Academia & Education

Interested in pursuing a future in Academia & Education? Find resources, events, opportunities, and advice to confirm your interest and kickstart your career.

Explore a career path in Academia & Education

With a career in academia and education, you can inspire the next generation of students, create and deliver courses or educational materials, and generate new knowledge through research. Sample career paths include becoming a professor at a university or college; an investigator at a research institute; higher education staff; K-12 teacher; or creator of educational programs at museums. Click on the menu items below to explore additional resources.

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Exploring careers? Start with the Career Exploration Series!

CAPD is coordinating the second annual, institute-wide Career Exploration Series that begins on September 12th and runs through IAP! This series is a collaboration between MIT departments, programs, employers, and alumni to help all students learn about the different career and graduate/professional school options available to you.   

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By Tianna Ransom
Tianna Ransom Assistant Director, Career Exploration
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Graduate Education Now Has Its Own Caucus in the House of Representatives

Adapted from Kelley Karnes, Council on Graduate School (original article here)

The Graduate Research and Development (GRAD) Caucus launched in July. This new bipartisan caucus in the House of Representatives was formed to address the needs and issues of graduate …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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How to Hold a Better Class Discussion

By  Jay Howard

Learn how to structure your course and particular class sessions in ways that will get students actively participating — and will enhance their learning:

Why Discussion Matters
7 Strategies to Change the Norms of Class Discussions
How to Keep …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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Video Resource: Intro and Overview of the UK Academic Sector

by the University of Cambridge Careers Services

The purpose of these series of videos are to introduce you to the academic sector and how it works in the UK giving you an overview of it as a labour market for …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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Daunting but doable: faculty job searching after a postdoc

Written by: Kendall Powell | Science Careers | Published on: Oct 25, 2021

The journal Science has interviewed postdocs who’ve recently succeeded with their job search. In addition, two recent studies collected data to characterize what makes a successful candidate and what criteria search …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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Featured Resources

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The following materials are commonly requested.  We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a career advisor to review your …

Interviews for faculty positions often include two rounds:

First round – Phone or Video  (20-40 minutes)

This is an initial …

If you receive an academic job offer, express interest, and then take the time to carefully assess whether the offer …

Why Don’t We Teach PhDs to Be Mentors?

Do you think of yourself as a mentor? What is your mentoring persona? How are your relationships with your own …

Infinite Careers Alumni

Alan Edelman

Alumni, Faculty
  • Professor of Applied Mathematics MIT Department of Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering Professor Northeastern University
  • Director of Undergraduate & Alumni Outreach & Career Development MIT Department of Architecture
  • Director of Mathematics and Engineering Success Academy Charter Schools
  • Postdoctoral fellow Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania