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Tips for Avoiding a Stressful Application Semester

By Kyle Brett and Megan Bruening   Are you applying to Ph.D. programs? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by trying to balance work, apps, and your much needed social life? Sometimes the application semester can get the better of you and … Continue reading

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What’s Happening: April 2016

April is an exciting month here in Drown as we wrap up the academic year with a Literature and Social Justice visiting lecture, more pedagogy workshops, a transferable skills panel, and a number of dissertation defenses. As Dashielle suggested in … Continue reading

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What’s Happening: January/February 2016

Welcome back to our snow-covered campus and the official start of Spring 2016! Every month Laura and I will be highlighting some of the lectures, meetings, and opportunities happening on campus. So break out your calendars and mark the dates … Continue reading

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5 Things To Do Over Winter Break

Seminar papers are completed, grades are in, and it’s time to relax after a hectic fall semester. Once you’ve slept, visited family and friends, binge-watched Netflix, slept, read everything on the internet, and slept some more, here are some tips for … Continue reading

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Surviving Seminar Paper Season

This post is not about how to write a good seminar paper. That’s fodder for more than a single blog post. This is about how to maintain your sanity while writing. Plan Ahead I guess this ship has possibly sailed … Continue reading

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Why You Should Consider Rare Book School

I just spent a week at Rare Book School—a program based at UVA that offers book-related courses to scholars, collectors, librarians, booksellers, etc—learning about the principles and best practices of scholarly editing. It was an incredible, valuable, and exhausting experience, … Continue reading

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A Few Humble Observations on Conference Abstracts: Part 2

In the first part I talked about how to decide which conferences to try and attend. But once you’ve decided you’re going to apply, how should you go about writing the actual abstract? Here are a few things to think … Continue reading

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Alt-Ac: Maybe We’re Already Doing It

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. … Continue reading

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Academic Publishing Panel

“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 … Continue reading

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Job Placement Talk: “Building an Alt-Ac or Non-Academic Job Search,” with Lynn D’Angelo Bello

Lynn’s talk offered a number of helpful tools for those of us who cannot even fathom how to start a job search outside of the traditional academic, tenure track route. Her first piece of advice was to identify your skills; … Continue reading

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