Career & Diversity Information
This is a collection of useful links relating to the Astronomy Department's Career Paths and Diversity Seminar series.
- Data Science Can Be an Attractive Career for Physicists (Eric McKenzie, 8/29/16)
Physics Today article on the rise of data science and the boot camps that help physical scientists make the transition.
- Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook (Eric McKenzie, 10/16/15)
This resource from the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) focuses on mentoring, childcare, and career and professional development programs (including finding jobs in industry). Many of the resources are also of use to male postdocs and graduate students.
- AIP Data on Astronomy - Education and Employment (Eric McKenzie, 7/15/15)
Astronomy enrollment, career, and diversity statistics from the American Institute of Physics.
- Connecting Physics Students to Career Opportunities (Eric McKenzie, 7/15/15)
A career guide for physics undergrads and their advisers; applicable to astronomy undergrads as well.
- The Future of the Postdoc (Stuart Vogel, 4/9/15)
A Nature article on the oversupply of postdocs.
- CARE presentation on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence (11/18/14)
This presentation by the Campus Advocates Respond and Educate (CARE) to Stop Violence Office gives resources, scenarios, and recommendations for when a student reports an incident to you of sexual misconduct or relationship violence.
- Marc Pound's presentation on Non-Tenure Track (aka Professional Track) Faculty (11/13/14)
This presentation reviews the employment trends of professional track faculty (lecturers, researchers, etc.) both nationwide and at UMD, then reviews the positive changes that the University is making to support and enhance their careers.
- How to Write a Recommendation Letter (Lori Feaga, Oct. 2014)
- How to Get a Teaching Job at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (Stuart Vogel, 9/24/14)
Here's a link to an excellent article on applying for faculty jobs, with information all the way from where to look to questions to ask at an interview. It first appeared in the 1990's, but it recently reappeared with significant updates. It's geared towards "primarily undergraduate institutions" which also do research, but it has lots of information that applies from community colleges to research universities. It's written by biologists, but most of it is good advice in astronomy and physics.
- Hunting for Jobs at Liberal Arts Colleges (Eric McKenzie, 9/24/14)
Here is another article with advice, this one geared toward astronomy/physics positions. Again, many of the suggestions are broadly applicable to other types of academic jobs.
- astronomyincolor.blogspot.com (Ashlee Wilkins, 10/1/15 BANG seminar)
A blog by members of the astronomy community "in pursuit of social justice, diversity and excellence in astronomy."
- National organizations that promote diversity in physics (Ashlee Wilkins, 10/1/15 BANG seminar):
- UMD groups that promote diversity (Ashlee Wilkins, 10/1/15 BANG seminar):
- Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA), an umbrella organization at Stamp for student groups
- Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE), an umbrella organization for academic support programs
- Black Graduate Student Union
- Latina/o Graduate Student Association
- Graduate Student of Color Space
- Queer Grad Lunch
- Three pieces discussed at the 4/2/15 Diversity Seminar:
- "The Gender Breakdown of the Applicant Pool for Tenure-Track Faculty Positions at a Sample of North American Research Astronomy Programs" by Prof. Todd Thompson (OSU Astronomy)
- "What are we missing by living in a world where only the Marie Curies make it through?" by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (MIT Kavli Institute/Department of Physics Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow)
- "The 5 Biases Pushing Women out of STEM" by Professor Joan C. Williams (UC Hastings Law), for the Harvard Business Review
- Women in Astronomy blog post and Robot Hugs cartoon on privilege (Stuart Vogel, 11/4/14)
The blog post by Dr. Caitlin Casey shows that the concept of "privilege", as in for example "white privilege" or "male privilege" or "heterosexual privilege", is relevant to astronomy and that it need not be a polarizing issue. If you are wondering what you can do to help, the cartoon is succinct and continually helpful.
- Recommendation Letters May Be Costing Women Jobs, Promotions (Lori Feaga, Oct. 2014)
A summary of an NSF/Rice University study by Hebl and Martin where they investigated the differences in letters of recommendation written for 194 applicants for faculty positions. It is short.
- UMD Women in Physics group (10/9/14)
There is a Women in Physics group in the Physics Department, and they have resources and events of possible interest to female students and faculty.
- Lessons from the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program (slides from Jillian Belovary's Career Paths talk, 9/25/14)
- Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program: Tools and Resources (9/25/14)
This website describes in detail how the program functions, including the inner workings of the admissions and administration processes.