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Today we look at the Research Statement. Today, at long last, and in response to popular demand, a post on the Research Statement. I have, perhaps, procrastinated on blogging about the Research Statement because at some level I felt that the rules might be more variable on this document, particularly with regard to length.
The RS should be be two pages long for any junior candidate in the humanities or soft social sciences. Two pages allows for an elaboration of the research well beyond the summary in the cover letter that gives the search committee substantial information to work with. Those junior candidates in the hard sciences and fields like Psychology can have page research statements.
I strongly urge all job-seekers to investigate the norms of their individual fields carefully, and follow the advice they receive on this matter from experts in their own fields.
By the way, the RS to which I refer here is the document sometimes requested as part of a basic job application. Those will specify a length, and should be written to follow the outline I describe in Dr. Anyway, back to the RS: And I would acknowledge those principles as valid ones.
But they would all come second to the single most important principle of all job market writing, in my view, which is the principle of search committee exhaustion. Search committee members are exhausted, and they are overwhelmed and distracted. There simply is no bandwidth in their brains or their psyches to handle the amount of material they are required to read, when searches routinely garner between and applications.
So, in short, the Research Statement, just like the Teaching Statementneeds to be one to two pages in length, single spaced.
And like the TS, it needs to be in 11 or 12 point font, and have decent one-inch margins. What are the other rules? Print the RS on regular printer paper.
Do not use letterhead for this or the TS, and do not use any special high grade paper. If unsure how to structure, use a 5-paragraph model as follows: A RS like a TS is not tailored to a school overtly. While you may subtly adjust your project descriptions to speak to a specific type of job, you do not refer to any job or department or application in the statement itself.
State what you did, what you concluded, what you published, and why it matters for your discipline, period. Do not waste precious document real estate on what other scholars have NOT done. The work is your own. I will stop here. Readers, please feel free to add more in the comments.
I will add to this post as further refinements come to mind. I have trained numerous Ph.
I've created this business, The Professor Is In, to guide graduate students and junior faculty through grad school, the job search, and tenure. I am the advisor they should already have, but probably don't.The School of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo is inviting applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Architectural Engineering with a proposed start date of September 1, The A1 suffix is typically seen as part of an application identification number or grant number and “A1” is often used to refer to a new, renewal, or revision application that is amended and resubmitted after the review of a previous application with the same project number.
Sample Cover letter for the Post of Assistant Lecturer or Professor To The Dean/Director/Registrar, Department name. University/Institute name.
A cover letter must accompany and be tailored to any application you submit. STEM letters I am writing to apply for the position of Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering beginning Fall , as This was delivered in a computer-based program that is freely available to the community and.
Your cover letter should be written in the same basic format as a business cover letter. An academic cover letter is typically two pages compared to a single page for non-academic letters.
Here’s an example of the appropriate format for a cover letter and guidelines for formatting your letters.
For the Fall Job Market I am re-posting the essential job application posts. We’ve looked at the Cover Letter and the CV and the Teaching Statement. Today we look at the Research Statement.
An expanded and updated version of this post can now be found in Chapter 27 of my book, The.