Recently, current Lehigh English Department Ph.D. candidates and sole staffers of ‘Merica Magazine Ed Simon (Editor and Founder) and Wade Linebaugh (Assistant Editor) sat down to discuss their joint venture, graduate school, public humanities, and the finer points of laundry etiquette. Their banter has been edited for length and clarity. WL: So the properly ‘merican thing to do would be to start with our origin myth, right? What made the whole thing start?
by Emily Shreve and Laura Fitzpatrick At the beginning of March, Leonard Cassuto, author of The Graduate School Mess, graciously took some time out of his visit to sit down with us for a chat about his graduate school experiences, his thoughts on what grad students can do to fix the “graduate school” mess, and his best teaching and professionalization advice. Enjoy! Emily Shreve & Laura Fitzpatrick: Tell us your favorite anecdote or story from your graduate school […]
As the department reassesses the many potential functions and values of graduate work, faculty and graduate students have gathered to discuss the exciting possibilities of newly-envisioned graduate study. We have realized that, as the job market evolves, we must evolve along with it. As such, we have discussed many exciting opportunities for graduate students to tailor their academic experiences, including substituting a traditional language exam with learning an enhanced digital skill set (such as coding); […]
Welcome back to our snow-covered campus and the official start of Spring 2016! Every month Laura and I will be highlighting some of the lectures, meetings, and opportunities happening on campus. So break out your calendars and mark the dates for these upcoming campus events:
Seminar papers are completed, grades are in, and it’s time to relax after a hectic fall semester. Once you’ve slept, visited family and friends, binge-watched Netflix, slept, read everything on the internet, and slept some more, here are some tips for ways to make productive use of the winter break and set yourself up for success in the Spring semester. *
During the fall semester of 2013, critical theorist Gayatri Spivak visited Lehigh University as part of our Humanities Center’s “Home” lecture series. Of course, when such a renowned scholar as Dr. Spivak is scheduled to visit, rumors will abound. Whispers of “She’s very tall”, “She doesn’t eat bagels”, “She doesn’t take questions”, and “She has excellent fashion sense” circulated, as department members read her work in class, in reading groups, and in the library alone […]
October is National Arts and Humanities Month: a time to experience, celebrate, and promote the important roles that the arts and humanities play in our lives. The perfect time, in fact, to talk about . . . posthumanism? Of course! Posthumanist inquiry, and its closely-related scholarly cousin animal studies, posit that humanism has long sustained at best an ignorance of and at worst a deliberate violence against non-human others, and they seek to reorient this […]
And here we go again, applicants! Graduate school application season is upon us! In the flood of personal statements, GRE scores, writing samples, and recommendations, applying to Ph.D. English programs may seem like an insurmountable task. But fear not! Thanks to the efforts of Jenna Lay, Assistant Professor of English here at Lehigh, we’ve compiled a list of things to keep in mind as you begin to send applications out.
At last I present the long-delayed sequel to the post on contingent labor. Part I covered the realities, both good and bad, of being an adjunct; here, I will recap our panelists’ advice on finding adjunct work, surviving it, and planning an exit strategy enabling you to leave it.
Yesterday’s Contingent Labor Panel, part of Jenna Lay’s Job Market panel series, featured four of our Lehigh colleagues, either current students or recent graduates. Colleen Martell, Rebecca Martin, Nicole Batchelor and George Mote have a variety of experiences in the adjuncting world, and they each offered advice for getting adjuncting jobs, advice for planning an exit strategy, a picture of the realities of the contingent labor market, and most surprisingly, the benefits and even pleasures to […]