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Academic Career Preparation Summer Institute

Note. Given a conflict in the instructors' summer schedules, the 2013 Summer Institute will not be held.

Article in GradImpact, Spring 2013

Purpose and Structure: This one-week Summer Institute is designed to prepare doctoral students and postdocs across disciplines for the academic career path. The Institute will focus on two primary goals (1) preparation for the academic job search process, and (2) acculturation and successful transition into the first years of an academic appointment. Morning sessions provide a framework for approaching the academic job search process and preparing for faculty careers at a variety of institutional types; afternoon sessions focus on authoring of academic job application documents such as CV, cover letter, research statement, teaching statement and refining documents via constructive instructor and peer feedback.

Given the institute’s discussion-based focus and individually tailored feedback, enrollment is capped at 12 participants. The Institute focuses predominantly on preparation for faculty appointments, very minimally on preparation for postdoc positions.

Eligibility: Doctoral students who are one to two years away from completing their academic programs (i.e., have completed their coursework and passed their qualifying exams) and have begun to prepare for the academic job market. Postdocs, who are working at UD, and are interested in pursuing a faculty career.
Note. Graduate students who are enrolled or have completed the HETC program are not eligible to enroll.

Students' successful completion of the Institute will be recorded on their official transcript as UNIV 608.
Faculty: Gabriele Bauer, CTAL and Marianne Green, Bank of America Career Services Center

The Summer Institute is co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate & Professional Education.
Information: Gabriele Bauer, CTAL

Past Institutes:
July 2012
2012 Agenda (pdf)
UDaily, August 2011
2011 Agenda (pdf)
2010 Agenda (pdf)
UDaily, July 2010

UDaily, July 2009
2009 Agenda (pdf)

2012 Participants

Xinhui Li, Wei Li, Amber Collins
Sara Patterson, Geun Koh, Susanna Molitoris-Miller