Fall 2019 Preparing for Faculty Job Applications Series underway - Sept. 10 through Oct. 15

Submitted on September 18, 2019

Interested in a faculty position? The Preparing for Faculty Job Application Series is worth checking out. Most of the sessions are in person, but materials will be made available online after the conclusion of the series.

Update, 9/23/2019: The session on Sept. 24 will take place in the Student Union's Sabino Room. The sessions from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 will take place in the Kiewit Auditorium of the Arizona Cancer Center located at 1515 N Campbell Avenue.

Full Schedule with descriptions:

1. Paving Pathways Beyond PhD: Academia and Higher Education (September 10, 2019)

Time: Noon to 1:30pm Venue: Graduate Center and Postdoctoral Affairs Classroom, 1600 E 1st St (this session will also be available via Zoom )

Navigating the job market can be a daunting task, especially for PhDs. This introductory workshop focuses on what career paths you can consider as someone with advanced doctoral or post-doctoral training. Attendees will gain insight into the career pathways within academia and higher education and how to begin navigating each path. The workshop is open to individuals in all disciplines. A separate workshop on pathways outside of academia and higher education will be offered in Spring 2020.

2. Creating ePortfolios and an Online Presence (September 17, 2019)

Time: Noon to 1pm Venue: Graduate Center and Postdoctoral Affairs Classroom, 1600 E 1st St

Building and maintaining a professional online presence is becoming a necessity for an academic career. Part of an academic identity is a cohesive and comprehensive professional portfolio, which often includes a teaching philosophy statement, representative sample of instructional materials, research materials, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. In this workshop, we will discuss the purpose and characteristics of an effective professional portfolio, strategies for an engaging portfolio design, and share examples of online portfolios.

3. Writing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement (September 24, 2019)

Time: Noon to 1pm Venue: Student Union Memorial Center, Sabino Room (Floor 3), 1303 E University Blvd.

With growing dedication to inclusivity and accessibility, educational institutions frequently ask for explicit statements about our diversity-responsive beliefs and practices. That can be a daunting task. No idea where to start telling your story? Join us! We’ll help you identify and articulate your investment in inclusive and diversity-responsive teaching, research, and service. We will alternate individual writing exercises and brief discussions to systematically work through conceptualizing and drafting (or revising) your diversity statement.

4. Preparing for the Academic Job Interview (October 1, 2019)

Time: Noon to 1pm Venue: Kiewit Auditorium of the Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N Campbell Avenue

For any college faculty position, job interviews not only involve fielding questions about teaching experience from various stakeholders, but also commonly include teaching demonstrations that range from a short audition to guest teaching in actual courses. For faculty positions that also involve research, questions about research and a research talk are expected. In this workshop, participants will engage in individual exercises and group discussions to plan for an academic job interview, including practice answering actual interview questions. Strategies for how to successfully plan for the teaching demonstration and research talk will be discussed, particularly those that involve guest teaching in actual classes.

5. Developing your Teaching and Research Statements (October 8, 2019)

Time: Noon to 1pm Venue: Kiewit Auditorium of the Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N Campbell Avenue

Teaching and research statements represent core elements of the faculty job application, as they communicate not only what you can do, but also who you are. In this workshop, participants will engage in individual exercises and group discussions to begin to develop or refine the Teaching and Research Statement. Further, as colleges and universities are increasingly requesting evidence of teaching effectiveness as part of these applications, participants will also discuss what evidence is appropriate to include and how to present Teacher Course Evaluations or other student ratings.

6. Application Materials Review (October 15, 2019)

Time: Noon to 1:30pm Venue: Kiewit Auditorium of the Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N Campbell Avenue

Getting feedback is important for any job application. Have your application materials, ePortfolio, and professional social media (LinkedIn, etc.) reviewed by the series’ workshop facilitators and others from across campus.

For questions, please contact Erin Dokter