The Long Odds of the Faculty Job Search – Chronicle article

From this weeks Chronicle of Higher Education (access through the UTD library) on the academic job search:

The long odds – article details two particular job searches, including a comparison of the candidates’ CVs

Play the role of the search committee – interactive graphic that lets you explore all 117 candidates for a search using a variety of criteria.



Translation contest



Would you like to be published alongside translations by Lawrence Venuti, Lydia Davis, and Susan Bernofsky? Would you like your work seen and judged by Eliot Weinberger and Howard Goldblatt? Most importantly, is there an untranslated or little-translated writer that you are desperately,maddeningly determined to bring to the attention of the English-speaking world?

Then submit to “Close Approximations,” Asymptote’s first ever translation contest! Thanks to your generous support of our IndieGogo campaign, we can make it worth your while: the winner of each category will receive 1,000 USD, as well as the opportunity to publish with Asymptote.

So polish up that desk drawer full of worked-over and scribbled-on manuscripts. The deadline is September 1st, 2013. For more information and contest rules, check out our guidelines here:

Sean Cotter

Associate Professor of Literature and Literary Translation The University of Texas at Dallas

Jobs from LinkedIn

Job Discussions (4) from LinkedIn group Lecturers and Instructors in Humanities

Senior Lecturer Public Relations x2 The London College of Communication University Of The Arts London

Programme Research Officer (Centre for Holocaust Education) Faculty of Children and Learning Institute of Education, University of London

Lecturer in Modern American Literature History & American Studies Canterbury Christ Church University

Lectureship in Contemporary Art/ Art After 1945 School of Philosophy and Art History University of Essex

Positions – English – Midwestern State in Wichita Falls


Position: Instructor (3 positions available – One Permanent & Two One-year Hires)
Budget Position #:
Department: English
Job Classification(s): The following positions will be considered for this opening.
Please use the links below to open job description(s) in a NEW WINDOW.
Starting Date: Fall 2013
Closing Date: until filled
Responsibilities: Teach three sections of composition and one section of literature or technical writing each semester.
Qualifications: At least an MA in English or in Rhetoric and Composition, minimum of two years teaching composition at the college level, demonstrated excellence in teaching composition.

This position is designated as security sensitive and requires the finalist to complete a criminal background check.

Letter of application, graduate transcripts, C.V., and contact information for three references. Please send information to the contact listed below.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

Pam Marshall, Secretary

Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, Tx 76308-2099

For More Information

Pam Marshall

Memorial Reception for Victor Worsfold May 14 at 2 pm

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

A memorial reception is planned for Tuesday, May 14 at 2:00 pm in the Jonsson Performance Hall in remembrance of Dr. Victor L. Worsfold.  The event is open to the public.

The family requests that guests wear bright, colorful clothing as this event is to celebrate Victor’s life.  Please see announcement below:



Snell Graduate Essay Prize in European History

The John L. Snell Memorial Prize is named for Professor John L. Snell (1923-1972) who was a distinguished scholar and diplomatic historian and a founder of the European History Section. A bomber pilot during World War II, he taught at Tulane University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his Ph.D. in 1950. The Snell Prize is given annually to the graduate student with the best seminar research paper in European history, written within the past year. “European” is defined as encompassing the entire continent, including Russia, from pre-history to the present.

The Prize winner will be honored at the annual lunch meeting of the Section in conjunction with the Southern Historical Association meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, in November 2013. The award carries a stipend of $150. The Snell Award winner also receives one complimentary year of student membership in the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association.

The competition is open to graduate students of any member of the Section or of a program at a Southern college or university. Only papers written during the academic year immediately preceding the granting of the award, including summer 2012, are acceptable. The supervising faculty member or adviser who must also endorse the submission must attest to this fact. The competition is open only to seminar papers, the length of which shall not exceed 50 pages (endnotes and bibliography do not count toward this limit). Seminar papers may be related to prospective theses or dissertations.

Contestants must submit their papers, either in hard copy or by email, to each member of the committee. Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, and include a bibliography and the customary documentation. If contestants wish to have copies returned, they must include stamped, self-addressed envelopes. A letter of endorsement from the supervising faculty member or adviser must accompany the submission.  The deadline for receipt of the submission is August 1, 2013. One copy should be sent to each of the following three judges:

Dr. Sharon Kowalsky, Snell Prize Committee Chair
Department of History
Texas A & M Commerce
Commerce, TX 75428

Dr. Stephen D. Carls
Union University
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305

Dr. Patricia Kollander
Department of History
Florida Atlantic University
777 W. Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991