Academic search committees will likely review hundreds of applications for a single position. Each application can be 5-20 pages in length. You can imagine search committee fatigue! Your tasks when preparing your application materials are to engage the reader, communicate your fit, articulate a vision of who you are as a researcher and teacher, and demonstrate your potential as a future colleague and member of their team. The ultimate goal of your application packet is to be invited for an interview.
Academic research and teaching positions typically call for a cover letter (aka Statement of Interest) and curriculum vitae (CV). Additional supporting documents, depending upon the position, might include:
- 3-5 letters of recommendation
- Research Statement
- Teaching Philosophy Statement or Statement of Teaching Interest or Evidence of Teaching Excellence or Teaching Portfolio
- Diversity Statement
- Sample Syllabi
- Course Evaluations
- Dissertation Abstract or Publications or Writing Sample
- Portfolio (for MFA)
Some institutions (e.g., community colleges) may request a “professional resume”, which generally means a CV outlining your academic accomplishments, but also emphasizes teaching abilities and administrative skills.
Tips and Sample Documents
CV's and Cover Letters
- Tips for writing a CV and CV samples - Internship and Career Center
- Tips for writing a cover letter, cover letter template, and cover letter samples - Internship and Career Center
- Research Statements - Duke University
- Writing a Research Plan - ScienceCareers.org
- Research Statement Rubric - University of Delaware
- How to Write a Teaching Statement - Instructional Development, UC Santa Barbara
- Compiling a Teaching Portfolio - Inside Higher Ed
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy Rubric - University of Michigan
- The Effective Diversity Statement - Inside Higher Ed
- Guidelines for Writing A Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - UC Davis Academic Affairs
Self-Paced Online Workshops
The Center for Educational Effectiveness had created self-paced, on-demand workshops on Developing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Writing a Diversity Statement, hosted on Canvas. Email email@example.com and request access to the Canvas course "TAC On-Demand Workshops."
Internship and Career Center - Make an appointment with a career advisor who can help strategize about content for your application packet, review your CV and cover letter, and provide feedback on your academic job application materials.
University Writing Program - Schedule a writing consultation with a Writing Fellow for help focusing your topic, organizing and clarifying your ideas, adapting your style for a specific audience, and overall strengthening of your writing skills.