Academic Job Search

Throughout the academic year but increasing in spring quarter, the Graduate Division—in partnership with the Graduate Student Commons, the UCSC STEAM Postdoc Association (USPA), the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL), Career Success of Student Affairs and Success, and The Humanities Institute (THI)—offers instructional presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and other events to support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with the academic job search. Topics and events typically include those listed on this page.

Notifications and reminders of academic job search events appear regularly in the Graduate Student Commons weekly newsletter (Mondays during the academic year), the quarterly Graduate Division newsletter (the week prior to or the first week of fall, winter, and spring quarters), and via email postings to the Graduate Division all-graduate-student and all-postdocs Google Groups.

If you’re preparing to enter the academic job market, also explore the website Academic Job Market Success by former Assistant Vice Chancellor Gwynn Benner of Student Affairs and Success. It has sections on:

Writing the Curriculum Vitae (CV)cc-logo-no-slogan-150-x-34.png

Applications for academic positions and some industry, government, and non-profit research positions require a CV instead of a resume. The website Academic Job Market Success by former Assistant Vice Chancellor Gwynn Benner of Student Affairs and Success covers CV Writing and Converting Your CV to a Resume. The following video about the CV by Gwynn Benner discusses:

  • Differences between a CV and a resume, what belongs in each, and how many pages each typically is, depending on years of experience
  • How to organize a CV based on type of position you’re applying for (primarily teaching or research)
  • Style tips, such as font size
  • Details on section content and formatting
  • And more!

To access the video, you must sign in with your CruzID (UCSC email address) and Gold Password.

The left menu CV Writing option links to a CV Writing workshop by Veronica Heiskell, associate director of experiential learning and student employment with Career Success.

Writing the Contributions to Diversity Statement

The instructional presentation guides those entering the academic job market in crafting the often requisite contributions to diversity statement as part of academic portfolios, along with the CV and teaching and research statements.

  • What is the contributions to diversity statement?
  • What to include and not include in a contributions to diversity statement
  • How to demonstrate action to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion

citl-logo.pngWriting the Teaching Statement and Preparing the Teaching Portfolio

This interactive workshop offers tools for writing and revising a statement of teaching philosophy, a useful document not only for academic job materials and grant applications, but also for documenting and developing teaching more generally. The instructor will also discuss strategies for developing a teaching portfolio that centers student learning, provides evidence of effective teaching, and communicates educational values.

Writing the Research Statement

The research statement describes the graduate student’s or postdoctoral scholar’s current research and plans for future research endeavor. The description of current research includes how the applicant will communicate results, such as publication in a dissertation, paper, book, and so on. The statement should showcase research success and independence. Read more about the research statement.

logo3ccc3.jpgApplying to California Community Colleges

Sponsored by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Registry, the director of the CCC Registry moderates this panel discussion with UCSC graduate student alumni who currently teach at California community colleges. The 2020 panel included graduate alumni working at Cabrillo College (Aptos), De Anza College (Cupertino), Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill and San Ramon), Evergreen Valley College (San Jose), and San Jose City College and representing the fields of chemistry, literature, music, and psychology. The 2021 panel features a return of most members of the 2020 panel, with additional representation of San Diego City College.

Interviewing and Negotiating Salary and Benefits

You got an interview! Now prepare to give a professional interview in this workshop by actually practicing. When you get the job offer, prepare to negotiate the terms of your acceptance, including your salary, by actually practicing. This interactive workshop provides the information and techniques you need for both conversations.

For information specific to the academic job interview and compensation negotiation, explore the information in the website Academic Job Market Success created by retired UCSC Student Affairs and Success Assistant Vice Chancellor Gwynn Benner, the Preparing for the Interview and Negotiating the Position sections.


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