Free Job Counseling at MLA!

If you’re on the job market or planning on going on the market next year, consider participating in the MLA’s academic job counseling! Sign up for a session in advance at the Job Information Center (at the Fairmont Waterfront, Waterfront Ballroom). Counselors are available on Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The service is free. Bring a CV and/or cover letter and any questions you have about the market or your materials. Read our prior post from former committee member Shane Peterson about the advantages of speaking to a job counselor: http://mlagrads.commons.mla.org/2014/01/09/free-job-counseling/

Consultations on alt-ac and nonacademic career paths

Make sure you check out this post from the Committee on Information Technology for information on signing up for career consultations at the convention!

“The 20-minute consultations will take place on Friday, Jan. 9, and Saturday, Jan. 10, at the center operated by the Job Information Service, in the Fairmont Waterfront, across the street from the convention center. Just sign up at the center for a session. Need to know how to turn a CV into a résumé, or where to look for nonacademic positions? Curious to hear about the rewarding opportunities that alt-ac roles often generate? We can help! We look forward to meeting with you and talking about the possibilities of nontraditional career paths in the humanities.”

Networking opportunities at the convention!

The Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession will be hosting two social events in the graduate lounge, found in 201 of the West Building, on Friday, January 9.

Candid Questions, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. will feature faculty members who are ready to informally discuss your questions about graduate school, publishing, the job market, and alt-ac.

Directly afterwards, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., meet and mingle with faculty and graduate students through Speed Networking.

Come anytime and leave anytime; come for either event or for both. We look forward to meeting you!

Interested in learning more about open access?

Open access is an increasingly important issue for graduate students as they decide how and where to publish their research. The Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession is hosting a roundtable called “Open Access…Closing Doors?” on Sunday at noon. The discussion will cover various aspects of open access including the impact of open access, open access textbooks, online journals, and the topic of embargo. Join us for a lively dialogue about open access!

743. Open Access . . . Closing Doors?

Sunday, 11 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 117, VCC West

Presiding: Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Speakers: Albert Russell Ascoli, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Carl S. Blyth, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Lauren Coats, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge; Kathleen Fitzpatrick, MLA; Carla A. Freccero, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz; Svetlana Tyutina, Florida Polytechnic Univ.

Let’s talk about how to utilize summer “vacations”

In the era of decreasing budgets yet increasing pressure to lower time-to-degree, summers–and how best to utilize them–are a vital part of a graduate student’s life. Join us for a roundtable discussion about how to best gain a variety of different experiences (alt-ac, publishing, internships/externships, etc.), make academic and professional progress, and how sports can be used to build relationships across cohorts and lower your stress. Our distinguished panelists include current graduate students, recent graduates, as well as faculty, and we encourage both students and faculty to attend.

593. I Know What You Didn’t Do Last Summer Saturday, 10 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 113, VCC West

Presiding: Stacey Amo, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge
Speakers: Heather Brown, Kent State Univ., Kent; Jaime Cantrell, University of Mississippi, Oxford; Geffrey Davis, Penn State Univ., University Park; Elizabeth M. A. Hodgson, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver; Tiffany Potter, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver