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SGSI 2021: Jumpstart Your Academic Job Search

Course is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Wednesday, Sept. 8 – Friday, Sept. 10, 9 AM - 5 PM & Monday, Sept. 13 - Tuesday, Sept. 14, 9 AM - 5 PM

Are you about to enter the job market for a faculty position? Get a jumpstart on preparing yourself and your application materials. This course is practical and experiential, involving practicing and editing. We will work on both written and oral parts of your job search preparation, including CVs, cover letters, research and teaching statements, and the job talk. Experts from across Stanford will present. An interdisciplinary class of peers will support you.


  • Chris Golde, PhD, assistant director of Career Communities–PhDs & postdocs, BEAM, Stanford Career Education
  • Arne Bakker, PhD, director of Meetings and Community for Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Audience & Capacity

Open to advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars entering the faculty job market in 2021-22. Space is limited to 75.


By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Understand the academic hiring and job search process
  • Start drafting your job application materials
  • Read job announcements and assess their fit with your values, skills, and career goals
  • Identify the steps you need to take after the class to enter the current academic job search cycle
  • Know Stanford's resources that can help you during your job search


This course is a systematic preview of all aspects of the faculty job search so that you will be well prepared to embark immediately. Participation is limited to those doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars planning to enter the job market (even in a limited way) during the 2021-22 academic year. Please indicate your plans in your application.

The schedule includes these topics:

  • An overview of the job search process
  • The landscape of higher education in the US, including different types of colleges and universities, and how faculty work varies among them
  • Identifying job listings and assessing values and fit
  • Written parts of an application. Time will be spent drafting, editing and/or reviewing: CVs, cover letters, teaching statements, diversity statements, and research statements
  • Verbal parts of an application. We will practice interviews. We will share information about job talks and teaching demonstrations
  • Negotiating terms of a job offer
  • Tools for managing stress
  • Developing a plan for assembling a portfolio of materials and managing the logistics of the application process
  • Panel of faculty who have served on hiring committees
  • Panel of recent job seekers
  • Dedicated time for working on materials with coaching available

Past participants who took this course said the following about their experience:

This was a thoroughly deep dive into the academic application process. It was incredibly informative and useful. The cohort of students was engaged and insightful, which made the experience even more enjoyable. -SGSI 2020 Participant

If you are applying to faculty jobs this is a must - get all the info, tactics, templates, and get started on your thinking. -SGSI 2020 Participant

This program is simply excellent. During my time at Stanford, I always encountered good courses that never fully took the condition of an international student into consideration. Jumpstart was the exact opposite: every session was helpful in terms of content, inclusive to various backgrounds, and had a lot of "practice as you learn" instances which made the knowledge we were learning look even more useful. I strongly recommend this to anyone. -SGSI 2020 Participant

Additional Course Expectations

  • Students are encouraged to begin drafts of written materials (i.e. CV’s) in advance.
  • Full attendance is expected. This course is able to accommodate students observing a religious holiday during SGSI. Please email for details.

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Resource Type: 
Course or Workshop
Target Audience: 
Doctoral Students, Postdoctoral Scholars
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