Linguistics job application workshop November 12, 2013 Approximate job cycle • July- apply to LSA, other major conferences • August/September- have materials ready, contact letter writers, clean up professional website • October 1st- application deadlines start • December- phone interviews start • January- campus visits start • February- job offers start – Use with caution to see if you are still in the running: Academic Jobs Wikihttp://academicjobs.wikia.com/wiki/Academic_Jobs_ Wiki Time & stats (Karen) • 214 hours of work = 5+ 40-hour workweeks • 26 applications sent > 5 phone interviews + 1 campus visit • http://www.grad.illinois.edu/careerservices/a cademic/jobsearch/Template_for_tracking_jo b_search.xls Stats for Darren • Two years on the job cycle: final year of Ph.D. and first year of postdoc • Ph.D. Year: 1 faculty job application > 1 campus visit (no offer), 3 postdoc applications > 2 campus visits (2 offers, took 1) • Postdoc year: 8 faculty applications > 1 phone interview (no offer) and 1 direct invite to campus visit (offer) Finding jobs • Linguist List (subscribe to digest) • HigherEd Jobs (can subscribe for headings such as Linguistics, Spanish) • Postdocs available but not common • Think of allied fields (e.g. foreign languages, psychology) • Go geographically wide if at all possible Components of a job application • • • • • • • Cover letter Curriculum Vitae Research statement Teaching statement Teaching evaluations Writing sample Reference letters • Free blog: – http://theprofessorisin.com/pearlsofwisdom/ • Cover letter – http://theprofessorisin.com/2013/05/17/whyyour-job-cover-letter-sucks/ • CV – http://theprofessorisin.com/2012/01/12/drkarens-rules-of-the-academic-cv/ • Research Statement – http://theprofessorisin.com/2012/08/30/drkarens-rules-of-the-research-statement/ • Teaching statement – http://theprofessorisin.com/2011/09/16/thedrea dedteachingstatement/ • Teaching evaluations – http://theprofessorisin.com/2011/09/23/1610/ Solicit feedback! • Ask your advisor and other faculty to read over your CV and statements, and give you feedback! Cover letter • Sample outline: – Brief introduction to yourself: what you study, when you will graduate, basic thesis topic and 2 sentences on the implications – A little more about your research interests – A little bit about what courses you’ve taught and what you might like to teach – Highlight what funding you’ve gotten and that you are going to be actively seeking more – Why you’re an excellent fit for the department and advertised job • Keep it brief! Under 2 pages! 1.5 is a good number Do your research on the school • One sentence “fit statement” – I am interested in helping the department develop course offerings in linguistics to complement its strengths in literature. – I share interests with several faculty members including XX, XX, and XX, so I see the potential for collaboration on both teaching and research. – I am particularly interested in XXX because of the department’s expertise in both child language acquisition and second language acquisition, which would work well with my research interests. • • • • • • • • • • • • CV Heading Education Employment Publications Conference Papers Invited Talks Teaching Experience Research Experience Awards & Honors / Grants & Fellowships Service (to profession, to department) Languages, other skills, memberships References Research statement • Current research (especially dissertation research) • Draw attention to any journal or book chapter publications, as well as presentations at prestigious conferences • Plans for research in the near future • ‘Five-year plan’ for future research Teaching statement • • • • Teaching experience Teaching philosophy Plans for what you will teach in the future Experience (if any) with supervision of undergraduate students Teaching evaluations • Send numerical summaries rather than individual student comments • Obtain summary of all your evaluations from ICES • Draw attention to any evaluations that placed you on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent Writing samples • Send exactly as many writing samples as are requested • Possible writing samples: – An article that has been published or submitted for publication • If you need help turning a course project/qual into a journal article, consider Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks (I got it from the library). http://www.amazon.com/WritingJournal-Article-Twelve-Weeks/dp/141295701X – A dissertation chapter – A proceedings or working papers paper Other materials • “Teaching Dossier”: – 1-page teaching philosophy statement – 1 page summarizing numerical teaching evaluations – 1 page of sample student comments • “Teaching Portfolio”: the above plus – a syllabus that I had created – lecture slides that I had vastly improved – discussion exercises I had created Reference letters • Always get a letter from your dissertation director • Other letters should come from other faculty who know you well and are familiar with your research • At least one letter should talk about your teaching (e.g., from your TA supervisor) • Should you use ? Preliminary interview • Interview at the LSA or MLA • Phone / Skype interview • Arrange to do a mock-interview with your faculty • http://theprofessorisin.com/2011/10/31/thep honeorskypeinterview/ Make a cheat sheet about the department • Bullet points about yourself you want to make sure to hit • What your dissertation/researach is about • What you would like to teach there, specifics, book you would use for the intro course • Their faculty (the ones on the committee/closest to you) and their research interests Campus visit • Get the interview schedule ~2 weeks in advance from department secretary • Interviews • Job talk • Interview meals • More research on the department (next slide) • http://theprofessorisin.com/2011/11/22/drkarens-rules-of-the-campus-visit/ • http://theprofessorisin.com/2011/11/15/1947/ (packing & dressing– consider wearing grown-up clothes more often your last year of grad school) Stalk your interview committee • Katharina Barbe (German), Associate Professor – Studied in Texas, PhD in Linguistics from Rice – German linguistics: Pragmatics, Translation, SLA, business German – dinner, interview, and exit interview • John Bentley (Japanese), Professor, Assistant Chair – PhD from Hawaii – Japanese Historical Linguistics and old literature – tour of DeKalb and lunch Tuesday and interview Sample 1-day visit itinerary • Night before: arrive, dinner w/faculty, hotel • • • • • • • Breakfast w/faculty Meet Dean Tour campus, town Lunch w/faculty Job talk Search committee interview Exit interview with chair Questions to ask them (OK to repeat questions with different people) • Tell me about your student population. • What are teaching and research expectations and support for new colleagues? • What kind of support is there available on campus for conference travel/research? • What kind of technology is available in the classroom? • How are graduate students supported? • What is your timeline for making a decision? The outcome? • If you get the job – http://theprofessorisin.com/2011/12/06/how-tonegotiate-your-tenure-track-offer/ – “Oh, thank you. That is good news. I’m so pleased. I’d like to know more about the offer. When can we discuss the details and when can I expect a written contract?” (e.g. DON’T say yes right away!) • If you don’t get the job – This really says nothing about you in this job market – Continue applying!