Preparing Future Faculty Resources

If you’re wondering what an academic career might entail in different fields and at different kinds of institutions, how to write a teaching philosophy, or how to make productive use of your time in graduate school, you’ll find resources here to help you. Browse through the pages based on your interest in learning more about the types of academic jobs, how to navigate the academic job market, or strategies for success at any stage of your academic career, from graduate student to postdoc to full professor. 
 
Many of these resources originated from a CRLT-Rackham collaboration, the former annual Preparing Future Faculty conference. If you'd like additional information on these topics, see this additional programming from CRLT:
  • Preparing Future Faculty Seminar - 5-week program each May offered by CRLT and Rackham designed to help prepare doctoral candidates for the academic job search and success in their subsequent faculty positions.
  • Graduate Teacher Certificate (GTC) - offers graduate students at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor campus) an opportunity to document professional development as college-level instructors and prepare for a faculty job search.
  • Postdoctoral Short Course on College Teaching in Science and Engineering - This course prepares advanced postdoctoral scholars from a variety of disciplines in the sciences and engineering to teach effectively as future faculty members
 
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If you’d like to learn more about what academic jobs entail, and whether you’d like to pursue one, try Investigating Academic Jobs. There you will learn about the tenure track process and faculty worklife. See what it’s like to work at different types of institutions. Explore faculty jobs off the tenure track or non-faculty jobs.
 
 
 
 
 
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Ahead of the academic job market, read through the resources in the Applying For Academic Jobs section. Learn about the academic job hiring process. Get help preparing your application materials such as CVs and cover letters and teaching philosophies. Get some insight into interviewing and networking. Learn how to negotiate an offer that works for you.
 
 
 
 
 
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Whether you're just beginning your graduate career or a faculty member looking for career advice, the Thriving In The Academy section offers resources to help you. Turn to CRLT resources on teaching for help with your classroom needs. Get advice on mentoring and being mentored. Read through tips on staying productive and organized from graduate school and beyond.
 
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