All posts tagged: professional development

Yours, Mine, and Our First Conference: How to Survive

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Congratulations! You followed the suggestions from the last posting and your abstract got accepted. You’ve filled out all the necessary forms and secured your funding, found your hotel, written your presentation. Everything is ready. Now to head off to your conference. For some of you reading this post, there are well-loved, well known dance moves to navigating the rigmarole associated with conferences. For others, like myself, this (unnamed, hypothetical) conference will be your first. I am […]

A Few Humble Observations on Conference Abstracts: Part 1

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  A few things to think about before you submit your abstract – 1. Many of you will undoubtedly already know this, but the absolute best place to find conference CFPs in English (and for some of our Humanities fellow travelers) is at the University of Pennsylvania Call for Papers website. You should make it part of your general habits to check the site no less than once a month. It’s theoretically organized by specialty […]

Alt-Ac: Maybe We’re Already Doing It

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Almost a year ago, I wrote a post for the NASSR Grad Student Caucus blog called “Alt-Ac-Attack: Thoughts on Preparing for the Job Market.” At that time, our department was just starting to increase professionalization practices geared towards alt-ac options. In fact, I think the term was still new to me at the time. Since them, it seems like everybody’s talking about it, from grad students and faculty in the department to larger academic blogs, […]

Tips for MLA First-Timers

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I was lucky enough to attend my first Modern Language Association convention in a relatively low-stress situation: no conference paper to give, no interview to prepare for. Even in this scenario, the conference was still quite overwhelming. To make it easier on fellow first-timers, here are a few tips to prepare you for the uniqueness of the annual convention.

Academic Publishing Panel

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“Publish or perish” is a phrase we often hear in relation to tenure, but a sparse job market glutted with applicants has brought it down to the graduate level. As Lehigh’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences told grad students and faculty at a panel on academic publishing, having publications has become absolutely necessary to compete in that market. As I’m sure you’ll agree, this is a daunting and disheartening statement. However, the […]