Academic Job Search Series

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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


Upcoming Events

September Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Search Virtual Discussion

  • Monday, September 21, 2020 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm ET – Register for September 21
  • Accommodations: Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should contact Alyssa Lopez (al546)

Archived Presentations

We are pleased to make recordings and slides handouts available to the broader Cornell community. For accessibility questions or requests, please contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu


Past Events

Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Search Virtual Monthly Chat

  • Monday, August 17, 2020 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm ET

August International Student / Postdoc Job Search Discussion

  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 11:00 am -12:00 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

Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Search Virtual Monthly Chat

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET

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

July International Student / Postdoc Job Search Discussion

  • Monday, July 13, 2020 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm ET

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

Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Search Virtual Monthly Chat

  • Monday, June 29, 2020 from 2:30-3:30 pm ET

June International Student / Postdoc Job Search Discussion

  • Monday, June 22, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET

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

May International Student / Postdoc Job Search Discussion

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET

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

February Academic Job Search Discussion

  • Friday, February 21, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Discussion leaders: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies, and Colleen McLinn, Executive 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 provided. RSVP required.

Interviewing and Negotiation for Academic Positions

  • Wednesday, February 12, 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
  • This is a brownbag workshop. Bring your own lunch, and we’ll provide drinks and dessert. RSVPs requested.

Careers In and Beyond Academia

  • Friday, January 31, 2020 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
  • An information session to learn more about the resources available through several Cornell Graduate School offices: Careers Beyond Academia, the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, and CIRTL at Cornell

January Academic Job Search Discussion

  • Friday, January 24, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Discussion leaders: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies, and Colleen McLinn, Executive 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 provided. RSVP required.
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