Academic Job Search Series

Upcoming Events

Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Search Virtual Monthly Discussion

  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 am ET – Register for July 21 discussion
  • Come ask any questions you want, and meet career resources from around campus! This discussion will cover academic and non-academic careers.

Designing Your Research Statement Around Undergraduate Research

  • Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 pm ET – Register for July 22 session
  • Presenter: Jeffrey Werner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Cortland
  • Through an interactive online discussion,  presenter Dr. 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.

Writing a Diversity Statement for an Academic Job Application

  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 pm ET – Register for July 29 discussion
  • Moderators: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies; Colleen McLinn, Executive Director for Future Faculty and Academic Careers, Cornell Graduate School; Derina Samuel, Associate Director for Graduate Student Development, Center for Teaching Innovation
  • Come discuss how to approach writing the diversity statement sometimes requested as part of faculty or postdoctoral job applications. We will share examples and guidance from Cornell and other colleges and universities. This is an online session.

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!


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About the Series

In 2021-2022, 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 experiences while preparing for job searching and as a candidate. 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


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


Past Events

Developing a Narrative For Your Teaching Statement

  • Wednesday, July 7 from 12:00-1:30 pm ET
  • Presenters: Derina Samuel, Associate Director for Graduate Student Development, Center for Teaching Innovation and Colleen McLinn, Executive Director for Future Faculty and Academic Careers, Cornell Graduate School
  • 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.
  • Slides and handouts available in Cornell Box. Recording is being edited.

Related: Future Professors Institute: Advancing Diversity in the Academy

  • Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23, 2021
  • Sessions: Exploring Your Institutional Fit, Faculty and Leadership Pathways at Minority-Serving Institutions, and Establishing Your Scholarship and Research Agenda as a New Faculty Member, plus a keynote talk.

The Application Process for an Academic Job

  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 pm ET
  • Presenter: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • Recording and slides available

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

  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 pm ET
  • A live online panel discussion and Q&A featuring postdoctoral scholars and graduate students who were offered faculty positions this year.
  • Panelists:
    • Dr. Angela Freeman, Postdoctoral Associate in Psychology
    • Dr. Harriet Okronipa, Postdoctoral Associate in Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
    • Dr. Maxim Shcherbakov, Postdoctoral Associate in Applied & Engineering Physics
    • Dr. Zongjie Wang, Assistant Professor at University of Connecticut and previously a Postdoctoral Associate in Biological and Environmental Engineering and visiting lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Dr. Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society for the Humanities and the Department of Performing and Media Arts

Related: Pathways to Success Symposium

Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Search Monthly Virtual Discussion

  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET
  • 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
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