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Dr. J. Timothy Lightfoot
Dr. J. Timothy Lightfoot

Tim Lightfoot is the author of the successful books "Finding The Best Faculty Job For You" and " Surviving Your First 5 Years As A Faculty Member". He speaks and writes for young academics

on how to arrive, survive, and thrive in academia.

Dr. Lightfoot has over 30 years of experience as a faculty member and academic administrator. He has served on over 35 faculty and administrator search committees throughout his career. 


Whether speaking to a professional organization, teaching a class, or mentoring doctoral students, post-docs, or young academics, Dr. Lightfoot calls upon his experience, passion, and understanding of academia to support individuals as they learn how to navigate the world of academia.


​He has been awarded teaching awards at three Universities, has over 85 scientific papers, and is the lead editor on the reference handbook Exercise and Sports Genetics from Routledge Publishing.

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Written from Experience,

Created for

Young Academics

Book-Finding the best faculty job


Dr. Lightfoot conducts presentations, seminars, and workshops for doctoral

and post-doc groups, universities, and life science organizations.

Workshops & Speaking Events

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College Lecture

Dr. G. Liguori, Dean and Professor

University of Rhode Island

"The topics in this book are the same topics I as a Dean  address on a weekly basis, therefore, I will be purchasing this book for all new faculty hires, not only to help them succeed but to reduce some of the ambiguity and uncertainty that 

comes with the tenure process.”

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Dr. Xuewei C.
Assistant Professor
Oklahoma State University

"During the last year of my doctoral program, I received professional career training from Dr. Lightfoot. I learned how to get prepared for the job market, what to expect during each interview stage, and how/what a successful candidate looks like. 


One search committee member told me after my first on-campus interview, ‘Your mentors did a great job on getting you prepared for this interview.” 


Dr. H. Vellers, Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma

Past co-chair  NIEHS Post-doctoral Association 

"I know without a doubt that I would not be where I am in my career development if it were not for Dr. Lightfoot's advice and guidance from the NIEHS Post-doctoral workshop presentation"