making a career plan:
“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen. In conversation you can get away with all kinds of vagueness and nonsense, often without even realizing it. But there’s something about putting your thoughts on paper that forces you to get down to specifics. That way, it’s harder to deceive yourself or anybody else.” Lee Iacocca
An Individual Career Development Plan (ICDP) helps to frame the individual’s short-term and long term goals, and identify milestones along the way to achieve specific objectives. For a post-doc it also provides a framework for constructive discussions with the advisor/mentor, with expectations clearly articulated for the entire period of appointment.
- sources for developing ICDP.pdf
balancing life and career:
“By its nature, academic work is potentially boundless: there is always one more question to answer; one more problem to solve; one more piece to read, to write, to see, or to create. ... And yet we are more than the work we do. Each of us has multiple roles, and we interact together in groups: households, families, communities. And although we may define ourselves first by what we do, it is those personal relationships outside work that make us whole.” [Balancing Faculty Careers and Family Work, Academe, Nov-Dec 2004, Vol. 90, No. 6, AAUP]
- sources for career-life balance.pdf
responsible conduct of research:
“For the individual scientist, integrity embodies above all a commitment to intellectual honesty and personal responsibility for one’s actions and to a range of practices that characterize the responsible conduct of research, including:
• intellectual honesty in proposing, performing, and reporting research
• accuracy in representing contributions to research proposals and reports
• fairness in peer review
• collegiality in scientific interactions, including communications and sharing of resources
• transparency in conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest
• protection of human subjects in the conduct of research
• humane care of animals in the conduct of research
• adherence to the mutual responsibilities between investigators and their research teams”
Office of Research Integrity DHHS
Every research group needs this training as much as lab safety training.
- sources for responsible conduct of research.pdf
- research integrity case studies.pdf
getting the mentoring you need:
A mentor facilitates the career development of the mentee through providing advice and counseling; providing psychological support; advocating for, promoting, and sponsoring the career of the mentee. In the academic faculty context, the objective is to enhance the chances of career success in earning tenure or advancement and promotion through achievements in scholarship, success in obtaining external funding, teaching, and/or service.
Seek local senior faculty who can:
• Provide information about the promotion and tenure process in the institution
• Demystify departmental, college, and university culture
• Counsel on service roles inside the University, including work on committees
• Suggest relationships to cultivate on campus, whom to see to get things done
Seek more widely for mentor who can:
• Provide constructive and supportive feedback on specific work or on career progress
• Provide encouragement and support
• Help to foster important connections and visibility
• Sponsor, advocate, nominate, for professional advancement
- sources for Getting the Mentoring You Need.pdf
- Cultivating sponsors.pdf
Is it better to have fewer more comprehensive publications or to split it up into several shorter ones? How important is the journal impact factor to the decision of which journal to submit a manuscript based on the completed work? How important is publishing in the highest impact journals? What to do if your paper is rejected: do you try to revise and resubmit or is it better to try another journal? Do multi-author papers cause problems in assignment of credit for tenure? What are the unwritten rules about who gets to be first author of a paper? What is the minimum requirement for co-authorship of a paper, as opposed to a mention in the acknowledgment section?
- sources for Getting published.pdf
increasing your visibility:
Making your work known to others is an essential aspect of research. Others have to use it, build upon it. How much your work is valued depends not only on its intrinsic qualities, but also on how it is perceived by others. Familiarity helps.
- Making your work known to others.pdf
- Tips for increasing your visibility.pdf
Finding the appropriate agency niche for your work starts early. Hiring institutions want to know that you have at least thought about where you will seek support for your research program. Some generally useful advice about how to craft a proposal responding to a specific RFA, RFP or solicitation is widely available. Specific advice for NSF CAREER proposals is applicable to most STEM research areas. Agency web sites provide detailed proposal guides and some provide tutorials. Invest time internalizing the information provided.
- sources for Getting Funded-Overview.pdf
- Proposal checklist.pdf
- sources for Writing an NSF CAREER proposal.pdf
- Checklist for CAREER proposal.pdf
- I NSF CAREER info Dec 16 08.pdf
- II Broader Impacts Criterion.pdf
- III DevelopCAREERProposalDec 16 08.pdf
- IV Educational Plan.pdf
- V Crafting a budget.pdf
- sources for proposal review process.pdf
- Learning from reviewers comments.pdf
planning for a new lab:
Planning for a new lab starts early, while you prepare your application package. It is not unusual for successful candidates to bring to the campus interview a complete list of their needs for space, equipment, personnel, and materials.
- sources for starting a new lab.pdf
- STARTING A NEW LAB.pdf
- Lab Management for new Investigator.pdf
planning for tenure:
Planning for tenure starts early, while you prepare for the job search. See “Planning for tenure timeline.pdf”
- sources on preparing for tenure.pdf
- Planning for tenure timeline.pdf
- Develop a Strategic Mindset.pdf
building and sustaining an effective research team:
- sources on managing your research team.pdf
project and data management:
- sources for project and data management.pdf
- sources for teaching.pdf
- tools for handling student challenges of competence.pdf
- how to improve your student evaluations.pdf
Planning and vigilance are key to time management. Don’t work longer, work smarter.
- sources for time management.pdf
- Time management tips.pdf
The Job Search
preparing for the job search:
First ask yourself: does academe fit me best? Have you considered industry, national lab/research institute, non-traditional careers?
(missing ppts here)
- sources for Preparing for the Job Search.pdf
- Research I Univ hiring.pdf
preparing an application package for Research I or small college:
The information provided here is restricted to starting tenure-track Assistant Professor positions. Application packages have to be different for different types of academic institutions.
- sources for Preparing an Application Package.pdf
- sources for liberal arts college.pdf
- Preparing application package.pdf
- How to describe a research program.pdf
- Letters of reference choose whom.pdf
- Recommended features Research Statement.pdf
- General Obs&Tips.pdf
- Checklist appl pack.pdf
preparing for the campus interview:
The information provided here is restricted to starting tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in STEM departments. Interview styles vary by institution and by discipline.
- sources for Campus Interview.pdf
- Newcomb The Campus Job Interview.pdf
- cjj TIPS FOR THE CAMPUS INTERVIEW.pdf
- sources for Departmental seminar.pdf
- sources for the proposal talk at the job interview.pdf
- Oral Presentations Self Checklist.pdf
negotiating an offer:
The information provided here is restricted to starting tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in STEM departments. It is useful to find out as early as possible, even before sending applications, what standard or typical offers are for your field at various institution types.
- sources for negotiating offer.pdf
- Negotiating Acad Job OfferPeteNelson.pdf
- 2-hr video on preparing for campus visit + negotiating an offer:
In a survey of 13 large academic institutions it was found that 83% of women scientists in academic couples are partnered with another scientist, compared to 54% of men. Thus, dual career issues arise more often when an institution is hiring a woman candidate for a faulty position.
- sources for dual career.pdf
- When to reveal twobody.pdf
- GC HERC Factsheet.pdf