It’s not our intention to re-invent the wheel, but rather to provide you, the graduate student, with access to the best information possible. This page is intended to assist you with your academic career here at the University of Arizona, to help you prepare for future academic and non-academic work, and to expand your horizons regarding your chosen field of study and work.
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University of Arizona Graduate Student Resources
- University of Arizona Graduate College
- For information, programs, policy and procedures.
- Graduate College • Prospective Students
- Programs, resources & campus life.
- Graduate & Professional Student Council
- A student organization to support and promote the interests of graduate & professional students and foster communication among those students and with the University.
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Dissertation and Thesis Writing
- Graduate Writing Resource • Dr. Kendra Gaines
- Dr. Gaines has put together an exceptional page on academic writing and how to approach your thesis/dissertation. If you’re stuck or struggling with your writing, here’s a great place to start.
- Ph.D. Thesis Research: Where do I Start? • Don Davis
- Reflections from Don Davis at Columbia University on strategies for identifying and selecting exciting thesis topics and research projects.
- Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation
- From a Michigan State professor, we have a guide to “crafting, implementing and defending a dissertation or thesis."
- How to Write Up a Ph.D. Dissertation
- This page, though geared for computer science, is basically about turning your research into a readable multi-chapter document.
- All-But-Dissertation Survival Guide
- Finishing the Dissertation: All-But-Dissertation Survival Guide – An on-line newsletter and support group for completing the dissertation.
- An on-line discussion and support group for dissertation completion.
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- National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
- An organization of graduate-professional students that offers support and advocacy for graduate student needs. Headings include: Thesis/Dissertation, Resume Building, Legislative Links, Insurances, Funding Information, Job Seeking, News, LISTSERVS, and Events.
- American Association of University Professors
- A professional organization that supports academic freedom, shared governance and professional values and standards for higher education.
- American Educational Research Association
- A professional organization promoting scholarly inquiry in education and evaluation.
- American Medical Student Association
- Information and resources to improve the lives of medical students.
*Given the numerous graduate and professional programs available at the University of Arizona, there are far too many professional organizations and advocacy groups to list here. Please consult with your program, department or college to explore professional organizations in your discipline and take advantage of student memberships and the opportunity to network where available.
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- The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Online edition contains sections on information technology, teaching, publishing, money, government & politics, community colleges, science, students, athletics, international, people, events, The Chronicle Review, jobs and much more.
- Grad Resources
- Non-profit organization created to address the practical and emotional needs of graduate students. Crisis line, e-mentors, resources, articles, discussion, surveys, news, events, FAQ and more.
- Grad Resources • National Graduate Student Crisis Line
- Grad students facing overwhelming stress or despair can call 24 hours a day and speak anonymously with a counselor specially trained in graduate issues.
- Association for Support of Graduate Students
- Dissertation and thesis tips, postings from ASGS e-mail forum, article and more.
- Pros and cons of going to graduate school. Information on getting into grad school, surviving grad school and life after grad school. Also includes many great articles.
- H-Grad • Humanities & Social Sciences Net
- Links include student directories, academic information, financial assistance, dissertations, research, teaching, employment, organizations, advice, and news.
- Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
- News, conferences, projects, resource center, career center, student programs and more.
- Commission on Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers
- Report published by the Commission on Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers, jointly sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS). A useful snapshot of post graduate school career seeking from financial and logistical standpoints. The references section provides further resources that might be of interest to current or prospective graduate students.
- Grants and Funding in the Sciences
- From the journal Science, a list of sources for research funding.
- Piled Higher & Deeper
- A grad student comic strip.
PhDs At Work A smart and diverse network open to new ideas and new opportunities. Make new professional contacts. Gain expert insight on managing your career. Learn from peers who have transitioned beyond academia. Join us and network with your fellow PhDs At Work.
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Graduate Pages from Other Universities
- Yale University • Graduate Career Services
- Excellent collection of resources for academic and non-academic career planning, CV building, and professional development.
- University of California, Berkeley Career Center • Graduate Students & PhDs
- Job search information for academic and non-academic careers, links, articles and more.
- Franklin Humanities Institute • Fellowship Opportunities
- Graduate education in Humanities, Education, and Social Science disciplines.
- Scholarly Societies Project • University of Waterloo
- Links to Scholarly Societies in Arts & Humanities, Biology & Environment, Business, Economics & Math, Health & Medicine, Science & Engineering, Social Sciences, and Miscellaneous. Search by subject, country, language, founding date. Events, publications and much more.
- Graduate Student Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin
- The University of Wisconsin, Madison has an excellent page for graduate students on academic and professional skills. In addition to professional skill development, their Education Portfolio and Career Services page has a link for a PDF file that is a guideline to looking for a position in Higher Education.
- Michigan State University - PREP The Graduate School
- Michigan State University also has some superb information in its PREP program. The PREP program is a joint venture between the Graduate College and Career Services at Michigan State.
- The University of British Columbia • The Graduate Game Plan
- The University of British Columbia presents the “Graduate Game Plan”. These pages explain how students’ success in graduate school and beyond can be optimized through strong communication skills necessary to the dissemination of your scholarly ideas and research findings. By engaging in opportunities to promote your work, you can network with other scholars, increase your research profile and open an increased number of potential career options. Be sure to check out their tips on presenting and publishing your research.
- The University of Illinois • Career Services
- Finally, from the Graduate College Career Services web page of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, insights on the job-search procedure for both Academic and Non-Academic Jobs.
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Academic Career Planning and Support
These are sites dedicated to employment in post-secondary education. Some focus specifically on faculty positions; others list both faculty and administrative positions.
- Academic and Education positions from Job Hunt.
- Quintessential Careers
- A list of academic, education, and teaching job listings.
- Academic Careers Online
- Academic Careers Online includes faculty, teacher, research, post doc, adjunct, library, administrative and senior management positions at (community) colleges, universities, research institutes, and schools around the world.
- University Jobs.com
- Administrative, faculty, postdoctoral, and science jobs.
- Sample Academic Cover Letter
- This sample cover letter might be used as a template when applying for academic positions.
- Jobs, information about finding employment, graduate school, and career information.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education • Chronicle Careers
- Job postings, news & advice, articles, forums and much more.
- The Times Higher Education • Jobs
- Adjunct teaching positions at higher-education institutions.
- Higher Ed Jobs
- Search thousands of job listings for free. Career Tools include a chat room, salary data, resources for International job seekers, employer profiles, articles and additional resources.
- This is a meta-collection of Internet resources that have been gathered for the academic job hunter. It includes links to faculty, staff, and administrative announcements that are both teaching and non-teaching. Many of the collected links are to institutional HR pages.
- UniXL • Universities and Colleges
- Job search links and occupational information related to universities and colleges.
- H-Net • Humanities & Social Sciences Net - Job Search
- Academic job announcements in History and the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and Rhetoric & Composition for administrators, faculty, archivists, librarians and other professionals in Humanities and the Social Services.
- Inside Higher Ed • Careers
- College and university job listings for faculty and staff positions.
- Modern Language Association • Job Information List
- The MLA's job list is a central resource for academic job seekers in the humanities. The "Related Links" on this page also contain useful information for graduate students on the job market.
- California Community College Registry
- Job listings in the California Community Colleges system. Searchable by district or region.
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Non-Academic Career Planning and Support
- Where to Find Information on Nonacademic Careers
- From the Chronicle of Higher Education, a thorough list of information and job search resources in alternative careers in many fields.
- Life After the PhD
- A list of books, columns, blogs, and articles about careers outside of academia.
- Transferable Skills for PhDs
- From the University of Michigan Career Center, a helpful list of marketable skills for graduate students to consider in applying to jobs outside academia.
- The Global "Go-To Think Tanks"
- A useful list of public policy and research oriented think tanks.
- Sell Out
- A resource for PhD's considering careers outside the university. Career FAQs, articles, links and more.
- Beyond the PhD
- A resource for exploring possible career paths within and outside academia. Contains career profiles of PhD graduates, articles, and a useful links section.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education • Articles on Non-Academic Careers by Alexandra M. Lord
- Dr. Lord is the creator of the site Beyond Academe for historians and writes regularly for the Chronicle about non-academic careers.
Humanities and Social Sciences
- Versatile PhD
- The Versatile PhD mission is to help humanities and social science PhDs and graduate students identify and prepare for possible non-academic careers. Free registration provides access to forums, events, and job listings.
- Association of Departments of English (ADE) • Developing a Nonacademic Career
- Information and links about careers outside academia for doctoral graduates in English. Includes tips from graduates working in a variety of fields.
- Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Tips and resources for career planning, from the Columbia University Center for Career Education.
- Sell Out Your Soul
- A blog about leaving academia, with a focus on humanities. Includes posts about humanities jobs outside the academy, career-finding tips, interviews with PhD graduates, and links to articles and other blogs about the challenges of graduate school and the job market.
- Should New PhDs Consider
- An article about the non-academic career outlook for sociology graduates, from the American Sociological Association.
- Idealist • Action Without Borders
- Idealist posts national and international jobs, internships, volunteering, humanitarian aid, environmental and economic resources, events, career fairs and information. Many jobs here indicate a preference, if not a requirement, for graduate degrees. Sign-up for email notification of new internship or job listings.
- American Astronomical Society • Non-Academic Astronomers Network
- Profiles of astronomy graduates at the master's and doctoral level working in a wide variety of non-academic fields.
- Beyond Physics
- A blog maintained by two physicists who post career profiles of physics grads working in private companies, the public sector, and academic institutions.
- Project for Non-Academic Science
- A collection of short Q&As with science graduates, from bachelor's degree to PhD holders, about their current non-academic positions. The blogger who posts these interviews calls this project "an informal career guide for science majors wondering what to do with their lives."
- Non-Academic Science Career Information Aggregator
- Websites, articles, and job title lists that may be of interest to scientists looking outside of academia.
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NASPA and ACPA are the two major student affairs organizations in the U.S. The following are links to their websites and another on-line guide to student affairs positions.
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
- NASPA's site contains career resources, event information, and publications.
- American College Personnel Association
- Career information, professional development opportunities, and links to committee sites.
- On Line Guide for Student Affairs Professionals
- Student affairs job listings.
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There are many websites with information on planning your career and conducting a job search. Career Services has developed an annotated list of these websites, the Career Web Resources . This list is divided into the following sections:
- Job Search Tools and Strategies
- Career Information for Diverse Groups
- Career Information by Field
These websites might be helpful to you as you are exploring your career and academic options and learning about different occupations and the work world.
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More Web Resources
Streaming Career Planning Seminars for PhD Students
Career Services, along with the Graduate & Professional Student Council and the Graduate College presented a series of seminars led by guest presenter Dr. Andrew Green from UC Berkeley. Access to the content is free, but you will need to log into the Career Services website in order to view the videos and associated materials.
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