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Fellows in the 2010 institute included, from left, front row: Sridhara Kunjeti, plant and soil sciences; Danielle Hansgen, chemical engineering; Sudarshan Dutta, plant and soil sciences; and from left, back row: Bishwa Poudel, education; Huijian Dong, economics; Megan Pell, education; and David Lane, sociology and criminal justice.

Putting Your Ph.D. to Work

University summer institute application deadline is July 1


11:27 a.m., April 25, 2011--The University of Delaware's Center for Teaching and Learning and the Career Services Center, in co-sponsorship with the Office of Graduate and Professional Education, will offer a one-week summer institute Aug. 1-5 designed to prepare doctoral students across the disciplines for the academic career path.

The deadline for applications is Friday, July 1.

Now in its third year and building on the success of previous programs, the Putting Your Ph.D. to Work: Academic Career Preparation Summer Institute will focus on two primary goals — preparation for the academic job search process and successful transition into the first year of a faculty appointment. The institute will be co-taught by Gabriele Bauer of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Marianne Green of the Career Services Center, and the content reflects their complementary expertise. Students' successful completion of the institute will be recorded on their official transcript as UNIV 608.

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The morning sessions will provide a framework for approaching the academic job search process and preparing for faculty careers at a range of institutions; the afternoon sessions will center on authoring academic job application documents such as the CV, cover letter, research statement and teaching statement, and on refining documents guided by instructor and peer feedback.

“All activities related to constructing important documents: CV, cover letter, letter of inquiry, teaching statement, and research statement. The format of class discussions and work time with assistance was well-balanced and fantastic,” observed a participant last summer. 

“Interacting with guest faculty to inform us about the nitty-gritty of interviews, such as focusing on what they expect from a candidate and how we need to prepare for interviews, how to develop professional networking skills, maintain and expand these professional relationships was also very helpful. It made me think about what I wanted for my future career and ‘best fit,’” stated another student.

Eligible for the program are doctoral students who are one to two years away from completing their academic programs (i.e., have completed their coursework and passed their qualifying exams) and have begun to prepare for the academic job market. Students who are enrolled in or have completed the HETC program are not eligible to apply.

Download the application for the institute at this website. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 1.

For more information, contact Gabriele Bauer, Center for Teaching and Learning, at

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