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FRANK R. BAUMGARTNER
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

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UNC PhD Placement Information

 

As of Fall 2014 I serve as the Placement Director for the UNC PhD program. On this page I have assembled various bits of information meant to be useful to our students currently on the job market.

 

Note to employers: if you want information on our current students on the market, thank you for your interest. Please go to this page for complete information on each of our students including links to their individual web sites.

 

Previous placement directors Jim Stimson, Virginia Gray, and Mike MacKuen have put together this list of advice, covering almost everything you could imagine. Some of it is out of date in terms of technology, but it all remains relevant in terms of process. Here are some tips from my colleague Tim Ryan, who started his first tenure track job here at UNC in 2014 so has recent experience on the market. Here is a great set of tips from my colleague Tom Carsey about how to design a successful job talk (this is a ppt slide show).

 

Some great advice about your internet presence from 2013 PhD Sarah Shair-Rosenfeld, now at Arizona State: I have taken to reminding graduate students here at ASU that not only is a website really important, but that the rest of their internet footprint should reflect their professionalism and professional aspirations. This means that even though many hiring committees won't waste the time to check on the content of the social media presence of all candidates, there is always a chance that someone comes across a candidate tweeting inappropriate, extremely personal, or politically sensitive things that could negatively impact a hiring decision, and there is simply no reason to take such a risk. If it's something you wouldn't say in a face-to-face interview with a representative from a hiring committee or Human Resources, it's probably something you shouldn't post online either.

 

Another point from Sarah about what types of things to use as your writing sample: I will say that the one other thing I've noticed, sitting on a hiring committee and advising our own graduate students during the job market process last year, is that some students do not seem to realize the importance of sending at least one solid, clean chapter of the dissertation as a writing sample. This is particularly true for ABD students, and it always surprises me when I review a candidate's file or see what our students are preparing to send out when someone who is still a student sends only co-authored pieces and none of the dissertation itself. It doesn't seem like something that should need to be stressed, but I've encountered it enough times now to always remind our students about when they are preparing their packets.

 

Here is the most recent (2014) report from APSA on job placement nationwide.

 

Here is a link to the UNC placement page giving an idea of the jobs our students have gotten in recent years.

 

There are many types of colleges and universities in the country. Here is a web page that indicates their networks of connections, or what each of them consider to be their own peers (courtesy of Chronicle of Higher Education).

 

Most of our PhD's are interested in positions in the US and all tenure-track jobs in the US have to be advertised through a nationally available service, typically the APSA e-jobs newsletter though sometimes the Chronicle of Higher Education (more likely for administrative and inter-disciplinary positions). (Note that non-tenure track positions, lectureships, term appointments, and post-docs are not subject to the legal requirement that they be nationally advertised, and many of them are not advertised widely.) However, many are interested in positions overseas. Here are some job sites for other countries:

- UK: http://www.jobs.ac.uk
- Netherlands: https://www.academictransfer.com
- Switzerland: http://www.myscience.ch/en/
- Germany/Austria/Switzerland: https://www.academics.com

Note that US academic jobs have a very structured process, typically involving a 2-day campus visit. They differ quite substantially between research-oriented universities and teaching-focused colleges. Overseas, the variation in hiring / interviewing processes is extremely great. Many UK jobs, for example, involve simultaneous campus visits by 3 candidates with 30 minute presentations to a committee, one after another, with an immediate decision. Make sure you understand the process and are prepared to answer the questions that a committee may have. If the job is overseas, be sure you talk at length with the committee chair about what will be expected of you during the campus interview, and, whatever you do, do not assume that things taken for granted in a US interview will apply.

 

Templates for slide shows

PPT templates

- one

- two

- three

Beamer templates

- Template and associated files, from Skyler Cramner: Put these three files (beamerthemeUNC.sty, beamerthemeUNC_sty.zip, unc-header.png) in the directory where you are creating your beamer PDF file. Include the phrase \usetheme{unc} in your preamble.

 

Templates for academic poster presentations. These abound on the web, and here are a few sites for you. Let me know if you find others that are particularly useful.

- U Nevada Reno

- Steven Liebel's site at Colorado State, using LaTex

-more LaTex templates

- the MPSA partner site, MakeSigns.com

 

Template in LaTex for a cover letter allowing you to customize to each school. Thanks to 2013 PhD Jeff Harden now at the University of Colorado for providing this. Customize the Tex file to your needs. TeX, PDF versions. Also from Jeff, a Research Statement and Teaching Statement. Here are various files courtesy of 2013 PhD Will Winecoff, now at Indiana University: Cover Letter, CV, Research Statement, Teaching Statement. Link here to Will's web site.

 

Check-list for your individual web site:

- easy to find contact information?

- easy to get copies of materials relating to: a) cv; b) dissertation; c) other research; d) teaching; e) full copy of job application materials

- teaching evaluations included? (You can get your UNC teaching evaluations here: https://www.digitalmeasures.com/login/unc/faculty)

- easy to find Frank Baumgartner (UNC Placement Director) and Dana Sadek (UNC Placement Coordinator), with emails?

- easy to find emails and names of your letter - writers / recommenders?

- all downloadable files given file names that make sense such as "MyLastName_CV_August2014.pdf" or "MyLastName_Dissertation_abstract.pdf" or "MyLastName_Teaching_Statement.pdf"? (The reason I stress this is that the person downloading your materials may be / most likely is the chair or a member of a search committee, and they are probably downloading files for several candidates. Your file called "CV.pdf" will be over-written by the next one with the same name, or, more likely, lost on someone's computer. So take these naming conventions seriously.)

 

Many sites give various bits of general information.

- John Patty's site, Math of Politics, The Math of Getting a Job in Political Science, from 2014

 

A 2014 post from the Chronicle of Higher Education, sort of designed to be humorous, about the hard odds in the academic job market, comparing it to Hunger Games.

 

Believe it or not, and it is truly hard to believe, the UNC legal department has determined that federal privacy laws (FERPA) require that you sign a form allowing your letter-writers to "disclose information" about your educational record. Please take a moment and fill out this form, and drop it off with Dana. I'd be surprised if any of you would sue the university for a letter-writer writing a letter after you asked them to do it, but apparently the university attorneys are a cautious bunch! (Oh brother!)

 

Are you ready to go on the market? Here is a backwards calendar of graduate school.

 

UNC logos, gifs, and pictures

Go to a page from the UNC Computer Science Department with a bunch of different UNC seals and logos, or just take one of these below.

 

Note to readers: This page is meant to be a service to UNC job candidates. But it is on the web and I am glad if it ican be of help to other young scholars. Please email me with suggestions or other resources to add and I will gladly do so. The page is in continual improvement after its start in July 2014. My email: Frankb@unc.edu.

 

updated: August 22, 2014

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