Session Title

Graduate Student Experiences: Training for the Current Job Market (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Goliardic Society, Western Michigan Univ.

Organizer Name

Eric Gobel

Organizer Affiliation

Medieval Institute, Western Michigan Univ.

Presider Name

Eric Gobel

Paper Title 1

Panelist

Presenter 1 Name

Jan Volek

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Paper Title 2

Panelist

Presenter 2 Name

Jamie McCandless

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 3

Panelist

Presenter 3 Name

Jordan Amspacher

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville

Paper Title 4

Panelist

Presenter 4 Name

Claire Herhold

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 5

Panelist

Presenter 5 Name

Charles Lein

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Medieval Institute, Western Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 6

Respondent

Presenter 6 Name

Lofton L. Durham

Presenter 6 Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ.

Start Date

13-5-2016 1:30 PM

Session Location

Valley I Hadley 102

Description

The goal of this roundtable is to collaborate and brainstorm on solutions to the current crisis of the academic job market. As our intended audience is university administrators and faculty, we feel that the most impactful avenue of this year’s discussion would be the state of the academic job market by considering what steps universities and graduate programs can take to better prepare students for entry into an evolving market. As the job market changes and jobs become even scarcer for academics, traditional training for entry into university jobs is no longer the only viable option. Knowing that academic jobs are increasingly unlikely to come by, graduate students across the country are seeking to expand their skillsets and rebrand their qualifications in an attempt to make themselves appealing to the non-academic job market. Our institutes must broaden their approaches to our training and adapt if they are to continue to thrive in a shifting market. As graduate students, we have a nuanced perspective on this crisis, but above all else, we are likely the most committed portion of the academy to seeing it resolved, as all of our futures hang in the balance.

Eric A. Gobel

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May 13th, 1:30 PM

Graduate Student Experiences: Training for the Current Job Market (A Roundtable)

Valley I Hadley 102

The goal of this roundtable is to collaborate and brainstorm on solutions to the current crisis of the academic job market. As our intended audience is university administrators and faculty, we feel that the most impactful avenue of this year’s discussion would be the state of the academic job market by considering what steps universities and graduate programs can take to better prepare students for entry into an evolving market. As the job market changes and jobs become even scarcer for academics, traditional training for entry into university jobs is no longer the only viable option. Knowing that academic jobs are increasingly unlikely to come by, graduate students across the country are seeking to expand their skillsets and rebrand their qualifications in an attempt to make themselves appealing to the non-academic job market. Our institutes must broaden their approaches to our training and adapt if they are to continue to thrive in a shifting market. As graduate students, we have a nuanced perspective on this crisis, but above all else, we are likely the most committed portion of the academy to seeing it resolved, as all of our futures hang in the balance.

Eric A. Gobel