Been There, Survived That: Strategies for Navigating the Profession (Roundtable)


Women's and Gender Studies / Pedagogy & Professional

Justine Dymond (Springfield College)

Thinking of applying to a PhD program? Preparing for graduate exams? Facing the first draft of your dissertation? Applying for your first academic position? Jumping the hurdles of the tenure system? This session will address how best to navigate the various paths of the profession and culture of graduate studies, the job search, and tenure track. We invite abstracts that share experiences from various stages of the academic life, with specific attention to issues pertinent to women and LGBTQ communities. What is valuable advice that you received while on the market? What worked, and what do you wish you had known? How might social justice values influence the system once we’re in a position to make change? Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, seek advice, and mentor each other, with emphasis on the experience of graduate students and faculty from underrepresented groups. By exploring the many approaches to mentorship and building positive relationships for future impact in the academy, this roundtable aims to contribute to the overarching theme of NeMLA’s 2021 convention, “Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities.”

Areas and themes to be addressed could include, but are not limited to, the following:

Graduate school application Materials

Supervisor relationships

Funding

Job application materials

Networking

Public and private schools

Research and teaching

Alt-ac career paths

Self-advocating

Finances and negotiation

Publications

International teaching experiences

Relocation

Positive mentorship impact

This roundtable session will address how best to navigate the various paths of the profession and culture of graduate studies, the job search, and tenure track. We invite abstracts that share experiences from various stages of the academic life, with specific attention to issues pertinent to women and LGBTQ communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, seek advice, and mentor each other, with emphasis on the experience of graduate students and faculty from underrepresented groups.