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Preparing for Faculty Careers Course (VPTL 231)

The Preparing for Faculty Careers course (VPTL 231) is designed for advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars who are considering a faculty career. The four parts of the course will guide participants through an exploration of the academic career and prepare them to launch their academic job search:

  • How do I figure out if I actually should pursue an academic career? (“Reflect”)
  • What kinds of faculty positions exist and what do these look like in practice? (“Explore”)
  • How do I conduct a search and successfully land the right job? (“Dive In”)
  • How do I prepare myself for the job?

Course sessions will include guest speakers from Stanford and other campuses and small group and individual work. Several sessions will be followed by networking events and informal dinners for participants to learn from each other and from guest speakers. Participants will be grouped by discipline for customized learning experiences.

Open to students and postdoctoral scholars from any school or department. All participants, including those who audit, are expected to attend each session and to participate actively. Online tools will be used to support participants' self-reflection and individual progress.

Course meets weekly with required sessions on Thursdays, March 31-June 2, 4:30-6:15 PM. Optional sessions are offered on Tuesdays, March 29-May 31, 4:30-6:15 PM. Grading is Satisfactory/No Credit; 1 unit.  

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Registration Process

Register via AXESS. 

Graduate students who are TGR and postdoctoral scholars mayregister as auditors. Auditor registration will open on March 15. Space is limited. A $100 deposit will be required to audit, which will be returned with satisfactory attendance. Please direct questions about enrollment and auditing to Robin Sugiura, 

Enrollment limited. Preference given to early registrants.


John Boothroyd
Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

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