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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 416: How to Sell Your Post-Graduate Degree in Medieval Studies Outside the Tenure-Track Job Market: A Round Table Discussion

Monday 1 July 2019, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Medieval Academy of America Graduate Student Council
Organiser:Emerson Richards, Department of Comparative Literature, Indiana University / Department of History, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Austin Powell, Department of History, Catholic University of America

Tenure-track (TT) positions are increasingly rare. The American Historical Association found 47% of History PhDs in the USA between 2004 and 2013 are TT. The same study found 18% of PhDs in the private, government, or non-profit sectors. So, how might medievalists sell themselves to employers outside of TT? What options are there for medievalists not interested in TT? This panel brings together medievalists employed outside TT to talk about their experiences in fields often neglected in graduate programs. The aim is to help graduate students and early career PhDs better position themselves for employment outside the traditional academic market.

Participants include Sam Lehman (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Laura K. Morreale (Independent Scholar, Washington, DC), and Jimmy Richardson (UK Civil Service, London).