Academic Job Search Series

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Upcoming Events

Interviewing and Negotiation for Academic Positions

  • Monday, October 31, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
  • Meets via Zoom
  • Presenters: Yael Levitte, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, and Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies

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 or to book an individual consultation!


Archived Presentations

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


About the Series

In 2022-2023, 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.

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


Past Events

POSTPONED: Writing a Research Statement for a Primarily Undergraduate Institution

July 27 Announcement: We have had to postpone the event on short notice due to illness. A video of the 2021 presentation is available through Cornell Video on Demand here.

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 12:00-1:30 pm ET
  • Presenter: Jeffrey Werner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Cortland
  • Through an interactive online discussion,  presenter Dr. Jeffrey Werner (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 Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022 from 12:00-1:30 pm ET
  • Facilitators: 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 academic faculty or postdoctoral job applications. We will share examples and guidance from Cornell and other colleges and universities and prompt you to think about ways in which you do, or could, contribute to a university’s mission.
  • Slides, handouts, and recording available.

Developing a Narrative For Your Teaching Statement

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 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, handouts, and recording available.

The Application Process for an Academic Job

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 12:00-1:30 pm ET (Meets by Zoom)
  • Presenters: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies, Colleen McLinn, Executive Director of Future Faculty and Academic Careers
  • Slides, handouts, and recording available.

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

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET (Meets by Zoom)
  • A live online panel discussion and Q&A featuring postdoctoral scholars and graduate students who were offered faculty positions this year.
  • Panelists:
    • Cindy Córdoba Arroyo, PhD (’22), Apparel Design
    • Stacy Endriss, Research Associate, Natural Resources and the Environment
    • Caitlin Kane, PhD (’22), Performing and Media Arts
    • Keith LeGrand, PhD (’22), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Heidi Vanden Brink, Postdoctoral Associate, Nutritional Sciences and Visiting Researcher in Endocrinology, Children’s Mercy Hospitals

Graduate School Pathways to Success Symposium

  • Wednesday, June 8, 2022
  • Sessions:
    • Self Advocacy and Assertiveness (recording available soon),
    • Claiming Space – Transformative Communication Techniques,
    • Resilience in Writing – The Key to Graduate Writer Wellbeing and Success (recording available soon)

Interviewing and Negotiation for Academic Positions

  • Monday, October 31, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2022 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm ET
  • 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 recordings available in Cornell Video on Demand and slides and handouts in Cornell Box

Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Search Virtual Monthly Discussion

  • Friday, January 21, 2022 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 am ET
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 am ET
  • 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
  • Come ask any questions you want, and meet career resources from around campus! This discussion will cover academic and non-academic careers.
  • Facilitators: Christine Holmes, Postdoctoral Studies Director, Caleb Yu, Graduate and International Student Career Advisor, Colleen McLinn, Executive Director of Future Faculty and Academic Careers, Denise DiRienzo, Experiential Program Director of Careers Beyond Academia, Susi Varvayanis, Executive Director of Careers Beyond Academia
  • Accommodations: We strive to make our events accessible to all community members. Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu. We ask that requests be made at least one week in advance to help ensure they can be met.
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