PROFF: PReparing Our Future Faculty

The Graduate School offers several free, interrelated 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 Dr. Laine Scales, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professional Development.

Fall 2016 Workshops

A1. Begin with the End in Mind


Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - (1-2:30pm) Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library (second 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


Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - (2-3:30pm) Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library (second 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.

C1. On the Trail and At the Table: The Substance and Style of Interviewing


Thursday, November 3, 2016 - (3:30-5pm) Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library (second 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 10, 2016 - (1:30-5pm) various locations
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.)
Please email Elise Leal to register for this session.

D1. Sealing the Deal


Thursday, December 1, 2016 - (2-3:30pm) Graduate Research Center Visualization Room, Poage Library
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.
Register here.

Spring 2017 Workshops

B1. Seek and Find: An Overview of Applying for Academic Employment


Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - (10-11:30am) Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library (second floor)
Securing employment in the academic world often means making the most of every opportunity you are given during the job search process. This session addresses the most active phase of the academic job search process: finding potential positions, parts of the application packet, the academic job search "season," common practices, hints for procuring good reference letters, and other tips for job searches.
Register here.

B2. Compose Yourself: Preparing Your Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letters


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - (3-4:30pm) Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library (second floor)
The curriculum vitae (CV) has for years been the basic "unit of currency" in academic hiring and career development. At its most fundamental, the CV establishes your credentials, qualifications and experience. But can a CV do more? How can your CV and cover letter work together? This workshop teaches the considerations of both content and structure in CVs and cover letters that apply in different situations. Bring your CV, because most of this workshop will consist of personal consultation with faculty.
Register here.

B3. In a Class of Your Own: Writing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy


Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - (2-3:30pm) Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library (second floor)
What is a teaching philosophy, and why do I need to have one? Articulating your own teaching philosophy to students and colleagues enriches the learning environment. Moreover, more than half of advertisements for faculty positions now require applicants to submit a statement of teaching philosophy. Come and learn about this vital ingredient in your teaching portfolio, and receive hands-on help in drafting your own statement in the session.
Register here.

C1. On the Trail and At the Table: The Substance and Style of Interviewing


Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - (2-3:30pm) Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library (second 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.
Register here.

C2. Practice Makes Perfect: Mock Interviews


Friday, April 7, 2017 - (1:30-5pm) various locations
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.)
Register here.

D2. Primed for Success: Becoming a "Quick Starter" in Your First Academic Job


Mid-April 2017 - time and location TBA
Some new faculty enter their work situations and soon their careers are energizing and productive. Others become frustrated, unproductive, and burn out quickly, leaving behind a trail of effort without success and ill feelings toward institutions or even the whole idea of a profession in higher education. This session draws upon research and reflection on these two diverging experiences. What differences lie behind them? There are skills and working styles evident in quick starters that you can use to help yourself as new faculty.

Please note: Enrollment is limited. Please email Elise Leal with questions.