Where Can You Find Help with Your Academic Job Search at Harvard?

October is prime time for submitting applications for faculty and postdoctoral positions! There are many places at Harvard that can help you as you prepare your application materials and get ready (cross-fingers!) for first-round interviews, campus visits, and job talks!

Where can you turn for help?

In addition to the guidance and resources provided by your department, reach out to:

The Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services is your one-stop-shop for all your questions about the academic job search! Laura Stark is the graduate career advisor at OCS who specializes in academic careers, including postdoctoral and faculty positions (tenure-track and non-tenure-track, targeting research- and teaching-focused institutions).

The Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Bok Center advisors are experts in all things teaching and learning. Turn to them for help with:

    • Teaching Statement/Teaching Philosophy
    • Teaching Portfolio
    • Diversity Statement

The GSAS Fellowships and Writing Center

FWC staff and postdocs are happy to help you with all of your academic writing needs, including:

    • Research Statement
    • Practice job talks

The Academic Resource Center

Need help managing your time, balancing dissertation completion and job search? The ARC can help!

    • Schedule an appointment with one of the ARC coaches
    • Register for the Job Search Accountability Group (a 6-week group for GSAS students on the job market with a kick-off by OCS on Oct 31, 2022)

Be sure to consult with your department, faculty, and peers for field-specific advice, but turn to OCS, the Bok Center, GSAS Fellowships & Writing Center, and ARC for additional perspectives and advice!

By Laura Stark
Laura Stark Associate Director: Academic Careers & Applying for PhD Programs