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Adelante HSI: Preparing Future Faculty

The Adelante Bootcamp, funded through a grant from the University of California Office of the President, aims to prepare first generation early career researchers (ECRs) and ECRs from minoritized communities to be competitive applicants for the academic job market. The program will offer a two-day Bootcamp in Fall 2023 that will provide an overview of academic career pathways, preparing for the job market, and thriving in academia.

Adelante Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Future Faculty Bootcamp

The Adelante HSI Future Faculty Bootcamp will take place in-person on the UC Merced campus, from October 12-13, 2023. Participants of the Adelante HSI Future Faculty Bootcamp are required to participate the full duration of the program; the schedule both days will run from 9am-3pm.

Each participant will submit draft copies of their CV, General Cover Letter, and Research, Teaching and Diversity Statements. They will receive feedback on their draft materials from at least two UC Merced faculty members, in addition to that of their faculty advisor. Participants will also have access to a supportive network of peers and academic leaders that can help guide them through the application process. The program is led by UC Merced's Graduate Dean, Associate Graduate Dean, Assistant Graduate Dean and include workshops/presentations led by UC Merced faculty members.

Below is a sample of topics that will be covered during the Bootcamp:

  • Overview of Faculty Career Pathways
  • Fine Tuning Your Vita and Cover Letter for Faculty Jobs
  • Perfecting Your Pitch for the Faculty Interview
  • Writing a Successful Research Statement
  • Navigating Academic Job Offers
  • Writing a Successful Diversity Statement
  • Thriving as Faculty from First Generation and Minoritized Communities
  • Writing a Successful Teaching Statement

This opportunity is available to UC Merced PhD Candidates and Postdoctoral Scholars from any academic discipline. Priority will be given to individuals who are applying for academic jobs in Fall 2023 and 2024, and who demonstrates a potential to contribute to diversity in the professoriate. Applicants must submit their completed application webform and include an endorsement statement from their Faculty Advisor by the deadline of Friday, September 22, 2023.

Next Bootcamp will take place Fall 2024 (Application is currently closed)