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The Office of Career Strategy, with support from the Center for Teaching and Learning, hosts an annual series of workshops for scholars interested in pursing a faculty career in academia.  For further support with the academic job search, graduate students and postdocs are advised to consult with their advisor, Faculty Placement Officer, and DGS.

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Welcome Talk: Understanding the Academic Job Search

This talk will introduce you to the essential elements of planning for an academic career. Topics will include: understanding the job market cycle and the realities of the academic job market, determining readiness to go on the market and identifying job opportunities, understanding how to present yourself for different types of institutions, how search committees work and preparing for screening interviews.

Academic Job Search & Preparing the Cover Letter in Humanities

This workshop will provide a general introduction to the academic job search in the humanities, touching on the job market cycle and understanding how search committees work. We will then take a closer look at the essential elements of your cover letter, best practices and common mistakes, and discuss ways of tailoring your application.
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Understanding the Academic Job Search and Working with Your Mentor to Achieve Your Career Goals

This workshop will introduce you to the essential elements of planning for an academic career, including a discussion of the realities of the job market, identifying job opportunities, and determining your readiness to begin your job search. It will also cover strategies for cultivating a strong relationship with your mentor and advise on how and when to ask questions about the job search.
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Preparing for Your Academic Job Search in the Humanities

This workshop will provide a general introduction to the academic job search in the humanities, touching on the job market cycle, preparing yourself to be ready for the job market, understanding how search committees work, and presenting yourself effectively for different types of institutions.
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Basics of Preparing an Academic CV and Cover Letter

This workshop will introduce the major elements of an academic CV. It will discuss general guidelines to follow, the most common categories listed, and the best ways of presenting material. It will also look at the basic elements of an academic cover letter, review best practices and common mistakes, and discuss ways of tailoring your application.
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Writing the Research Statement in the Sciences

This workshop will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of writing a research statement, including structure, purpose, best practices, and common mistakes. It will also include some discussion of the role played by the research statement in the broader job search and interview processes in the sciences.
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The Teaching Portfolio I: How to Write a Teaching Statement - 2015

Graduate job seekers are increasingly asked to submit a teaching statement together with other application materials. What are the elements of a good teaching statement? How should it be structured? What is its purpose? Is a “teaching statement” different from a “statement of teaching philosophy”? This introductory workshop will explain the theory and practice of crafting a good teaching statement.
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The Job Talk and the Interview Class

Many interview candidates are asked to teach a class as part of the campus visit. In some searches, teaching is evaluated indirectly. Participants in this workshop will learn ideas and strategies to help them prepare to teach an excellent interview class. In addition, we will explore ways you can demonstrate your teaching skills during an interview that does not require actual teaching. The session will be designed for graduate students and postdocs from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
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The Teaching Portfolio II: Evidence of Teaching Ability, Student Evaluations, & Sample Syllabi

Graduate job seekers are often asked to submit evidence of teaching ability, student evaluations, or sample syllabi together with other application materials. What should you submit as your “evidence of teaching ability”? How many student evaluations should you submit, and which ones? What is the purpose of a sample syllabus used during the job application process, and how does it differ from a course syllabus? How can annotations be used to enhance your portfolio? This workshop will focus on three of the most common elements of the teaching portfolio, providing participants with an overview as well as practical guidelines.
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The Teaching Portfolio I: How to Write a Teaching Statement - 2014

Graduate job seekers are increasingly asked to submit a teaching statement together with other application materials. What are the elements of a good teaching statement? How should it be structured? What is its purpose? Is a “teaching statement” different from a “statement of teaching philosophy”? This introductory workshop will explain the theory and practice of crafting a good teaching statement.