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.
- Tailor your CV for a specific academic teaching or research position.
- Examples and tips on writing your cover letter.
- Understand the differences between a CV and resume.
- Interfolio, a placement file and dossier service used for organizing and submiting application materials for academic positions, particularly in the humanities.
- Teaching Philosophy, Research, and Diversity Statements:
- Research Statements - Duke University
- Writing a Research Plan - by Jim Austin from ScienceCareers.org
- Writing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement - Ohio State University
- How to Write a Teaching Statement - Instructional Development, UC Santa Barbara
- Writing Diversity Statements - materials from a workshop by UC Davis Teaching Assistant Consultants
- Teaching Portfolios:
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.
Internship and Career Center - Make an appointment with one of our career advisers who can help strategize about content for your application packet, review your CV and cover letter, and provide feedback on your application materials.