PROFF: PReparing Our Future Faculty

The Graduate School offers several free, inter-related workshops each academic year designed to assist our students with the processes of higher education job searches and entering the ranks of higher education professionals. The workshops are branded as PROFF: Preparing Our Future Faculty under the auspices of the Baylor University Graduate School.

Publicity and administration of the workshops, including participant registration and recruiting instructors and supporting presenters, is handled through the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professional Development (Dr. Laine Scales).

Fall 2014 Workshops

A1. Begin with the End in Mind: Envisioning Your Academic Career throughout Your Graduate Career
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 9:00-10:30am, Creekmore Conference Room (Jones Library, 2nd floor)
Ever felt "behind" before you even got started? It is a common feeling for graduate students in the busy world of academe. Finishing your degree and moving on in your career are challenging enough without the added anxiety of wishing you had done more and known more about those next steps during your graduate studies. This session will address the development of a personal "career curriculum" to coincide with your graduate school curriculum. Come get your warning, but also advice and encouragement, and hear what Baylor has to offer to help, including an overview of the rest of the PROFF workshop series, with our recommended order.

A2. Finding Fit: Knowing Yourself and Your Academic Job Options
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 2:00-3:30pm, Creekmore Conference Room (Jones Library, 2nd floor)
While you may sometimes think you would be willing to take any job you can find in a tough market, "good fit" matters. A number of factors influence discernment of the best academic setting(s) to pursue for employment: professional interest, personal circumstances and temperament, to name a few. In this session, you will explore various types of work you might consider, how to research potential employers, and receive an overview of what's available in the market of academia.

A3. Alternative Paths: Non-Faculty Areas of Employment and Service
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:30-11:00am, Creekmore Conference Room (Jones Library, 2nd floor)
Semester after semester of classrooms full of students, syllabi and assignments, office hours, and a departmental committee here and there: employment as full-time faculty is not the only career path after your doctoral education. Professional interests, personal circumstances, particular skills and talents, and external factors are just a handful of the conditions that lead to employment outside the academy or inside the academy fulfilling roles other than teaching. Are you contemplating an alternative path? Come learn about the challenges, opportunities and special characteristics of job searches and early career development in non-faculty employment from a panel of those who have taken a different route.

C1. On the Trail and At the Table: The Substance and Style of Interviewing
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 3:30-5:00pm, Creekmore Conference Room (Jones Library, 2nd floor)
Eventually, paperwork gives way to people work, and the academic job search turns to interviews and campus visits. This workshop focuses on the interviewing phase of the academic job search. You will learn about different types of interviews, multiple rounds of interviews, on-site visits, employer/applicant expectations, and protocol. What can you do to avoid common pitfalls and put your best foot forward? The session closes with a word on what to wear, and serves as a springboard for the next session, the mock interviews.

C2. Practice Makes Perfect: Mock Interviews
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 1:30-5:00pm, TBD
Stimulate your job search preparation by participating in a simulated committee interview. You choose the position (hopefully one you are actually applying for), and we gather a mock hiring committee made up of volunteer faculty and administrators who will interview you for it. The interview lasts 40 minutes, immediately followed by a 20-minute debriefing between 'candidate' & 'committee' to discuss strengths and areas for improvement. The entire session (interview and debriefing) lasts one hour and a video recording of the session is provided to the participant for further review. (Note: Participants must attend "On the Trail and At the Table" prior to the mock interview event.)

D1. Sealing the Deal: Negotiating the Job Offer
Friday, December 5, 2014, 9:00-10:30am, Creekmore Conference Room (Jones Library, 2nd floor)
Instructor: Dr. Lenore Wright
You have finally received an offer. Now what? The tables have turned, and it's time for you to ask some critical questions. Before accepting the offer you need to clarify and negotiate the terms of the position. What is an appropriate salary? What is the expected teaching load? What are the tenure requirements? What are the benefits? Etc. This workshop covers what questions to ask, how to ask them respectfully, whom to ask, when to ask them, and how to evaluate the offer in terms of your priorities.
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Please note: Enrollment is limited. Therefore, if the workshop is full, please email Alanna Martinez to be added to a waiting list.