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Understanding Faculty Roles

What do faculty members do? How does faculty life vary at different kinds of colleges and universities? What do I value? What type of faculty jobs should I consider?

Answering these questions will help you to gauge your interest in having a faculty career and decide which positions to seek. Considering where you will thrive will help you focus on building necessary skills and applying strategically.

The Stanford resources recommended below can help you:

  • Learn more about yourself and your values, strengths, and passions through self-assessments like StrengthQuest and consultations with career counselors
  • Explore the higher education landscape: find out about faculty life at various institutions through informational interviews, networking, and visits to colleges and universities

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, 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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Tool

Self-assessment tools are one way of getting to know how personal factors like skills, preferences, temperament and work styles might relate to different types of employment.

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Opportunity

The CCNY-Stanford Exchange is an initiative to diversify the tenured humanities professoriate.

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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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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

A faculty member has a broad spectrum of duties and opportunities; Recognize these more fully and learn about the skills you need to succeed by watching these videos...

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Membership or Subscription

Through Stanford's institutional membership, all graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty have access to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD...

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Course or Workshop

Postdoc Academic Chats are monthly lunchtime seminars for postdocs across the university that recognize the specific aspects of the postdoc experience. Led by Dr.

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