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Applying for Academics: Lessons, Hints, and Insights into the Academic Application Process

February 23, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm


With recent government budget cuts throughout the United States and limited funds going to higher education, the availability of faculty positions have been few and far between. When a faculty position does open up, competition is high. Although many applicants are qualified, many applicants do not succeed in their search for a faculty position because they are simply not prepared well enough when they enter the job market. Preparation of a faculty application package goes well beyond sending a resume to an industrial company, and often requires months of preparation.  This workshop will emphasize the components of a faculty application, providing hints and tips for each document, and go through the relative timeline of the faculty search process. Although specific examples will be given from STEM fields, much of the information presented will be relevant to all disciplines.


with Dr. Zach Heiden

All PDI events will be available to sites other than Pullman through a web link that will be emailed to you before the event. Please make sure to register on the link below and indicate at which WSU site you are located.

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Zach is a native of the Midwest growing up in Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with an additional major in Chemistry in 2004. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned his PhD in Chemistry in 2008. After a three-year postdoc at the University of Toronto, a two-year postdoc at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and experiencing three academic hiring cycles as a faculty candidate, he began his career at Washington State University in 2013 where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. During Zach’s time at WSU, he has been involved in three academic hiring cycles as a faculty member.



February 23, 2017
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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CUB L60 (Butch’s Den)
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States


Professional Development Initiative