The process of going on the academic job market might seem a daunting task. Several questions present themselves: Where do I start? What do I need to include in my application? What is expected of me as a job candidate? How can I present myself to be a memorable candidate? What can I do to prepare for interviews?

The University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT)  in cooperation with Career Connection provides resources that can help find answers to these questions. At UCAT we offer consultations concerning your Teaching Statement and Portfolio whereas Career Connection provides assistance with most other aspects of the Academic Job Search.

Teaching and Research Statements

Teaching and Research Statement are becoming an increasingly common part of the Job application for academic positions. They may be requested by hiring committees at any type of institution.

Teaching Statement

  • The Teaching Statement should state your goals and values regarding teaching and an illustration of how you meet those goals supported by student feedback documenting your teaching effectiveness.
  • A Teaching Statement demonstrates your communication ability to the hiring committee as well as giving them an idea about whether you would be a good fit for the institution
  • Visit the UCAT website for a guide on writing your Teaching Statement and creating a Teaching Portfolio

Research Statement

  • This is NOT a research grant proposal
  • A Research Statement should summarize your current and future research agenda
  • A Research Statement should reference how you intend to fund your research; whether you plan to collaborate with colleagues or other organizations; whether and how you intend to involve graduate and/ or undergraduate students.
  • The following resources are good places to start looking for more information on writing a Research Statement as well as sample statements:

Cover Letters, Vitae, and the Interview

If you are interested in learning more about vitae, cover letters, and the interview, get in touch with Career Connection.

Vitae and Cover Letters

Good cover Letters and vitae are tailored to the type of job you are applying for, they have consistent formatting, and their wording is clear and concise.

OSU Career Connection provides some excellent resources on “Writing Vitas” and “Cover Letters”

The Interview

The interviewing process generally includes two main steps:

  1. Phone interview and/ or interview at a national conference (December/ January)
  2. Campus Visit (February/ March)

For more information on how to prepare for these different types of interviews take advantage of the OSU Career Connection resources for general Interviewing Skills and more specifically for Interviewing in Academia.

The following websites offer additional information:


Campus Resources


Web Resources