Article and Topic Links

This page provides a list of links to articles and websites about the profession that may be of interest to graduate students in English. The views presented in these links are not necessarily supported by our department; they are posted here to offer a wide range of perspectives and points of interest. Please feel free to send any useful links to: barbara_leckie@carleton.ca.

ON CONFERENCES

Edwards, Paul N., “How To Give An Academic Talk: Changing the Culture of Public Speaking in the Humanities”

Francine McKenzie, “How to Give an Effective Conference Paper”

Doctoral School Blog: On Conference Papers

Allan Johnson, Six Conference Questions Every Academic Hears

Lorna M. Campbell, The Six Best Conference Questions

Kevin Burke, How Not to Ask Questions at a Conference

Lincoln Mullen, How to Disagree With Civility

More on Conference Papers from Claremont University

ON COMPS

Leonard Cassuto, “The Comprehensive Exam: Make it Relevant”

Gradhacker, “Surviving Studying for Comprehensive Exams

Gradhacker, “Surviving Writing Comprehensive Exams

David Brooks, “As Smart as I’ll Ever Be

ON WRITING (IN GENERAL AND FOR PUBLICATION)

Mano Singham, “Seven Steps for Becoming a More Productive Writer

How to Publish Your Article” (from Nine Slices of Pie blog)

ON THE DISSERTATION

Discussion and Support Group for Dissertation Writing

new2S. Joseph Levine, “Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation”

Jo VanEvery, “How’s the Dissertation Going?”

Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong, “Your Third Year in a Ph.D. Program”

Michael Watts, “The Holy Grail: In Search of the Dissertation Proposal”

ON TEACHING

Derek Bok, “We Must Prepare PhD Students for the Complicated Art of Teaching

Adam Chapnick, “The Teaching-Only Stream”

Alexandra M, Lord, “Location, Location, Location”

Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Reading Fiction

Katherine Schultz, “Why Introverts Shouldn’t be Forced to Talk in Class”

new2Best Practices for Teaching Undergraduates (strategies from experienced faculty) (Carnegie Mellon)

TEACHING PHILOSOPHIES & TEACHING DOSSIERS

new2Christopher Knapper and Susan Wilcox, “Preparing a  Teaching Dossier” (Queen’s)

new2Sample Teaching Dossiers (Queen’s)

new2Developing and Assessing Teaching Dossiers (U of T)

new2Teaching Dossiers (Western) — excellent set of links to articles too

new2Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement (scroll down to the excellent article links) (Washington University in St. Louis)

new2James M. Lang, “4 Steps to a Memorable Teaching Philosophy”

new2Gabriela Montell, “What’s Your Philosophy of Teaching, and Does It Matter?”

ON THE DISCIPLINE

Michael Berubé, “2013 MLA Presidential Address”

Albert Braz, “In Praise of Literature”

ON THE ACADEMIC JOB MARKET

Hester Blum, “Show Them Who You Are”

Scott Jaschik, “Jobs Mismatch

Lennard J. Davis, “What I Tell My Graduate Students

Allison M. Vaillancourt, “What Search Committees Wish You Knew

Brian Croxall, “Preparing NOW for Next Year’s Job Market”

“The Professor is In” Blog, “The Six Ways You’re Acting Like a Grad Student (And how that’s killing you on the job market)

Academic Jobs Wiki

Robert J. Sternberg, “12 Bloopers to Avoid in Job Interviews

ON NON-ACADEMIC JOB OPTIONS

Miriam Posner, “The Jobs We Want?

Hook & Eye, “Articulating Academic Work Experience in a Non-Academic World

#alt-academy: a media commons project

new2Interview with 2012 Alt-Ac Panelist Lindy Ledohowski

Stephen J. Mexal, “Don’t be Afraid of Going to Graduate School in the Humanities

Carl Straumsheim, “‘Alt-Ac’ Realities”

new2Becky Supiano, “How Liberal-Arts Majors Fare Over the Long Haul”

Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong, “From CV to 1-page Resumé”

From PhD to Life

The Versatile PhD

The Job Board (for job posting in range of culture-related areas)

ON HIGHER ED

Leonard Cassuto, “PhD Attrition: How Much is Too Much?

Coates and Morrison, “The Uses and Abuses of University

Ella Delaney, “Humanities Studies Under Strain Around the Globe

“So You Want to Earn a PhD?”

Brent Herbert-Copley, “Few Academic Jobs, But Canada’s Need for PhDs Grows”

Heather Horn, “In Defence of the Humanities PhD

Jordan Paper, “A Modest Proposal to Reform Universities

ACCUTE, A Series of Articles Defending the Humanities (and also noting what you can do with an English major–and by extension an MA or PhD)

new2Rebecca Schuman, Thesis Hatement (Slate) and a response from the Exhaust Fumes blog: This is Not Advice About Whether to Go To Graduate School in Literature

new2Sara Hebel, From Public Good to Private Good: How Higher Education Got to a Tipping Point

HIGHER ED PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

University Affairs

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Change: the Magazine of Higher Learning

Inside Higher Ed Blog

Times Higher Education

University World News

Academica’s Top Ten

Academic Matters

COMMUNITY,  COLLEGIALITY, AND ACADEMIC LIFE

Christopher Phelps, “‘Someone Has Searched for You’: Academia.edu and Me”

How To Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Graduate Students

PRODUCTIVITY & WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Tony Schwartz, “Relax! You’ll Be More Productive”

Leaf and Leisure, “10 Ways to Foster Happiness and Productivity in Graduate School

Melonie Fullick, ” ‘My grief lies all within’ – PhD Students, Depression, Attrition

new2Anonymous, “There is a culture of acceptance around mental health issues in academia

Denia Djokić and Sebastien Lounis, “This is your mind on grad school: The state of graduate student mental health at UC Berkeley

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