Past Series

2018-2021 Academic Job Search Series

Presentations and Handouts

List of Past Events

Writing a Diversity Statement for an Academic Job Application (2021)

  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 pm ET
  • 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.
  • Recording, slides and handouts available

Designing Your Research Statement Around Undergraduate Research (2021)

  • Thursday, July 22, 2021 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 (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.
  • Recording, slides and handouts available

Developing a Narrative For Your Teaching Statement (2021)

  • 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.
  • Recording, slides, and handouts available

Related: Future Professors Institute: Advancing Diversity in the Academy (2021)

  • 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 (2021)

  • 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 (2021)

  • 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 (Summer 2021)

Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Search Monthly Virtual Discussions (2020-2021)

  • 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

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

Interviewing and Negotiation for Academic Positions (2020-2021)

  • 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 Discussions (2020)

  • 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 (2020)

  • 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 (2020)

  • 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 (2020)

  • 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 (2020)

  • 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 (2020)

  • 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 (2020)

  • 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

Academic Job Search Discussions (2019-2020)

  • Friday, February 21, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Friday, January 24, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Friday, October 25, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 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 (2019-2020)

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • November 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

Careers In and Beyond Academia (2020)

  • 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

Designing Your Research Statement Around Undergraduate Research (2019)

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenter: Jeffrey Werner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Cortland
  • Archived recording in Cornell Video on Demand, slides, and handouts available

How to Approach the Research Plan in a Job Application (2019) (for a Research-Intensive University)

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenter: Marvin Pritts, Professor of Horticulture, Cornell University
  • Please contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu or postdocs@cornell.edu for notes on the session

Writing a Teaching Statement (2019)

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 12:00-1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Derina Samuel, Associate Director, Center for Teaching Innovation, and Colleen McLinn, Executive Director, CIRTL at Cornell
  • Slides and handouts available

The Application Process for an Academic Job (2019)

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 12:00-1:30 pm
  • Presenter: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • Archived recording available in Cornell Video on Demand, and slides available

Getting a Faculty Position: Lessons Learned During the Academic Job Search (2019)

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • A brownbag panel discussion featuring postdoctoral scholars and graduate students who were offered faculty positions this year.
  • Archived recording available on Cornell Video on Demand

Academic Job Search Discussions (2018-2019)

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Friday, January 25, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Friday, October 26, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Friday, September 21, 2018 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.

Interviewing and Negotiation for Academic Positions (2018-2019)

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • 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
  • Archived slides available

How to Submit Grants at Cornell: A Primer (2018)

  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Kim Holloway, Associate Director of Proposal Advancement, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Archived slides available

How to Approach the Research Plan in a Job Application (2018) (for a Research-Intensive University)

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenter: Marvin Pritts, Professor of Horticulture, Cornell University
  • Archived recording available (audio only)

Designing Your Research Statement Around Undergraduate Research (2018)

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenter: Jeffrey Werner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Cortland
  • Archived slides, handouts, and recording available

Writing a Teaching Statement (2018)

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Colleen McLinn, Director of CIRTL at Cornell
  • Archived slides, handouts, and recording available

The Application Process for an Academic Job (2018)

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 12:00-1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • Archived slides and recording available

Getting a Faculty Position: Lessons Learned During the Academic Job Search (2018)

  • Monday, May 22, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • 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, Nutritional Sciences; Kaixiong (Calvin) Ye, Biological Statistics and Computational Biology
  • No slides available, contact organizers for takeaways (postdocs@cornell.edu or futurefaculty@cornell.edu)