Speaker: Laura Stark Malisheski, Harvard UniversityPresented by Science Alliance
Posted July 15, 2010
Obtaining a faculty position is more challenging now than it has ever been. With only about 20%–25% of new doctoral graduates ending up in tenure-track appointments, the academic job search has become highly competitive. Thus it is vitally important to have a solid application and to be prepared for the often long and exhausting interview process. Unlike the seemingly more streamlined and faster-paced hiring process in the 'real world', the process in academia is quite demanding and needs to be initiated far in advance.
In terms of your application, it is crucial to learn not only how to craft a strong CV and cover letter, but also how to tailor your documents for each position to highlight your strengths. If your application piques the search committee's interest, you need to be prepared for a multi-faceted and lengthy interview process. You can expect a campus visit to involve back-to-back discussions with faculty members and department heads, and a presentation that can take multiple shapes, either as a formal research seminar, an informal chalk talk on future research plans, and/or a sample teaching lesson. Here, not only is your experience being evaluated but also how well you 'fit' into the department.
With so many things to consider, applying for academic jobs can become overwhelming before you even start. To help navigate this process, Science Alliance hosted "Going on the Academic Market: Strategies for Scientists" on May 10, 2010, at the Academy. Our speaker was Laura Stark Malisheski, PhD, a career counselor at Harvard University, who presented practical information on the essentials: CVs, cover letters, and interviewing for faculty positions.
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