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APD Update: Sept 15, 2015

Building Your Skills


Articulating Your Research Interests in Writing and Speaking

October 1, 2015 | 3:15–5:15 pm, Walter Library 101

Presenter: Dr. Ilene Alexander, Center for Educational Innovation

As scholars we need to be able to write and talk about our research in clear and compelling ways. Our audiences – be they hiring committees, networks of academic colleagues or classrooms with our students – need to understand our work. Preparation for job searches, conference presentations, professional networking and grant opportunities requires the message to be honed for our particular audience, context, task and purpose in that given setting.

In this workshop session, participants will focus on the development of spoken and written research statements via components of interactive presentation with attention to speaking and writing guidelines, and of discussion of individual job search scenarios as a way to gather specific and overall feedback.

If you have begun creating job search materials, including research statements, teaching philosophies or CVs, please bring these dossier materials to the workshop session – whether brand new drafts, twice-revised versions, or audience-specific iterations, whether in electronic or print formats. Register

Building Your Career


Writing the Cover Letter for the Academic Job Search

September 23, 2015 | 3–4:30 pm, Moos Tower 1-450

Presenter: Dr. Bill Rozaitis, Center for Educational Innovation

The cover letter is one of the most important documents in an academic job searcher’s dossier. This interactive workshop introduces participants to the "nuts and bolts" of effective cover letters. Participants will review and critique sample letters, applying what they’ve learned to their own cover letter draft. They will also consider the ways in which institutional type, specific job characteristics, and their own goals and values impact the organization and content of the cover letter. NOTE: Participants who are actively seeking employment should bring a draft of their cover letter to the workshop. Register


Writing the Teaching Philosophy for the Academic Job Market

October 8, 2015 | 3–4:30 pm, 101 Walter Library

Presenter: Dr. Bill Rozaitis, Center for Educational Innovation

The teaching philosophy is an essay that every future faculty member should have. It is commonly requested during the academic job search and is a key document in the dossier for promotion and tenure. It’s also difficult to write, and many graduate students/postdocs don’t know where to begin. This interactive workshop takes participants step-by-step through the process of drafting a teaching philosophy. Register


Effective Interviewing for Academic Jobs 

October 20, 2015 | 2:30–4:30 pm, Walter 101

Presenter: Dr. Paul Ching, Center for Educational Innovation

This workshop is for graduate students and postdocs who will be interviewing for faculty positions. The presentation will cover pre-interview preparation, making a great first impression, effective responses to typical interview questions, questions to ask of the interviewer, and memorable closure. Register


Preparing for the Campus Visit Interview

October 29, 2015 | 2:30–4:30 pm, Jackson Hall 2-137

Presenter: Dr. Paul Ching, Center for Educational Innovation

  • “Is the water glass on my right or left side?”
  • “I’m meeting with the Dean…What do I talk about?”
  • “I’m really worried about the question/answer period at the end of my job talk. What should I do?”

The answer to these questions and more will be addressed in this workshop.  To prepare you for this all-important interview, we’ll discuss everything from the itinerary that you initially receive to your final meeting with the search committee, and everything in between.  While some content from the Interviewing Workshop will be reviewed in this campus visit workshop, we will be focusing on the unique aspects of the campus visit such as the meal with the search committee, the teaching demonstration and the job talk. Register 


The Versatile PhD

Online resource for non-academic professional development: Panel Discussions

The Versatile PhD is the oldest, largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social science and STEM. University of Minnesota graduate and professional students have free access to this resource through an institutional subscription.

Each year, The Versatile PhD holds a series of panel discussions in the asynchronous discussion forums on the site. Each discussion focuses on a specific non-academic career that is open to PhDs, and features four to six PhDs or ABDs currently working in that career. Panel discussions coming up this academic year:

  • Sept. 14-18: “Careers in Technology Transfer” in the STEM forum (more information)
  • Oct. 19-23: “Careers in Publishing” in the Humanities/Social Science forum
  • Nov. 16-20: “University Administration for STEM” in the STEM forum
  • Jan. 25-29: “Careers in Business” in the Humanities/Social Science forum
  • Feb. 22-26: “Careers in Software Engineering” in the STEM forum
  • Mar. 14-18: “Careers in Technical Writing” in the Humanities/Social Science forum

Login using your U of M x500 username and password: https://versatilephd.com/