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Initiating a Research-Focused Academic Career in Chemical Engineering: Perspectives from Faculty at Different Career Stages

Cybulskis, Viktor J. and Gounder, Rajamani and Mojarad, Sarah and Davis, Mark E. (2020) Initiating a Research-Focused Academic Career in Chemical Engineering: Perspectives from Faculty at Different Career Stages. AIChE Journal, 66 (4). Art. No. e16927. ISSN 0001-1541. doi:10.1002/aic.16927.

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Each fall, eager young researchers participate in the Meet the Faculty Candidates poster session at the AIChE Annual Meeting, and many more apply to tenure‐track faculty openings at academic institutions across the United States and throughout the world. These individuals embark on this journey with the eventual goal of becoming full professors. The process of initiating an academic career and developing a successful independent research program is an arduous journey that involves multiple stages. These stages include being hired into a faculty position, building an independent research program that involves recruiting students and can include constructing a laboratory, identifying research areas and specific problems to investigate, and establishing oneself as a scientific leader of a particular subject matter area within a broader community. Faculty candidates commonly seek advice from mentors or peers who have recently navigated the faculty interview and hiring processes to successfully obtain an academic position. Additionally, they often review the wealth of resources that are available on the Internet and in print. However, it can be daunting to sieve through this collective knowledge base to identify relevant information, as it invariably contains conflicting viewpoints and advice that may be subjective, generic to any research‐focused faculty position, or highly field specific.

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Additional Information:© 2020 The Authors. AIChE Journal published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Institute of Chemical Engineers. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Issue Online: 11 March 2020; Version of Record online: 29 January 2020; Accepted manuscript online: 20 January 2020. We are grateful to Prof. Christopher Paolucci (University of Virginia) and Prof. James W. Harris (University of Alabama) for helpful contributions by sharing their perspectives on pursuing a faculty position and starting a new research program. A special acknowledgment goes to Prof. W. Nicholas Delgass (Purdue University) for stimulating discussions and his implicit contributions to this perspective.
Subject Keywords:assistant professor; faculty candidate; job search; research program tenure‐track
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Official Citation:Cybulskis, VJ, Gounder, R, Mojarad, S, Davis, ME. Initiating a research‐focused academic career in chemical engineering: Perspectives from faculty at different career stages. AIChE J. 2020; 66:e16927.
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