Career Advancement

These resources cover topics such as developing an effective CV and associated materials, creating and maintaining teaching and research portfolios, crafting application letters, navigating the job market, the job talk, post-doctorates, establishing a research program, and tenure.


American Psychological Association Career section

Blue Lab Coats (2008, September, 12). It’s the season…Academic job search reposts.

Canadian Psychological Association. Resources and presentations on careers.

Ernst, M. (2000 May, continually updated). Getting an academic job.

Inside Higher Ed. Career Advice.

Might, M. Academic job search advice.

National Communication Association Career Center Career guides for scientists.

On Twitter: #findaphdjob


Crafting Application Letters, Developing an Effective CV, and Associated Materials

Brems, C., Lampman, C., & Johnson, M.E. (1995).  Preparation of applications for academic positions.  American Psychologist, 50, 533-537.

Crossman, E.K., & Nazzaro, J.R.  (1976).  The vita.  In P.J. Woods (Ed.), Career opportunities for psychologists.  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

Hayes, S. C. (1983).  When more is less:  Quantity versus quality of publications in the evaluation of academic vitae.  American Psychologist, 38, 1398-1400.

Houston, N. (2010, September, 14). Creating and maintaining your CV. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Inside Higher Ed features a diverse collection of essays and blog posts on how to write a good cover letter.

Wolke, R. L. (1983, October 26).  What's vital in curricula vitae.  Chronicle of Higher Education, p.72.


Creating and Maintaining Teaching and Research Portfolios

Burnham, J. J., Hooper, L. M., & Wright, V. H. (2010). Tools for dossier success: A guide for promotion and tenure. New York, NY: Routledge.

Burnham, J. J., Hooper, L. M., & Wright, V. H. (2012, April, 25). Top 10 strategies for preparing the annual tenure for promotion dossier.

Kelsky, K. (2014, November, 3). How much teaching experience do I need? Chronicle Vitae.

Lang, J. M (2010, August, 29). 4 steps to a memorable teaching philosophy, The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Navigating the Job Market

Bernstein, B.E.  (1978).  Points to ponder when seeking a new professional job.  Professional Psychologist, 9, 341-349.

Houska, J. A. (2010, September).  Entering the academic job market: Reflections and resources for the early stages of the process. Observer, 23.

Houska, J. A. (2010, December).  Entering the academic job market II: Proper preparation, performance, and postmortem for interviews. Observer, 23.

Lantsoght, E. (2013). Six Steps to Finding a Job After the PhD.

Miller Vick, J., & Furlong, J. S. (2008). The academic job search handbook. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Ng, C. F, (1997).  Recruitment practices and job search for academic positions in psychology. Canadian Psychology, 38, 25-42.

Niehuis, S. (1999). Applying for an Assistant Professorship: Advice from Members of a Search Committee. ISSPR Bulletin.

Stenstrom, D. M.,Curtis, M., & Iyer, R. (2013). School Rankings, Department Rankings, and Individual Accomplishments: What Factors Predict Obtaining Employment After the PhD?  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 8(2).



American Anthropological Association. Postdoctorate resources.

Drmsscientist (2013, August 8). Transitioning from grad school to a postdoc. Tenure she wrote.

European University Institute. Applying for a post-doc.

Levine, A. G. (2011, March 18). Recovering from postdoc mistakes. Science Careers.

National Postdoctoral Association. International postdoc survival guide introduction.

Niehuis, S. (1999). Pursuing post-doctoral training. ISSPR Bulletin

Pelham, B. Doing postdoctoral work – Should I? American Psychological Association.

Tem, C. (2013, March 6). Surviving as a postdoc. Science Careers.

Walton, A. G. To postdoc or not to postdoc? How to weigh whether postdoctoral training will boost your career prospects. American Psychological Association.


The Job Talk

Feldman, D. B., & Silvia, P. J. (2010). Public Speaking for Psychologists: A Lighthearted Guide to Research Presentations, Job Talks, and Other Opportunities to Embarrass Yourself. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Iacono, W.G.  (1981).  The academic job search:  The experiences of a new Ph.D. in the job market.  Canadian Psychology, 22, 217-227.

Kelsky, K. (2012, February 23). Dr. Karen’s (partial) rules of the job talk. The Professor Is In.

Kelsky, K. (2015, January 12). Will they remember your topic? Chronicle Vitae.


Negotiating Salaries, Start-up, Etc.

Mullins, C.J.  (1977).  A guide to writing and publishing in the social and behavioral sciences.  New York:  Wiley-Interscience.

Cohen, J. (1990).  Things I have learned (so far).  American Psychologist, 45, 1304-1312.


Establishing a Research Agenda/Program

Gray, K. & Wegner, D, M. Six guidelines for interesting research.

McGuire, W.J.  (1983).  The contextualist theory of knowledge:  Its implications for innovation and reform in psychological research.  In L. Berkowitz (Ed.), Advances in experimental social psychology: Vol. 16 (pp. 1-47).  New York:  Academic Press.  Useful hints for how to creatively formulate hypotheses.


Setting up a Lab

Danovitch, J. Working with undergraduate research assistants: Setting up and maintaining a research laboratory.

Darley, J.M., Zanna, M.P., & Roediger, H. L. (Eds.).  (2004) The compleat academic:  A career guide.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Keeley, J. Afful, S. E., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., Good, J. J., & Leder, S. So you landed a job-What’s next? Advice for early career psychologists from early career psychologists.

Winerman, L. Lab lessons.



Burnham, J. J., Hooper, L. M., & Wright, V. H. (2012, April, 25). Top 10 strategies for preparing the annual tenure for promotion dossier.

Darley, J.M., Zanna, M.P., & Roediger, H. L. (Eds.).  (2004) The compleat academic:  A career guide.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Harra, B. (2010, May 20). Open letter to 2010-11’s first-time tenure-track professors. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Mantero, M. (2004, February 17). Road signs to tenure. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Survival Skills for Scholars.  (10 Volume Series).  Newbury Park: Sage.