Your Career Starts Here

Your Career Starts Here

 

  • Get some teaching experience.
  • If possible, try to teach undergrads and grad students. 
  • Consider teaching at different types of institutions.
  • If TA opportunities are not available, seek alternative teaching roles.  Become an adjunct instructor, volunteer to guest lecture, give scholarly presentations, etc.
  • Make progress on your research.
  • Having your dissertation near completion when applying enhances your marketability.
  • Publish and present your work at the university, regional, and/or national level. 
  • Increase your visibility and your network.
  • Attend professional conferences.
  • Volunteer to serve on professional committees.
  • Do you really want to become a faculty member ?
  • Be aware of your biases and the biases of your faculty members.  For example, some individuals may feel that teaching at anything other than a major research university equals failure.
  • Learn more about what it’s really like to be a faculty member at different types of schools.
  • Interview faculty or alumni who have taught at various institutions.  Ask them how they spend their time, what they like about their jobs, what challenges they face, etc.
  • Review job postings for different types of schools to see how positions are described.
  • Think about what kind of institution would truly be the best for you.
  • Research university, liberal arts school, community college ?
  • Secular, private independent, private religious ?
  • Undergraduate school or graduate-degree granting school ?
  • Where in the country are you willing to move?  What is your Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C ?
  • Think about job prospects for your partner.
  • Listen to your gut.  Follow your instincts.

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