virtual interview for an academic job? Congratulations! Here is how you can prepare for a virtual screening interview, and strategies to communicate important information about your value as a candidate to the hiring committee. 

How to Prepare for an On-Campus Interview

Congratulations on your upcoming on-campus interview! Learn strategies you can apply to set yourself apart from other candidates, and adapt to unexpected situations that may come up in an on-campus interview.

The Faculty Job Interview: Your Teaching Demonstration

An important component of an on-campus interview will be demonstrating your skills as an educator. Learn strategies to prepare and practice for your teaching demonstration in this lesson. 

How to Prepare for a Job Talk in a STEM Discipline

How do committee’s evaluate a job talk? This lesson will help you apply strategies to ensure that your job talk will be successful, and how you can use your research to make yourself a more attractive candidate.

How to Negotiate a Job Offer for an Academic Position

The first step to successfully negotiating a job offer is to identify what is most important to you. Then, you will be able to articulate your needs to the institution and successfully negotiate a job offer. 

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Aurora is the only online professional development training platform for graduate students and PhDs that helps them successfully transition into academic or nonacademic career paths.

Students will learn how to prepare for today’s competitive academic job market and apply with confidence. 

Workshops are created and delivered by guest presenters who specialize in helping graduate students and academics build meaningful careers.

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