Workshop Participants' Wisdom
Prior to the 2014 workshop, we invited participants to share their wisdom with their colleagues, based on their experience. Here's their advice for other early career faculty members about time management or work-life balance and for graduate students and post-docs about the academic job search process.
On work-life balance:
- For a healthy life and a successful career, balancing your personal life with your professional life is crucial. However, often times it is a challenge to do so...
On the job search process:
- There is a lot of variability in culture, work expectations, and experience among even departments that outwardly seem to have similar teaching/research missions. It was helpful to apply to many jobs across a range of universities to find one that fit for me.
Try to approach the interview process from a flipped perspective: you are visiting to interview them. The interview should be a learning opportunity for you, get as much information about the institution, the people, the location as you can to help you make any potential future decisions. Approaching the interview this way will help ease nerves and boost your confidence!
Negotiating your contract
- Make sure everything that you negotiate ultimately comes in the form of writing
- Talk to your professors and if possible talk to people from that university or other universities from the same state... this will give you a better idea about whether you are asking something reasonable or not.