We write quite a bit about careers here on the IoF Blog: reflections on how to best prepare yourself for jobs both on and off the tenure-track, and suggestions for how to effectively present your skills and credentials to potential employers. The job hunt process can certainly be a daunting one, and the relief of landing a position tremendous—but what happens next? Our recent reading has us considering not just the challenges of landing an academic job, but also the challenges that come after, as early-career faculty navigate the complicated landscape of higher education.

Academic job applications often ask for much more than your CV, from the cover letter to reference letters, statement of teaching philosophy, writing samples, and teaching portfolio. As such, Time-Sucking Academic Applications Don’t Know the Enormity of What They Seek.

You’ve landed a tenure-track job, but now what? Many early-career faculty struggle to juggle research, teaching, and service commitments, and to build ties within their new university community. A New Paper Proposes a Framework for Supporting Pre-tenure Faculty Members navigating this balancing act.

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about diversifying the faculty ranks, but this hasn’t translated into significant numbers of under-represented minorities being afforded the opportunity to work in this competitive market. From junior to senior faculty, the Gender Pay Gap Persists Across Faculty Ranks.

It’s easy to pay lip service to issues of diversity, but much harder to institute the changes needed to truly make academia more inclusive. What, then, is faculty diversity worth to a university?

Change begins from the ground up, and this Intersectionality 101 reading list compiles an excellent list of materials to get anyone thinking more deeply about the work of diversity and inclusion.

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