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8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
MSU Ballroom
MSU Graduate School
Expectations of Academic Institutions, Academic hiring, tenure, and promotion, Types of academic institutions and admissions

Securing Academic Position at 2- and 4- Year Institutions

What type of academic position would you like to have after completing your degree or post-doc?  What are the expectations for applicants and potential career trajectories at different kinds of institutions?  In this interactive workshop, you will learn about the academic cultures at a variety of institutions, and about how to tailor your application and interviewing strategies to these different settings. The morning session will start with a video feature profile of former MSU Ph.D.s who teach at 2- and 4-year institutions, who will describe what their faculty positions entail, and how their preparation matched with the expectations and demands of their positions.  Then featured panelists who are current administrators and faculty members from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, colleges with religious affiliations, universities with historically specialized missions, and research extensive universities will discuss what they look for when they are screening applications, what interviews look like on their campus, and expectations for tenure and promotion.   This workshop is aimed at doctoral students and post-docs at all levels, from those just beginning their coursework or post-doc and planning ahead to acquire the skills they need to successfully navigate academic culture, to those starting on their job searchers and making the transition from graduate student post-doc to becoming an assistant professor.  

The interactive afternoon session is still under development based on the availability of some speakers groups but it may entail:

A) The interactive afternoon session will focus on talking about research in the interview. Learn how to communicate your strengths and interests, set yourself apart in interviews, and get your audience excited about your work.  Are you prepared for all of the venues and formats you might encounter in the job search (telephone interview, video interview, conference exchanges, campus visit)? Can you talk about your research outside your prepared job talk or research presentation?  How do you respond when the Academic Dean who is not in your field asks you to sum up your research?  How do you talk about your research in institutions where research is not the primary focus?  We will explore interview strategies through discussions of video vignettes and you will practice presenting your research to different audiences, and learn strategies for managing casual conversations on campus visits to job talks.


B) The interactive breakout sessions will focus on information related to specific disciplines.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to decipher job ads,  discuss the preparation for faculty interviews, and practice how they may respond to to questions that come up in academic interviews in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences at two- and four-year institutions.  Facilitators will include faculty from a variety of institutions to provide prospectives of what works and what doesn't work at various types of institutions


C) The interactive breakout sessions will focus on discussing the challenges and opportunities for transitions into faculty life.  Participants will have the opportunity to attend one of two panel sessions on: "Transitioning to Faculty Life: Survival Skills for Tenure, Promotion and Administration or "From Landing a Postdoc to Thriving as a Faculty Member.  Each breakout session will feature faculty members in various stages of their careers at different types of institutions


D) In graduate school you work diligently on your research, make presentations at professional conferences, and perhaps have opportunities to teach courses, but what type of additional "insider knowledge" do all graduate students need to know about their future professional opportunities?  As you transition from being a graduate student to being a faculty member at a two- or four-year institution what do you need to know to be successful?  What might be the professional-level expectations of your new colleagues, your department chair, and the university?  To discuss these topics, participants will interact with the members of The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Theater Program from the University of Michigan.  

Moderators: Dr. Rique Campa (Fisheries and Wildlife) Associate Dean, The Graduate School and Dr. Judith Stoddart (English), Interim Dean, The Graduate School.   

This workshop is part of the PREP Job Search Series, and it fulfills the Certification in College Teaching Competency area “Understanding the University Context.”