April 5 & 7 GSA Job Market Workshops

Dear A&H Graduate Students:

If you are planning to pursue an academic career and “go on the job market” next academic year (2017-2018), or you are planning to at some future time and are curious about what you can do now to better prepare yourself for the future, we invite you to participate in the first in a series of meetings about the process of seeking a position.

At our spring meeting on Wed April 5 and/or Friday April 7 at 1pm in 4.122, we will discuss:
*The job search timeline: what materials to prepare when
*Sample materials, including cover letters and CVs
*Creating a summer plan
*Surviving the emotional rollercoaster

We are offering two different time slots for your convenience. Light refreshments will be provided. Please join us at one of them!

Here are a few links to help demystify the job search process:




Thank you,
Dr. Shilyh Warren
Poe Johnson
and the GSA

Jobs listings through Versatile PhD

Versatile PhD is a site/community specifically oriented toward “helping graduate students and PhDs envision, prepare for, and excel in non-academic careers.”

They have a variety of resources, including job postings. October postings include:

  • English, Journalism, Communications people: Writer at Harvard University Press.
  • Library Science people: see Library Scientist at a financial technology firm in Massachusetts.
  • Ed & Ed Tech people: check out Research Fellow at an E-Learning nonprofit in California.
  • Historians, Americanists, Education people: you could be Education Program Coordinator at a historical house museum in the Midwest.

Links to each are here.


SAA Grant Writing Proposal Workshop

Special Collections Department, SAA Host Workshop

The Special Collections Department of Eugene McDermott Library and The Society of American Archivists are teaming up to host “Grant Proposal Writing #1622.” The day-long workshop will be held on October 26 at 9am in McDermott Library’s Instruction Room MC 2.524.

The session will include the types of state, federal, and private foundation grants available and will teach participants how to research and write proposals. The workshop will also explore the grant review process, reporting requirements and alternative funding resources.

The workshop is open to the public but seating is limited. Online registration is required.  Early-bird registration ends September 26. [looks like they have extended early-bird registration to October 2]

Go here to register:



Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD mission is to help students and graduates envision, prepare for and excel in non-academic careers. They offer job listings, networking, career resources, etc.

Every year they do a series of panel discussions in the asynchronous discussion forums on the site. Each discussion focuses on a specific non-academic career that is open to PhDs, and features 4-6 PhDs or ABDs currently working in that career. Panel discussions coming up this academic year:

Oct. 19-23: “Careers in Publishing” in the Humanities/Social Science forum

Jan. 25-29: “Careers in Business” in the Humanities/Social Science forum

Mar. 14-18: “Careers in Technical Writing” in the Humanities/Social Science forum

You can find more information about Versatile PhD here .

Please submit your accomplishments!

Dear graduate students,

The time has come once again for you to share with us your accomplishments, be they conference presentations, publications, performances, fellowships or jobs.

The information will be used for statistical purposes (we have to report data to various interested parties) and for the Arts & Humanities website.

Kindly go to the page below and fill out your information – one post for each conference/publication/event/appointment/performance. We want everything you have done in the last two years (i.e. from Fall 2013). The nifty software will then compile the information for administrators and for a web page listing of your exploits so the world (your professors, employers, colleagues and future students) can see what you do and have done.

We really want this information to be as complete as possible, and we really do want to brag about you – thank you for your participation!

The page is https://utdallas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnjX8lhA9ASRWrr

For first timers on the job market

An article at Chronicle Vitae by Karen Kelsky, “academic career coach at “The Professor is In.”

She enumerates “some of the many things that you can expect as a first-timer on the faculty market,” starting with:

  • You can expect the competition to be fierce. In many fields you may find very, very few tenure-track openings for which you can apply. In certain humanities fields, the number of positions advertised over the course of the entire job cycle in 2015-16 may be in the single digits.
  • You can expect to receive little or no acknowledgment of your applications from departments. You may well never be told that you have been removed from consideration.
  • You can expect to depend on the Jobs Wiki for information on the progress of searches.
  • You can expect to be competing against people with many years of teaching and publishing experience, including some tenure-track assistant professors. Some of them will have an advantage over you.
  • You can expect to be competitive, even as a first timer (and/or as an A.B.D.), if you have an impressive record of sole/first-author peer-reviewed publishing and experience teaching on your own (as opposed to a TA gig). You will also need to have presented papers at major conferences and have excellent recommendation letters.

– See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1036-the-professor-is-in-a-first-timer-on-the-job-market#sthash.fgLuIgUD.dpuf

Article on PhD studies – “Where the Time Goes”

from “Where the Time Goes” – Inside Higher Ed, November 25, 2014:

Among the key findings is that the median time is longer in the humanities than in any other field, at 6.9 years in 2012, compared to a 5.9-year average for all Ph.D.s. That won’t surprise anyone following the national time-to-degree conversation, but just where in their studies humanities Ph.D.s are stalling might. It’s been largely assumed that students accrue extra time during their dissertation phase, once they’ve finished their course work, and when their efforts are overwhelmingly solitary and funding is harder to secure. According to the academy’s new data, however, humanities graduate students spend more time studying before starting on their dissertations than their peers in other fields – about four years, compared to two for physical and life sciences students. Social sciences Ph.D.s spend about four years studying, too.

Post on Interdisciplinary PhDs from “The Professor Is In”

The Professor Is In: The Curse of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

I always hear that universities are looking for interdisciplinarity, but I’m getting an interdisciplinary Ph.D., and I’m not having much luck so far. Does my choice complicate my job search?


The fact is: There are far fewer interdisciplinary departments than there are traditional disciplinary ones. If your Ph.D. is from an interdisciplinary department (like, say, my old departments of East Asian languages and cultures), then you end up with a Ph.D. that is not 100-percent “legible,” from a disciplinary standpoint, to folks in many of the departments who might hire you.


read the full article at https://chroniclevitae.com/news/548-the-professor-is-in-the-curse-of-the-interdisciplinary-ph-d