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1 Linguistics job application workshop November 12, 2013

2 Approximate job cycle July- apply to LSA, other major conferences August/September- have materials ready, contact letter writers, clean up professional website October 1 st - application deadlines start December- phone interviews start January- campus visits start February- job offers start – Use with caution to see if you are still in the running: Academic Jobs Wiki Wiki Wiki

3 Time & stats (Karen) 214 hours of work = 5+ 40-hour workweeks 26 applications sent > 5 phone interviews + 1 campus visit cademic/jobsearch/Template_for_tracking_jo b_search.xls cademic/jobsearch/Template_for_tracking_jo b_search.xls

4 Stats for Darren Two years on the job cycle: final year of Ph.D. and first year of postdoc Ph.D. Year: 1 faculty job application > 1 campus visit (no offer), 3 postdoc applications > 2 campus visits (2 offers, took 1) Postdoc year: 8 faculty applications > 1 phone interview (no offer) and 1 direct invite to campus visit (offer)

5 Finding jobs Linguist List (subscribe to digest) HigherEd Jobs (can subscribe for headings such as Linguistics, Spanish) Postdocs available but not common Think of allied fields (e.g. foreign languages, psychology) Go geographically wide if at all possible

6 Components of a job application Cover letter Curriculum Vitae Research statement Teaching statement Teaching evaluations Writing sample Reference letters

7 Free blog: – Cover letter – your-job-cover-letter-sucks/ your-job-cover-letter-sucks/ CV – karens-rules-of-the-academic-cv/ karens-rules-of-the-academic-cv/

8 Research Statement – karens-rules-of-the-research-statement/ karens-rules-of-the-research-statement/ Teaching statement – dedteachingstatement/ dedteachingstatement/ Teaching evaluations –

9 Solicit feedback! Ask your advisor and other faculty to read over your CV and statements, and give you feedback!

10 Cover letter Sample outline: – Brief introduction to yourself: what you study, when you will graduate, basic thesis topic and 2 sentences on the implications – A little more about your research interests – A little bit about what courses you’ve taught and what you might like to teach – Highlight what funding you’ve gotten and that you are going to be actively seeking more – Why you’re an excellent fit for the department and advertised job Keep it brief! Under 2 pages! 1.5 is a good number

11 Do your research on the school One sentence “fit statement” – I am interested in helping the department develop course offerings in linguistics to complement its strengths in literature. – I share interests with several faculty members including XX, XX, and XX, so I see the potential for collaboration on both teaching and research. – I am particularly interested in XXX because of the department’s expertise in both child language acquisition and second language acquisition, which would work well with my research interests.

12 CV Heading Education Employment Publications Conference Papers Invited Talks Teaching Experience Research Experience Awards & Honors / Grants & Fellowships Service (to profession, to department) Languages, other skills, memberships References

13 Research statement Current research (especially dissertation research) Draw attention to any journal or book chapter publications, as well as presentations at prestigious conferences Plans for research in the near future ‘Five-year plan’ for future research

14 Teaching statement Teaching experience Teaching philosophy Plans for what you will teach in the future Experience (if any) with supervision of undergraduate students

15 Teaching evaluations Send numerical summaries rather than individual student comments Obtain summary of all your evaluations from ICES Draw attention to any evaluations that placed you on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent

16 Writing samples Send exactly as many writing samples as are requested Possible writing samples: – An article that has been published or submitted for publication If you need help turning a course project/qual into a journal article, consider Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks (I got it from the library). Journal-Article-Twelve-Weeks/dp/141295701X Journal-Article-Twelve-Weeks/dp/141295701X – A dissertation chapter – A proceedings or working papers paper

17 Other materials “Teaching Dossier”: – 1-page teaching philosophy statement – 1 page summarizing numerical teaching evaluations – 1 page of sample student comments “Teaching Portfolio”: the above plus – a syllabus that I had created – lecture slides that I had vastly improved – discussion exercises I had created

18 Reference letters Always get a letter from your dissertation director Other letters should come from other faculty who know you well and are familiar with your research At least one letter should talk about your teaching (e.g., from your TA supervisor) Should you use ?

19 Preliminary interview Interview at the LSA or MLA Phone / Skype interview Arrange to do a mock-interview with your faculty honeorskypeinterview/ honeorskypeinterview/

20 Make a cheat sheet about the department Bullet points about yourself you want to make sure to hit What your dissertation/researach is about What you would like to teach there, specifics, book you would use for the intro course Their faculty (the ones on the committee/closest to you) and their research interests

21 Campus visit Get the interview schedule ~2 weeks in advance from department secretary Interviews Job talk Interview meals More research on the department (next slide) karens-rules-of-the-campus-visit/ karens-rules-of-the-campus-visit/ (packing & dressing– consider wearing grown-up clothes more often your last year of grad school)

22 Stalk your interview committee Katharina Barbe (German), Associate Professor – Studied in Texas, PhD in Linguistics from Rice – German linguistics: Pragmatics, Translation, SLA, business German – dinner, interview, and exit interview John Bentley (Japanese), Professor, Assistant Chair – PhD from Hawaii – Japanese Historical Linguistics and old literature – tour of DeKalb and lunch Tuesday and interview

23 Sample 1-day visit itinerary Night before: arrive, dinner w/faculty, hotel Breakfast w/faculty Meet Dean Tour campus, town Lunch w/faculty Job talk Search committee interview Exit interview with chair

24 Questions to ask them (OK to repeat questions with different people) Tell me about your student population. What are teaching and research expectations and support for new colleagues? What kind of support is there available on campus for conference travel/research? What kind of technology is available in the classroom? How are graduate students supported? What is your timeline for making a decision?

25 The outcome? If you get the job – negotiate-your-tenure-track-offer/ negotiate-your-tenure-track-offer/ – “Oh, thank you. That is good news. I’m so pleased. I’d like to know more about the offer. When can we discuss the details and when can I expect a written contract?” (e.g. DON’T say yes right away!) If you don’t get the job – This really says nothing about you in this job market – Continue applying!

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