Session Title

The Modern Grail: Insider Tips from Search Committees to Land That Academic Job (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Medieval Academy Graduate Student Committee

Organizer Name

Justin Lynn Barker, Tamara Bentley Caudill

Organizer Affiliation

Purdue Univ., Tulane Univ.

Presider Name

Justin Lynn Barker

Paper Title 1

Panelist

Presenter 1 Name

Arthur Bahr

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Paper Title 2

Panelist

Presenter 2 Name

Maribel Dietz

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Louisiana State Univ.

Paper Title 3

Panelist

Presenter 3 Name

Thomas R. Leek

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Paper Title 4

Panelist

Presenter 4 Name

Alex Mueller

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Massachusetts-Boston

Paper Title 5

Panelist

Presenter 5 Name

Ellen K. Rentz

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Claremont McKenna College

Paper Title 6

Panelist

Presenter 6 Name

Michelle M. Sauer

Presenter 6 Affiliation

Univ. of North Dakota

Paper Title 7

Panelist

Presenter 7 Name

Monica L. Wright

Presenter 7 Affiliation

Univ. of Louisiana-Lafayette

Start Date

12-5-2016 3:30 PM

Session Location

Valley I Hadley 101

Description

This roundtable will bring together scholars who have served on search committees in different disciplines to provide insight into the hiring process and discuss how graduate students and recent PhDs can better prepare for the academic job market. From advisors and job placement committees to The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Professor is In, there is an overwhelming amount of advice about what one should and should not do on the job market. As the number of available tenure-track positions decreases, the number of how-to books, advice blogs, and conference panels increases; yet with this increase comes a plethora of contradictory, confusing, and sometimes-inaccurate information. Is one peer-reviewed article enough? Or should it be two? What about teaching experience? Service? What exactly does a search committee want? And how do these qualifications vary from institution to institution? This roundtable will focus on hashing out some of these discrepancies. This roundtable will provide graduate students and recent PhDs an opportunity to hear an insider’s perspective. Scholars who have served on search committees will share their experiences, give advice, and answer questions about the academic job market. The goal of this roundtable is to provide more consistent information so that graduate students and recent PhDs have a better idea what search committees are looking for. This roundtable will be interdisciplinary and should include perspectives from a variety of higher education institutions: that is, small liberal arts colleges, state-funded universities, community colleges, and R1 institutions.

Justin L. Barker

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May 12th, 3:30 PM

The Modern Grail: Insider Tips from Search Committees to Land That Academic Job (A Roundtable)

Valley I Hadley 101

This roundtable will bring together scholars who have served on search committees in different disciplines to provide insight into the hiring process and discuss how graduate students and recent PhDs can better prepare for the academic job market. From advisors and job placement committees to The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Professor is In, there is an overwhelming amount of advice about what one should and should not do on the job market. As the number of available tenure-track positions decreases, the number of how-to books, advice blogs, and conference panels increases; yet with this increase comes a plethora of contradictory, confusing, and sometimes-inaccurate information. Is one peer-reviewed article enough? Or should it be two? What about teaching experience? Service? What exactly does a search committee want? And how do these qualifications vary from institution to institution? This roundtable will focus on hashing out some of these discrepancies. This roundtable will provide graduate students and recent PhDs an opportunity to hear an insider’s perspective. Scholars who have served on search committees will share their experiences, give advice, and answer questions about the academic job market. The goal of this roundtable is to provide more consistent information so that graduate students and recent PhDs have a better idea what search committees are looking for. This roundtable will be interdisciplinary and should include perspectives from a variety of higher education institutions: that is, small liberal arts colleges, state-funded universities, community colleges, and R1 institutions.

Justin L. Barker