Nuggets of wisdom for academic job applicants

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Aug. 22, 2023 | Duration: 59 mins.

This panel-style discussion focuses on the initial steps of the academic job application process, from navigating the academic job market to finding and deciphering job advertisements, and preparing a competitive application for an assistant professor position. The panelists discuss practical tips from different perspectives: postdoctoral fellows currently on the job market, a recently appointed assistant professor and people who read and evaluate the job applications — a recent department chair and an academic dean.


Don Elmore

Don Elmore
Professor and chair, Wellesley College

Marina Holz

Marina Holz
Professor and dean, New York Medical College

Meghna Gupta

Meghna Gupta, moderator
Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, San Francisco

Chrystal Starbird

Chrystal Starbird
Assistant professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Who should watch

  • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows thinking about their next career step(s)
  • Graduate advisers looking to support their trainees’ career development
  • Early-career and midcareer investigators interested in transitioning to a new career in academia

Learning objectives

  • Successfully navigate the academic job market
  • Prepare a competitive application for an assistant professor position
  • Learn about the do’s and don’ts of the application process