How to apply for faculty positions
An incredibly valuable resource is twitter. If you don't already have a twitter account, get one! Once on twitter, follow @FuturePI_slack and ask for an invite to the slack group. It's a community of friendly folks who are all aspiring PIs. People share lots of information, their own application documents, and provide support to each other through the academic job market. I cannot emphasize enough how great of a resource @FuturePI_slack is.
Do you eventually want a faculty position but aren't sure you're ready now? Apply anyway! Not only might you get lucky and find the position of your dreams, but more importantly, you will gain valuable experience that will help you get the job you want when you are ready.
If you have resources that you think should be added to this page, please let me, Lily know, and I'll add them. And if you'd like to know who compiled all of this and created the workshop series, you can visit my personal website at lilykhadempour.com
- Many institutions (including CSUN) have access to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). They have many videos for faculty training but they also have a three-part series from "The Professor Is In" on the faculty job application market. To join visit www.facultydiversity.org/join
- A great post by one of our instructors, Prof. Jeremy Yoder on Chronicle Vitae. It tracks his process through applying for, interviewing for and eventually landing a great tenure track job.
- A huge repository of other people's grant and job application documents.
- A twitter thread with opinions and experiences of one applicant on the academic job market.
- From the Dynamic Ecology blog - useful links related to tenure track job searches in ecology
- UC Berkeley's rubric for scoring candidates
- Cornell University has an Academic Job Search page with guidelines for every part of your application. I link to each individual section that Cornell provides below because it's a particularly good resource. I assure you, I am not obsessed with Cornell.
- A compilation of resources for various aspects of the application process
- An insightful resource from UCSF folks: The Academic Career Readiness Assessment
Where are the faculty jobs?
- If you're looking for a job in ecology or evolution, check out this community job board, ecoevojobs.net. There is a tab of this google sheets workbook that has a list of links to other job sites as well.
- Another good spot is the ESA Physiological Ecology Jobs Page which is much more inclusive than the name suggests.
- I've said it before, but I'm saying it again, Twitter is a great place to find fresh job announcements.
Help with specific parts of your application
- The lecture component of our Research Statements workshop by Profs. Bobby Espinoza and Nyssa Silbiger. These are the powerpoint slides, but a video of the presentation will be coming soon (after captions are added).
- A thorough document from Stanford
- A brief list of suggestions from UCSF
- Cornell's guidelines on the research statement
- Here is a great outline of a cover letter with some examples at the end from the Broad Institute at MIT.
- Some suggestions from an ASM article.
- One from Cornell that covers every kind of letter you might need to write
- The slides from our session on cover letters and diversity statements from Profs. Casey terHorst and Jeremy Yoder.
Not all institutions require a diversity statement, but if they don't, it might be a good idea to include a paragraph or two on diversity somewhere else in your application packet. Those that do require them appear to be very specific about what they want.
- University of Nebraska summarizes what is needed for a diversity statement and they link to an article from Inside Higher Ed.
- Here is one from Vanderbilt's Center for Teaching
- Cornell's requirements
- Berkeley's rubric for diversity statements and in another format
- And also from Berkeley, recommendations on how to hire diverse faculty
- Check out the slides above from our session on cover letter and diversity statement. Lecture video will be shared soon (after captioning is complete).
- A diversity statement from the heart: Writing a Diversity Statement as a Woman of Color