Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities

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Differing from graduate school "survival guides," this book is the only book to confront the complex realities of graduate study in the humanities. Today, many graduate students are still regarded as "apprentices," despite the fact that they are expected to design and teach their own classes, serve on university committees, attend conferences, and publish regularly. Attrition rates for American Ph.D. programs are at an all-time high, and of those who finish, only one in three will secure tenure-track jobs. In a ...

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Overview

Differing from graduate school "survival guides," this book is the only book to confront the complex realities of graduate study in the humanities. Today, many graduate students are still regarded as "apprentices," despite the fact that they are expected to design and teach their own classes, serve on university committees, attend conferences, and publish regularly. Attrition rates for American Ph.D. programs are at an all-time high, and of those who finish, only one in three will secure tenure-track jobs. In a straightforward manner, Gregory Colón Semenza identifies the obstacles along the path of the academic career and provides tangible advice. Fully revised and updated, this new edition offers shrewd insight on advising, electronic publishing, and the post-financial crisis job market that will help students negotiate the changing landscape of academia. Semenza ably prepares graduate students and recent graduates for what they really seek: a successful academic career.

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"Gregory Semenza's Graduate Study for the Twenty-first Century is a tough-minded, witty, generous discussion of how to enter the profession of scholarship and teaching. The appendices alone are worth the price of the book; Semenza provides samples of everything from course syllabi and job letters to materials on the teaching portfolio, book prospectus, conference participation - everything a serious graduate student needs to succeed. The book should be required reading for graduate students and their professors."—Barry V. Qualls, Dean of Humanities, Rutgers University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230100336
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 789,842
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Colon Semenza is assistant professor of English, University of Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition viii

Acknowledgments to the Second Edition ix

Preface x

Acknowledgments xiii

A Note on Terminology xv

Foreword Michael Bérubé xvi

Introduction 1

1 The Culture of a Graduate Program 18

2 The Structure of Your Graduate Career: An Ideal Plan 39

3 Organization and Time Management 54

4 The Graduate Seminar 76

5 The Seminar Paper 90

6 Teaching 116

7 Exams 149

8 The Dissertation 167

9 Attending Conferences 195

10 Publishing 214

11 Service and Participation 238

12 The Job Market 255

Afterword 282

Appendix: Professional Documents 288

Notes 327

Index 333

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