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Finding a Job. Pizza Seminar October 30, 2006 Dr. TJ Murphy. Overview. This talk will offer details about the job search process: what kinds of jobs are available (academic and non-academic) places to look for job ads anatomy of an academic job ad

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Finding a job

Finding a Job

Pizza Seminar

October 30, 2006

Dr. TJ Murphy


Overview

Overview

This talk will offer details about the job search process:

  • what kinds of jobs are available (academic and non-academic)

  • places to look for job ads

  • anatomy of an academic job ad

  • putting together competitive application materials

  • the timeline

  • how a search committee might work

  • post-degree professional development opportunities

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What kinds of jobs are available

Academic

Doctoral Institution

Master’s Institution

Bachelor’s Institution

Two-Year College

jobs tend to require teaching, research, and service

Non-Academic

Actuarial Science

Pixar

Google

National Security Agency

jobs tend to require mathematics combined with some other area

What Kinds of Jobs are Available?

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Places to look for job ads

Places to Look for Job Ads

  • www.ams.org

  • www.siam.org

  • AMS Notices

  • MAA Focus

  • Chronicle of Higher Education

  • company websites (e.g., pixar.com, google.com)

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Anatomy of an academic job ad

Anatomy of an Academic Job Ad

  • Tenure-Track at Southwestern

    • http://www.ams.org/cgi-bin/eims/eims-display.pl?JI=pKK6pBKA3r6B

  • Post-Doc at Baylor

    • http://www.ams.org/cgi-bin/eims/eims-display.pl?JI=pKK6A86A3pAr

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Putting together competitive application materials

Putting Together Competitive Application Materials

  • cover letter

  • curriculum vita (CV)

  • teaching statement

  • research statement

  • letters of recommendation

  • AMS Cover Sheet

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Cover letter

Cover Letter

  • Point out very specifically how your background, experience, and career goals match the qualifications in the ad.

  • Why should they pick you over the 200 other applicants?

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Curriculum vita

Curriculum Vita

  • use someone else’s CV as a template

  • name and contact information at the top

  • education

  • positions held

  • honors and awards if any

  • work experience, in categories that make sense for the experiences you have had

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Teaching statement

Teaching Statement

Things to include:

  • philosophy of teaching

    • What constitutes good teaching?

    • How do students learn?

  • description of courses you have had teaching experience with, including what your responsibilities were

  • teaching evaluation scores, with examples of students’ comments

  • professional development experiences you have had

    • TA course (Math 5950)

    • Endorsement for Preparation for Teaching Undergraduate Mathematics: 6 hours of Pedagogy courses such as 5253, 5263, or 5990; plus teaching a class

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Research statement

Research Statement

explain

  • the research you have done

  • and what you plan to do

    • short term

    • long term

  • how it contributes to the knowledge base (past and future)

  • If your research is likely to lead to external funding (e.g., grants from NSF, NASA, NIH), be sure to note this!

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Letters of recommendation

Letters of Recommendation

  • Letters should be from people whose names will be recognized because their work is impressive or who have a title.

    • your advisor

    • a department chair, dean, vice president

    • someone who has seen you teach, especially if that person is someone whose name will be recognized or who has a title.

    • experts in your field -- go to conferences and get to know these people!

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Ams cover sheet

AMS Cover Sheet

  • get from ams.org

  • see also Mathematics Subject Classification Codes

  • note the box to check if you are interested in being considered for a post-doc or other temporary position

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The timeline

The Timeline

  • Job ads seem to be appearing by September-ish and continue into April-ish.

  • Applications are tending to be due as early as mid-October.

  • Joint Mathematics Meetings in January

    • AMS Employment Registry

    • possible employers like to set up appointments even outside of the Employment Registry

  • Phone and on-campus interviews tend to be mostly in the spring.

  • It can be weeks and weeks after an interview before you hear anything.

  • Note that the timeline means that you need to be mostly done with your dissertation research early in the fall of the year you plan to graduate. Then you spend that year looking for a job.

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How a search committee might work

How a Search Committee Might Work

  • Members of the committee read the applications and form an impression of the candidates.

  • People outside of the committee may be asked to read the files and comment as well.

  • The committee makes recommendations to the department about candidates to interview.

  • Interviews are scheduled (spring?).

  • People you met with rate you on your impressiveness and potential, as well as your “fit” as a colleague.

  • Other candidates come for interviews around the same time but on different days.

  • After the candidates have been interviewed, the department will rank the candidates and make an offer to their top choice; if the top choice declines (usually after a week or more), the department will move down the list.

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Anatomy of an on campus interview

Anatomy of an On-Campus Interview

  • meet with people

    • search committee

    • chair

    • dean

    • vice president

    • benefits office

    • other faculty groups

    • groups of students

  • give a seminar-type talk about your research (50 minutes)

  • give a talk to undergraduate majors?

  • teach a class?

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Finding a post doc position

Finding a Post-Doc Position

  • some Post-Doc positions are specifically advertised

  • others, like at OU, use the same candidate pool as the tenure-track positions

  • note the box on the AMS cover sheet

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Post degree professional development opportunities

Post-Degree Professional Development Opportunities

  • the institution’s Center for Teaching

  • Project NExT

    • New Experiences in Teaching

    • is a professional development program for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences. It addresses all aspects of an academic career: improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, and participating in professional activities. It also provides the participants with a network of peers and mentors as they assume these responsibilities.

    • The hiring department must agree to provide funding for you to attend three conferences (and pre-sessions): MathFest, JMM, MathFest.

    • Applications tend to be due in April.

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Relevant urls

www.ams.org

employment information

job ads

www.siam.org

employment information

job ads

www.careercornerstone.org

information about non-academic jobs

http://archives.math.utk.edu/projnext/

New Experiences in Teaching program for new faculty

explanation of process for applying to be NExT Fellow

www.math.ou.edu/~tjmurphy

examples of application materials

Relevant URLs

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