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Tips for a Memorable Job Talk

Wednesday, May 19, 12:00pm-1:30pm PT / 3:00pm-4:30pm ET, via Zoom

Giving a successful job talk requires more than simply knowing your topic inside and out.  In this interactive session, you’ll learn strategies for structuring your talk, accommodating diverse audiences so they see the value of your research, and enhancing your delivery so that your talk is clear, engaging and memorable.  You’ll see a few example approaches from successful job talks, so you can consider how to apply them to your own.

CVs and Cover Letters

Monday, May 17, 1:30pm-2:30pm PT / 4:30pm-5:30pm ET, via Zoom

In order to ensure the continued viability of your application in its review by members of academic search committees, this presentation will teach you how to prepare a clean CV and an efficient cover letter.

**IMPORTANT: If this is your first time registering for an event through our system, you will be asked to create an account before being able to access the event registration link -- please use your zoom account email address to register.

Writing a Compelling Teaching Statement

Wednesday, May 19, 1:30pm-2:30pm PT / 4:30pm-5:30pm ET, via Zoom

Writing effectively about your teaching is an important skill that you will need for the academic job search, grant submissions, and your future academic position.

**IMPORTANT: If this is your first time registering for an event through our system, you will be asked to create an account before being able to access the event registration link -- please use your zoom account email address to register.

Writing an Effective Research Statement

Tuesday, May 18, 1:30pm-2:30pm PT / 4:30pm-5:30pm ET, via Zoom

Your research statement must convince a hiring committee that your research is timely, important, and fundable. Kevin DiPirro, of Writing and Rhetoric and the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, will review examples of successful research statements and lead exercises to help you explain your projects in concise, non-specialist language.

How to Approach the Faculty Job Search and Still Keep Your Cool

Monday, May 17, 12:00pm-1:30pm PT / 3:00pm-4:30pm ET, via Zoom

Dr. Chris Golde will provide an overview of the faculty job search process. She will provide tips for approaching each of the written and verbal elements, including CVs, cover letters, research, diversity, and teaching statements, as well as job talks, interviews, and negotiation. Most importantly, this process is anchored in your goals and values.

Accent Reduction Spring

IV. Accent Reduction

Prerequisite: Oral Communication

Spring Session: Thursdays, April 29 - June 3, 1:00pm-3:00pm

This class helps non-native speakers to recognize and practice American English sounds, stress, and intonation patterns in order to improve comprehension and intelligibility. This is accomplished through identification of problem areas, focused practice and recording of exercises for instructor feedback.

Course topics:

Professional & Academic Writing Spring

II: Professional & Academic Writing

Prerequisite: Oral Communication

Spring Session: Mondays, April 26 - May 31, 1:00pm-3:00pm

This course on academic writing for publication focuses on learning to write coherently, clearly, and concisely. It will also include some practice in writing effective emails, letters, and short proposals. The course includes two 30-minute individual tutorials with the instructor.

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