Frequently Asked Questions about Teaching, Research, and the Job Search
Each year, we ask our workshop participants to identify their top questions about a career in academia, specifically in the areas of teaching, research, and the job search process. Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions with links to web pages with the answers.
How can I engage students, especially non-majors, in learning geoscience?
How do I teach large classes?
How do I design a course from scratch?
How do I design and/or teach courses outside my area of expertise?
How do I prepare lectures and how much time should be spent on this?
What are effective methods for assessing student learning?
How do I incorporate research into teaching?
How do I teach students who have weak math skills?
How do I come up with new research project ideas?
How many research projects / grants / publications are enough?
What should I expect in terms of start-up money?
Where and when do I begin looking for research funds?
How do I set up/start a lab from scratch?
How do I increase my writing/publishing efficiency?
How do I balance time between teaching, research, service/outreach, and a personal life?
Job Search Process
Where and when do I start looking for a job?
How do I know whether academia is right for me?
If I don't fit the job description exactly, should I still apply?
How can I make my application stand out?
What should I expect during the interview?
How do I know which institution will be a good fit for me?
What should I expect for salary, start up, and benefits, and how do I negotiate?
How does one deal with dual career issues and the two-body situation?