CUAHSI AND AGU H3S - Navigating Academic Waters: Academic Job Applications Cyber Workshop

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AGU-H3S and CUAHSI hosted a summer virtual career development workshop: Navigating Academic Waters: Academic Job Applications Cyber Workshop, convened by the AGU Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee (H3S).

Week 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 and CVs, as well as 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?


Week 2 - Writing Statements

This is the second part on 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 or TA experience? How long should these documents be? Who should I ask to review these documents before submitting the applications?


Week 3 - Job Interviews

This session will cover the academic job interview process including phone/video interviews (e.g. the first interview that’s 30 minutes to 1 hour), and in person interviews that are 2 to 3 days.

Potential questions: What level of detail should I include in my job talk? What is a chalk/coffee talk? What questions should I be prepared to ask? How do I prepare for in person interviews? What questions should I be prepared to answer?


Week 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 startup packages and the negotiation process. 

Potential questions: What should and should not be included in startup packages (i.e. 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? 


Week 5 - So really, what is a pre-tenure position like?

The goal of this session is 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 (i.e. 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 community with other pre-tenure faculty at my university?