Pathways to Professorship (P2P)



The Pathways to Professorship (P2P) program is designed to prepare PhD students for the rigors of applying to, and holding, an academic position. This 12-session program will allow students to gain exposure to the requirements and responsibilities of being a professor.

Throughout the 12-session program students will gain exposure to the requirements and responsibilities of being a professor, and specifically how early-career academics can best manage their time and resources between research, teaching, and administrative duties. Further, students will come away from the program with the skills to develop an effective academic CV, teaching dossier, research statement, and knowledge regarding how to effectively prepare for an academic job interview.

Assessment and Deliverables

To complete the P2P program, a student must:

  1. Attend at least 10 P2P seminars (exceptions will be made for seminars scheduled outside of the usual Wednesday 2-4pm time slot)
  2. Submit feedback after each seminar

The professional academic dossier will include the following documents prepared over the course of the P2P program:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Research Statement
  3. Journal Abstract
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Cover Letter

Students who complete all program requirements will be issued an official certificate of participation in the program.

Seminar Schedule (all seminars are from 2-4pm)

Seminar Title Date
Making the Decision to Pursue an Academic Career Wednesday, Sept. 25th
Preparing an academic CV Wednesday, Oct. 9th
The Cover Letter and Research Proposals Wednesday, Oct. 23rd
Teaching vs. Research Stream Wednesday, Nov. 6th
The Interview – How to prepare and succeed in an Academic Interview Wednesday, Nov. 20th
Job Application Carousel: CV, Cover Letter labs and mock interviews Wednesday, Dec. 4th
Developing a Teaching Dossier and Teaching Philosophy Wednesday, Jan. 15th
Academic Administration and Leadership Wednesday, Jan. 29th
Grant Funding and the Climate of Funding Research in Canada Monday, Feb. 10th
Starting a Research Program Wednesday, Feb. 26th
Building Collaborations Wednesday, March 11th (note: 3pm start)
Work-life balance as a faculty member Wednesday, March 25th (cancelled due to COVID-19)


Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be selected for this program?

The program requires the completion of an online application and submission of a faculty supervisor consent form. Within the application, students will be specifically evaluated based on the quality and thoughtfulness of their statement of intent, their learning objectives, and their ability to articulate how this program connects to their future career goals.

What kind of support will I receive during this program?

The program is coordinated by a PhD student in a part-time coordinator role and managed by the Graduate Student Development Office within the Applied Science Professional Development team. At any point, you can reach out to these folks with questions, comments, or concerns. You will also receive support from faculty members participating in the program through the provision of feedback on the documents required to completed the program.

How many people are selected for this program?

We aim to accept between 15-20 students depending on the applicant pool.

Apart from the seminars, how much time commitment is needed?

Like most things in life: you will get out of this program what you put into it. Throughout the program you will be asked to create/improve upon the following documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Research Statement
  3. Journal Abstract
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Cover Letter

There is no specific amount of time you will need to put into this documents as it will be different for each person, but you should plan to set aside at least a few hours to work on each document.

Is there a fee involved?

There is no fee involved for participating in this program.


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