​Academic Faculty Careers


About Academic Faculty Careers 

A summary of careers for scientists in academia, published by the American Society for Microbiology.

Recommendations for obtaining training and experience in teaching, written by Travis Bernardo, Ph.D., for The American Society for Cell Biology.

iBiology Scientific Teaching Series
The iBiology Scientific Teaching Series is a collection of videos that provides current and future undergraduate biology instructors with the tools to design and implement a student-centered curriculum using evidence-based pedagogy.

Washington University CIRTL Program (WU-CIRTL)
WU-CIRTL is a Teaching Center program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are preparing for future faculty positions in STEM disciplines. The WU-CIRTL program is designed to be the starting point for a faculty career that includes the practice of scholarly teaching. 

So You Think You Want a Tenure-Track Job?
A candid look at the constraints of tenure-track careers, written by Liz Swan, Ph.D., for Chronicle Vitae.

Family-Friendly Science
An essay on findiing work-life balance in academic careers by Amanda Zellmer, Ph.D., assistant professor at Occidental College.


Faculty Job Search Resources

Finding a Faculty Job
Tips for finding a faculty job from The American Society for Cell Biology.
Job Market Mentor: A Few Simple Rules
A few simple rules for improving the odds of success on the academic job market, written by John Cawley, Ph.D., for Chronicle Vitae.

Academic Job Search: Applying and Interviewing
Videocast on applying and interviewing for academic jobs from the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education.

Mastering the Academic Cover Letter
This pre-recorded webinar shows you how to write a cover letter that avoids trite, vague, saccharine language, and gives search committees the concrete evidence they need to move you forward. Delivered by Karen Kelsky, Ph.D., founder of The Professor Is In for Chronicle Vitae.

How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement When You Don't Have a Lot of Classroom Experience (Or Even if You Do)
Tips on writing a teaching philosophy statement, written by Joseph Provost, Ph.D., for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Preparing Your Academic Chalk Talk
Tips on preparing for an academic chalk talk, written by Ashley Rowland, Ph.D., for The American Society for Cell Biology.

The Etiquette Minefield of the Interview Meal
Dinner with potential colleagues is not just a meal, it is part of the interview process. John Cawley, Ph.D., offers interview dinner best practices for Chronicle Vitae.

Some Thoughts on the "Two-Body Problem"
Conducting a dual career search with a partner poses special problems. Diedre Ribbens, Ph.D., offers some thoughts for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Resources for New Faculty

You Got a Faculty Position: Now What?
Avery August, Ph.D., offers practical advice for those starting their first faculty position, published by iBiology.  

Tenure-Track Wisdom Series
A collection of articles by new faculty members sharing what they learned in their first year on the tenure track, published by Vitae.

NIH New and Early Stage Investigator Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a special section of their website directed specifically to new investigators including resources and awards.

HHMI Resources for Early-Career Scientists
Resources for the development of Early-Career Scientists including the books Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, second edition and Training Scientists to Make the Right Moves, as well as other resources.

PLOS Computational Biology: About My Lab
The collection "About My Lab" was launched with the mission to share knowledge about lab organization and scientific management. Each Perspective article represents an interview with a Principal Investigator who shares his or her experience of running a lab by discussing selected topics in an informal and personal style.

Online Collaborations: Scientists and the Social Network
Gigantic academic social networks have taken off to a degree that no one expected even a few years ago. A Nature survey explores why.

Getting the Word Out
In a shifting media landscape with a growing public interest in science, some researchers are doing their own PR, written by Karen Zusi for The Scientist.

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