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Mellon Mays Seminar on Preparing for the Professoriate

Preparing for the Professoriate gives fellows who have completed or are close to completing the dissertation a set of skills they will need to transition from being good researchers to successfully negotiating their first faculty appointments. Rather than focusing on the presentation and critique of fellows’ works, the goal of this seminar is to build the skills fellows need to navigate the challenges they will face in the years immediately following the completion of the doctoral degree, including preparing cover letters, CVs and job talks.

• Open to fellows who have completed, or are close to completing the dissertation
• Provides the tools and skills that fellows need to navigate the academic job market
• Mellon PhDs discuss a variety of issues such as the CV, the job talk, defining one’s academic identity, assessing the position you want a proper fit, post-docs, interviewing, among others
• Allows fellows to get a level of attention far beyond what is offered by institutional workshops

The 2014 Seminar on Preparing for the Professoriate will be held September 25-27 in Philadelphia, PA.

Program Director
Cally Waite
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