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Navigating the Academic and Professional Job Search:

A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

AEESP Conference at Yale University, New Haven, CT

Sunday June 14, 2015
8:00 - 9:45 am

A Service of the AEESP Student Services Committee (SSC)

Download the Information/Instructions PDF document

Student and Postdoc Participants

Workshop participants will learn about the academic and professional job search process and receive individualized feedback on their draft application documents from teams of professors and professionals through small group activities. Participants will also receive first-hand insights regarding job expectations from representatives of a diverse range of teaching and research institutions. To register, see the Student and Postdoc Registration Process on Page 3.

Faculty Volunteers
Several weeks before the workshop students and postdocs will submit materials as if they were applying for an academic and/or professional position (as described in their registration process). We are looking for faculty members to review these materials and work with students and postdocs during the workshop to help them improve their application packages. To volunteer, please email Dr. Ramesh Goel (ram.goel@utah.edu).

Our list of volunteer faculty reviewers is available, and will be updated regularly until the workshop date.

8:00-8:45 Panel Discussion: The Environmental Engineering Faculty Search Process
We will have a group of four panelists with knowledge about the search process in environmental engineering:

  • Dr. Amy Pruden, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Jennifer Becker, Michigan Tech
  • Dr. Andrea Achilli, Humboldt State
  • Dr. Manish Kumar, Penn State
  • Dr. Richard Carbonaro, Mutch Associates

The panel discussion question and answer will be facilitated by David Ladner, from Clemson University.

8:45-9:45 Small Group Break-out

Teams of two or three faculty with three students and postdocs will be assigned and the student/postdoc application packages will be given to the faculty before the workshop. These teams will meet in person during the small-group break-out session to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the application packages. Students and postdocs can also ask further questions about the overall search process.

Instructions for Student and Postdoc Participation

Because this workshop is designed to provide participants personalized feedback about the academic and professional job search, workshop attendance is limited to only 30 people. Individuals wishing to participate should send an e-mail to Terri Olson (tmolson@umich.edu) by April 6th, 2015 with their current contact information and a 150-250 word statement describing their reasons for attending. Seats will be filled on a first come, first serve basis and registrants should receive e-mail confirmation by April 10, 2015. Along with this confirmation will be an invitation to join our wiki website. As part of their participation agreement, participants will be required to add information to the site (see step 2 below).
As a condition of participating in this workshop, and in order to provide the most meaningful help in the academic search process, participants agree to do the following:

1) By May 15th, 2015 submit the following to Terri Olson (tmolson@umich.edu) by e-mail. Put all the documents together into one PDF.

  • Cover letter
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of Equipment and Major Supplies
  • Three PowerPoint slides describing future research plans

The SSC has created a set of recommendations: Content for the Academic Job Application Process. Consult those for guidance on preparing your package.

2) By June 1st, 2015 participate in the online wiki project by following the instructions at this link: 2015 Workshop Wiki Instructions

Participants not fully completing steps 1 and 2 will not be prepared to participate in the small group session of the workshop.

Workshop Leaders and Questions
Please contact the following individuals if you have questions:
General Questions

Questions about the student/postdoc registration process:

Questions from/about faculty volunteers:

Questions about the wiki:

Questions about on-site logistics: