by Julie Dodd
A good way to be prepared for the faculty job market when you graduate is to begin analyzing the job market and preparing your professional materials several semesters before you graduate.
How can you do that?
Create your curriculum vitae
Most graduate students have a résumé. The résumé typically includes education, work experience, specialized skills, and relevant awards and activities. The typical résumé is one page. Often getting the résumé to fit on one page is a combined effort of editing and page design.
The curriculum vitae — rather than being very condensed — is a more detailed listing of your professional life. In most CVs, the sections are: education, teaching, research (which can include research presentations, publications and grants), service, awards, and specialized skills.
The Chronicle of Higher Education provides advice on creating CVs, including sample CVs.
As a final project in Mass Communication Teaching, each student creates an online teaching portfolio, including a CV. Check the right column of the blog and click on a student’s name. Then click on the student’s CV.
Begin reading faculty job announcements
Reading faculty job announcements early in your graduate work can help you identify any trends in the job market, enabling you to make some decisions in your coursework and research to help you be more competitive for the job market when you graduate. You can find faculty job announcements several ways.
University or college website – If you know a specific university where you would like to work, you can check the university’s own job postings. This is an example — UF’s College of Journalism and Communications’ employment opportunities.
Professional organizations in your discipline – Every academic field has professional organizations. One function of most of those organizations is to provide a network so that academic units can advertise faculty positions and that individuals in the field (faculty members and graduate students) can learn of possible job opportunities.
In the communications field, several professional organizations provide job listings and host job fairs at their conferences. Some of the major organizations are the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, the Broadcast Education Association, and the American Academy of Advertising.
I’m asking students in Mass Communication Teaching to identify a possible faculty job that they could apply for if they were graduating. They will bring the job announcement to class. Reading those announcements will generate a number of questions and some lively discussion.