Author Archives: Stacey Amo

The Graduate Student Lounge

Each year, the CSGSP hosts a lounge where graduate students can gather to relax, chat, and decompress. The lounge will have light snacks and beverages throughout the day, and we try to ensure outlet access for charging electronics as well. We will also host a networking event on January 8 at 5:15; information on what to expect and bios of the participants can be found here. Members of the CSGSP will be staffing the lounge throughout the convention, so please feel free to visit and say hi!

Austin Convention Center (10C, level 3)

  • Thursday, 7 January: 12:00 noon–7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 January: 8:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 January: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10 January: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

Connected Academics sessions at MLA 2016

The following Connected Academics sessions may be of particular interest to graduate students.

306. Connected Academics: Humanists at Work
Program arranged by the University of California Humanities Research Institute Connected Academics Project.

Participants consider the changing nature of work and its relation to a variety of humanist careers. In particular, they examine risk taking and creativity as two necessary attributes for humanists at work in the world and challenge artificial distinctions made between humanist work “within” and “outside” the university, especially in relation to graduate education.

676. Connected Academics: Articulating the Value of the Humanities to the Larger World
Program arranged by the Georgetown University Connected Academics Project.

What is the value of the humanities out in the world? Panelists articulate the transferable values, skills, and attributes acquired through advanced training in the humanities. They also investigate how we can go beyond the “outreach” of the “public humanities” to what we might call “inreach”—the direct influence of humanist PhDs working in business and government.

763. Connected Academics: Redefining the Humanist Entrepreneur
Program arranged by the Arizona State University Connected Academics Project.

Participants include English and foreign language PhDs who have crafted scholarly identities outside the traditional academic department and utilized their scholarly expertise to invent new vocations. Their career paths ask us to reexamine our training, reimagine the boundaries of the academy, and reconsider scholarly skills and the careers they can lead to.

233. Connected Academics: Expanding Career Possibilities for PhDs
364. Connected Academics: A Showcase of PhD Career Diversity

Showcasing careers of PhD recipients who have put their advanced degrees in the humanities to work in a variety of rewarding occupations, these sessions are an opportunity to discover the wide range of employment possibilities available within and beyond the academy. Presenters are available at individual stations for one-on-one discussions about their jobs and the career paths that led to them.

Presenters include university employees in a variety of nonfaculty positions—including an associate director of principal gifts, a deputy director of a research initiative, and a director of career development—as well as a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, a director of a university press, high school teachers in English and foreign languages, a content creator for Twitter, a freelance translator and novelist, a director of a learned society, an independent library consultant, a managing editor of online communications and a director of information systems at a scholarly association, a director of grants at a state humanities organization, an archivist at a public policy think tank, an associate at a research institute serving the not-for-profit sector, an analyst at a publishing and media company, and a recent PhD recipient working in a for-profit design and development shop for digital media.

Convention job counseling

This year, the Job Information Center (Governor’s Ballroom, level 4, Hilton Austin) will be open on 7 January from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on 8 and 9 January from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on 10 January from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

A list of available positions will be posted, and a counseling service for job candidates will be available in the interview area on 8 and 9 January.

A former member of the CSGSP, Shane Peterson, wrote a helpful guide to utilizing job counseling resources at the MLA convention.


CSGSP Session #586 Upgrading Graduate Student Teaching Positions

Saturday, 9 January1:45–3:00 p.m., 5A, ACC

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession

Presiding: Alexandra Valint, Univ. of Southern Mississippi

Speakers: Katie B. Angus, Univ. of Southern Mississippi; Anna Castillo, Stanford Univ.; Sophie Christman-Lavin, Stony Brook Univ., State Univ. of New York; Melissa Dennihy, Queensborough Community Coll., City Univ. of New York; Maureen Fitzsimmons, Univ. of California, Irvine; Sarah Kremen-Hicks, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; Jens Lloyd, Univ. of California, Irvine

Session Description:
Although graduate students are often interested in teaching courses at a range of levels during their graduate training, those opportunities are not always available to them. Panelists consider how graduate students can make the most of the teaching opportunities they frequently receive. How can these common (often devalued) teaching opportunities be valuable pedagogical positions?