Careers in Academia

Career Opportunities in Academia

Many, but not all, Brown Ph.D.s will seek faculty positions. Not all faculty positions have the same style and requirements. If you are more interested in teaching than research, a small liberal arts college might be a better fit than a R1 research institution for you. On the other hand,  a career in academia is much more than just being a professor. If you are interested in educational policy, advocacy, faculty and student affairs, and organization, you can consider a career in Higher  Education Administration.  

Learn About the Market

One of the best resources for learning about the academic job market is the The Chronicle of Higher Education. It’s not only the premier source for higher education job listings. It’s also the best source for getting the inside scoop on the nature of the market in any given year. Each year The Chronicle publishes first-person accounts of life on the market as well as advice from the pros, including faculty who’ve served on search committees.

 Plan Your Search

Although the process of looking for a faculty appointment differs from discipline to discipline, all searches require an expenditure of time and money. You will spend an enormous amount of time preparing materials to send out to prospective employers. In addition to cover letters, CV’s, and preparing for interviews and job talks, you will correspond with the institutions you’ve applied to and travel to conferences and universities for interviews.

Further Information and Resources

The articles on the Interfolio Blog is a good source for info on a variety of topics touching on academic life and careers, including tips on organizing and planning the Academic Job search. The two following items are recent particularly helpful examples:

Dr. Ramon Goings on Navigating the Academic Job Market

Dr. Ramon Goings on Three tips for Organizing the Job Search

Administration 101 A well regarded series of essays by David Perlmutter in The Chronicle of Higher Education. on topics in administration and leadership in Academia.

Academic Job Sites

The following websites are the most common ones for faculty and research job searching. All of them also include non-faculty/non-postdoc but higher education administration, non-academic research, and nonprofit opportunities for students with advanced degrees.  

Academic Jobs Wiki 

Academic Jobs Wiki posts and tracks searches in various categories for academic opportunities mainly in Humanities and Social Sciences such as faculty and Postdocs Fellowships.

The Chronicle of Higher Education 

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the nation’s largest newsroom dedicated to covering colleges and universities. As the unrivaled leader in higher education journalism, it services the readers with indispensable real-time news and deep insights, plus the essential tools, career opportunities, and knowledge to succeed in a rapidly changing world. 


EducationJobSite is for K-12 education job opportunities across the United States. 

Education Research Jobs - American Educational Research Association

The American Educational Research Association job board focuses on the positions in the education research field. 

HigherEd Jobs 

HigherEdJobs is the leading source for jobs in academia, including faculty, administrators and executive positions. 


The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is a non-profit consortium of colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations, committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the higher education workforce.


Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-Net) is an independent, non-profit scholarly association that offers an open academic space for scholars, teachers, advanced students and related professionals. It posts job opportunities around the world for doctoral students in Humanities and Social Sciences.

MLA Job List

The Job List, published by the Modern Language Association, features announcements for available positions in humanities fields in and outside academia. The site is recognized as a resource for highly qualified candidates seeking faculty positions at North American colleges and universities, as well as administrative and nonprofit jobs. 


Job opportunities in STEM, including faculty and non-faculty positions worldwide. 


Job opportunities in STEM, including faculty and non-faculty positions worldwide.

The Placement Exchange

Job opportunities in the student affairs field. 

University Positions

University Positions is a leading academic career portal for researchers, university lectures and professors in E.U.