Academic Job Preparation

Career Transition Guides

Read these career transition guides, researched and written by advanced degrees, to learn more about academic and academic adjacent careers. Guides include an overview of the career, example job titles and employers, information on compensation and location of jobs, advice for getting started in the career and applying to jobs, and a review of required skills as they relate to common job responsibilities.

  • Tenure Track Research Intensive Faculty

  • Community College Faculty

  • Liberal Arts Faculty

  • Academic Staff Scientist

  • Instructional Design

Recorded Programs

  • Part I — Types of Institutions
  • Part II — Identifying Fit
  • Part III — Applying
  • Part IV — Managing the Job Search
  • Part I — Research, Service, and Teaching Expectations
  • Part II — Identifying Institutional Expectations
  • Part III — Most Important Document
  • Part IV — Advice for Applicants

CVs and Application Materials for Faculty Positions

  • Humanities and Social Sciences CV Template
  • STEM CV Template
  • Teaching Statement Example
  • Academic Job Market Application Documents Overview
  • DEI Statement Example
  • Cover Letter Research & Teaching University Example
  • Cover Letter STEM Postdoc
  • Cover Letter Humanities Postdoc
  • Finding a postdoc that sets you up for career success
  • Writing a diversity statement: for international students


Curated List of Academic Alumni@Work Videos

  • Lisa Sigafoos, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Practice at UT Austin

  • Benita Bamgbade, PhD

    Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences

  • Jason Schroepfer, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Arabic, The Virginia Military Institute

  • Robert Carroll, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Instruction at UT Austin

  • Pete Kunze, PhD

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication at Tulane University

  • Timothy Piper, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Communication and Film & Media Studies at Oglethorpe University

  • Kathryn Metz, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Oberlin College & Conservatory

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