Interviews, Education & Academia Academia has a level of professionalism similar to a corporate environment, since you're working with faculty or students. Whether you're an assistant professor or a kindergarten teacher (note these two audiences are different!), you want to feel confident, comfortable, and relatable. A great blouse and knit pencil skirt in a deep rich color like burgundy or brown is lovely. A boucle jacket and trousers with classy pumps also looks fantastic.