A PhD Student’s Guide to Academic Job Market Resources at Harvard

Harvard Griffin GSAS Students:

As you consider the academic job market there is a lot to learn, and a lot to do, and you may have many questions.

Good news! Apart from the disciplinary expertise available in your department, a network of experts at Harvard is ready to help you navigate all aspects of the process.

The Mignone Center for Career Success (MCS)

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

Start here for an overview of the academic job market, including:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Cover letter
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Statement
  • Diversity Statement
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Negotiations and Decision-making 
  • Pursuing jobs beyond academia, too!

Ways to engage:

The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

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

  • Your Teaching Portfolio, including:
    • Teaching statement
    • Sample Syllabi
    • Diversity Statement
  • Teaching Demo

Ways to engage:

The Harvard Griffin GSAS Fellowships and Writing Center (FWC)

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

  • Writing samples
  • Research statement
  • Job Talk

Ways to engage:

The Academic Resource Center (ARC)

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

Be sure to consult with your department, faculty, and peers for field-specific advice, but turn to MCS, the Bok Center, FWC, and ARC for additional perspectives and advice!

All of us are happy to partner with departments to offer workshops and provide more tailored guidance. Don’t hesitate to reach out, and don’t forget to check in with your advisors and consult with other faculty in your field who have recently been on search committees.

Good luck!

Content in this blog is adapted from a resource created by the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning:

A PhD Student's Guide to Academic Job Market Resources
By Laura Stark
Laura Stark Associate Director: Academic Careers & Applying for PhD Programs