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CIRTL at Cornell

Academic Job Search Series

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Upcoming Events

The Application Process for an Academic Job

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 12:00-1:30 pm – RSVP for June 12
  • 102 Mann Library (Remote participation also possible via Zoom)
  • Presenters: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies and Colleen McLinn, Executive Director of CIRTL at Cornell
  • This is a brownbag discussion, bring your own lunch and we’ll provide drinks and dessert
  • RSVPs requested. Questions? Contact: cirtl@cornell.edu or postdocs@cornell.edu

Save the Dates for Summer 2019 Workshops!

  • We will start another series of 2019-2020 academic job search workshops in June. Upcoming dates are lunchtimes on the following Wednesdays: June 12, July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31.

Past Events

Recordings of past events on Vimeo 

For the password to access, contact: cirtl@cornell.edu or postdocs@cornell.edu

Getting a Faculty Position: Lessons Learned During the Academic Job Search

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • 102 Mann Library (Remote participation also possible via Zoom)
  • Join us for a panel discussion featuring postdoctoral scholars and graduate students who were offered faculty positions this year.
  • This is a brownbag lunch discussion; bring your own lunch and we’ll provide drinks and dessert.
  • RSVPs requested. Questions? Contact: cirtl@cornell.edu or postdocs@cornell.edu

February Job Search Discussion

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Discussion leaders: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies and Colleen McLinn, Director of CIRTL at Cornell
  • A supportive and friendly environment for grad students and postdocs to get input on questions and concerns about the job search! Lunch will be provided.

Interviewing and Negotiation for Academic Positions

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Yael Levitte, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, and Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • This is a brownbag workshop; bring your own lunch and we’ll provide drinks and dessert.
  • Interviewing and Negotiating Slides (Spring 2019) (pdf)

January Job Search Discussion

  • Friday, January 25, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Discussion leaders: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies and Colleen McLinn, Director of CIRTL at Cornell
  • A supportive and friendly environment for grad students and postdocs to get input on questions and concerns about the job search! Lunch will be provided.

Interviewing and Negotiation for Academic Positions

  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Yael Levitte, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, and Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • This is a brownbag workshop, bring your own lunch and we’ll provide drinks and dessert
  • Interviewing and Negotiating Slides (November 2018) (pdf)

October Job Search Discussion

  • Friday, October 26, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Discussion leader: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • A supportive and friendly environment for grad students and postdocs to get input on questions and concerns about the job search! Lunch will be provided

September Job Search Discussion

  • Friday, September 21, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Discussion leaders: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies, and Colleen McLinn, Director of CIRTL at Cornell
  • To cap off Postdoc Appreciation Week, we will have a fun and confidential opportunity to get your questions about the job search answered. Graduate students and visiting scholars are also welcome. Lunch will be provided

How to Submit Grants at Cornell: A Primer

  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Kim Holloway, Associate Director of Proposal Advancement, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Grant Submission Primer Slides (pdf)

How to Approach the Research Plan in a Job Application (for a Research-Intensive University)

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenter: Marvin Pritts, Professor of Horticulture, Cornell University
  • Audio recording available (Note: captions are autogenerated and may have errors, no slides were used).

Designing Your Research Statement Around Undergraduate Research

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenter: Jeffrey Werner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Cortland
  • This is a brownbag discussion, bring your own lunch and we’ll provide drinks and dessert
  • Research Statement Slides (pdf) and Research Statement Handouts (pdf)

Writing a Teaching Statement

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Colleen McLinn, Director of CIRTL at Cornell
  • This is a brownbag discussion, bring your own lunch and we’ll provide drinks and dessert
  • Teaching Statement Slides (pdf) and Teaching Statement Handouts (pdf)

The Application Process for an Academic Job

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 12:00-1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • This is a brownbag discussion, bring your own lunch and we’ll provide drinks and dessert
  • Academic Job Search Slides (pdf)

Getting a Faculty Position: Lessons Learned During the Academic Job Search

  • Monday, May 22, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Join us for a brown bag lunchtime panel discussion featuring postdoctoral scholars and graduate students who were offered faculty positions this year.
  • Panelists: Nick Fesette, Theater; Sarah Lower, Molecular Biology and Genetics; Emily Riddle, Nutrition; Kaixiong (Calvin) Ye, Biological Statistics and Computational Biology
  • No slides available, contact us for takeaways (postdocs@cornell.edu or cirtl@cornell.edu)

About the Series

In 2018-2019, we are offering two types of events:

Academic Job Search Workshops

Interested in learning more about the Academic Job Search process, and the materials you will need to gather for an application? Come to brown bag lunch workshops to learn more through presentations and activities. Co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies and CIRTL at Cornell. RSVPs are requested.

Job Search Discussion Groups

We are gathering a supportive community of peers where you can discuss your experience on the academic job market. Bring questions, problems, and things you’ve always wondered about to these monthly Friday lunch discussions aimed at doctoral students and postdocs. Co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies and CIRTL at Cornell. Catered lunch will be provided. RSVPs are required.