Applying for academic jobs

CRLT is accepting applications through Friday, February 24, for the May 2017 Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Seminar. Interested graduate students can learn more about the program here. In this guest post, past participant Leigh Korey (Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature) shares her reflections about the program:

Past Preparing Future Faculty Seminar participant Leigh Korey (Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature) I realized in my second year of grad school that I wanted to pursue a career in teaching. It was in the middle of winter term, and I had solicited feedback from students in my first-year writing class. We had spent the first few weeks discussing in detail the idea of “context,” both in a literary sense and in terms of their own writing. In their feedback to me, they communicated that the pop quizzes I administered in class to hold students accountable for their reading assignments were not working. They didn’t object to the idea of pop quizzes as an assessment tool, rather, the problem was that the questions on the quizzes felt, in their words, “decontextualized.” I knew at that moment that they had finally understood the importance of context. Moreover, I learned that the feeling of working with a group of students until they truly comprehend something is one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable parts of teaching.
graphic of notepad/check list With fewer tenure track positions and more competition for available positions, how do you distinguish yourself as a candidate among hundreds of other applicants? Leverage your network to help you land a job, either academic or not.

Building Communities of Support Toward a Successful Academic Job Search. Pursuing an academic job can be an intellectually demanding and highly competitive process. Proactively and intentionally developing professional relationships can maximize your opportunities to stand out as a job candidate. The materials from this 2015 PFF workshop outline specific strategies for fostering professional relationships that will lead to greater success in your academic job search and beyond. Presented by Paula Wishart (Academic Program Officer for Professional Development, Rackham Graduate School) and Larry Rowley (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, U-M).

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Academic job searches can be challenging, and those in special circumstances may face additional challenges. International students who seek U.S. academic careers must navigate the visa system. Those who also have a spouse applying for academic jobs need to take another person into consideration when applying and negotiating offers. These resources offer some insights into how to navigate your graduate career and job search while facing special challenges.


Resources: International Students

Academic Job Search Strategies for International Students. The slides from this 2013 PFF panel offer guidance on navigating the visa regulations for international students who are seeking US academic jobs. Presented by Erping Zhu (Assistant Director, CRLT).

Notepad and pencil icon You’ve been offered a faculty position—now what? Learn how to negotiate for the conditions that will help you be successful in your first faculty job.  

Negotiate Like a Professor. An article from Inside Higher Ed on some do's and don'ts of faculty job negotiations.

Strategies/Tips for Negotiating a Job Offer. These tips were compiled from past PFF panelists.

Negotiating an Academic Job Offer in the Social Sciences and Humanities

The videos below are from a 2012 PFF panel featuring: Read more »

This links on this page can help you when preparing materials for the academic job market, including CVs and cover letters. In addition, the U-M Career Center offers many resources and services for those on the academic job market, including CV and cover letter consultations by appointment

Resources: CVs

The CV Doctor Returns. This recurring series from the Chronicle of Higher Education tackles the job materials of two candidates every year and helps them tailor it for the jobs they seek

Dr. Karen's Rules of the Academic CV. From The Professor Is In blog, guidelines for formating and organizing the content of your CV

Creating and Maintaining Your CV. The basics of CVs -- what are they, how to create them, how to maintain them