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Campus visit preparation webinars offered by the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development

Dear Students and Alumni,

For most of you, it might be too early to have a confirmed campus visit.  Still, now is a good time to start getting ready! Applicants sometimes have as little as a week’s notice between being invited to campus and the visit itself. Even so, it’s imperative to know exactly what to expect, and to practice your job talk and teaching demonstrations before an audience (preferably multiple times!).

Please join us for two webinars that will outline what to expect from a campus visit—and how you can nail all aspects of it.


Jennifer S. Furlong, Ph.D. (

Director, Office of Career Planning and Professional Development


212-817-7416 (t)

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Preparing for the Academic Job Market

Join us for a webinar on Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST:

The campus visit is probably the most important part of the screening process for obtaining an academic position. It is certainly as important as your CV, academic track record or job talk because it is your opportunity to demonstrate how you differ from other candidates and what contributions you will make as a member of the department and faculty. But how is it different from a conventional job interview and how does that difference affect preparation? How are visits formatted? What questions should you expect? What is the appropriate preparation and what are some of the pitfalls associated with the campus visit? This webinar will help you prepare and succeed in this part of the interview process.


Preparing for the Job Talk and the Teaching Demo

Join us for a webinar on Jan 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST:

Most of those invited to a campus visit will need to do two challenging things: present their research and demonstrate their teaching abilities. Both are critical elements in the academic interview process. But what is a job talk? How should you structure your job talk and what objectives should you seek to accomplish through the talk? What questions should you ask before the talk and what should you seek to know about your audience? What should you expect from a teaching demo? What format might it take? And, most fundamentally, how should you prepare for both of these? These questions and more will be addressed during this webinar examining two critical moments in your academic job search.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar(s).