Academic Job Market Workshop
This course will provide intensive preparation and support for graduate students going on the job market. We will workshop job letters, CVs, dissertation abstracts, statements of teaching philosophy, writing samples, and job talks. We will also prepare for MLA interviews, campus interviews, job talks, and teaching demonstrations. Readings for the course will come primarily from Karen Kelsky, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job and from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and other sources. Because the job market is fast-paced in the fall (job postings begin to appear in mid-September and initial deadlines are as early as mid-October), students are strongly advised to work over the summer. Specifically, they should: 1) acquire and read Karen Kelsky's book 2) prepare the following items for the first class meeting: drafts of job letters, CVs, statements of teaching philosophy, and (for literature students) dissertation abstracts; and 3) arrange for recommendation letters to be ready for the fall.