Academic Careers Week

September 28 - October 1, 2015

Academic Careers Week Handouts


Writing your Cover Letter & CV
Monday September 28th - 12:00-1:00pm in Doheny Memorial Library - DML 240

Presented by:
Rachel Walker Professor of Linguistics, CET Faculty Fellow
Geoff Spedding Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, CET Distinguished Faculty Fellow


Putting together a cover letter and CV can be a daunting task. How will yours stand out among all the other applicants? Professor Rachel Walker from the Linguistics department and Professor Geoff Spedding from the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department will provide insight into what faculty look for when they review cover letters and CVs.

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Instant Contact: How to Shine in 1 or 2 Minutes on your Interview Day
Tuesday September 29th - 12:30-1:30pm in Doheny Memorial Library - DML 240

Presented by:
CET Faculty Fellows


On your interview day you will meet many people and only have a minute or two to explain to them your academic interests. This program will allow you to practice! An overview of a typical interviewing day will be presented. Following this, you will break into small groups, where you will have a chance to explain your research interests in a short one or two minute description. The members of your small group along with a USC faculty member will provide constructive comments on your short description.

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Negotiating the Academic Job Offer
Wednesday September 30th - 12:00-1:00pm in Doheny Memorial Library - DML 240

Presented by:
Dani Byrd, Executive Vice Dean, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences & Professor of Linguistics
Bruce Zuckerman, Professor of Religion, CET Distinguished Fellow


You’ve been made an offer! Now what? How does one go about negotiating an academic job offer? A panel including Dani Byrd, Professor of Linguistics & Executive Vice Dean of USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Bruce Zuckerman Professor of Religion will share their experiences with negotiating academic job offers.

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Drafting your Teaching Philosophy / Research Statement
Thursday October 1st - 12:30-2:00pm in Doheny Memorial Library - DML 241

Presented by:
Armand Tanguay, Jr., Professor of Electrical Engineering/Electrophysics, CET Distinguished Fellow


How does one go about articulating a teaching philosophy and a research statement? How are these documents used by search committees? Professor Armand Tanguay, Jr. from the Viterbi School of Engineering share his insights on crafting these two documents.

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