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Conducting a Faculty Job Search

Searching for a faculty position takes lots of energy and time. 

The faculty job search season typically opens in the autumn as announcements are posted. To prepare, you should begin to draft your materials the spring or summer before you apply. Interviews are conducted through the winter, and negotiations occur during the spring.

The resources recommended below will help you work on these key aspects of the faculty job application:

  • Written elements: Curriculum vitae (CV), cover letter, research and teaching statements. Consider your on-line presence and reference letters. Although you will customize them for each position, get an early start on drafting your materials.
  • Spoken elements: Interviews by phone, Skype, and in person. Campus interview visits often include a presentation of your research (job talk), research plans (chalk talk), and a teaching demonstration. Set up mock interviews and practice talks, and get feedback.
  • Negotiation: Gain skills and practice to help you get the best possible offer.

Use the filters on the left to sort by recommendation type or Graduate Professional Development Framework domain. Click on the red button to find more professional development events and resources through the interactive GPD Framework.

Recommendation Type Summary Date and Time
Stanford Event
By Registration, Discussion Group

Love being at a university? There are many career paths for PhDs in academia, beyond the tenure-track faculty path.

Guest Speakers:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
Stanford Event
By Registration, Workshop

What are the variety of ways to develop your professional digital presence, and what unique opportunities do digital media afford you?

Thursday, April 14, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
Stanford Event
By Registration, Discussion Group
We all need mentors in our professional life.  Some of them will be in our direct report lines, but others can come from other areas of our academic environment.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
Stanford Event
By Registration, Discussion Group
Everyone is talking about work-life balance but what does it really mean, and what are some specific approaches you can apply right now and in the future that will make a real...
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
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From BEAM, a collection of essential job search links for graduate students applying for faculty, staff, and postdoctoral academic positions. Handshake login required. 

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Reference

The SOM Career Center's brief but broadly applicable overview of the three main types of career credentials (resumes, cover letters, and CVs) and their proper applications.

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Tool

This Toolkit is a quick and practical tool for Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in all fields.

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Media

These videos highlight key findings from Clayman's 2008 study on dual-career academic couples.

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Reference

Are you well acquainted with the "Two-Body Problem"? In 2008 Clayman conducted a research study on  Academic dual-career couples.

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Media

ePortfolios are a great way to present your work in an interactive, multimedia format while maintaining your professional web presence.

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