Are you on the academic job market?

Are you in the midst of applying to faculty positions and postdocs? UChicagoGRAD is here to help you put together strong academic job market applications and prepare you for your academic job interviews, job talks, and offer negotiation. Join our workshops, set up a 1:1 advising appointment, and check out our online resources.

Selected Upcoming Workshops

Join us for Curriculum Vitae (CV) Best Practices on Wednesday, October 3, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (CT). The Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the cornerstone of all applications for grants, fellowships, and jobs in academia. This workshop will provide you with CV best practices that will help your academic accomplishments shine. The session is appropriate for graduate students and postdocs in all disciplines. RSVP here. 

Next, mark your calendars for Academic Job Market: Tailoring Your Academic Job Applications on Wednesday October 10, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (CT). Academic job advertisements contain important clues about a hiring department’s priorities. However, these clues can sometimes be hidden amid language that is vague, unfamiliar, or legalistic. How do you decipher these ads, and what do you do with this information once you have it? This workshop will help you decode the language of academic job market advertisements and tailor applications effectively. We will discuss CVs and cover letters in particular. RSVP here. 

If you are looking to prepare for Negotiating an Academic Job Offer, join us on Tuesday, November 7, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (CT). This workshop will help you understand how to successfully negotiate an offer for an academic position (e.g., a professorship, postdoc, lectureship, or visiting position). We will explore when in the hiring process to account for and discuss your needs. We will review what to negotiate to maximize your chances for success in your new role. Finally, we will learn how to conduct the exchange in a way that builds strong ties with your new colleagues and institution. The session will be structured around a case study and role-playing exercise. This workshop is appropriate for PhD/MFA students and postdocs in all disciplines. RSVP here. 

1:1 Advising Appointments

Interested in discussing your job market strategy, workshopping your application materials, or preparing for an upcoming interview? Set up an advising appointment with an advisor on GRAD Gargoyle 

Your dedicated career advisor can help you think through your job market strategy and provide feedback on your CV, cover letter, research statement/proposal, and teaching statement. Simply select “CAREERS” in the scheduling interface and you will see available appointments with your advisor. 

Looking to prepare 1:1 for an upcoming interview or presentation? Choose “Oral Communication” in the appointment system and set up a meeting. 

To discuss questions related to diversity and inclusion, set up a “DIVERSITY” appointment and meet with Joseph Butler, who will also be able to think about and review your diversity statement. 

Online Resources  

For information about academic job documents, check out the GRAD job document resources. If you’re thinking about interviews for faculty positions and postdocs, have a look at the interview resources, which also include links to different interview workshops. 

Questions about the academic job market and resources for applying for faculty positions and postdocs? Email Kathrin Kranz (  

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