Exploring and Preparing for Faculty Careers (Mission Bay)

Dates and times:

This program is offered twice per year.
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In this workshop, we will explore the different types of faculty positions available to life scientists in the U.S., and the skills they require, including research-intensive (R1) institutions, primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), liberal arts colleges, master's granting universities, and community colleges. Participants will use the Academic Career Readiness Assessment (ACRA) framework to assess their level of preparedness for different positions, and to set professional development and research goals for the rest of their training. The ACRA framework was developed with the input from faculty members at diverse types of institutions, and with the support of a Burroughs Wellcome Fund grant.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Differentiate between different types of institutions in the U.S. based on their tenure requirements
  2. List the qualifications that hiring committees really look at when making hiring decisions
  3. Identify skills and experiences you will need to be competitive for a faculty position
  4. Conduct a self-assessment of your strengths and areas of improvement for a faculty position
  5. Develop a training plan which can be used to structure a career conversation with your current or future advisor


Laurence Clement, Program Director, Academic Career Development, OCPD


This module is also available as a video series


Questions? Contact Laurence Clement, Program Director of Academic Career Development at laurence.clemen[email protected].

This program is part of the PAC-UP series.


UCSF is committed to making its facilities, activities and events accessible. To request accommodations for this event, please contact Trish McGrath ([email protected]) at the Office of Career and Professional Development at least one week before the event.