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Careers in Academia: Initiating the Job Search Associate Provost Brian Mitchell Career Advisor Rachel Burk, PhD October 21, 2013.

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1 Careers in Academia: Initiating the Job Search Associate Provost Brian Mitchell Career Advisor Rachel Burk, PhD October 21, 2013

2 Introduction: Hiring from an Institutional Perspective Reading Job Announcements Application Documents Talking About Your Research, Talking About Your Teaching Conclusion: Strategies for a Successful Search

3 Reading Job Announcements Do I qualify? -position title, specialization, department -tenure-track or contract Institution -public or private -university, college, or community college Carnegie Classifications -level of research for universities, selectivity for colleges -http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

4 Job Listing: Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

5 Carnegie Classification: University of Alabama

6 Job Listing: Assistant Professor of Anthropology

7 Carnegie Classification: Beloit College

8 Application Documents CV Letter of Application Research Statement Teaching Statement Writing Sample Letters of Recommendation Transcripts

9 Curriculum Vitae A curriculum vitae (also known as a CV, C.V. or vita) is a comprehensive, detailed account of your academic credentials and achievements. A basic for your academic dossier, it is also required to apply for academic grants, fellowships, and conferences, sometimes in abbreviated form. Your CV is a living document: it will grow as you accomplish more. A.B.D.s and recent graduates have vitas that are from two to five pages in length while senior faculty can have documents of ten to more than 25 pages. Sections Contact Information Education Research Experience Teaching Experience Honors/Grants/Awards/Fellowships Publications Conference Papers/Invited Talks/Presentations Professional Memberships

10 Curriculum Vitae (2) O PTIONAL S ECTIONS Discipline-specific sections might include, Lab Skills, Data Sets, Patents, Clinical Experience, Industrial Experience, Grants, Licensures, or Performances/Exhibitions. Service Postdoctoral Fellowships Positions Held/Current Position References Teaching and/or Research Interests Skills/Research Languages

11 Letter of Application A cover letter is your first chance to make a strong, positive impression on a search committee. It is your best opportunity to frame your candidacy: to explain why you would make a great hire. A successful cover letter is: -no more than 2 pages. -targeted to the institution and department. -succinct and well-edited.

12 Talking About Your Research, Talking About Your Teaching Conference/Phone Interview Campus Interviews and Beyond

13 Conclusion: Strategies for a Successful Search Resources Furlong, Jennifer S. and Julia Miller Vick. The Academic Job Search Handbook. 4 th Edition. Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, The Chronicle of Higher Education Inside Higher Ed Your Professional Organization

14 Graduate Career Advisors Research Degrees: SLA, SSE, SOM (postdocs) Rachel Burk Tulane Career Center (504) SPHTM Kathy Ball School of Public Health Career Services (504)


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