All posts tagged: professional development

What’s Happening?: October 2016

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Lehigh Culture & Community

October is upon us. The leaves are turning colors, the weather is cooling down (finally), and the amount of essays that are due is terrifyingly appropriate for the month of horror. Nevertheless, there are many events to supplement your busy semester (and maybe even help you relax!). So, without further ado, here are the events for this month: Film Club: High and Low Time: 6 PM to 9 PM Friday 10/7 Place: Drown 019 Akira […]

Reflections on a Year of Connected Academics

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When I applied to the MLA’s Connected Academics proseminar early last summer, I knew I wanted to explore alt/non-academic career options, but I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. So in my application, I focused on three ideas: my “commitment to connectivity” and public discourse about the humanities; my valuation of the project of translation; and my desire to increase my professional self-knowledge. I tried to show how I had a longstanding research and teaching […]

What’s Happening: April 2016

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April is an exciting month here in Drown as we wrap up the academic year with a Literature and Social Justice visiting lecture, more pedagogy workshops, a transferable skills panel, and a number of dissertation defenses. As Dashielle suggested in her recent post, one way to deal with mid-semester stress and anxiety is to get out into your community to celebrate (and stress!) with them. Whether you need the teaching boost of a pedagogy workshop, […]

“You can live in an unreal world wherever you are”: An Interview with Leonard Cassuto

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Advice / Lehigh Culture & Community / Teaching

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 […]

5 Things To Do Over Winter Break

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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. *

Why You Should Consider Rare Book School

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Advice / Teaching

I just spent a week at Rare Book School—a program based at UVA that offers book-related courses to scholars, collectors, librarians, booksellers, etc—learning about the principles and best practices of scholarly editing. It was an incredible, valuable, and exhausting experience, and I’ve written a more extensive blog post about the ins and outs of the program elsewhere. But, I wanted to take a few minutes to put this experience in the specific context of our […]

Teacher Development: Learning about learning and helping others learn

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Lehigh Culture & Community / Teaching

Alicia: Like many teaching fellows in the English department, my primary background is in English. I have taken classes and done work outside of English departments but I’m sure that over time I’ve slowly adopted some English-specific habits or ways of looking at the world. You may notice that your students, who often hail from disciplines other than English, have slightly different ways of looking at the world. This is splendid, but challenging. I turned […]

Dispatch from Chicago: Applying for NEH Seminars

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In the stress and haze of writing your dissertation and grading countless composition papers it can be easy to forget about the wider world. Despite all of the other work that needs to get done one thing to be aware of are the numerous opportunities that exist in terms of professionalization, networking, and research opportunities outside of our home institutions. One particular opportunity that I have been fortunate enough to take part in is the […]

What’s Grad School Got to Do with Blogging? A lot! Things to consider before you start

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This is a version of two workshops I held this past semester, and I thought it would be a good reminder about blogging over the summer! These are just some rudimentary things to think about if you are a first-time blogger. Please feel free to post questions, concerns, or experiences with blogging in the comments! Pursuing and sharing your academic interests through blogging is a great way to expand your professional network and to keep […]