How to navigate the academic job market
facilitator: Karen Kelsky, PhD
In this 3-week course, Dr. Karen Kelsey will walk participants through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways to maximize your chances of success while looking for a tenure-track job.
Part One will cover the big-picture conditions of the U.S. tenure track job market, how to think like a search committee, why you need a five year plan of productivity, and the four core qualities of a successful tenure track job candidate. Part Two will focus on job applications, with a focus on how to write the cover letter and CV. Part Three will focus on interviews, covering the major types of questions you can expect in an academic interview, how to prepare answers, and how to overcome the most common pitfalls, like rambling and hyper-emotionalism.
About the Facilitator:
Karen Kelsky is the Founder and President of The Professor Is In, which provides advice and consultancy services to researchers and academics, and a regular columnist at the Chronicle of Higher Education. A former R1 tenured professor and department head, and a cultural anthropologist by training, Dr. Kelsky explains the unspoken rules of the academic career, from building a competitive record and writing competitive job applications to interviewing effectively, negotiating offers, navigating career challenges, and transitioning out of the academy.
Her book, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job (Random House 2015) is a must-read for all PhDs and post-docs looking for career advice.