Articles and discussion for people seeking an academic career

Resources for job hunting:

  1. Your professors, friends, and other personal networks are the most reliable ways to obtain information; these give you the greatest chance of being hired.
  2. University job fairs are geared toward undergraduates, but employers often prefer to hire graduate students.
  3. Your school alumni association.
  4. Visiting lectures or seminar speakers at your school, they may know of openings and it gives you the opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation with a member of the department.
  5. Joining a networking site (e.g.,
  6. Continue to develop relationships at each conference and meeting. Approach speakers after their talks and introduce yourself. Ask your department if there are available funds to host a guest seminar speaker that you would like to develop a personal relationship with.
  7. Go out of your way to track down and participate in teaching opportunities.
  8. Research collaborations at previous post; people are much more comfortable hiring/recommending someone with whom they have had a successful working relationship.
  9. Volunteer to organize events/ conferences, this is a good way to meet potential employers.
  10. Ask your advisor or other faculty members in your department to mention that you are on the job market when they are at conferences, giving seminars, or meeting with colleagues.
  11. Participate professional association and conference to build networks, which provide opportunity to receive more job information.
  12. National research labs have plenty of opportunities for highly trained personnel.
  13. At conferences, keep in touch with recruiters from academic institutions. Send a follow up and reminder of your discussion.

Guidance on Writing an Application Package:

Environmental Engineering Academic Job Websites:
The Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, full list of faculty, postdoc, and graduate student openings
Academic positions in all areas
Faculty jobs in all areas
Academic and industrial jobs in civil and environmental engineering
Academic and industrial jobs in all areas
Academic and industrial jobs in all areas
American Chemical Society, academic and industrial jobs in all areas
Jobs in water & wastewater area
Great search engine for specific jobs
Largest general job website
Largest general job website
High level jobs ($100k+)
Chronicle of Higher Education - has job listings and school rankings (like a list of the best schools to work for)
UC Berkeley Career Center Website
Science jobs recruitment website
Academic Positions
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Jobs
American Geophysical Union Career Center
World Bank-Young Professionals Program
Job Board for the international Academic and Research Community
Society for Risk Analysis Opportunities Page
National Institute for Standards and Technology Postdoctoral Research Positions
National Research Council postings for fellowships at national labs
Dutch Academic Career Network

Resources that Provide Guidance for Rising or New Faculty:


Dating and Job Hunting from Inside Higher Ed


Listed below are books that contain good information about faculty roles and responsibilities and development/troubleshooting tips. Some of these books also discuss the application and tenure processes.

  • Barnes SL. On the Market, Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search. 2007. 207pgs.Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. Boulder, CO.
  • Bennett JB. Collegial Professionalism, The Academy, Individualism, and the Common Good. 1998. 193pgs. Oryx Press, Inc. Phoenix, AZ.
  • Davidson CI and Ambrose SA. The New Professor’s Handbook: A Guide to Teaching and Research in Engineering and Science. 1994. 199 pgs. Anker Publishing Company, Inc. Bolton, MA.
  • Lucas CJ and Murry, Jr JW. New Faculty, A Practical Guide or Academic Beginners. 2002. 273pgs. Palgrave, Inc. New York, NY.
  • Obeng K. Surviving Academia: A Guide to New University Professors. 2005. 135 pgs. Universal Publishers. Boca Raton, FL.
  • Petre, M. The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research. 2010.320 pgs. Open University Press.
  • Svinicki M and McKeachie WJ. McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers (13th Edition). 2011. 388 pgs. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA.
  • Vesilin PA. So You Want to Be a Professor? A Handbook for Graduate Students. 2000. 208pgs. Sage Publications, Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Wankat PC. The Effective, Efficient Professor. 2002. 292pgs. Allyn and Bacon, Boston, MA.
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, © 2006 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
  • Wilbert McKeachie and Marilla Svinicki. McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers. 2005. 432 pgs. Wadsworth Publishing, New York, NY.
  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most.
    By Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen. 2010. Penguin Publising: 352 pages.
  • Feibelman, PJ. A PhD Is Not Enough!. Basic Books. 2011
  • Vick JM & Furlong JS. The Academic Job Search Handbook, 4th ed. 2008. 287 pgs. University of Pennsylvania press, Philadelphia, PA.


  • Many universities host an office for faculty development or faculty support services, or something similar. The staff provides training and workshops for developing curricula, understanding how to teach to different learning styles, incorporating new technology into the classroom, etc.

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