Seminar: The job talk for a faculty position at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI)


In this seminar, we will discuss ways that candidates can strategically tailor their faculty job talk for institutions that are focused on both teaching and research from their faculty, such as primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), liberal arts colleges, and master’s granting institutions. The PUI job talk is different from the R1 job talk, a conference presentation, or a departmental seminar. We’ll consider the structure of this type of talk, how candidates can present their science to this type of audience, and how to prepare for this talk. For example, what questions should candidates ask the search committee as they prepare their talk?

This seminar is the first of a 2 part series. In the Part II, participants will have a chance to practice their faculty job talk to a peer team of three other trainees and receive structured and specific suggestions for improvement, based on OCPD's Scientific Presentation Rubric for PUI Job Talks. Participants who do not have a presentation ready but would like learn by watching and reviewing other participants' talks are welcome to attend. Part II will take place October 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More details and registration for Part II here.


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the structure and purpose of a faculty job talk
  • Describe the differences between a PUI job talk and an R1 job talk, conference presentation, or department seminar
  • Describe the different elements of a successful faculty job talk at PUIs


Dates and times:

Thursday, August 31, 2017 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.




Cancellation Policy

You must cancel at least 24 hours before the workshop to allow time for another person to register.
If you fail to show up to the event without any justification, you may be prohibited from registering to future OCPD academic career programs. To cancel, please follow these instructions. Email [email protected] with issues.​

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