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Navigating Academic Waters: Academic Job Applications Cyber Workshop

If you are a student or early-career scientist who will soon be navigating the job application process, this five-part cyberseminar series may be just what you need. This series covers various topics including (1) finding positions and starting your application, (2) writing statements, (3) job interviews, (4) startup packages and negotiations, and (5) the dirt on pre-tenure positions. Each Thursday over the course of five weeks from July 8 to August 5, CUAHSI and AGU-H3S will hold a 2-hour long session covering topics related to navigating the academic job market. Each session will have a 1-hour panel discussion and general Q&A, 5-minute break, and 55-minute breakout sessions with more targeted questions with panelists.


Following provides more details on each session.



July 8, 2021 Thursday | 12:00-2:00 PM EST | Zoom Meeting

Part 1 – Finding Positions and Starting your Application

This is the first of two parts focused on academic job documents. Week 1 will review cover letters, CVs, and resources on where to find positions and what positions to apply to. Potential questions: Where do I find job postings? How do I find the place that’s right for me? When should I start applying? What should and should not be on my CV? How long should my cover letter be and what should I include in it?

Panelists:



John Gardner

Assistant Professor, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, University of Pittsburgh


Erin Hotchkiss

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech



Tasnuba Jerin

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning, Missouri State University (Starting in Fall 2021)


Joseph Kasprzyk

Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Watch the recorded session below.





July 15, 2021 Thursday | 12:00-2:00 PM EST | Zoom Meeting

Part 2 – Writing Statements

This is the second part regarding academic job documents, focusing on research, teaching, and diversity statements. Potential questions: What is an appropriate balance between describing previous research and outlining future research ideas? How do I write a teaching statement if I have little to no teaching experience? How long should these documents be? Who should I ask to review these documents before submitting an application?

Panelists:



Alejandro Flores

Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University


Christopher Russoniello

Assistant Professor, Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University



Adam Ward

Associate Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington


Margaret Zimmer

Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz

Watch the recorded session below.





July 22, 2021 Thursday | 12:00-2:00 PM EST | Zoom Meeting

Part 3 – Job Interviews

This session will cover the academic job interview process including the initial phone/video interview, and the following in-person interview that can be over two to three days. Potential questions: What level of detail should I include in my job talk? What is a chalk/coffee talk? How do I prepare for in-person interviews? What questions should I be prepared to ask? What questions should I be prepared to answer?

Panelists:



Melisa A Diaz

Postdoc Scholar, Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Diana Karwan

Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota



Christa Kelleher

Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences & Civil Engineering, Syracuse University


Diego Riveros-Iregui

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Watch the recorded session below.





July 29, 2021 Thursday | 12:00-2:00 PM EST | Zoom Meeting

Part 4 – Startup Packages and Negotiations

While it may seem far away, startup packages and the negotiation process are important and preparation should not be delayed. This session will focus on creating a startup package and tips and tricks to navigate the negotiation process. Potential questions: What should and should not be included in a startup package (e.g. summer salary, student stipends, or professional organization membership fees)? When should I start creating a startup package? What is the best way to determine what a university is likely to approve in a startup package and what total amount is reasonable? How do I go about negotiating a partner hire?

Panelists:



Sarah H. Ledford

Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences, Georgia State University


Soni Pradhanang

Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Rhode Island



Audrey Sawyer

Associate Professor, School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University


Tianfang Xu

Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering & The Built Environment, Arizona State University

Watch the recorded session below.





August 5, 2021 Thursday | 12:00-2:00 PM EST | Zoom Meeting

Part 5 – The Dirt on Pre-Tenure Positions

This session aims to have a discussion with junior faculty about the first few years in an academic job and the expectations in a tenure-track position. Potential questions: What are the most important things to prioritize during my first few years (e.g. building collaborations within the university, applying for grants, recruiting and mentoring students, publishing)? Looking back, what advice would you give to yourself about pre-tenure employment (or, what was the best advice you were given)? How can I find a community with other pre-tenure faculty at my university?

Panelists:



Rebecca Barnes

Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Colorado College


Jennifer Druhan

Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



JP Gannon

Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech


Lauren Lowman

Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, Wake Forest University

Watch the recorded session below.



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