Higher Education - Academic Careers (Faculty)

Career Advice
Job Listings
Employers and Opportunities
Professional Associations
Additional Links

On this page you will find information, resources, and links that cover a wide range of topics associated with seeking out opportunities and then succeeding as a faculty member within academia and higher education. If you are interested in postdoctoral positions, then see the postdoc resources. If you are interested in non-faculty career opportunities within higher education, then see "Academic Careers (Non-Faculty)" for more information. The Grad/Postdoc team at Career Services is happy to help you as you are exploring academic jobs, and so please schedule an appointment with us if you have any questions.

Make use of the general advice below applicable to anyone seeking faculty positions from any academic discipline. If you are looking for discipline-specific advice, you can click on the links below - and be sure to discuss your career goals with your advisor or PI as well.

Career and Job Search Advice

General Advice and Resources

Navigating The Course of Your PhD
The Academic Job Search Handbook
Preparing for the Academic Job Market, Narrated PowerPoint Presentation

Information from the Chronicle of Higher Education and Vitae, such as:

Articles on application materials

Articles on conference interviewing

Articles on campus interviews
Articles on negotiating offers

Information from Inside Higher Ed, including:

 Articles on application materials Articles on general advice
     Articles on campus interviews Articles on negotiating offers

    Salary information for academic faculty (tenure-track, tenured, and non-tenured)

    Compensation Information - from The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Adjunct salary information - the Adjunct Project

    Trending topics within Academia that can affect your job search

     Your digital presence Family and diversity

    Resources provided by Career Services at Penn for students/postdocs interested in faculty careers

    Programs and Workshops - Offered by Penn's Career Services, co-sponsored with the Office of the Vice Provost of Education.

    Application Materials - guides for writing CVs, cover letters, and other job hunting materials, such as research statements and teaching philosophies

    General advice on Interviewing, including Sample Questions for Academic Interviews

    Career and Job Search Advice Specific to the Humanities and Social Sciences

      Career and Job Search Advice Specific to the Sciences and Engineering

      Advice from alumni

      Alumni can offer great advice for current PhD students and postdocs looking for academic/faculty jobs. If you want to know at which institutions Penn Alumni have accepted faculty positions, then be sure to explore the Career Plans Surveys for a look at alumni career paths broken down by academic program. We've gathered some of the most pertinent advice for you from this annual survey, and will continue to add more as we receive it. Click here to access the advice from your peers. You can also review general data gathered from the 2012 Career Services survey looking at the PhD alumni who are 8-13 years post-graduation from Penn, which includes specific advice for current Penn students/postdocs from the survey respondents currently in faculty positions - find it here.

      Thinking about a postdoc?

      Postdoctoral fellowships can serve as an effective transitional period between PhDs and faculty positions, industry positions, and a range of other opportunities. They are not an ultimate career destination, and they are no longer considered to be part of your student-based education - they are professional training. Choosing the right postdoc can help you to transition more efficiently into your career, and there is lots to consider in terms of finding the right postdoc for you and your future career aspirations.

      CLICK HERE for more information about finding and applying for postdocs, making the most of your postdoctoral experience, and about common career paths taken by postdocs.

      Job Listings

      Academic 360
      Academic Careers.com
      Academic Careers Observatory - European University Institute
      The Chronicle of Higher Education
      American Association of Community Colleges

      California Community Colleges Registry

      Community College Week
      H-Net Job Guide
      HERC - Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
      HigherEd Jobs
      Inside Higher Ed
      International Opportunities
      Job Hunt: Academia

      LINGUIST List
      Science Careers
      Social Science Research Network - Links to job announcements as well as other professional information in a variety of fields can be found on the left frame.
      Times Higher Education

      Employers and Opportunities

      The Association of Commonwealth Universities
      Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
      Community College Information
      EURAXESS Researchers in Motion
      Index of American Universities - A comprehensive list of university homepages

      Professional Associations

      American Association of University Professors 
      American Economic Association
      Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
      Modern Language Association 
      National Coalition of Independent Scholars

      National Postdoc Association

        Additional Links

        PhD/postdoc homepage: Explore some of the different resources available to you to prepare you for a faculty career, or to help you determine if this path is right for you. You can also find guidance on how to make the most of your PhD and the many different resources at Penn that are available to help you.

        Balancing Work and Personal Responsibilities - information on dual careers and work-life balance for academics

        Preparing Future Faculty: a national movement to transform the way aspiring faculty members are prepared for their careers. PFF programs provide doctoral students, as well as some master's and postdoctoral students, with opportunities to observe and experience faculty responsibilities at a variety of academic institutions with varying missions, diverse student bodies, and different expectations for faculty.

        Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) - provides information on career paths taken by PhDs from various disciplines

        Conference Alert - Listings of academic conferences around the globe (many, but not all disciplines are represented)