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Ph.D. Placement Project

3048559779_41ca84b562_mRegular readers of the Chronicle are surely familiar with the ongoing discussion about the merits of graduate education both generally and in the humanities more specifically. Whatever your position on the “Go!Don’t Go!” debate (note: two different links), one thing is clear: more information about where Ph.D.s end up would be very helpful both to potential candidates, employers, and the professoriate more generally.

In his most recent column, William Pannapacker threw down the gauntlet, so t…

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Hacking the Academic Job Cover Letter

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‘Tis the season of the academic job search. Thousands of job candidates are putting together applications, hoping to make an impression on search committees. While ProfHacker has covered two important components of a typical job application—CVs and recommendation letters—we have, surprisingly, given the cover letter short shrift.

Our lack of attention is by no means a measure of the importance of the job letter. The cover letter could be the most important document of the entire job applicatio…

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The Modern Language Association Teams Up With Interfolio

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve praised dossier management service Interfolio a number of different times: Julie covered how to use the service to manage your professional documents1; Brian mentioned it when covering how to prepare for the job market; and Erin included it in her job market advice about using dossier services. For academic job seekers, Interfolio is an extremely helpful service that streamlines the application process and simplifies document management.

Today, the Modern Language Association2 announced a new partnership starting fall 2012 with Interfolio, arguing that this new system will offer advantages to job applicants, hiring departments, and those who write letters of recommendation:

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Academic Jobs Wiki Shortcuts

Academic Jobs Wiki screenshot [[This is a guest post by Scott Selisker, who is currently completing his first book as an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the UCSB Department of English. He learned some stuff about the internet while designing features for the UVA Writing Program’s website, Redschoolhouse.org, in 2009. He is on Twitter at @sselisker.--@jbj]

This is the second of a two-part series on the Academic Job Wiki. The first post introduced the wiki and discussed the extent of users’ anonymity on the site, and the presen…

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Using the Academic Jobs Wiki

The Academic Jobs Wiki[This is a guest post by Scott Selisker, who is currently completing his first book as an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the UCSB Department of English. He learned some stuff about the internet while designing features for the UVA Writing Program’s website, RedSchoolhouse.org, in 2009. He is on Twitter at @sselisker.--@jbj]

This is the first of a two-part series on the Academic Jobs Wiki. This post will introduce the wiki and discuss the extent of users’ anonymity on the site, and the next post w…

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Job Market Advice: Dossier Services

Long-time ProfHacker readers know that we like Interfolio.  We’ve written about it several times over the last three years: Julie Meloni wrote “Using Interfolio to Manage Your Professional Documents“; Brian mentions it when advising readers  about ““>Preparing Now for Next Year’s Job Market,” and I included it in “Five Things That Helped Me Survive the Job Market.”

The MLA job list went live yesterday, and with it the cycle of hope and anxiety has begun anew for academic jobseekers, from ABDs ve…

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Do You Need Your Own Website While On The Job Market?

Suppressing a Lacanian joke . . . [This is a guest post by Jentery Sayers, who recently completed his PhD at the University of Washington and is now an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Victoria. He previously wrote on "Integrating Digital Audio Composition into Humanities Courses." He is @jenterysayers on Twitter.--@jbj]

Over at Crooked Timber back in June 2008, Eszter Hargittai wrote: “I’ve been continually surprised over the years about how many academics fail to take advantage of the Web as a medium for dis…