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Demystifying the Academic Job Market

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For those who seek to enter the academic job market after earning their PhD in personality or social psychology, the process can be seem shrouded in mystery. Often, knowledge about how to best navigate this process is passed down informally through advisors and lab mates. Members of SPSP wanted to share the wisdom they’ve gleaned by being on both sides of the process. Funded by an SPSP Small Conference Grant, the first Job Market Workshop was held August 2017. Attendance was targeted to those from groups underrepresented in the field, but contents are posted here as a resource to all.

Application Resources

  • Demystifying the job market: From PhD to Professor PPT slides
  • Collective Attendee Job Market Workshop Notes
  • Cover Letter, Research Statement, Teaching Statement Templates

Special thanks to Neil Lewis Jr. and Jay Van Bavel for organizing the workshop and to the panelists: Diana Sanchez, Tessa West, Jon Freeman, and Jenny Xiao.


*A doctoral degree in personality and psychology can lead to a variety of opportunities, including working in government, non-profits, and industry. Thinking about one of these pathways? Consider a Non-Academic Internship.