Tenure Track Program (TTP)

The Tenure Track Program (TTP) provides programming that is geared toward preparing postdoctoral fellows and graduate students for careers in academia. The TTP hosts “Mock Chalk Talk” events as well as the “Conversations with Faculty” and “Getting to Know Your Faculty” series, which together aim to provide a framework for succeeding at the faculty interview stage and as a principal investigator.

For more information, please contact:

Leah Banks
Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: lbanks@cshl.ed

Alyson Kass-Eisler
Curriculum Director
Postdoctoral Program Officer
Email: kasseisl@cshl.edu


Conversations with Faculty

This series, consisting of 6-8 seminars, is geared toward gaining an understanding of the academic job search and interview process as well as learning key strategies for successfully transitioning from postdoctoral fellow to independent investigator. Seminar run time is 60 minutes.

Examples of seminars include:

  • “Going on the Job Market – Applicant Perspective”
  • “Going on the Job Market – Search Committee Perspective”
  • “Starting Your Own Lab”

Mock Chalk Talks

60-minute sessions intended to simulate the chalk talk portion of the academic job interview. These sessions provide postdoctoral fellows with an opportunity to present their proposed research programs to a panel of CSHL faculty, who serve as a mock hiring committee and provide constructive feedback. Postdoctoral fellows and students are encouraged to attend.

If you would like to give a mock chalk talk, please contact TTP at least 3-4 weeks prior to your preferred date. Please provide a list of 4-5 CSHL faculty members who you would like to include as part of the mock hiring committee. TTP will make all arrangements, including contacting faculty, reserving a room, and providing snacks!

Coffee Chat (formerly: Getting to Know Your Faculty)

A series in which CSHL faculty members share stories about their career trajectories and highlight their philosophies regarding the development of interesting research programs, lab management strategies, work-life balance, and what it takes to be successful.