Organized by the Sheridan Center and CareerLAB, this series is designed to help doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows prepare for the academic job market. The Center regularly offers sessions on faculty life at a liberal arts college, teaching philosophy statements and teaching portfolios. Check Upcoming Events for current offerings. You may also wish to attend sessions of the Sheridan Center's Academic Career Roundtable Series or explore the Academic Job Market Resources section of the Center's website, which contain a wealth of online resources.
Higher Education Basics: What You Should Know if You Are Interested in an Academic Career (in the U.S.)
At this session, participants learned about the landscape of higher education in the U.S., the faculty hiring process and how they can begin preparing even now for the academic job market.
Careers in Higher Education: Alternatives to Faculty Positions
At this program featuring a panel of PhDs working as administrators at Brown, participants interested in considering alternatives to faculty positions learned about the variety of administrative positions available in colleges and universities.
Cultivating an Online Presence for the Academic Job Market
At this session, participants learned tips and advice about crafting an online profile for the academic job market.
Preparing Now for Next Year’s Academic Job Market
At this program, participants learned what they should do over the summer to get ready to apply for academic jobs in the coming year. The program begin with a brief presentation outlining how to prepare for next year's academic job market, followed by a panel of doctoral students/postdocs who had successfully navigated the academic job market.
- Humanities & Social Sciences: PowerPoint slides & handout
- Life & Physical Sciences: PowerPoint slides & handout
Teaching Philosophy Statements
This session helped participants learn how to create a persuasive teaching philosophy statement that accurately describes them as an instructor and serves them well during the application/interview process and beyond.
E-Portfolios for the Academic Job Market
An online presence showcasing one's academic work (including research, teaching and service) can be invaluable in the academic job search process. This session introduced the electronic portfolio and its individual elements, and explained how one can use them in the search for an academic position.
- PowerPoint slides: E-Portfolios for the Academic Job Market
- Handout: E-Portfolios for the Academic Job Market
Preparing for Your First Year after Graduate School in the Life & Physical Sciences
This program featured junior faculty members and postdocs who shared their thoughts on how to prepare for your first year in an academic job.
Preparing for Your First Year as a Faculty Member in the Humanities & Social Sciences
This program featured junior faculty members from a variety of academic institutions who shared their thoughts on how to prepare for your first year as a faculty member.