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ACLS Seeks Humanities Ph.D. Applicants for Public Fellows Program

Calling all soon-to-graduate Ph.D. students in the humanities! The ACLS Public Fellows program is expanding this year and is offering 21 recent humanities Ph.D.s a two-year appointment in a variety of positions. This is a great opportunity for students seeking positions within and outside of academia.

Applications are due March 24.

Further details:

  • Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences and will aspire to careers in administration, management, and public services by choice rather than circumstance.
  • Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in Humanities or Humanistic Social Sciences conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016
  • Application information and complete position descriptions are available here
  • Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year as well as individual health insurance and funds for professional development

STEM Ph.D. Internship Opportunities at Amgen

By now you've maybe started thinking about your summer plans. If you are a STEM Ph.D. student and are looking for a local internship, there may be a great opportunity for you at Amgen!

Check out UCSB's GauchoLink to get more details on how to apply for the following internship positions:

  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Biologics Optimization)
  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Biologics Optimization)
  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Risk Communication)
  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Global Scientific Communications)

Best of luck with the process! For anyone who may want help with job application materials (e.g., resume, cover letter), make an appointment or drop in to see me!


Advice for the Academic Job Search Process 

For those of you who are in the academic job hunt or just thinking about it, here is an overview of advice from Academic Job Search Panel on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The session was moderated by Graduate Division Dean Carol Genetti and the panel consisted of three Deans who shared their experience on both sides of the process – being interviewed as well as conducting faculty searches. 

  • Michael Furlong, Interim Co-Dean of Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and Professor of Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology
  • John Majewski, Interim Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts and Professor of History
  • Melvin Oliver, Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology

The faculty panelists provided insight into all four steps of the interview process: assessing applications, first-round interviews, campus visits and job talks, and negotiating the job offer.

On Assessing Applications and Cover Letters

Read the Job Description: Make sure you are the right fit for the job by meeting all the minimum requirements for the position before applying. If you don't meet the minimum requirements, you are wasting your time and the search committee's time because they will throw out your application, probably while laughing.

Do Your Homework: Research the university, department, and program you are interested in to see if you canreference bookDo your research. Credit: be the right colleague for the faculty in that department. What can you bring to that department through your research and other experience?

Explain Your Research: Clearly explain what your research agenda is and how your dissertation and publications (if any) move this agenda along. How do your conferences and presentations relate to your research? How does it apply to the field at large. If you cannot communicate your research agenda clearly, you are not ready for the job.

Get Good Reference Letters: Get good detailed letters from people who know you well (who are either ladder faculty or leaders in the field). People who can talk in detail about your research and your ability to teach, mentor, or provide other service to the university.

Provide Something Extra: What can you bring to the department besides the minimum requirements? What other experience do you have that will help members in that department with their research or help the department with teaching their courses? Do you have experience across disciplines and can you teach in other areas?

On First-Round Interviews

Do Your Homework (Again): Research the university, program, and department. You need to know the job interviewPrepare for typical questions. Credit: openclipart.cominstitution in and out and have a vision of how you fit into the department with your research and other experience, such as what courses can you teach to help the university or the program.

Research The Committee: Find out what faculty members will be sitting in on your first-round interview before the interview takes place. Will it be just one or two members or the full panel? Find out their research interests and backgrounds so you can prepare to address their concerns.

Prepare for Typical Questions:

  • What is your background, your interests, and your research? (Your basic elevator pitch that you should always have in your back pocket.)
  • Where do you see you yourself in five years? (Create a plan of what you want to do and where you want to go with your teaching and research before they ask. This may not be the plan you ultimately follow but you need to sound like you have thought about your future goals.)
  • Why do you want to come to our university? (Are you coming for the right reasons, such as the research, faculty, and/or teaching opportunities offered there? Or are you applying for the wrong reasons, like the nice weather?)
  • What topics would you cover in a course for undergraduates? For graduates? What other courses would you be able to teach? (If you can cover a wide swath of curriculum, you would be a good candidate for another interview.)
  • What new courses would you like to develop? (If possible, have syllabi prepared for some of your dream courses.)
  • What is your experience with advising and mentoring students? (Or working with diverse groups?)
  • How would your research contribute to the faculty in the department? (Or, what kind of interdisciplinary connections can you make?)

Create A Syllabus: Draft a syllabus (or three). Some universities ask for an undergraduate or graduate course syllabus for a course you have taught before or might teach for them.

Be Ready For Skype Interviews:

  • Test Your Equipment: Make sure the camera and sound work well. Test the system with a call to ano pantsKeep your pants on. Credit: 9gag.comfriend. If possible, use a hard-wired connection and not wifi for better signal strength.
  • Choose A Good Location: Pick a quiet location with a non-distracting background. A plain background is best.
  • Dress Professionally: Wear professional clothing. It doesn't have to be a suit, but just because you are at home doesn't mean you should skip wearing pants.
  • Watch Your Angle: Look straight at the camera when talking. Choose a good camera angle so you're not staring down at the committee or showing an unflattering view of yourself.

Campus Visit

Know What You're In For: Prepare for a visit that lasts two days; it goes from morning to night, and consists of non-stop meetings and meals with graduate students, faculty, and the Dean.

Hone Your Job Talk and Q & A: Create a balance between theory and practice. The job talk is the centerpiece of your visit, so make sure you run through it several times with colleagues until it is polished like a diamond. Bad job talks can doom you. Find out how long the talk is and what aspects are expected. A good Q & A is just as important for a successful talk. Practice taking and answering questions until you seem like the poised, confident presenter they want to hire.

Handle Your Stress: Don't freak out. Calm yourself by imagining that you are meeting with a bunch of colleagues to give a lecture.

Prepare For Individual Faculty Interviews: Make the conversation easy for the both of you. Learn about the individual faculty in the department and their research interests so you are prepared to ask them questions and to explain how your research will benefit them or the department. Don't dominate the conversation.

Prepare For The Chair: Department chairs like to get questions. Ask about the specifics of the job: teaching load, type of courses taught, salary (how it is determined, if it is negotiable or not), benefits, sabbaticals, expectations for the department and campus committees, what kind of support you have for teaching, and how many students are in the major.

Prepare For The Dean: Have your two minute spiel down for research/dissertation. Be prepared with questions that for the Dean that will help you and the Dean make a decision on an offer (research needs, equipment, spousal hire, tenure process, etc). Dean will give you the parameters of the position so take notes.

Mind Your Manners: Don't drink too much alcohol or order food that is difficult or messy to eat when going outcakeMind your manners at the dinner table. Credit: with faculty. Try to engage all faculty members in conversation because you never know who will benefit you. Don't assume you know who is the most important or powerful person at the table.

Be Genuine: Be who you are. It doesn't benefit you or the department to pretend to be someone else. You want to find the right fit for you since you will, hopefully, be spending most of your life with these people.

The Job Offer

The job offer package normally consists of three things: salary, moving expenses, and start-up research funds. (Moving expenses is usually standard and non-negotiable).

Your Salary: The amount depends on how the university determines funding. Some have salary scales and tables, and take into account different factors like previous experience, publications, or if you're famous in your field. The groundwork for the salary is usually laid beforehand on the campus visit when you talk to the chair and Dean.

Multiple Offers: Be honest. If you are interviewing with other institutions, keep everyone in the loop. It's better for all parties if you are honest. It lets each university have a chance to make you an offer and also allows them to match an offer that has been made by another university.

Negotiating: Negotiate salary or benefits if you can. Find out beforehand on your campus visit (Dean or Chair) or from other faculty at the university what is negotiable. For example, salary is sometimes fixed but you can negotiate research funding, office location, and furniture.

Spousal Accommodation: Hiring a spouse has become common practice these days. Many universities make antalking manDon't talk all the time. Credit: effort, so do your research beforehand to see if this possible. Also, mention this on the campus visit so they can prepare an offer, since offers take a long time to put together.

Don't Be That Person

Some common gaffes to avoid:

  • constantly talking about yourself
  • not having done your research on the department (making errors about what they do or don't do)
  • not engaging everyone in conversation (only talking to certain people)
  • not showing your genuine interest in the university or department (talking about how this place is just a stepping stone to your real aspirations)

Shawn Warner-Garcia contributed to this recap.


What to Do When Hard Work Isn't Enough

Statue of Cain, by Henri VidalWhy do bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people?

This age-old question could also be applied to the job market. As Josh Boldt writes in a recent article on Vitae, "Why are some people rewarded for sacrifice and others exploited for it? Why does one Ph.D. land a tenure-track position while another is relegated to a lifetime of adjunct pay?"

While Boldt eschews the idea that all success is entirely attributable to one's personal effort, he offers three pieces of advice that he learned through one failed job search cycle and a subsequent successful job search cycle.

  1. Know the power of a well crafted CV/resume and cover letter. The more interesting and tailored your CV/resume and cover letter are, the better. Use your application materials to show your personality and use targeted language pulled directly from the job ad you are applying to.
  2. Effectively manage the value of your labor. As Boldt puts it, "You don’t want to allow yourself to be exploited but you also don’t want to appear to be an inflexible and egotistical ass. You have to learn when it’s OK to give your labor freely (or cheaply) and when you must stand up for yourself and negotiate a better deal." However, even if do decide that give your labor away freely gives you a competitive advantage, don't completely give away your leverage. Negotiate the terms of your free/cheap labor by asking for something in return (such as a contract with clear terms or a promise of future paid work).
  3. Focus on building strategic relationships. Yup, this means networking. Even if you are introvert, make a point to go to events and meetups to make strategic connections with people in your field(s) of choice. Otherwise, when it comes time to go on the job market, you're the only one that can really vouch for yourself and your experience. It's a lot easier when that labor can be distributed among a network of people who know you and your work.

Read the full article on Vitae's website here.

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Making Mindfulness Part of Your Job Search Toolbox

"I'll never find a job."

“My adviser won’t give me a recommendation if I tell him I’m exploring careers outside of academia.”

“Why did I say that in my interview? That was so stupid. I completely ruined my chances.”

Walking the UCSB Labyrinth is a great way to practice meditation and mindfulness. Credit: BrianWe all have a little voice in our heads. Sometimes it can be complimentary, but often it’s a nagging sense of negativity. In a recent article on Inside Higher Ed, Sue Levine writes that self-talk is one way in which we interpret the world around us. When the stressors of graduate school, life in general, and the unpredictability of a job search converge, self-talk can become self-defeating and quickly spiral downward into excessive negativity.

Practicing mindfulness as part of your job search can help lessen the anxiety. Caroline Contillo, columnist at Idealist Careers, writes, "Mindfulness is the quality of being able to stay with the present moment on purpose and without judgment." You are working to train your mind to notice stressful thoughts, but to minimize the response to them. Levine lists several pieces of advice for practicing mindfulness:

  • Be intentional. Instead of just clicking “apply” and submitting résumé after résumé, develop a plan and be intentional about the applications you submit. The blanket approach is usually not very successful, and search committees or hiring managers can tell when someone has applied to a job without really thinking about it.
  • Practice breathing meditation. Set a timer for a certain amount of time, such as five minutes. Close your eyes, take deep breaths and count your breaths from one to 10, and then backward from 10 to one. If you find your mind wandering, just slowly bring your attention back to the present.
  • Be in the moment. Don’t focus on the past and don’t relive past job search blunders. Focus on the job search task at hand and you will be better positioned to combat negative thinking.

Read the full article on Inside Higher Ed's website here.

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Teaching Opportunity for Majors in Education, Linguistics, TESOL, Cultural Studies, and Social Sciences

Credit: Chongqing University

Are you looking for an opportunity to teach abroad? Are you trying to build your teaching experience for a year or two? Do you want to learn Chinese in China for free while making money? Well, here is a great opportunity! Chongqing University School of Foreign Languages and Cultures in China is hiring 10 or more professors to teach English to college students. The university is looking for both native English speakers and non-native English speakers who are proficient in English.

  • Position Title: ESL Instructor
  • Contract: One year, renewable based on performance
  • Hours: 14 to 16 hours per week on average
  • Teaching: Courses on English-speaking countries cultures/English training for undergraduate students
  • Salary: 6,000 to 8,000 RMB (about $1,000 to $1,300 U.S.) per month, depending on experience and qualifications.
  • Allowance: Travel allowance provided each semester.
  • Vacation: One month paid vacation for Lunar New Year, 1.5 months for summer, plus public holidays.
  • Housing: Free furnished two-bedroom apartment provided, a five-minute walk from the University.
  • Medical: Free basic medical care.
  • Language: Free Chinese language instruction.
  • Transportation: Free airline ticket (reimbursed at end of the contract).

MA TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Cultural Studies or other social sciences preferred.
BA and two or three years’ ESL teaching experience+ CELTA/RSA/TESOL/TEFL Certificate will be considered.

Submit: (in pdf format)
Cover Letter (summarizing experience, commitment to education and interest in China)

Send email to:
Dr. Dong: AND Ms. Vivian Lee:

Deadline: June 15, 2014

Need help? Feel free to email me, Hala Sun, Diversity and Outreach Peer at

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Advice for the Academic Job Search

(Credit: PhD Comics)Last week, Graduate Division hosted a workshop on academic careers for the social sciences and education featuring student panelists who have secured academic positions in the fall.

Student panelists were:

  • Julie Antilla Garza, Education, Assistant Professor at Seattle Pacific University
  • Cat Gaspard, Education, Assistant Professor at Bard College
  • Tabitha Benney, Political Science, Assistant Professor at University of Utah
  • Stephanie Robbins, Communication, Assistant Professor at Ohio University

We have compiled some of the advice they gave for navigating the academic job search from applications to negotiations.

The Search

  • It’s OK to consider location when deciding where to apply—don’t apply to jobs in places where you would not be comfortable living
  • Use a consistent system to keep track of your multiple applications. One panelist kept all application materials in binders separated by job posting.
  • Use Interfolio to manage letters of recommendation
  • Use sites like the Chronicle of Higher Education and Academic Keys to search for jobs. Also check your discipline’s professional society for specialized job lists.
  • Also use your network to find jobs – let people know you are on the job market and you may get job postings before they hit the official sources
  • Get a mentor who just went through the job search
  • Volunteer to be on your current department’s search committee to see what the process is like from the other side

The Application

  • Use the job ad to shape your cover letter and make sure you address all requirements
  • Have multiple people read your letters
  • Tailor each letter to the specific job
  • Don’t just talk about your dissertation, make it clear you have a research plan for the next few years
  • Talk about teaching and service in addition to research, changing the emphasis depending on the mission of the particular university

The Interview

  • Refer to your network to see if they know anyone who works in the department to get some inside scoop
  • Interviews are half about seeing if you are as good in person as you are on paper, and half deciding if they want to have lunch with you as a colleague
  • Ahead of time, get as many details as you can about the on-campus interview, especially the logistics of the job talk and teaching presentation
  • Ask you will be interviewing you and research them
  • Read up on all of the faculty in the department, especially faculty with similar research so you can reference their work in your talk
  • Research the university’s mission and if possible, incorporate it into your job talk
  • Practice your job talk as much as possible
  • To build rapport, ask similar questions back to people in one-on-one interviews or informal situations
  • Prepare questions to ask them in advance and don’t be afraid to pull out the list during the interview
  • One good question to ask faculty: what are department faculty meetings like?
  • Ask the same questions to different people
  • Bring protein bars or other snacks since you might not get a chance to eat much during the day
  • If they ask if you need a bathroom break, take it – use the time to freshen up or quickly eat your snack
  • Be prepared for your voice to hurt after one or more full days of the on-campus interview
  • Send out personal thank you notes to everyone who interviewed you – include a personal connection like an article they might be interested in

The Negotiation

  • Do research on what you can ask for in an academic job offer
  • Some things to consider: moving costs, housing, travel, tuition remission for spouse or dependents, lab space, technology/software, summer ninths, an allowance for visiting speakers
  • All schools are different, so if you’re not sure about something, just ask. If they can’t offer you something, they will let you know and may give you more in another area.
  • Remember that when you get the job offer, they want you – don’t underestimate yourself
  • Don’t be too pushy or demanding – it’s rare, but job offers can be withdrawn

Thanks to the panelists for their time and insights!


The Tenure-Track Job Search: Start Building Your CV Now!

Female shaking handsSource: Microsoft OfficeIn The Chronicle of Higher Education's article, "The Long Odds of the Faculty Job Search," Audrey Williams June paints a grim picture for doctoral students interested in pursuing tenure-track positions. With some tenure-track position openings receiving up to 600 applications, colleagues, advisors and advisees, classmates, and the public at-large all compete for one job.

June's article reviews the qualifications of 117 applicants for a junior faculty position in creative writing at Ohio University. Many of the applicants had published books, presented at highly esteemed conferences, and designed and taught multiple courses. In this strong pool of applicants, 12 individuals made the first cut. According to June, having a proven track record of teaching multiple genres to both undergraduate and graduate students and a strong writing sample were key determining factors that helped the 12 applicants make it to the second round. In the end, an assistant professor from another university was hired for the position.

So, what does this mean for graduate students? We've got our work cut out for us when we go on the job market!

If you are planning on pursuing a faculty position, start building your CV early in your graduate school career—write grant and fellowship proposals, apply to present at conferences, submit many articles for publication, teach or TA for multiple courses, and take advantage of Instructional Development's workshops and programs to improve your teaching skills.

When you start your job search, apply to as many jobs as you can. It's better to cast a wide net and to get a job that may not be your first choice rather than to apply to only a few jobs that you would really like to pursue.


Finding a Job in the Net Generation

Google search screenshotJob search advice websites and various news outlets have been buzzing recently about the importance of using the Internet to stand out in a job search. Employers are increasingly more likely to Google your name or ask for a digital resume. Browse through the collection of articles listed below to learn more about how you can find a job using social media and web 2.0 tools.

Social Media


Building a Digital Reputation (GradPost Articles)


STEM Diversity Career Expo

Interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, or math? Meet with recruiters from NASA, The Boeing Company, Aerospace Corporation, Intel, Raytheon, and more at the STEM Diversity Career Expo. The expo will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To pre-register for the event, visit Don't forget to bring your resume!

STEM Career Expo flier