In collaboration with Prof. Saman Amarasinghe, the EECS Comm Lab is hosting a free seminar series intended for MIT EECS PhD students who want to learn more about what it’s like to be a professor and how they can prepare for a career on the tenure track.

The first three sessions will feature panels of faculty talking about their own experience. The final session will offer an introduction to the components of a faculty application package. Each session will offer the opportunity for Q&A with the speakers.

Monday 5/18 at 1:00 PM EST – Being a Professor is the Best Occupation

Hear from senior EECS faculty about the pros of being a prof. Learn about various aspects of what it’s like to be a professor – research, teaching, career opportunities, and being a part of the academic community.

Tuesday 5/19 at 1:00 PM EST – Getting Through the Junior Faculty Years

Hear from mid-career EECS faculty about how they survived their junior faculty years. Learn what skills are needed to be successful, what opportunities exist, and what stressors junior faculty often face.

Wednesday 5/20 at 2:00 PM EST – Getting a Faculty Job

Hear from junior EECS faculty and successful faculty candidates about their job search experience. Learn what it’s like to complete the faculty application and interview process and negotiate a job offer.

Thursday 5/21 at 2:00 PM EST – Preparing for Your Own Faculty Application

Hear from the EECS Comm Lab about the components of a faculty application package. Learn what skills you can be building now in order to write a strong research statement, teaching statement, and CV when it comes time to apply.

RSVP here:

Participation will require an MIT login. Return to this page ( on the day of each event for an active Zoom link.

Although we are unable to provide recordings of the events, a summary of the discussion from each day will be available on the EECS Comm Lab website.