The Academic Job Search Handbook

The Academic Job Search Handbook

The Academic Job Search Handbook

The Academic Job Search Handbook


For more than 15 years, The Academic Job Search Handbook has assisted job seekers in all academic disciplines in their search for faculty positions. The guide includes information on aspects of the search that are common to all levels, with invaluable tips for those seeking their first or second faculty position. This new edition provides updated advice and addresses hot topics in the competitive job market of today, including the challenges faced by dual-career couples, job search issues for pregnant candidates, and advice on how to deal with gaps in a CV. The chapter on alternatives to academic jobs has been expanded, and sample resumes from individuals seeking nonfaculty positions are included.

The book begins with an overview of the hiring process and a timetable for applying for academic positions. It then gives detailed information on application materials, interviewing, negotiating job offers, and starting the new job. Guidance throughout is aimed at all candidates, with frequent reference to the specifics of job searches in scientific and technical fields as well as those in the humanities and social sciences. Advice on seeking postdoctoral opportunities is also included.

Perhaps the most significant contribution is the inclusion of sample vitas. The Academic Job Search Handbook describes the organization and content of the vita and includes samples from a variety of fields. In addition to CVs and research statements, new in this edition are a sample interview itinerary, a teaching portfolio, and a sample offer letter. The job search correspondence section has also been updated, and there is current information on Internet search methods and useful websites.


The Academic Job Search Handbook is designed to be a comprehensive guide to what is sometimes a needlessly bewildering process. It is written to help recent Ph.D.s, as well as junior faculty members who are changing positions, benefit from the experience of those who have successfully navigated the academic market. Our guidance is geared toward those conducting a job search in the United States. Candidates looking for jobs in other countries may find our advice to be of use; however, it is beyond the scope of this book to comment on the nuances of the job search in other countries or regions of the world.

Since the Handbook was first published in 1992, and even since the third edition in 2001, the ways candidates look for jobs have not substantially changed, so much of the original advice remains the same. However, we have added some new materials.

We have enhanced the sections on interviewing, negotiating job offers, starting the first job, and expanded career opportunities for Ph.D.s. the sample job hunting materials have been updated and expanded to provide job candidates with an array of possibilities in terms of content, arrangement, and format. We have added a sample teaching portfolio, a sample interview schedule, and a sample letter of offer.

The book begins with an overview of academic careers and institutional structures. It then takes you step by step through the application process, from establishing relationships with advisors years before going on the market to making the most of a new position. Steps discussed include positioning yourself in the market, learning about job listings, preparing vitas, cover letters, and other application materials related to teaching and research, discussing plans with those who will recommend you, participating in conferences, and negotiating offers. the final chapter reflects the reality that many people, while having an academic career as their first choice, are also considering other options as they pursue their academic search. Sample written materials, a timetable for your search, an appendix of scholarly and professional associations, and an appendix of resources are included.

Because so many of the students and postdocs we work with are con-

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