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Exploring Faculty Roles

What do faculty members do? How does faculty life vary at different kinds of colleges and universities? What do I value? What type of faculty jobs should I consider?

Answering these questions will help you to gauge your interest in having a faculty career and decide which positions to seek. Considering where you will thrive will help you focus on building necessary skills and applying strategically.

The Stanford resources recommended below can help you:

  • Learn more about yourself and your values, strengths, and passions through self-assessments like StrengthQuest and consultations with career counselors
  • Explore the higher education landscape: find out about faculty life at various institutions through informational interviews, networking, and visits to colleges and universities

Use the filters on the left to sort by recommendation type or Graduate Professional Development Framework domain. Click on the red button to find more professional development events and resources through the interactive GPD Framework.

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Self-assessment tools are excellent resources for clarifying your interests, developing a professional vocabulary for yourself, and establishing a starting point for career exploration...

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Opportunity

The CCNY-Stanford Exchange is an initiative to diversify the tenured humanities professoriate.

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Opportunity

The University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program empowers students around the world to become agents of change in higher education.

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This Toolkit is a quick and practical tool for Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in all fields.

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Reference

Are you well acquainted with the "Two-Body Problem"? In 2008, the Clayman Institute conducted a research study on academic dual-career couples.

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Media

A faculty member has a broad spectrum of duties and opportunities; recognize these more fully and learn about the skills you need to succeed by watching these videos...

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If you want to pursue a career teaching, or want to land a job at a liberal arts college, these videos from the English department will be useful.

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Membership or Subscription

Through Stanford's institutional membership, all graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty have access to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD...

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Graduate school is both extraordinarily rewarding and demanding at the same time.

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Opportunity

Pathways for Humanities PhDs explores the many different career possibilities open to doctoral students in the humanities and arts.

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