IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 439: More Famine than Feast?: Preparing for the Academic Job Search - A Round Table Discussion

Monday 4 July 2016, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Medieval Academy of America Graduate Student Committee
Organiser:Anya Adair, Department of English, Yale University
Moderator/Chair:Anya Adair, Department of English, Yale University
Abstract

Though these are lean years for academic positions, the buffet of job blogs, how-to books, journal columns, and local advice provides something of a surfeit to job-seekers. Information can be contradictory, confusing, and sometimes inaccurate. How important is publication – should a graduate aim for more than one? What about teaching experience? Service? What are some common pitfalls for applicants? What exactly does a search committee want, and how do these requirements vary from institution to institution? By bringing together scholars from various medieval disciplines and from a variety of higher education institutions, this round table will seek to arm participants for the challenge of presenting their research and experience to an academic search committee.

Participants include Vincent Gillespie (University of Oxford), Susan Irvine (University College London), Catherine Karkov (University of Leeds), and Ursula Lenker (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München).