Job – contract writer

Seeking full-time contract writer for a year-long marketing project, writing long-form content for colleges and universities. Our ideal candidate has:

  • An engaging writing style
  • Some experience with SEO (we do white hat, no keyword stuffing around here!)
  • Professional writing experience, including content for digital audiences
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Higher education experience preferred (meaning you understand how academic programs work)

This will be a quick-hire situation, so if you’re interested please hop on it. Just send your questions and your resume to robin.myrick@academicpartnerships.com, preferably by the end of business on Monday, January 28th.  Thanks A&H grads!

Robin Myrick, MFA
SEO Writer, Content Marketing
600 N. Pearl St, Suite 900
South Tower
Dallas, TX 75201
P: 214-210-3997

On focus

To focus is hard when there are distractions everywhere, but graduate work requires predictable and extended focus. Here are some suggestions for tools and practices that can help:

  • Divide each project in smaller pieces so you know what you are supposed to accomplish in each step. Make a list (or several) and check things off to see yourself making progress.
  • Do one thing at a time. Multitasking is not efficient and trains your brain to look for distractions.
  • Remove external distractions (close your email and other unnecessary browser windows, turn off your phone and close the door)
  • Schedule time to read and write on your calendar and then keep your appointments with yourself. Learn what the minimum chunk of time is that you need to get work done (if the chunk is too short, it is difficult to remember where you are and get into the work). Learn what the maximum chunk of time is that you can stay productive (and remember it might depend on what you are doing).  Regular shorter chunks of time tend to be more useful than rare and very long ones (if it is a month before your next “appointment” you will have forgotten what you did the last time).

  • If you have a longer period of time set aside, make room for short breaks – to get more coffee, go to the restroom, play a round of candy-crush, or check your email – but set a time limit, maybe with a timer.
  • Consider finding some music that does not distract you, but gives you a good rhythm to work with. Instrumental music often works best, but lyrics in a language you do not understand can also work.
  • Practice focus regularly, by forcing yourself to finish smaller projects (reading a whole article rather than just the headlines, ironing or folding all the laundry or doing all the dishes rather than just a small portion).
  • Eat, sleep, and exercise – taking care of your body will help your mind.

ADD your suggestions in the comments.

 

Tools:

Forest – an app that “disables” your phone to grow a tree while you work on other things http://auroragambit.wixsite.com/gambit/single-post/2016/12/20/How-to-not-look-at-your-phone-while-doing-homework

Headspace – a meditation app that helps you practice focus https://www.headspace.com/?ref=producthunt

 

Music:

Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel

Frédéric Chopin – Nocturnes

Erik Satie – Gymnopédies

John Williams – plays Bach (or almost anything else)

Spring 2019 deadlines

Deadlines for Proposals, Defenses, and Final Submissions

Please note: All proposals should be submitted to your individual committee members for their approval at least one week before the submission deadline. (Earlier submission to the committee is strongly advised.) Otherwise, you cannot expect faculty members to read and approve drafts in time to meet deadlines.

All proposals must be submitted as a Word-compatible email attachment sent to Alice Salazar Presti. All signature pages must be submitted in hard copy.

Spring 2019

January 2 Proposals for Portfolios, Theses, and Dissertations due in the A&H Office (for GSC consideration on 16 January). (This is the last date for Proposals from students expecting to graduate in the Spring semester.)
January 4 Last day to submit completed and signed form (with reading list) for independent study
January 23 Applications for Graduation due online (contact Pia for MA, Alice for PhD).
February 1 Teaching Assistant Applications due (submit to Julia Maddox).
February 6 Proposals for Portfolios, Theses, and Dissertations due in the A&H Office (for GSC consideration on 20 February). (Students submitting Proposals on this date will graduate in summer or later semesters.)
February 26 Last day for submission of final draft of Dissertations to all members of the supervising committee. Doctoral students who do not meet this deadline will not graduate this semester.
March 12 Last day for submission of final draft of Portfolios and Theses to all members of the supervising committee. Master’s students who do not meet this deadline will not graduate this semester.
March 26 Last day to request oral defense of Portfolios, Theses, & Dissertations.
March 27 Proposals for Portfolios, Theses, and Dissertations due in the A&H Office (for GSC consideration on 10 April). (Students submitting Proposals on this date will graduate in spring or later terms.)
April 9 Last day to hold oral defense of Portfolios, Theses, and Dissertations.
April 23 Last day to upload Dissertation for final review by Graduate Studies Office.

Last day to upload thesis for review by Graduate Studies Office.

April 30 Last day for final submission of Portfolios (to the A&H office).
Last day to receive approval of final version of Theses by Graduate Studies Office.
TBA Doctoral Hooding Ceremony & Spring Commencement.

For general University deadlines, see the Academic Calendar. For deadlines pertaining to the Office of Graduate Studies, see here.