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SGSI 2022: Jumpstart Your Academic Job Search

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Monday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 16, 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, the job talk and, research, diversity, and teaching statements. Experts from across Stanford will present. An interdisciplinary class of peers will support you.

The course is a mix of content modules, open work time, and panels plus receptions. The course will use a flipped classroom style and ask participants to watch some videos and complete some pre-work before the sessions. Participants will be divided into small groups, by discipline, for community building and small group work. Each day will end with open work time, so participants can leave early.


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

Audience & Capacity

Open to advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars entering the faculty job market during 2022-23. Space is limited to 70.


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 2022-23 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, including CVs, cover letters, teaching statements, diversity statements, and research statements

  • Verbal parts of an application including job talks and teaching demonstrations. We will practice interviewing

  • Negotiating terms of a job offer

  • Tools for managing stress

  • 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:

On top of all the valuable information that is passed along, the environment is super dynamic and supportive. - SGSI 2021 Participant

This course is a great way to prepare for your faculty applications. It is an intensive week-long course, which involves a lot of review of application materials, self-reflection and brainstorming about your plans as a faculty. - SGSI 2021 Participant

This is a great program if you are planning to apply to academic jobs. There is so much useful information in this course that is not available anywhere else! - SGSI 2021 Participant

Additional Course Expectations

  • Students are encouraged to begin drafts of written materials (i.e. CV’s) in advance.
  • There is up to an hour of pre-work for each day.
  • Full attendance is expected.

SUNet ID required to log in; all SGSI correspondence sent to your Stanford email account.

Postdoctoral scholars can apply to SGSI beginning on June 20.


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