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Talking points

Instructions from the department may include other items. Information on research experience/goals and teaching experience are key, and including invited talks conveys demonstrated interest by colleagues in the area of your work.

The application (3)

  • Letters of recommendation
    • Number ranges from approximately 3-5
    • Remember that these individuals will have to write for every application you submit.
  • Some departments will ask you to provide the names, others will ask that you solicit the references to send the letters.
    • Timing of the letters varies — some ask for the letters from the beginning, others later in the process

The application (4)

Writers of letters of recommendation

  • Critical that letters come from someone who knows you well.
  • Status of the person matters, but if they cannot speak knowledgeably about you the letter will be discounted.
  • May be particularly helpful where publication record is low — and the reference can provide perspective (e.g., started a new area and work is just emerging).

Talking points

Apocryphal story: Nobel Laureate wrote: “This is the best student I’ve ever had; if you don’t hire this person, I will have no respect for you or your department.” Most letters with no information hold little sway, but this individual was highly influential in the field and was known not to make such statements lightly. Most letters are more detailed, providing thoughtful commentary on your body of work and your professional style.

Research statement

  • Remember that the search committee members may be in areas peripheral to your research
  • Describe two or three research proposals
    • Usually one that is related to your prior work that is clearly feasible
    • One or two projects that demonstrate your ability to think beyond your current work

Talking points

Audience, particularly in interdisciplinary areas, can be quite varied in terms of background. Craft a message that is understood by readers from distinct backgrounds. In fields where research is a team effort, you have to acknowledge your collaborators while differentiating your key and important contributions to your work. Talk with your mentor(s) about strategies for presenting your work in the context of a team effort. Women are often less clear about their accomplishments and less willing to take credit for what they have done. Play to your strengths within your cultural context.

What to include?

  • Statement of the problem
    • Key unanswered questions in field
    • How will your work contribute?
  • Description of research plans
    • Break into specific aims
    • Include figures
    • Be both creative and realistic- mix of high-likelihood and high-reward projects
  • Show how it will be possible to get grants in this research area

Talking points

Readers have many demands on their time, and they may stop reading or read only part of the document. Have the important, exciting elements in a summary at the beginning. You need to provide the story of where you have been (~25%), where you are (~30%), and where you are going (~45%). The percentages are illustrations just to remind not to dwell too much about where you were multiple years ago, to be clear about your current accomplishments, and to be very, very clera about where the past/present lead you for the future. Generally “stay out of the weeds” unless the design/details are critical to understanding.

What to avoid?

  • If you proposed work is too close to an advisor’s area, you may be too much in their “shade.”
    • Talk with your advisor so that you understand one another’s plans/directions.
  • Proposing work in which you have no experience is risky.

Teaching statement

  • Describe your philosophy towards teaching and experiences that led to this perspective.
  • Discuss courses within the core curriculum that you could teach.
  • Propose new courses that might be developed in the future that you could teach.

What to emphasize in your application?

  • Find out about the department/school
    • Importance of teaching vs. research
    • Areas of interest/growth
  • May want to customize your application materials for different positions
  • Brag about your successes (within reason)!

What is makes an application stand out?

  • Varies between departments/institutions
  • Strong publication record
    • Most important factor!
  • Exciting research plan
    • Creative and innovative while also feasible
  • Great reference letters
    • Evidence of innovation, creativity, hard work, etc.
  • Interesting and innovative teaching plans
    • Highlight your experiences and capabilities
  • Other experiences
    • Experience writing a grant, etc.

What happens next?

  • Generally administrative staff do not review applications
    • Primarily a faculty effort in which a subset of search committee will read an application
  • Faculty committee (sometimes full faculty) will select candidates for interview (often 3-6 out of 100-200 applicants)

What are search committees seeking?

  • Educational institutions, degrees, honors
  • Publication record (suggests potential trajectory)
  • Teaching potential that matches need
  • Positive perceptions of references
  • Research area that “fits” with departmental goals
    • May match already existing, may open new areas

What makes application stand out?

  • Perception of excellence by wide spectrum of reviewing faculty
  • Effective organization that clearly conveys:
    • Strong research accomplishments
    • Well-written and exciting research plan
  • Exciting vision of teaching
  • Research that integrates into the department
  • Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • At the Helm: A Laboratory Navigator
    • Kathy Barker, Cold Spring Harbor Press

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