Academic Job Search Series

Upcoming Events

Save the Dates! Summer 2021 Academic Job Search Series Programming will begin Wednesday, June 9 at 12 pm and continue on June 19, July 7, 14, 21, and Thursday, July 29. More information to come.

Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Search Virtual Monthly Discussion

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET
  • Come ask any questions you want, and meet career resources from around campus! This discussion will cover academic and non-academic careers.
  • Register to receive the Zoom link

You can always check out our video on demand recordings and archived presentation slides and handouts, linked below. Or, Contact Us about your suggestions for future programming!


Archived Presentations

We are pleased to make on-demand recordings and slides/handouts for recent workshops available to the broader Cornell community. For accessibility questions or requests, please contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu


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About the Series

In 2020-2021, we are offering two types of events, both co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies and Future Faculty and Academic Careers. All events are currently offered as Zoom meetings or webinars until we are able to resume in-person gatherings.

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 interactive workshops to learn more through presentations and activities. Remote connection is available via Zoom with advance registration. Please see below for information about accessing archived recordings and presentation materials from past workshops.

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 periodic discussions aimed at graduate students and postdocs. RSVPs are required.

For questions or accessibility needs to participate in the Academic Job Search Series, please contact the sponsoring Cornell Graduate School offices at: futurefaculty@cornell.edu or postdocs@cornell.edu


Past Events

The Graduate School’s Winter Pathways to Success Symposium was held virtually on January 27-28, 2021, which included career workshops and panels.

Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Search Monthly Virtual Discussion

  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:00 am ET
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm ET
  • Monday, October 21, 2020 from from 11:00 am -12:00 pm ET
  • Monday, September 21, 2020 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm ET
  • Monday, August 17, 2020 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm ET
  • Monday, July 27, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET
  • Monday, June 29, 2020 from 2:30-3:30 pm ET

Interviewing and Negotiation for Academic Positions

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm ET
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 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
  • Archived recording of November session available in Cornell Video on Demand and slides and handouts in Cornell Box

International Student / Postdoc Job Search Discussion

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 am ET
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm ET
  • Monday, July 13, 2020 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm ET
  • Monday, June 22, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET

Approaches to Diversity Statements

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 12:30-1:30 pm ET
  • Discussion Moderators: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies, and Colleen McLinn, Executive Director, Future Faculty and Academic Careers
  • Archived recording available in Cornell Video on Demand, Slides in Box

Developing a Narrative for Your Teaching Statement

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 12:00-1:15 pm ET
  • Through presentation and discussion, we will explore essential elements of a teaching statement for an academic job application. You’ll leave prepared to start your first draft Teaching Statement or to revise an existing one to make sure it accurately reflects your beliefs and experience.
  • Presenters: Dr. Derina Samuel, Associate Director for Graduate Student Development, Center for Teaching Innovation, and Dr. Colleen McLinn, Executive Director of Future Faculty and Academic Careers, Cornell Graduate School
  • Archived recording available in Cornell Video on Demand, Slides and Handouts in Box

Research Statements for Research Intensive Universities: A Panel Discussion

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm ET
  • Panelists: Dr. Ana Maria Porras, Cornell Presidential Postdoc, Dr. Natasha Raheja, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University, and Dr. Terrence Bell, Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes, Penn State University
  • This session features a panel of three early career researchers who recently successfully obtained tenure-track faculty positions, talking about how they approached writing a successful research statement for a research-intensive (or R1) university job application. Through questions and discussion, learn how to craft a focused and compelling research plan that will describe your areas of focus, past contributions, and plans for future work directions up to tenure.
  • Archived recording available in Cornell Video on Demand

Designing Your Research Statement Around Undergraduate Research

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm ET – Register for July 8
  • Presenter: Jeffrey Werner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Cortland
  • Through an interactive online discussion,  presenter Jeffrey Werner (Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Cortland) will help job-seekers interested in faculty positions at four-year colleges and universities (e.g., primarily undergraduate institutions, or PUIs) outline a research statement that highlights plans to mentor undergraduate students in research.
  • Archived recording available in Cornell Video on Demand and slides and handouts in Cornell Box

The Application Process for an Academic Job

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm ET
  • Held online via Zoom
  • Presenter: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • Archived recording available in Cornell Video on Demand and slides in Cornell Box

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

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 4:00-5:30 pm – Register to attend
  • A live online panel discussion and Q&A featuring postdoctoral scholars and graduate students who were offered faculty positions this year.
  • Please contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu or postdocs@cornell.edu for recording – will be added to archive soon
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