Professional Development Resources at Cornell

The departments of Classics and Anthropology at Cornell are both offering resources for helping graduate students with professional development and job applications.

Classics Job Market Workshops Fall 2015
Thursday, 4:30 p.m., GSH 122

The Classics Job Market Workshops are primarily geared toward graduate students in Classics seeking academic positions.

9/10: General Information (first draft cover letter & CV)
10/1: Different types of jobs (second draft cover letter & CV)
10/22: Preparing for interviews
further meeting info is TBD

For the first meeting, students are encouraged to read the relevant sections of Joy Connolly’s Job Market Handbook ( The first part of the meeting will cover basic information, of relevance also to those who are not going on the job market. See the “Advice for Candidates” section on the SCS website ( If some of you are ready to share a first draft of their cover letter and CV, that would be great. Please the material in advance to Eric Rebillard (

Anthropology Department Job Workshops

The Anthropology department job workshops are geared toward post-field graduate students seeking academic jobs in Anthropology departments, however graduate students at an earlier stage are welcome to attend. These workshops, based on the series Erick White put together last academic year, will continue through the fall semester and into the spring. Details about the other sessions will be forthcoming.

September 25 – Postdoctoral Fellowships
1:30 – 3:00 p.m., McGraw 215

This workshop will focus on how the application materials for and expectations regarding postdoctoral fellowships differ from tenure track applications and jobs. In particular I expect the discussion will focus on how the cover letter is a different genre and requires different rhetoric and strategies, how different application materials (such as a research statement) are required right from the beginning, and how the stages of the review process differ from tenure track job searches. In addition, it is hoped that the faculty members leading the workshop will bring samples of documentation used in their own successful postdoctoral applications.

Panelets: Uthara Suvrathan (CIAMS Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate in Archaeology) and Jose Ragas (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Science and Technology Studies)

September 29, 2015 – Tenure Track Job Search Application Materials: The Research Statement, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Diversity Statement, Teaching Portfolio, and other materials
4:15-5:15 p.m., McGraw 215

This workshop will focus on a discussion of the various application materials often requested beyond the CV and cover letter. Darlene Evans of the Knight Institute will be joining us for this workshop. We’ll be discussing the form and rhetoric of these documents and she will be sharing some resources.

October 2, 2015 – The Early Round Academic Job Search Interview CANCELLED

1:30 – 3:00 p.m., McGraw 215

January 2016 – The Campus Visit (Part 1): The Job Talk 

Date and time TBD

This workshop will focus on the design, content, rhetoric and performance of the job talk. Attention will be paid to characteristics of the general job talk, as well as disciplinary specific expectations regarding anthropology job talks.

February 2016 – The Campus Visit (Part 2): Interviews and Etiquette 
Date and time TBD

This workshop will focus on the various sorts of interviews with different parties (deans, search committee, faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, etc) and other moments of professional self-presentation and persuasion which occur during the campus visit outside the context of the job talk. Faculty will provide insights into 1) the character and dynamics of these various moments of conversation and self-presentation that as graduate students we have had little to no exposure to, and 2) effective and ineffective strategies of professional presentation as a candidate seeks to fill out her or his scholarly persona beyond the job talk and with regards to a diverse set of audiences.

Spring 2016 – Starting Your First Job
Date and time TBD

This workshop will focus on the topic of a new faculty member’s professional & scholarly commitments, obligations and priorities, and how to responsibly but strategically manage these in the pursuit of academic success at the beginning of your post-graduate career. Attention will be paid to how this mix of obligations, priorities and strategies may differ whether that new job is as an adjunct lecturer, visiting assistant professor, postdoctoral fellowship, or tenure track position.

For more information, contact Perri Gerard-Little (

Other Cornell Campus Workshops

Career development workshops are listed on the Grad School calendar and are open to all Cornell graduate students.

Exploring Careers Outside of Academia for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
12 p.m., 102 Mann Library

Open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Are you contemplating a career outside of academia and are unsure about what transferable skills you have or what careers are available to you?  If so, you are invited to bring your own lunch and attend this free workshop to learn what strategies you can take in exploring a career outside of academia.

Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies (
Anne Poduska, Graduate and International Career Advisor (

More Resources

Recommended Reading

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Articles with general advice about the academic job market. For a list of especially relevant articles, see Brown’s General Resources for the Academic Job Market.

The Academic Job Search Survival Handbook – Especially for Graduate Students
Produced by Career Services at UC San Diego

Berkeley Career Center – The Academic Job Search
Advice and resources from early in a graduate career through applying for jobs.

Job Postings

AIA Professional Resources
Primarily academic archaeology jobs.

Shovelbums Job Board
CRM listings, both temporary and full-time

Archaeology Fieldwork – Employment Opportunities
Similar to Shovelbums

The Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae Job Search
Search engine for academic job listings

American Library Association Job Listings
Geared toward library positions, but some digital humanities of relevance

Academic Jobs Online
General resource for academic job listics


Cornell Career Services

Versatile Ph.D.
Versatile Ph.D. is an online resource designed to help humanities, social science, and STEM PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers.  Graduate students, faculty, and others have free access to premium resources provided through the University’s subscription to Versatile PhD.