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Getting a Faculty Job

Searching for a faculty position takes lots of energy and time. 

The faculty job search season typically opens in the autumn as announcements are posted. To prepare, you should begin to draft your materials the spring or summer before you apply. Interviews are conducted through the winter, and negotiations occur during the spring.

The resources recommended below will help you work on these key aspects of the faculty job application:

  • Written elements: Curriculum vitae (CV), cover letter, research and teaching statements. Consider your on-line presence and reference letters. Although you will customize them for each position, get an early start on drafting your materials.
  • Spoken elements: Interviews by phone, Skype, and in person. Campus interview visits often include a presentation of your research (job talk), research plans (chalk talk), and a teaching demonstration. Set up mock interviews and practice talks, and get feedback.
  • Negotiation: Gain skills and practice to help you get the best possible offer.

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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Tool

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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Media

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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Reference

This book is a resource for postdoctoral and early-career faculty on crucial aspects of directing and managing a research lab.

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Reference

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

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Course or Workshop

Postdoc Academic Chats are monthly lunchtime seminars for postdocs across the university that recognize the specific aspects of the postdoc experience. Led by Dr.

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Course Closed

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Membership or Subscription

Stanford provides premium access to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Could a faculty career be in your future? Attend Academic Chats to explore skills and experience to help you prepare from Stanford faculty and staff. Lunch provided. 

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