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Professional Development: Interviewing at a Teaching College via InsideHigherEd

John Fea offers advice on interviewing at a teaching college at  Among his suggestions: There will be some interviews in which the members of a search committee do not even ask you about your research. Don’t be offended by this or assume that it means that you will not […]

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Professional Development: Tips for Phone Interviews from Lifehacker

Interviews for tenure-track faculty jobs usually take place at the American Historical Association meeting just after New Year’s, on the telephone, or on Skype.  A telephone interview can be nerve-wracking due to the complete lack of body language cues from the committee, but according to History Program faculty members and […]

Professional Development: CUNY-GC Premium Access to Versatile PhD

The Graduate Center subscribes to Versatile PhD, a website that offers information for graduate students and alumni about how to build a career outside of academia.  As a subscribing institution, we now have premium access to: • Hiring Success Stories –authentic resumes and cover letters that got humanities or social […]

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Professional Development: Community College Teaching as a Viable Career Path (from The Chronicle)

Rob Jenkins explains why prejudices against teaching at community colleges have no place in today’s job market in an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education: Finding a full-time teaching job at a community college is not necessarily any easier than finding one at a four-year university. And a community-college career […]

Professional Development: How to Prepare for a Tenure-Track Job Interview from The Professor Is In

For those of you preparing for tenure-track job interviews: Dr. Karen Kelsky, blogging as The Professor Is In, shares The #Facepalm Fails of the Academic Interview. Among the questions that have produced uncomfortable moments of silence and fumbled answers is the obvious, yet almost-too-obvious Tell us about your dissertation. Yeah, […]

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Professional Development: How Do I Write and Revise My C.V.?

By Tracy E. Robey When I wrote my first c.v., I assumed that I just needed to find out how to arrange the headings and dump in my information.  The result wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t good either. The main problem was that my models were the c.v.s of distinguished […]

Latin American History: Temporary Lecturer Position at the University of South Dakota

Dear colleague, Please draw to the attention of your advanced graduate students and recent PhDs the attached advertisement for a lectureship in Latin American History at the University of South Dakota. Latin American History Temporary Lecturer Position Description Yours, Clayton Miles Lehmann Deptartment of History University of South Dakota

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Professional Development: “Why Your Job Cover Letter Sucks” from The Professor Is In

Dr. Karen Kelsky, former tenured faculty member and chairperson now working as a highly successful consultant to academics, tells you “Why Your Job Cover Letter Sucks (and what you can do to fix it).” In the introduction, she points out that the the vast majority of job letters need work: […]

Professional Development: How to Write a Cover Letter in The Chronicle

In The Chronicle, Gary DeCoker shares what the most competitive applicants for his department’s recent tenure-track search did in their cover letters.  To see models of cover letters (written by a GC History Program alumnus now on the tenure-track) that led to AHA interviews last year, see our academic job search […]

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Professional Development: Job Application Checklist from The Chronicle

David D. Perlmutter gives an academic job search application checklist in The Chronicle.  To learn more about the documents most often required for tenure-track job applications in History this year, read our post on “What’s in a Tenure-Track Job Application?”

Professional Development: What’s in a Tenure-Track Job Application?

By Tracy E. Robey Before going on the academic job market, many of us wonder which documents are required for job applications, yet encountering a long list of documents given on a blog or in a guide to the academic job market can be overwhelming.  I decided to look at […]

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Professional Development: Chronicle Piece on Careers Outside Academic for History PhDs

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Far from the stereotype of the Ph.D. baristas at Starbucks, career-outcome data (see charts for each of the four institutions here) shows that history Ph.D.’s are thriving in a versatile range of careers. If we remove those who are deceased (2 percent) and those for which there are […]