Creative Writing

Succeeding in the Academic Job Market

by Philip Gerard

Teaching in the university is an adventure, and to win a position on the faculty, you have to succeed at another adventure: the job hunt. The following is a primer for preparing yourself for the academic job market, including how to consolidate and present your credentials, how to interview, and what the timeline is for all the above.

Necessary Prerequisites:

  • Patience.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Determination.
  1. Read the note about seeking letters of recommendation from professors in the Department of Creative Writing.
  2. Read the Uncommon Common Sense for Job Hunters with its timeline for job hunting in academia and discussion of the interview process (<PDF>).