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 2017 Workshops


A1. Begin with the End in Mind: Envisioning Your Academic Career throughout Your Graduate Career
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - (2:30-4:00pm) 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.
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A2. Finding Fit: Knowing Yourself and Your Academic Job Options
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - (10:30am-12:00pm) 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.
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Versatile PhDs: Career Paths Inside and Outside the Academy (with Chris Rios and Amy Ames)
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - (10:00am-11:30am) Graduate Research Center, Visualization Studio
Most doctoral students envision life as a faculty member, yet many graduates end up pursuing careers outside of traditional academic roles. Featuring speakers with expertise in so-called alternative career options, this workshop will address common questions associated with pursuing employment either outside the academy or inside the academy in positions other than teaching. The workshop covers practical issues such as how to find jobs outside academia, how to adapt your PhD to different types of employment, how to convert CVs into resumes, and how to handle this conversation with your advisor. Come learn how to explore alternative avenues for “finding fit” and get the most out of your PhD.
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C1. On the Trail and At the Table: The Substance and Style of Interviewing
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - (2:30-4:00pm) 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.
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C2. Practice Makes Perfect: Mock Interviews
Friday, November 3, 2017 - By appointment
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' and '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 note: These mock interviews are for people pursuing faculty positions only. Those interested in non-faculty positions should contact the Office of Career and Professional Development to set up a mock interview.

Please email Elise Leal to register for this session.


D1. Sealing the Deal: Negotiating the Job Offer (with Robyn Driskell)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - (2:00-3:30pm) Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library (second floor)
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. Please email Elise Leal with questions.